Oct. 4, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Alabama football team scored over 30 points for the fifth time this season, beating the Kentucky Wildcats 38-20 in Commonwealth Stadium. It was the Crimson Tide's first true road game of the season and its first Southeastern Conference road matchup. After scoring on its opening drive, the Tide stalled offensively before closing out the half with a pair touchdowns in a span of 19 seconds, the first coming off a 97-yard drive followed by a 44-yard fumble return.
Sophomore running back Mark Ingram led the Tide on the ground with 140 yards on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns while senior tight end Colin Peek led the Tide with six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Senior linebacker Rolando McClain led the UA defense with 12 tackles. He also forced the fumble that led to Courtney Upshaw's fumble return for a score before the half as well an interception that set up Ingram's second touchdown to start the second half.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday's win over Kentucky.
4 - The total number of turnovers forced the Crimson Tide defense on Saturday. Alabama had three interceptions and recovered one fumble in the win over Kentucky. The four turnovers resulted in 17 points, including a 41-yard fumble return by Courtney Upshaw that gave the Tide a 21-6 halftime lead. The four turnovers at Kentucky equaled the total number of turnovers forced by the UA defense in the first four games this season.
9 - The total number of touchdowns scored by sophomore running back Mark Ingram in five games this season. Ingram has six rushing touchdowns and three touchdown receptions in the first five games for the Tide. He has scored at least one touchdown in all five games this season and eight of his last nine games overall dating back to his freshman season. Overall, Ingram has scored at least one touchdown in 14 of his 19 career games at UA.
50.0 - The combined third and fourth down conversion percentage for the Alabama offense on Saturday. Alabama converted 8-of-17 third down plays against Kentucky and was 2-of-3 on fourth down conversions in the win.
83.3 - Greg McElroy's completion percentage in the second quarter against Kentucky. The junior completed 7-of-8 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. He engineered a 97-yard scoring drive that gave the Crimson Tide a 14-3 lead and set the tempo for the remainder of the game. The Crimson Tide held the ball for 11:20 of the second quarter and converted 4-of-6 third downs.
200 - The total number of points scored by the Crimson Tide offense in the first five games of the season, marking the fifth time in school history that Alabama has scored 200 or more points in its first five games. The other four teams to score 200 or more points were 1920 (243 points), 1919 (225 points), 1979 (219 points) and 1921 (211 points).
NEXT GAME: No. 3 Alabama (5-0) will play its second straight road game this Saturday when the Crimson Tide travels to No. 16 Mississippi (3-1) for an SEC Western Division showdown. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CDT). The Rebels' defense leads the SEC with three sacks per game, ranks second in scoring defense (7.25) and passing efficiency defense (87.28). The Rebels are second nationally in pass efficiency defense and sixth in scoring defense this season.