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Alabama, McElroy wake up

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Just when you thought that Alabama might have one of those sleepwalk type of games, quarterback Greg McElroy comes alive on offense, and the defense does … well, what Alabama’s defense does.

The Crimson Tide came off the goal line to go 90-plus yards and stretch its lead to 14-6, and then got a long fumble return for a touchdown by Courtney Upshaw in the final seconds of the half to take a 21-6 lead.

McElroy found tight end Colin Peek a couple of times on that long drive, including the touchdown, and I think Peek will be a big key for Alabama’s offense the rest of the season. He’s one of those guys who knows how to get open and catches the ball. He’s a tough matchup for any defense.