(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 35, Arkansas State 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Mark Ingram ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns, leading second-ranked Alabama to a 35-0 rout of Arkansas State at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Glen Coffee and Roy Upchurch also scored rushing touchdowns for Alabama (9-0), which will return to conference action next week with a huge SEC West showdown at LSU.
The Crimson Tide racked up 205 rushing yards, 56 for Coffee and 31 for Upchurch, and 357 total yards, while holding Arkansas State to just 158 yards of offense.
"I'm pleased with the way our guys rounded out today," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "I think the question for us in this game was, 'Do you have more to give?' We need to improve as a team, and we want to play to our capacity. You simply ask yourself; whether you're a player or a coach, 'Did I do that?' What we're attempting to develop is an elite attitude with high expectations of what you expect to do every time you go out there and play."
Reggie Arnold ran for 72 yards on 15 carries for Arkansas State (4-4), which has lost two in a row. Corey Leonard completed just 8-of-17 passes for 67 yards with an interception in defeat.
Alabama scored on its initial possession, marching 89 yards on 16 plays in just over seven minutes. Coffee started it with a nine-yard run and finished it with a nine-yard touchdown jaunt.
John Parker Wilson was intercepted in the end zone on Alabama's next series and the Tide punted after their third offensive set.
The Alabama defense, though, held Arkansas State to just one first down on its first three possessions and came through with a score midway through the second quarter as Rashad Johnson returned an interception 32 yards to make it 14-0.
"I saw the ball and just put my hands up and got it," said Johnson. "When I got it, I was determined to get in the end zone."
Leigh Tiffin missed a 37-yard field goal for Alabama in the final minute of the second quarter, but the Tide doubled their advantage in the third.
Upchurch completed a four-play, 70-yard drive on the first series of the second half with a 22-yard touchdown run and Ingram finished a 48-yard march late in the third quarter with a five-yard scoring run to give the Tide a 28-0 cushion.
Ingram scored again on a 17-yard run with 4:37 remaining to account for the final margin.
"We did some good things, we just didn't do enough of them, and they showed why they are the No. 2 team in the country," said Arkansas State head coach Steve Roberts. "They are a very, very powerful and very physical football team."
Wilson completed 15-of-28 passes for 152 yards...Arkansas State finished just 2-for-12 on third down...The teams met for just the second time and for the first time since Alabama's 34-7 victory in 1982.
11/01 20:19:43 ET