Nov. 22, 2009
SUNDAY REWIND: Here is a look back at No. 3 Alabama’s 45-0 win at Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama senior Javier Arenas set an SEC record with his seventh career punt return for a touchdown and sophomore running back Mark Ingram tallied 102 rushing yards and two touchdowns in just a little over one quarter Saturday as the Crimson Tide blanked Chattanooga 45-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Ingram paced an Alabama rushing attack that piled up 313 yards on the ground on Saturday. He was one of four Crimson Tide runners to rush for 60 or more yards in the win. Demetrius Goode and Roy Upchurch added 70 yards on the ground, while Trent Richardson added 60 yards. Upchurch and Richardson also added a rushing touchdown.
Arenas scored on a 66-yard punt return that put the Tide up 28-0 on the second play of the second quarter.
The Crimson Tide defense pitched its first shutout of the season and held Chattanooga to 84 total yards in the win. Junior Rolando McClain led the Tide with seven tackles, one tackle for loss, three quarterback pressures and one pass breakup in the first half. The Tide played its reserves exclusively in the second half in the win.
Alabama closes out the 2009 regular season at Auburn on Friday, Nov. 27, at 1:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday’s win over Chattanooga.
4 – Alabama recorded its first shutout of the 2009 season on Saturday against Chattanooga and has now held four opponents this season without a touchdown, including Mississippi, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Chattanooga. The combined score of those four wins was 118-12. In addition, the 45-0 win over Chattanooga was the Crimson Tide’s third shutout in its last 15 regular season games, dating back to last season. The three shutouts have come against Arkansas State (Nov. 1, 2008), Auburn (Nov. 29, 2008) and Chattanooga (Nov. 21, 2009).
7 – Arenas returned a Chattanooga punt 66 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, the seventh punt return touchdown of his Alabama career – setting a new SEC career record and breaking the previous mark of 6 by Derek Abney of Kentucky (2000-03).
22:36 – Alabama’s time of possession in the second half on Saturday. The Crimson Tide held the ball for 11:38 in the third quarter and had the ball for 10:58 in the fourth quarter. Alabama had one second half drive that lasted 19 plays and consumed 10:14 off the scoreboard clock, but ended without points when Jeremy Shelley missed his first career field goal attempt in the fourth quarter.
71.75 – Sophomore Julio Jones’ receiving yards per game over the last four games against Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Chattanooga. In those four games, Jones has 18 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns. In the first seven games of the season, Jones had 13 catches for 175 yards and one TD. He missed the North Texas game with an injury and did not have a catch against South Carolina. In addition, Jones has had at least one TD reception in each of last three games marking the second time in his career he has caught a TD pass in three straight games. Jones also caught a TD pass in consecutive games against Western Kentucky, Arkansas and Georgia last season.
NEXT GAME: Alabama closes out the 2009 regular season with the annual Iron Bowl against the Auburn Tigers. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet on Friday, Nov. 27, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised by CBS Sports. Auburn ranks third in the SEC and 11th nationally with 219.6 rushing yards per game under first-year head coach Gene Chizik. The Tigers running attack has been bolstered the play of Ben Tate, who is third in the SEC and 19th nationally with 109.9 rushing yards per game.