No. 3 Alabama uses big plays to beat Miss St 31-3

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - Mark Ingram rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, Greg McElroy threw two long scoring passes and No. 3 Alabama improved to 10-0 for the second straight year with a 31-3 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Mark Barron made his fifth and six interceptions of the season, most in the Southeastern Conference, and helped the Crimson Tide (7-0 SEC) smother the Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4).

The Alabama offense matched the defense big play for big play, and did it without a turnover or penalty.

Ingram had a workmanlike night until midway through the fourth quarter when he ripped off a 70-yard scoring run untouched. That one-play drive came after McElroy hit Julio Jones with a 48-yard touchdown pass on the previous drive, which also went for one play.

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