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Capitol One Bowl Final Score: Alabama's Michigan State Beatdown Ends 49-7

The SEC finally got on the board thanks to the Alabama Crimson Tide's 49-7 massacre of the Michigan St. Spartans, though after further review the Capitol One Bowl win will be credited to the SEC West, not the entire SEC. In the biggest bowl mismatch since the 2008 GMac Bowl (Tulsa 63, Bowling Green 7), the Tide led 49-0 with six minutes to go before Sparty found the scoreboard.

Four different Bama ballcarriers scored rushing touchdowns, with Mark Ingram and Eddie Lacy doubling up. Freshman Lacy posted 86 yards, his career high against a BCS-conference team and five more than he managed against the Georgia St. Panthers. Alabama outrushed Michigan State by 323 yards, though that's skewed somewhat by Bama's five sacks putting the Spartans into the red on the day.

Bama QBs Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron held it down as well, combining to complete 19 of 23 for 271 yards and no turnovers. 

And you know what's crazy? Based on scoreboard alone, this could only be the second-biggest mauling of a Big Ten team by an SEC West team today, as the Mississippi St. Bulldogs are up 52-14 on the Michigan Wolverines with time to go.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.