Perhaps the Duke University men’s basketball team would have fared better on Saturday in Durham, N.C. against the top-ranked college football team in the land.
Unfortunately for fans of the Blue Devils, it was the football team that took the field, absorbing a 62-13 pounding against No. 1 ranked Alabama.
Back from a two-week layoff from knee surgery, defending Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 152 yards on nine carries and scored twice, as the Crimson Tide accounted for over 600 yards of total offense.
After sitting out the San Jose State (48-3) and Penn State (24-3) games, Ingram took the ball on his first carry and raced off on a 48-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.
That run signaled what would be a long day for Duke (1-2), which allowed 54 points in a loss to ACC rival Wake Forest a week ago.
Ingram was not the only Tide member rolling, as Alabama scored its most points since a lopsided win over Tulane nearly 20 years ago.
Senior QB Greg McElroy threw for 258 yards and three scores, sophomore RB Trent Richardson had a 91-yard kickoff return for a score and a pair of TD’s, andwide receiver Julio Jones caught five balls for 106 yards.
Ingram told ABC after the game that he was just happy to be in uniform and playing and not watching from the sideline like the last two weeks.
“It felt great just to be back out there again because it hurt me just standing on the sideline, not being able to contribute when my team was out there,” Ingram remarked.
One of the few things that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was likely not too pleased with was the play at times of his defense.
Despite yielding just 13 points, Alabama’s ‘D’ gave up some big plays on the day, along with its first TD of the season when Duke scored just before halftime.
The Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville, Ark., next Saturday (2:30 p.m. CBS) to face the Arkansas Razorbacks, who posted a 31-24 win at Georgia on Saturday.
Given that the SEC opener is a week away, and given that the schedule toughens from here, having Ingram and defensive star Marcell Dareus (returned from two-game suspension) back can only help the Crimson Tide, as they look to make another run at the title.
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Written by Dave Thomas