Ingram Leads Tide Past Duke in First Action of Season

Ingram Leads Tide Past Duke in First Action of Season

Ingram Leads Tide Past Duke in First Action of Season

Not that it looked like they needed him, but Alabama’s Mark Ingram returned to action on Saturday after sitting out the first two weeks of the college football season following orthoscopic knee surgery.  Last year’s Heisman winner made quick work of the Duke defense and put the whispers that his replacement may be better than him to bed.

In Ingram’s absence Trent Richardson led the Crimson Tide in rushing in the team’s first two wins of the season.  Richardson looked impressive, and some talking heads started to wonder if the Tide were just as good without Ingram.  Three carries into his return, and Ingram had given everyone the answer they were looking for.  Ingram took his first handoff of the game and rumbled down the field for a 48-yard gain.  Two more carries and Ingram had totaled more than 100 yards on just three carries.  Ingram ended the day with 151 yards on just nine carries.  He tacked on two touchdowns for good measure.  Ingram became the first running back to rush for more than 150 yards on less than 10 carries in the last five seasons.

Ingram was not the only star in a game that saw Alabama score their most points in 19 years as they pummeled Duke 62-13.  Quarterback Greg McElroy played only two and a half quarters but completed 14 of 20 passes for over 250 yards and 3 touchdown passes.  Ingram’s fill-in, Richardson, returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and tacked on a 45-yard run for a touchdown in Alabama’s blowout victory.


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