#1 Alabama - 62, Duke - 13
September 18, 2010
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.
Alabama tight end Chris Underwood (87) and Alabama offensive lineman Anthony Steen (61)
open a huge gap as Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) dives for a fourth-quarter
touchdown against Duke.
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 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.