Alabama vs.North Texas

  Date: 9/19/2009  
  Score: 53-7  
  Alabama vs. North Texas

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama (3-0) dominated North Texas (1-2) on both sides of the ball en route to a 53-7 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium on a damp afternoon.

Alabama showcased a balanced attack on offense, throwing for 264 yards and grinding out 260 yards on the ground to surpass the 500-yard mark for the second straight game. North Texas finished with 181 yards of total offense with 61 rushing yards while earning only seven first downs.

After a turnover on its first possession, the Alabama offense asserted itself with four straight touchdown drives. Quarterback Greg McElroy got the scoring started with a two-yard scramble that capped a 13-play, 95-yard drive to put the Tide up 7-0.

McElroy went to the air for the Tide’s second score, finding receiver Marquis Maze for a 34-yard scoring strike. Alabama’s next drive belonged to running back Trent Richardson, who busted a 38-yard run to put the Tide in scoring position then finished the drive with a one-yard dive to give Alabama a 21-0 lead.

Running back Mark Ingram gained 108 yards from scrimmage in the first half, in addition to a 29- yard reception for the Crimson Tide’s final touchdown of the half.

Reserve quarterback Star Jackson saw his first significant game action for Alabama on the final possession of the first half and led the Tide down the field to a 35-yard Leigh Tiffin field goal that gave Alabama a 30-0 lead at halftime. Jackson completed 5-of-6 passes on the drive for 30 yards. Alabama piled up 353 yards of total offense before intermission compared to 62 yards for the Mean Green.

McElroy came out for one possession in the second half and it turned out to be a short one as the Tide punched in another touchdown on a three-play drive that took less than a minute. Ingram found the end zone on a five-yard run to conclude the quick march.

After McElroy’s exit, Jackson kept the offense ticking, leading the Tide down the field on three more scoring drives. Running back Terry Grant cashed in two of those drives with one-yard and nine-yard touchdown runs. Meanwhile, Jackson finished the game 9-of-13 passing for 88 yards.

The Alabama backfield shared the wealth as Ingram, Richardson and Grant each rushed for more than 75 yards and at least one score. Eleven Tide players caught passes, led by Maze with four catches for 49 yards and a score. North Texas scored its touchdown on a 34-yard pass to Lance Dunbar late in the third quarter with Alabama leading 44-0.