Sept. 20, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama dominated North Texas on both sides of the ball en route to a 53-7 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide rushed for five touchdowns by four different players, while the defense held the Mean Green to just seven first downs.
The Crimson Tide showcased a balanced attack on offense, throwing for 264 yards and grinding out 260 yards on the ground to surpass the 500-yard mark for the second straight game. The defense limited North Texas to 181 total yards, including 61 rushing yards.
Alabama moved to No. 3 in both polls this week following its impressive win over North Texas. The Crimson Tide is ranked third in the latest Associated Press poll and received three first-place votes. Alabama is also third in the USA Today/Coaches poll.
Alabama opens Southeastern Conference play at home next week when Arkansas visits Bryant-Denny Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Central Time, and CBS will televise the game.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday's win over North Texas.
4 - The number of snaps the North Texas offense took in Alabama territory on Saturday. The Mean Green did not run its first offensive play on the Crimson Tide's side of the 50-yard line until 2:57 left in the third quarter. North Texas ran two plays in UA territory in the third quarter and two more in the fourth quarter, yielding the ball at the UA 48-yard after a failed fourth down conversion in the game's final minute.
11 - The number of UA players to catch at least one pass in the win over North Texas. Junior quarterback Greg McElroy and redshirt freshman quarterback Star Jackson completed passes to five wide receivers, three tight ends and three running backs. Sophomore wide receiver Marquis Maze led the way with four catches for 49 yards, including a 34-yard TD grab. Mark Ingram and Mike McCoy had three catches each, while Terry Grant, Darius Hanks, Brad Smelley and Colin Peek caught two passes apiece. Brandon Gibson, Earl Alexander, Michael Bowman and Trent Richardson also had one catch on Saturday.
42 - The number of rushing yards allowed per game by the Crimson Tide this season. Alabama has yielded 126 rushing yards in its first three games to lead the SEC and rank second nationally in rushing yards per game.
80.3 - McElroy's completion percentage in his last 10 quarters as the Tide's starting quarterback. The junior has completed 37-of-46 passes for 468 yards and three TDs, dating back to third quarter of the Tide's season opener with Virginia Tech. McElroy completed 6-of-7 passes for 51 yards in the second half against the Hokies. Two weeks ago, McElroy completed 18-of-24 passes for 241 yards and one TD in the win over Florida International. He continued his steady hand against North Texas on Saturday, completing 13-of-15 passes for 176 yards and two TDs in a just a little less than one half of football.
523 - Alabama's total offense in its last game against North Texas, giving the Tide back-to-back 500-yard games for the first time since 2001. In addition to its offensive output against the Mean Green, Alabama also piled up 516 yards in its win over Florida International on Sept. 12. The last time Alabama had back-to-back 500-yard game came against South Carolina (516) on Sept. 29, 2001 in Columbia, S.C., and against Texas-El Paso (588) on Oct. 6, 2001 at Birmingham's Legion Field.
Top Offensive Games (Saban Era)
575 vs. Western Carolina (313 rushing/262 passing) (Sept. 1, 2007)
557 vs. Western Kentucky (281 rushing/276 passing) (Sept. 13, 2008)
523 vs. North Texas (260 rushing/263 passing) (Sept. 19, 2009)
516 vs. Florida International (275 rushing/241 passing) (Sept. 12, 2009)
510 vs. Tennessee (147 rushing/363 passing) (Oct. 20, 2007)
498 vs. Virginia Tech (268 rushing/230 passing) (Sept. 5, 2009)
Most Total Offense in Consecutive Games (Since 2000)
1,104 vs. South Carolina (516) and UTEP (588) in 2001
1,039 vs. Florida International (516) and North Texas (523) in 2009
1,014 vs. Virginia Tech (498) and Florida International (516) in 2009
959 vs. Western Kentucky (557) and Arkansas (402) in 2008
950 vs. Mississippi State (401) and Auburn (549) in 2001
951 vs. UTEP (588) and Ole Miss (363) in 2001
946 vs. Western Carolina (575) and Vandy (371) in 2008
924 vs. Southern Mississippi (372) and Arkansas (552) in 2002
906 vs. North Texas (534) and Southern Mississippi (372) in 2002
888 vs. Ole Miss (378) and Tennessee (510) in 2008
886 vs. Mississippi State (409) and LSU (477) in 2002
NEXT GAME: Alabama (3-0) will open Southeastern Conference play this Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CST). The Arkansas game will mark the final game of a three-game home stand for the Alabama, who has posted back-to-back wins over Florida International and North Texas in Tuscaloosa. Arkansas has the top-rated quarterback and the No. 2-rated passing offense in college football. Quarterback Ryan Mallett enters the game with a 193.49 efficiency rating, while the Razorbacks average 427.5 yard per game through the air. Wide receiver Jarius Wright leads the SEC with 123.5 receiving yards per game.