Notes From Tide Win Over SJSU

The Most Valuable Offensive Player in last season's BCS National Championship Game was on the sidelines for Alabama in the Saturday night opener for the Crimson Tide. So was the Most Valuable Defensive Player from the win over Texas.

Mark Ingram, the Heisman Trophy winning tailback for Alabama in 2009, and Marcell Dareus, the defensive end who had the dramatic plays in Pasadena, were both wearing game jerseys, but no pads. And both were wearing crimson warm-up pants.

Ingram is out because of a knee injury suffered last Monday, followed by arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. There is no time-table for his return. Dareus is sitting out the first game of a two-game ineligibility penalty for his participation in trips to Miami that may have involved agent improprieties. Alabama has appealed the second game suspension, which takes him out of Bama's game against 14th ranked Penn State next Saturday.

A new state record for a football game was established as Alabama played its first game since the expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium to 101,821.

The win was Alabama's ninth straight season opening victory and the Crimson Tide now has a 92-21-3 record in the first game of the season. Bama is 47-2-1 when starting the season in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Nick Saban is now 4-0 in Alabama season opening games and 12-3 in his college career as a head coach in season-openers.

After last year's 14-0 record, Alabama now has a 15-game winning streak.

The Tide also has a 15-game winning streak in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bama is some ways away from the record for consecutive wins in its Tuscaloosa home. Paul Bryant-coached teams won 57 consecutive games from Oct. 26, 1963, to Nov. 13, 1982.

Scoring 48 points against San Jose State, Alabama has scored 350 points in its last nine season openers, an average of 38.9 points per game in wins over Middle Tennessee (39-34), South Florida (40-17), Utah State (48-17), Middle Tennessee (26-7), Hawai'i (25-17), Western Carolina (52-6), Clemson (34-10), Virginia Tech (34-24) and San Jose State (48-3). Alabama's 52-6 win over Western Carolina in 2007 represented the most points scored by the Tide in a season opener since a 66-0 win over California at Legion Field to open the 1973 season. The Tide scored 40 points in back-to-back openers in 2003 and 2004, marking the first time since 1941-42 the Crimson Tide had hung 40 points on the board on opening night. Alabama has scored 40 or more points in its season opener 27 times, but only nine times since the World War II. The record for most points in a season opener was an 89-0 win over Delta State in 1951.

Alabama did not allow a San Jose State running back to rush for 100 yards, the 35th consecutive game, going back to Oct. 13, 2007 for the Tide defense to accomplish the feat. San Jose State's Brandon Rutley had 13 carries for 52 yards, 32 of them coming on one run early in the game.

Alabama's streak of 22 quarters without an offensive turnover came to an end with Eddie Lacy's first quarter fumble into the end zone for a touchback.

Alabama extended its streak without an offensive holding penalty to 42 quarters (10 1/2 games).

Javier Arenas, a star kick return man and cornerback now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, was on hand for Saturday's game.

Captains for Bama were quarterback Greg McElroy, defensive end Luther Davis, and offensive tackle James Carpenter.

Kevin Turner, a Crimson Tide fullback in the late 1980s, was honorary captain. Turner is fighting ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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