Alabama beats MTSU 37-10

Alabama wide receiver Robert Foster (8) scores a touchdown against Middle Tennessee in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Jake Coker passed for 214 yards in the first half and Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 37-10 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (2-0) started slowly against the five-touchdown underdogs minutes after rival No. 6 Auburn eked out an overtime win over FCS team Jacksonville State. There was no such scare at Bryant-Denny Stadium, though.

Coker started for the second straight game and gave no indication he’s going to yield the job to Cooper Bateman, who played the second half against the Blue Raiders (1-1). Coker was 15 of 26 passing with a touchdown but also was intercepted after throwing into double coverage downfield.

Henry has three TDs in each of Alabama’s first two games and gained 96 yards. Backfield mate Kenyan Drake set up one TD with a 69-yard catch and run and scored on a 14-yard pass from Bateman.

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