NCAA Game Summary - Chattanooga at Alabama|
(Saturday, November 21st)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 45, Chattanooga 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Mark Ingram had 102 yards and two touchdowns
on 11 carries in two quarters of action, as second-ranked Alabama thumped FCS
foe Chattanooga, 45-0, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Greg McElroy played only the first half, completing 6-of-11 passes for 80
yards and one touchdown for the Crimson Tide (11-0), who rested many first-
stringers on the offensive side after building a 35-0 lead at the break.
Julio Jones had a touchdown reception in the win, and Javier Arenas set an SEC
record with his seventh punt return for a touchdown, breaking the mark
previously established by Kentucky's Derek Abney.
"We were pleased to be able to play as many players as we played today," said
Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "It was great for the seniors who were
acknowledged. I think that just about every senior on our team got to play in
the game. It was good that the players came out and played Alabama football
and got ahead in the game so that those players got an opportunity to play."
B.J. Coleman struggled immensely for an overmatched Chattanooga (6-5) squad,
throwing for just 36 yards and two interceptions on 7-of-25 passing.
The Mocs, who totaled 84 yards of offense, ended the regular season by
dropping four of their last six games.
"Obviously it was a tough (loss) for us," said Chattanooga head coach Russ
Huesman. "We played a great football team. We'll watch the film but I think
our guys played hard. You could see they wanted to be in the game, even
towards the end there."
After going three-and-out to start the game, McElroy led the Crimson Tide on
an 11-play, 51-drive on their second offensive series that culminated in a
two-yard touchdown run by Trent Richardson.
Only two plays were required for Alabama to extend the lead to 14-0. The
Crimson Tide got the ball at their own 31 following a punt. McElroy threw a
44-yard pass to Jones and the dynamic Ingram rumbled 25 yards for the score.
Chattanooga's Jare Gault was picked off on the ensuing drive, and Jones caught
a pass in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown with 54 seconds remaining in a
productive first quarter for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide's overwhelming defense limited Chattanooga to one yard on its
next possession and Arenas returned the subsequent punt, sprinting down
the right sideline for a 66-yard score 18 seconds into the second quarter.
A 40-yard dash by Ingram gave Alabama a comfortable 35-0 advantage at
Coleman threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage in the third
quarter. Alabama transformed the turnover in a 41-yard Leigh Tiffin field
Roy Upchurch's 21-yard TD run with four minutes to go in regulation accounted
for the final margin.
Upchurch and Demetrius Goode both rushed for 70 yards for Alabama, which
totaled 313 yards on the ground...Chattanooga recorded just five first
downs...Alabama has won all 11 meetings with the Mocs...The Crimson Tide
battle Auburn on Friday before facing Florida in the SEC championship game on
11/21 16:47:13 ET