Greg McElroy. It might not be the most sought-after title, but McElroy did a good job of managing the offense through personnel changes on the line due to injuries. He also delivered several excellent passes to receivers to jump start the offense when it hit the doldrums in the first half. Finishing with 12 completions on 18 attempts won’t make him an All-American, but McElroy did his job in direction the offense to a solid 30-point evening.
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Mark Ingram’s long TD. The Tide had just gone through the emotional roller coaster of watching Marquis Maze return a punt for touchdown only to have it called back. One play later, Ingram’s 78-yard touchdown reception put those points back on the board and served as an early knock-out punch for the Bulldogs which couldn’t find any consistent footing offensively.
Adjusting to MSU’s run offense. The Bulldogs were doing some things Alabama did not plan for early on and found success. Their first possession met little resistance from the Tide defense that was fortunate to have Chris Relf through a pass straight to safety Robert Lester before any points were scored. After that, big plays became sparse as the Alabama defense allowed the offense to pile up the necessary points to grab the eighth win of the season.
Quote of the game
“Everyone says I’m not that fast so I wanted to show them I’m fast.”
— Mark Ingram said of his break-away speed on the 78-yard touchdown reception.
by the Numbers
Yard net gain for MSU after a first-quarter interception thrown on the Tide 41, a 3-and-out stop and a 33-yard punt gave it ball back at Alabama 39.
Yards lost by Mark Ingram on five consecutive touches in the first half as Trent Richardson remained on the bench with a knee injury.
Average number of yards Alabama covered in three touchdowns – two passes and a Julio Jones end around to put the Tide up by 24 in the third.
— Michael Casagranade
18: Mississippi State’s all-time winning percentage in games played against Alabama in Tuscaloosa after Saturday’s loss.
78: Yards Mark Ingram ran after catching a screen pass for a touchdown and the longest play of his Alabama career.
64.9: Greg McElroy’s career completion percentage after Saturday’s game that tops Alabama quarterbacks by nearly 8.5 percentage points.