DURHAM, N.C. – Alabama running back Mark Ingram broke a 48-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide never looked back in its 62-13 win against Duke Saturday afternoon.
Saturday proved to be an impressive day for the Crimson Tide offense, which scored 62 points for the first time since 1991 and posted over 600 yards of offense for the first time since 1989.
Ingram, in his first game of the 2010 season, ran for 152 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Greg McElroy was impressive through the air with 258 yards and three touchdowns in his 14-for-20 performance. Sophomore Trent Richardson's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the first for Alabama since 2004.
The Crimson Tide wasted no time setting the tone with junior Julio Jones returning the opening kickoff 41 yards followed by Ingram's 48-yard gain. Three plays later McElroy connected with junior Darius Hanks on a nine-yard fade route for the first touchdown of the game.
Alabama would go on to score three more touchdowns in the first quarter, including Ingram's first of the season, a one-yard burst on the Tide's third possession, to take a 28-3 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw McElroy hit senior Preston Dial for a touchdown early, followed by Richardson's 96-yard kickoff return. Freshman Cade Foster ended the half with a 44-yard field goal, to give the Tide a 45-13 lead heading into the half.
The Alabama defense stood strong in the second half, shutting out the Duke offense after giving up the first touchdown of the season in the second quarter. Another Foster field goal combined with two more rushing touchdowns from Richardson and freshman Eddie Lacy, gave the Crimson Tide their final 62-13 victory.
The Tide will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., next Saturday to face the Arkansas Razorbacks. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on CBS.
Crimson Tide notables in Saturday's game against Duke:
INGRAM SURPASSES 2,500 CAREER RUSHING YARDS & MOVES UP CAREER RUSHING YARDS CHART: Junior running back Mark Ingram rushed for 151 yards against Duke, moving him up the Alabama career rushing yards chart into 7th place with 2,537 yards in his career. Shaun Alexander (1996-99) is the Alabama career rushing yards record holder with 3,565 yards.
INGRAM MOVES UP CAREER TD LIST: Junior running back Mark Ingram's two rushing touchdowns against Duke give him 31 rushing touchdowns in his career at Alabama. Those totals rank among the best in Alabama history.
INGRAM OVER 100 YARDS RUSHING FOR 11TH TIME IN HIS CAREER: Mark Ingram's 151 rushing yards gives him 11 100-yard rushing performances in his Alabama career, ranking fifth in Alabama history. Shaun Alexander (15 from 1996-99) and Bobby Humphrey (15 from 1985-88) hold the record.
McELROY ENDS ERRORLESS STRETCH AT 149: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy threw an interception for the first time this season, and the first time in 149 attempts dating back to the LSU game on November 7, 2009. The miscue occurred at the Duke 6-yard line with 13:49 left in second quarter. Prior to that play, McElroy had started the game completing 10 of his first 11 attempts for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns.
RICHARDSON RETURNS KICKOFF 91 YARDS FOR TOUCHDOWN: Sophomore Trent Richardson gave Alabama a 42-6 lead in the second quarter on a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. That return does not make the Alabama all-time top 10 list for longest kickoff returns, but it does mark the first Crimson Tide kickoff return for a touchdown since a 100-yard return for a score by Tyrone Prothro on October 10, 2004.
WELCOME BACK MARCELL DAREUS: Nose tackle/defensive end Marcell Dareus returned to action against Duke and quickly made his presence felt, notching a quarterback for a six-yard loss with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
JONES NOTCHES 10TH CAREER TD CATCH: Julio Jones gave Alabama a 14-0 lead with 10:34 remaining in the first quarter on an 18-yard catch of a Greg McElroy pass. The catch is the 10th of Jones' Alabama career. The record for touchdown catches in a career is 18 by Dennis Homan (1967-69).
RICHARDSON JOINS 1,000-YARD CLUB: With 61 rushing yards against Duke, sophomore running back Trent Richardson became the 51st Crimson Tide player to rush for 1,000 career yards. Richardson now has 1,022 yards on 184 carries over the first 17 games of his Alabama career. Mark Ingram became the 50th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards last season while Glen Coffee and Terry Grant both eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards in 2008.
McELROY EXTENDS STREAK: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy has yet to lose a game as a starting quarterback at the University of Alabama. With the win over Duke, the Southlake, Texas, native has a perfect 17-0 mark over the last two seasons as a starter. In fact, dating back to his senior year at Southlake Carroll High School, McElroy has started 33 consecutive games and walked off the field as a winner each time. McElroy's last loss as a starting quarterback was in the eighth grade. McElroy's 17-0 start to his career is the second best in school history and he is currently the only Alabama quarterback to have never lost during his career as a starter (minimum 10 starts). It also ranks as the second-longest streak of consecutive wins by a starting quarterback in school history. Jay Barker owns both records, winning the first 22 games of his career from 1991-93.
MILESTONES – POINTS, VICTORY MARGIN & TOTAL YARDS: Alabama's 62 points scored vs. Duke is the most in a game since a 62-0 win over Tulane on Oct. 12, 1991, and the most in a road game since a 62-27 win over Mississippi on Oct. 7, 1989. The 49-point margin of victory is the largest for Alabama since a 52-0 win over Western Carolina on Sept. 18, 2004. Alabama amassed 626 yards of total offense (315 rushing, 311 passing) against Duke, the most since gaining 644 against LSU in Baton Rouge on Nov. 11, 1989 (257 rushing, 387 passing).
27 STRAIGHT REGULAR-SEASON WINS FOR TIDE: With the win over Duke, Alabama has reeled off 27 consecutive regular-season victories. The win streak dates back to the 2008 season opener against Clemson. UA's last regular-season loss came at Auburn on Nov. 24, 2007. During that stretch, the Crimson Tide boasts a 29-2 overall record with its only losses coming to Florida in the 2008 SEC Championship Game and Utah in the 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Tide is also a perfect 16-0 in SEC play over the last two years, becoming just the second team (Florida - 1995 & 1996) in conference history to post back-to-back undefeated 8-0 records since the league split into a divisional format in 1992.
NO. 1 ROLLS ON: With the Crimson Tide's 24-3 win over then-No. 18/14 Penn State, in the last 15 years the Associated Press's No. 1-ranked team is 27-0 on its home field against a ranked opponent. That streak dates back to a 36-33 Auburn win at No. 1 Florida in 1994.
INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics