Sept. 6, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 5 Alabama opened the 2009 season with an impressive 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game held in the Georgia Dome Saturday night.
Crimson Tide sophomore running back Mark Ingram ran for a career-best 150 yards, including a six-yard touchdown on the ground. The Flint, Mich. native also scored on an 18-yard pass from junior quarterback Greg McElroy, who made his first career start Saturday night. Alabama dominated the stats sheet, rolling up 498 net yards to Virginia Tech's 155 as well as a 14-minute advantage in time of possession.
Here is a look back at the Crimson Tide's win over Virginia Tech in this week's by-the numbers on Crimson Tide football.
2 - The number of third down conversions for Virginia Tech. The Crimson Tide's stingy defense held the Hokies to 2-of-12 on third downs, including 0-of-5 in the second half.
5 - The number of sacks Alabama recorded against Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Preseason All-American linebacker Rolando McClain led the way with two sacks (-19). Marcell Dareus (-8), Javier Arenas (-10) and Josh Chapman (-1) were also credited with sacks. Alabama had only three sacks in last year's season opener against Clemson. The Tide had 26 sacks in 14 games last season, an average of 1.9 sacks per game. It was the most sacks since the Tide had five against Middle Tennessee State on n Sept. 3, 2005.
8 - The number of tackles for Eryk Anders in his first career start for the Tide. Anders had three solo tackles, five assists, two tackles for loss (-3) and one forced fumble.
16 - Alabama has scored on its opening possession in 16 of 28 games under head coach Nick Saban, including last night's win over Virginia Tech. The Crimson Tide's first possession of the 2009 season culminated in a 49-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin to put UA in front 3-0 with 9:56 left in the first quarter.
The Crimson Tide has nine touchdowns, including three by sophomore running back Mark Ingram, and has kicked seven field goals, all by senior Leigh Tiffin, for its 16 opening possession scores since the 2007 season. Alabama scored on its first possession in nine of its 13 games in 2007 and six of its 14 games last season.
180 - Alabama dominated the fourth quarter with 18 points and 180 total yards in its comeback win over Virginia Tech. The Crimson Tide trailed 17-16 entering the final quarter and answered with 18 points for the win. Alabama ran the ball 15 times for 95 yards, including Ingram's 10 rushing attempts for 81 yards and one TD. McElory completed three of five passes for 85 yards and one TD in the final period.
185 - Ingram's all-purpose yards in the win over Virginia Tech in the season opener. The sophomore ran the ball 26 times for 150 yards and one TD and added three catches for 35 yards and one TD. The Flint, Mich., native really shined in the fourth quarter with 99 all-purpose yards and two TDs as the Tide scored 18 points in the final 15 minutes and posted a 34-24 win.
498 - The number of total yards the UA offense piled up in the win over Virginia Tech. Alabama had a balanced attack with 268 rushing yards and 230 passing yards in the season opener. The 498 total yards are the fourth-highest total by the Crimson Tide in the Saban era. The three highest totals came against Western Carolina (575) in 2007, Western Kentucky (557) in 2008 and Tennessee (510) in 2007.
1,492 - The number of total yards generated by the Alabama offense in three season openers under Coach Saban. The Crimson Tide has averaged 497.33 yards per game the last three seasons against Western Carolina (575), Clemson (419) and Virginia Tech (498) on opening day.