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Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after Alabama scored a touchdown during the 1st half of the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after Alabama scored a touchdown during the 1st half of the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Play was suspended and the stands were evacuated due to lightning with No. 1 Alabama leading Missouri 27-0 midway through the second quarter.

The game was halted late Saturday afternoon after lightning appeared to strike near Faurot Field with 8:40 to go, right after a touchdown
run by T.J. Yeldon capped by a leap for the pylon the last 5 yards or so was confirmed on replay.

The stands were virtually empty about 10 minutes after the game was suspended. SEC rules call for a mandatory 30-minute period without detecting lightning within a 6-mile radius followed by a 10-minute warmup before play can be resumed.

Alabama enjoyed a 311-40 advantage in total yards when the game was stopped.

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