TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Alabama bounced back in fine fashion after a tough defeat.
Shaud Williams rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown as the Crimson Tide overcame a slow start and cruised to a 33-7 rout of overmatched North Texas.
Alabama (2-1) suffered a difficult 37-27 loss at Oklahoma last week and were sluggish in the beginning in its first game at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. The Crimson Tide sustained a pair of early long drives but had to settle for a pair of short field goals by Michael Ziffle.
Ahmaad Galloway's three-yard TD run with 8:35 left in the first half gave the Crimson Tide a 12-0 lead and they took a 19-7 advantage into the locker room after a four-yard TD run by Santonio Beard.
Williams ran for a 41-yard TD in the third quarter and backup quarterback Brodie Croyle added a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth to cap the scoring.
The Crimson Tide may have had an edge in scouting the Mean Green since coach Dennis Franchione was familiar with some of North Texas' personnel from his days at Texas Christian. Franchione's Horned Frogs defeated North Texas on November 13, 1999.
North Texas (1-2) managed just 12 first downs and was outgained, 529-120. The Mean Green punted seven times, compared to none for Alabama.