Notes From Tide Win Over Duke

Here are notes from Alabama's 62-13 victory over Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham Saturday. The win moved Alabama to 3-0 on the season and the Crimson Tide will certainly hold to its number one national ranking.

The 62 points scored by Alabama against Duke was the most by the Crimson Tide since a 62-0 win over Tulane on October 12, 1991. It is the highest total in a road game since a 62-27 win over Ole Miss on October 7, 1989. The 49-point margin of victory is the largest for Alabama since a 52-0 win over Western Carolind on September 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 November 11, 1989.

Alabama has now won 27 consecutive regular season games. In all games, Bama has won 29 of its last 31.

The 45 first half points by Alabama Saturday were the most scored in a half since the Tide scored 45 in the second half of a 66-0 victory over California on September 15, 1973.

Alabama has now won the last three games it has played against Duke and has a 3-1 lead in the series. Duke's win came at the end of the 1944 season in the Sugar Bowl.

All eyes were on Mark Ingram in Alabama's game at Duke Saturday and the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner showed he is well worth watching. Ingram was used on 22 plays (surely a coincidence that he played the number of snaps he wears on his jersey), had nine carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Ingram had missed Bama's first two games after suffering a knee injury the week of the season opener and undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

Ingram's performance ranks eighth all-time by an Alabama back for yards-per-rush on five to nine rushes. He averaged 16.8 yards per carry.

Ingram also moved up to seventh on Alabama's career rushing record chart. He moved over the 2,500 mark with 2,537 yards. Shaun Alexander (1996-99) holds the all-time Tide record with 3,565 yards.

Ingram ranks fourth in career rushing touchdowns. Two against Duke give him 31 for his career. Alexander has the record with 41.

It was Ingram's 11th 100-yard rushing game in his Tide career.

Alabama continued its record of not allowing an opposing player to rush for 100 yards. It has now been 37 games since a player rushed for 100 yards or more against Alabama.

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 the longest kickoff returns, but it does mark the first Bama kickoff return for a touchdown since a 100-yard return for a score by Tyrone Prothro in 2004.

Senior quarterback Greg McElroy threw an interception for the first time this season, and the first time in 149 attempts dating back to last year's game against LSU. Prior to that, McElroy had started the Duke game with 10 completions in his first 11 attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

McElroy continued to be perfect as a starting quarterback at Alabama. In 17 starts, 14 last year and three this season, McElroy is 17-0. He had a 16-0 record as a high school starter. His 17-0 start is second best in Bama history behind Jay Barker (22 consecutive wins, 1992-93).

While Mark Ingram was making his celebrated return to action, so was defensive end Marcell Dareus. Ingram had been the Offensive MVP in the BCS National Championship Game at the end of last season and Dareus the Defensive MVP. Dareus had also missed the first two games of this season for improper benefits from an agent. He had an early tgackle for a six-yard loss against Duke.

Julio Jones gave Alabama a 14-0 lead with his 18-yard reception of a McElroy pass. It was Jones's 10th career touchdown reception.

Jones also had fifth game in which he had 100 or more receiving yards. He had 106 yards receiving against Duke.

With 61 rushing yards against Duke, Trent Richardson became the 51st Crimson Tide player to rush for over 1,000 career yards. Richardson now has 1,022 yards on 184 carries.

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