Tide dominates Michigan State

Published 11:22pm Saturday, January 1, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than any other time this season, Alabama looked like the team that was picked to win the national championship in the Capital One Bowl.

Mark Ingram ran for two scores to break the school record for career touchdowns, and 15th-ranked Crimson Tide rolled past No. 7 Michigan State 49-7 on Saturday in the most lopsided game in the history of this bowl.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner had 59 yards rushing, Greg McElroy threw for 220 yards and one touchdown, and Alabama (10-3) pulled most of its starters in the third quarter. Ingram moved past Shaun Alexander’s mark (41) with 42 career touchdowns.

The Crimson Tide found the end zone on their first four possessions, held the Spartans (11-2) to 171 total yards and sacked Kirk Cousins four times in their most dominant performance.

The margin of victory topped East Texas State’s 33-0 victory over Tennessee Tech in the 1953 game, then known as the Tangerine Bowl.

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