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Richardson powers Bama past Ga. Southern, 45-21

By JOHN ZENOR

AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power No. 3 Alabama to a 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (10-1) didn't win many style points in giving up a season-high 21 points, but the team's biggest national title boost came the previous night when No. 2 Oklahoma State fell 37-31 to Iowa State in two overtimes.

Alabama needed Richardson more than expected against the FCS Eagles (9-2). The Heisman Trophy candidate ran 32 times, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass and broke Shaun Alexander's school single-season mark of 19 rushing touchdowns.

He was still running well into the fourth quarter in a game that was expected to be a low-stress tuneup for the Iron Bowl at Auburn.

Georgia Southern's triple option attack burned the nation's top defense for 302 rushing yards.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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