Associated Press - October 17, 2009 11:24 PM ET
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mark Ingram rushed for a career-high 246 yards and a game-clinching touchdown, powering No. 2 Alabama to a 20-6 victory over No. 22 South Carolina on Saturday night.
Ingram's tackle-breaking, defender-dragging runs and a punishing defense helped the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) overcome four turnovers - doubling their season total. It also helped 'Bama avoid the down-to-the-wire scares No. 1 Florida and No. 3 Texas had - or an upset defeat like No. 4 Virginia Tech endured.
Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2) had never beaten a team ranked higher than No. 3 and were hoping for their second win over a top-five team this season.
Ingram didn't let it happen. He was practically a one-man show on the decisive drive. He took the direct snap for five consecutive runs - including a 24-yarder and 22-yarder - and then took a pitch in from 4 yards out with 4:54 left.