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McCarron throws 4 early TD passes, No. 1 Alabama rolls past Georgia State, 45-3

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    Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws a pass while under pressure from Georgia State linebacker Jarrell Robinson (46) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (The Associated Press)

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    Alabama running back Kenyan Drake (17) dives over the goal line past Georgia State cornerback Demarius Matthews (5) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (The Associated Press)

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    Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Georgia State on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (The Associated Press)

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    Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks with Georgia State head coach Trent Miles before the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (The Associated Press)

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    Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones (22) catches a pass and eludes the tackle of Georgia State safety Rashad Stewart (29) for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (The Associated Press)

AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and No. 1 Alabama rolled to a 45-3 victory over Georgia State on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.

McCarron led Alabama to touchdowns on each of his five possessions before leaving the game. He completed his first 12 passes, putting him in a three-way tie for the Tide's third-longest streak.

The four touchdown passes tied his career high and was the seventh time McCarron has reached that number. Alabama outgained the Panthers 477-175 and held them to 15 yards rushing.

The Tide hasn't allowed a touchdown in the past three games, giving up only three field goals.

Georgia State ended Alabama's shutout bid with Wil Lutz's school-record 53-yard field goal to cap the second half's opening drive.