The Alabama Crimson Tide played like it was defending its national title to beat Michigan State 49-7 at the Capital One Bowl on Saturday. 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram broke the school record with two touchdowns to lead the No. 15 Alabama over the 7th seed Michigan State.
Ingram finished with 58 yards on 12 rushes. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy completed 13 of 17 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown.
The Tide dominated the Spartans with its vaunted ground game, getting two touchdowns each from Ingram and Eddie Lacy and a touchdown each from Trent Richardson and Julio Jones.
Alabama also played well defensively, logging four sacks on Kirk Cousins and limiting Michigan State to 171 yards.
Ingram opened up scoring for Alabama in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead. The second quarter saw Richardson, Ingram and Jones scoring touchdowns to lead 28-0 at halftime.
McElroy threw a touchdown pass while Lacy made his first scoring run to give the Tide a 42-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Lacy’s touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Tide a 49-0 lead. By then, the Tide starters were already sitting on the bench.
Keith Nichol threw a touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler halfway through the final quarter for the final score, 49-7.