Nov. 15, 2009
STARKVILLE, Miss. - No. 3 ranked Alabama used long drives and quick strikes and a stifling defensive effort to defeat Mississippi State 31-3 and improve to 10-0 on the season in front of a Davis Wade Stadium record crowd of 58,103.
Sophomore Mark Ingram rushed for 149 yards on 19 attempts including a pair of touchdowns. His second touchdown of the night was an electrifying 70-yard run in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Greg McElroy threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns on the night, completing 13 passes on 18 attempts. Three Crimson Tide receivers had catches of more than 40 yards, including two for touchdowns by sophomore Julio Jones and junior Darius Hanks.
Defensively, senior Rolando McClain gathered 10 tackles including three for a loss while sophomore Mark Barron hauled in a pair of interceptions and broke up two passes including one in the end zone late in the game.
Alabama returns to action in its final home game of the season against Chattanooga next Saturday, Nov. 21. The game is slated for a 11:20 a.m. kick off and will be televised on the SEC Network.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday's win over Mississippi State.
22 - Alabama's 10-game winning streak is the 22nd such winning streak in school history, an NCAA record. This is the Crimson Tide's second 10-game winning streak in as many seasons. Alabama posted a 13-game winning streak over the last two seasons. The 13-game streak began with a 30-24 win over Colorado in the 2007 Independence Bowl and continued through the 2008 regular season.
30 - Alabama notched its 30th 10-win season with its 31-3 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night in Starkville. Alabama's 30- 10-win seasons rank second in NCAA history behind Oklahoma, who has posted 31 10-win seasons. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is one of 11 coaches in school history to lead his team to a 10-win season. In addition, Saban is one of five UA coaches to have more than one 10-win season. He led the Tide to a 12-2 record last season. Alabama has had four 10-win seasons this decade, including 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
41 - The average length of Alabama's four touchdowns in the win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Junior quarterback Greg McElroy had two touchdown passes, including a 45-yard strike to Darius Hanks in the second quarter and a 48-yard TD pass to Julio Jones in the fourth quarter. Sophomore running back Mark Ingram added two rushing touchdowns, a 1-yard run in the second quarter and a 70-yard burst in the fourth quarter. Jones and Ingram's fourth quarter touchdowns covered 118 combined yards and came on consecutive plays.
1,000 - Ingram has rushed for exactly 1,000 yards (150 attempts) in seven SEC games this season. He is averaging 142.9 yards per game in SEC play and has scored seven TDs. Ingram has recorded five 100-yard games in league play this season and has accounted for 73.2 percent of the team's rushing yards (1,000 of 1,366) and has scored seven of the eight rushing touchdowns in SEC games.
4,176 - Alabama has piled up 4,176 yards of total offense this season, an average of 417.6 yards per game this season. Alabama coach Nick Saban has talked about a balanced offense and the Tide has been just that in 2009. In 10 games, the Crimson Tide has recorded 2,169 rushing yards (51.9 percent) and 2,007 passing yards (48.1) this season.
NEXT GAME: Alabama will play its final home game of the 2009 season when the Crimson Tide hosts FCS member Chattanooga at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21. The game will be televised on the SEC Network with kick off set for 11:21 a.m. (CT). Chattanooga is 6-4 on the season after last week's 31-28 come-from-behind win over The Citadel. The Mocs trailed 21-3 at halftime before rallying for the win. Chattanooga averages 234.9 passing yards per game. Quarterback B.J. Coleman, a transfer from Tennessee, has completed 222 of 376 passes for 2,312 yards, with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite target is Blue Cooper, who has 82 catches for 817 yards and seven TDs. Weak side linebacker Joseph Thornton (86) and strong side linebacker Ryan Consiglio (80) have combined for 166 tackles this year.