Alabama Stomps The Mean Green



Roll Tide everyone!  Our beloved Crimson Tide dominated the North Texas Mean Green today in almost a ritualistic 57-7 elephant stomp at Bryant Denny Stadium.  The Mean Green, a worthy opponent but outmanned in every way, was outgunned all day as the Tide seemingly scored at will.  The Tide almost played a perfect game in many aspects, but there were a few noticeable breakdowns that need to be corrected.  (Saban would of course say that you never arrived... until the NC trophy is in your hands of course!)

Coach Saban said that we need to get together a 60 minute game  ...well how about maybe 58 minutes for this one? 

In the opening play of the game, our offensive line allowed a mean Green defensive player to get to Greg McElroy and cause him to fumble.  The second disturbing play was on defense where we allowed an unhindered touchdown throw that appeared to be a breakdown in the secondary.  Other than that, and a called back kick off return, the Crimson Tide.  Speaking of mistakes, Leigh Tiffin uncharacteristically missed two extra point opportunities.

The balanced attack of the football team was on display as the Mean Green were overtaken by a 204 yards throwing and 200 yards rushing for another 500 plus yard day on offense.

The defense looked really good in allowing only 61 yards rushing and 126 yards passing.

The scoring came early and often as a whole host of Crimson Tiders got in on the scoring parade.  Greg McElroy ran the first one in. Marquis Maze was found by McElroy only 34 yard TD throw that was a thing of beauty.  Trent Richardson found paydirt after busting a 38 yard run to put us in position for him to score on a 1 yard run.  Mark Ingram caught a pass for a TD as well as turning out a 5 yard run for 6 points. Kerry Grant had two TD runs as well, and Leigh Tiffin got in two field goals.

Mark Ingram led all rushers with 91 yards and an amazing 11 yard rushing average.  Trent Richardson came in 88 yards at nearly 8 yards a pop on all his runs.

Greg McElroy looked outstanding as our starting QB going for 13 completions out of 15 throws 176 yards and three TDs overall.  As a matter of fact his completion percentage was record tying.  He tied the Alabama record for single-game completion percentage for a player with the least 10 completions.  He now in the record books at Alabama along with Walter Lewis and Dany Woodson.  Coach Saban said after the game that Greg McElroy played "smart" and was very "instinctive" in leaving the Crimson Tide's offense.

Javier Arenas looked outstanding on kick off and punt returns for a total of 161 combined.  The 61 yard kickoff run was a thing of beauty as he juked many of the out of their pants.  I look forward to seeing more of this in the rest of the games this year.

Pretty much this contest went according to scripted, but it did give the reserves an opportunity to gain some game experience before the Tide enters into the the meat of the SEC schedule. 

Speaking of the SEC schedule, next week Alabama plays Arkansas on CBS.  Hopefully.. we're getting ready to stick some hogs! ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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