McElroy Continues To Get The Wins
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy isn't often considered in discussion of Heisman Trophy candidates, in no small part because he is on the same team with the man who won that award last year, Crimson Tide tailback Mark Ingram. But McElroy has established himself as one of Bama's best quarterbacks because of one particular attribute: he quarterbacks Alabama to victories.
McElroy did that again Saturday in a 24-20 win over Arkansas. He has yet to lose a game as the starting quarterback at Alabama. With the win over Arkansas, the Southlake, Texas, native has a perfect 18-0 mark over the last two seasons as a starter. In fact, dating back to his senior year at Southlake Carroll High School, McElroy has started 34 consecutive games and walked off the field as a winner each time. McElroy's last loss as a starting quarterback was in the eighth grade.
McElroy's 18-0 start to his career is the second best in school history and he is currently the only Alabama quarterback to have never lost during his career as a starter (minimum 10 starts). It also ranks as the second-longest streak of consecutive wins by a starting quarterback in school history. Jay Barker owns both records, winning the first 22 games of his career from 1991-93.
McElroy moved into a tie for 10th place on the Alabama career touchdown passes list on a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Trent Richardson with 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter, cutting the Arkansas lead to 20-14. McElroy tied Jay Barker (1991-94) on the career list at 26. Brodie Croyle (2002-05) holds the career touchdown passes record at Alabama with 41. McElroy also moved into the top ten in career passing yarage with 3,603. John Parker Wilson is the Bama leader with 7,924.
Junior running back Mark Ingram rushed for 157 yards on 24 carries against Arkansas, moving him up the Alabama career rushing yards chart into 5th place with 2,695 yards in his career. Shaun Alexander (1996-99) is the Alabama career rushing yards record holder with 3,565 yards.
Ingram's two rushing touchdowns against Arkansas gives him 33 rushing touchdowns in his career at Alabama. That is tied for third in Alabama history with Bobby Humphrey. Alexander has the record with 41, followed by Johnny Musso with 34.
The kickoff return man for Arkansas was the son of Humphrey, Maudrecus Humphrey.
Ingram's 157 rushing yards against Arkansas gives him 12 100-yard rushing performances in his Alabama career, ranking him tied for third in Alabama history. Alexander (15 from 1996-99) and Humphrey (15 from 1985-88) hold the Tide record.
Ingram erased an early Arkansas lead with a 54-yard run for a touchdown with 6:21 left in the first quarter. That big play continued a trend of explosive runs in early action for Ingram in 2010 as it marked the Heisman winner's fifth rush of more than 20 yards in only his first dozen carries of the season. Last week at Duke, Ingram has carries of 50, 48 and 20 yards while gaining 151 yards on only 9 attempts.
It was his second longest rushing touchdown. He had a 70-yard touchdown run against Mississippi State lst year.
Sophomore safety Robert Lester made two huge interceptions against Arkansas, most importantly his grab of a Ryan Mallett pass with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter that Lester returned to the Arkansas 12-yard line to set up Ingram's go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run with 3:18 remaining. Earlier in the game, Lester ended an Arkansas scoring threat early in the second quarter by intercepting a pass in the Alabama end zone. The two interceptions were Lester's third and fourth this season, giving him the SEC lead.
Junior wide receiver Julio Jones caught 5 passes for 55 yards against Arkansas, moving him up to 4th on the Alabama career pass receptions list with 121 for 1,823 yards. D.J. Hall is the Tide record holder with 194 receptions for 2,923 yards.
Captains for Alabama were junior wide receiver Julio Jones, senior quarterback Greg McElroy and sophomore linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
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