NCAA Game Summary - Alabama at Duke|
(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: (1) Alabama 62, Duke 13
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Mark Ingram returned to the lineup for Alabama
after missing the first two games of the season and ran for 151 yards with a
pair of touchdowns on just nine carries to lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide to
an easy 62-13 victory over Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium.
It was the first road game of the season for Alabama (3-0), which handled San
Jose State and Penn State in its first two outings at Bryant-Denny Stadium
without the returning Heisman Trophy winner. Ingram injured his left knee in
practice on August 30 and underwent an arthroscopic procedure the next day.
"Well first of all I was really pleased with the way our players came in ready
to play today," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "I was really concerned
coming off last week's game with how we would respond coming on the road for
the first time - how we would compete after a big game."
Greg McElroy threw for 258 yards while completing 14-of-20 passes with three
touchdowns and one interception for Alabama, which will open its SEC schedule
next week at fellow unbeaten Arkansas. Julio Jones caught five passes for 106
yards with a touchdown in the lopsided victory.
Trent Richardson added 61 yards on the ground, including a 45-yard scoring
jaunt, and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, while Eddie Lacy also
reached the end zone for the Tide, who piled up 315 rushing yards and
outgained Duke by a 626-302 margin.
Sean Renfree threw for a 144 yards with a touchdown for Duke (1-2), which has
yielded 116 points in its last two outings. The Blue Devils, who dropped their
ACC opener last week at Wake Forest by a 54-48 score, fell to 0-11 all-time
against No. 1 teams.
"That's a laundry list of things that need to be addressed as a head coach,"
said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. "I told them that it's obvious to anyone
who watched this game or the last two games that we're in rehab. We certainly
have some things to fix. In this point in time, that's where we are. We have
nine football games left and I'm just really interested in seeing the response
from people tomorrow."
Ingram took a handoff 48 yards on the first play from scrimmage, then added a
three-yard run before McElroy threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Darius Hanks
to cap the quick series for a 7-0 lead.
The Tide went to the air on their next possession, as McElroy connected on
three of his four throws during the six-play set and capped it with an 18-yard
scoring strike to Jones.
Ingram ignited the next Alabama offensive series with a 50-yard run on the
first play and was rewarded soon after with a one-yard touchdown run to make
it 21-0 just under nine minutes into the contest.
Renfree was picked off by Dre Kirkpatrick on Duke's next possession and the
Tide turned the mistake into another score, as Ingram found the end zone from
17 yards away.
The Blue Devils picked up their initial first down on their next series and
drove far enough for a 22-yard field goal from Will Snyderwine late in the
McElroy was picked off early in the second quarter, but the Tide got the ball
right back after a punt and the senior signal-caller ended a 56-yard drive
with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Preston Dial.
Snyderwine drilled a 42-yard field goal with just over six minutes left in the
half, but Richardson fielded the ensuing kickoff at the four-yard line,
dropped the ball and picked it up before racing 91 yards for a touchdown to
give the Tide a 42-6 lead.
Duke added a touchdown on an 11-yard connection between Renfree and Austin
Kelly just 29 seconds before the intermission, but Alabama tacked on a 44-yard
Cade Foster field goal as time expired for a 45-13 lead.
The Crimson Tide did not face a third down during the first half and outgained
the Blue Devils, 383-213. It marked the most points for Alabama in a first
half since a 42-point effort against UTEP in 2001.
After a 21-yard Foster field goal on the first series of the third quarter,
Richardson scored on a 45-yard run on the first play after a Duke punt to
increase the lead to 55-13. Lacy, who fumbled inside the Duke five-yard line
late in the third quarter, scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth to
account for the final margin.
The Crimson Tide last scored 62 points in a shutout against Tulane on October
12, 1991...Alabama has won 27 straight regular-season games, dating back to a
November 24, 2007 loss to Auburn...Richardson's kickoff return for a touchdown
was the first for Alabama since Tyrone Prothro returned one 100 yards against
Kentucky on October 10, 2004...Duke had last played a top-ranked team on
October 2, 1999 and suffered a 51-23 loss to Florida State...The last non-
conference No. 1 team to visit Duke was Pittsburgh in 1937. Florida State
played at Durham in 1993...This was just the fourth meeting between the
programs and the first since a 30-14 Alabama home victory in 2006. Alabama has
won the last three matchups after Duke prevailed in the Sugar Bowl after the
1944 season. The Crimson Tide had never previously played at Wallace Wade
Stadium, which is named for the man who guided Alabama to three national
championships during an eight-year tenure from 1923-30 before coaching the
Blue Devils for 16 seasons.
09/19 00:21:45 ET