Alabama vs.UT-Chattanooga

  Date: 11/21/2009  
  Score: 45-0  
  Alabama vs. UT-Chattanooga

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama scored five touchdowns on five straight possessions in the first half in a 45-0 shutout of Chattanooga on Senior Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama punted on its first and last possessions of the first half, but scored five straight touchdowns on the possessions in between. Running back Trent Richardson got the scoring started with a two-yard run that capped an 11-play drive that included nine running plays.

On Alabama’s next possession, quarterback Greg McElroy hooked up with receiver Julio Jones on a deep pass for 44 yards on the first play of the drive and, on the next play, running back Mark Ingram scored from 25 yards out to give Alabama a 14-0 lead.

On Chattanooga’s next play from scrimmage, linebacker Cory Reamer intercepted a wide receiver reverse pass from Jare Gault, Reamer’s first career interception, giving Alabama good field position at the Mocs’ 31-yard line. McElroy soon cashed in the turnover with a 19-yard strike to Jones, extending the Tide lead to 21-0 as the first quarter came to a close.

Javier Arenas set the tone for the second quarter when he took a Chattanooga punt, darted to the outside, and streaked up the sideline for a 66-yard score on the second play of the quarter to take the Alabama lead to 28-0.

Chattanooga moved into Alabama territory on its next possession, but the Tide defense held on fourth down, forcing a turnover. Following three runs by Richardson that netted 22 yards, Ingram broke his second long run of the day, this time a 40-yarder for his second touchdown. The 40-yard scamper was Ingram’s final carry of the day. He finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

Chattanooga posed its first scoring threat on its next drive, but on fourth-and-six at the Alabama 22, Arenas intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards to keep the shutout intact as Alabama took a 35-0 lead into halftime.

On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Alabama safety Justin Woodall intercepted a Chattanooga pass and returned it to the Mocs’ 32-yard line. With quarterback Star Jackson at quarterback, the Tide gained one first down to set up a 41-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin, making the score 38-0. From that point, Alabama turned the game over to the defense. Alabama gave up only 17 yards and one first down in the second half.

Alabama controlled the ball with the running game after halftime, mounting one drive that lasted 19 plays and ate up 10:14 on the clock, including 16 running plays. Alabama running back Roy Upchurch ended the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run to take the score to 45-0. Upchurch carried 17 times for 70 yards in the game.

For Alabama, McElroy finished 6-of-11 for 80 yards and a touchdown in only one half of action. Jackson completed 4-of-5 attempts for 29 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. As a team, Alabama ran for 313 yards on 56 carries. Richardson finished with nine runs for 60 yards, and Demetrius Goode had 11 carries for 70 yards. Linebacker Rolando McClain led the Tide defense with seven tackles. Twenty-seven seniors were honored on the field before kickoff in their last home game.