Oct. 19, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In a game controlled by the defenses, a late touchdown by sophomore running back Mark Ingram gave No. 2 Alabama a 20-6 lead that stood up as the Crimson Tide held off a tough No. 22 South Carolina team at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night. Ingram had a career night, accounting for most of Alabama’s offensive output with 24 carries for 246 yards, a record for an Alabama running back in Bryant-Denny and the second highest rushing total in the nation this season. Sophomore safety Mark Barron returned an interception 77 yards for a score to give the Tide a 7-0 first quarter lead.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday’s win over South Carolina.
6 – The number of pass break-ups by Alabama junior cornerback Marquis Johnson against the Gamecocks, tying the Alabama single-game record. Johnson matched the record of six PBUs set by John Mangum against Vanderbilt on Sept. 30, 1989 and Southwestern Louisiana on Oct. 14, 1989. Johnson had four pass break-ups in the first half and added two more in the final half, including batting down a third down pass from the UA 5-yard line in the final seconds to keep the Gamecocks out of the end zone. Johnson also added two tackles and one quarterback pressure in the game.
19 – The combined number of pass break-ups and quarterback pressures the by the Tide defense against South Carolina. The Crimson Tide had 11 pass break-ups and eight pressures in the game. Johnson led the way with a school-record six PBUs. Kareem Jackson had two PBUs, while Mark Barron, Rolando McClain and Justin Woodall had one each. Eryk Anders led the Tide with three hurries and McClain added two hurries in the win. Cory Reamer, Lorenzo Washington and Johnson had one each.
77 – Sophomore defensive back Mark Barron scored the game’s first touchdown with a nifty 77-yard interception return on the second play from scrimmage in the first quarter. Barron’s interception return is the 11th longest return in school history and the second-longest for the Tide in 2009. Last week against Mississippi, Kareem Jackson picked off a pass and recorded a 79-yard interception return to thwart a scoring drive early in the fourth quarter.
246 – The number of rushing yards by sophomore running Mark Ingram in the win over South Carolina. Ingram ran the ball 24 times for a Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards and one touchdown. It was just the third 200-yard game by an Alabama player in stadium history. Glen Coffee (218 vs. Kentucky, 2008) and Kenneth Darby (200 vs, Mississippi State, 2004) had the other two 200-yard games. The 246 yards also ranks as the third-highest single-game total in school history behind Shaun Alexander (291 at LSU, 1996) and Bobby Humphrey (284, at Mississippi State, 1986). Ingram had 14 carries for 146 yards at halftime. He ran eight times for 41 yards in the first quarter and then exploded for 105 rushing yards on six carries (17.5 per attempt) in the second quarter. After netting only 27 yards in the third quarter on three attempts, he punctuated his night 73 yards on seven rushes (10.4) in the final quarter, including all 68 yards on the Tide’s scoring drive, capped by his 4-yard run that gave the Tide a 20-6 lead with 4:54 left in the game.
905 – Ingram’s season rushing total through seven games this season. He leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally with 129.3 rushing yards per game this season. He has 135 rushing attempts and is averaging 6.7 yards per attempt. He has added eight rushing touchdowns. Ingram is 95 yards away from becoming the 13th player in school history with 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He has accounted for 56.5 percent (905 of 1,605) of the Tide’s rushing yards this season
NEXT GAME: Alabama (7-0) plays the second of three straight home games when the Crimson Tide hosts the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CST). Tennessee (3-3), who is coming off an open date, posted a 45-19 win in its last game over Georgia on Oct. 10. The Volunteers are third in the SEC in rushing defense (63.29) and third in total defense (226.7) this season. Montario Hardesty ranks fourth in the league and 12th nationally with 112 rushing yards per game.