Alabama shows knack for hanging onto ball
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban says turnover ratio is "the most critical statistical factor in winning and losing."
The second-ranked Crimson Tide have dominated in that area. Alabama has only committed two turnovers in the past five games while forcing nine and returning two interceptions for touchdowns.
That ratio has helped keep any opponents from even coming close to beating the Tide.
Quarterback AJ McCarron has thrown 127 straight passes without an interception. Tailback Trent Richardson hasn't fumbled in his last 387 touches.
Alabama is outscoring opponents by an average of 38-7. That's the reward.
As for the punishment, Richardson says if one of the running backs loses a fumble, "we're going to be on the bench somewhere."
The Crimson Tide play at Mississippi on Saturday.
Alabama LB Mosley returns to practice
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama starting linebacker CJ Mosley is back in practice.
Mosley missed the past two games with an elbow injury sustained against Arkansas but practiced Monday. He has 12 tackles and one sack this season.
Coach Nick Saban says he expects running back Eddie Lacy to return on Tuesday. Lacy missed the Vanderbilt game and was limited against Florida with a foot injury.
Saban says offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio might be out for the year, and that his knee injury could require surgery.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide plays at Mississippi on Saturday.
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