Alabama giving up sacks in bunches

PASADENA, Calif. -- So much for not giving up negative plays.

Alabama had allowed just 15 sacks in 13 games coming into Thursday night's game, including only one against Florida in the SEC championship game.

But midway through the second quarter, Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has already been sacked four times and pressued several other times. A couple of times, he hasn't had a chance. But he also appears to be holding onto the ball too long and has taken some big hits.