Tide players proud of bounce-back effort

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When you're the University of Alabama, you pay for a weekend of relief. The Crimson Tide spent $475,000 for the pleasure, and Western Carolina was happy to oblige.

Mark Speir sent his Catamounts out for a 60-minute beating on Saturday and got help with his program's bottom line for the trouble.

Alabama got exactly what it needed in return: a cupcake after an unsavory week of disappointment.

No. 4 Alabama dominated Western Carolina 49-0 in Tuscaloosa, the outcome as predictable as it was laughable. Quarterback AJ McCarron was pulled after playing pitch-and-catch with his receivers for a quarter and a half.

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