Daily Archives: December 23, 2012

Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores a TD in Saints’ win

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) gets past Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton to score a touchdown. (AP photo by Sharon Ellman)

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime Sunday.

He rushed 9 yards for his score in the opening quarter. He also caught a pass for 7 yards.

Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had two tackles. Dallas Cowboys safety Charlie Peprah had four tackles.

Results of other former Crimson Tide players Sunday:

–The San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets 27-17 as linebacker Jarret Johnson had five tackles. For a report about Greg McElroy‘s first career NFL start for the Jets, click here,

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

Trent Richardson has rushed for 8 more yards this season than Jim Brown did during his rookie year in 1957. (AP photo by Jack Dempsey)

–Cleveland running back Trent Richardson finished with 53 yards on nine carries in a 34-12 loss to Denver, but he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Reports say X-rays were taken to look for a possible break, but tests came back negative.

Richardson also finished with 15 receiving yards on three catches. He has 950 rushing yards, which is a Cleveland rookie record. Jim Brown had 942 in 1957.

Browns rookie fullback Brad Smelley had his first NFL catch for 3 yards.

–Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three tackles and noseguard Terrence Cody added one in the Ravens’ 33-14 win over the New York Giants.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas had three tackles and defended a pass as the Chiefs lost 20-13 to Indianapolis.

–Buffalo defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four tackles and a pair of sacks as the Bills lost 24-10 to Miami. He has 5.5 sacks for the season.

–Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 13-10 as Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had a pair of tackles.

–Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson defended two passes and made four tackles as the Texans lost 23-6 to Minnesota.

–New England edged Jacksonville 23-16 as linebacker Dont’a Hightower had six tackles, including a sack. He also defended a pass. Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick had a tackle and defended a pass.

–Tampa Bay defensive back Mark Barron had eight tackles, including one behind the line, in the Bucs’ 28-13 loss to St. Louis.

–The Philadelphia Eagles fell 27-20 to Washington as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had four tackles, including one for loss.

–On Saturday night, Atlanta receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. That gives him 76 receptions for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season.

Don Hutson has the most receiving yardage (1,211) and receiving touchdowns (17) by a former Alabama player, both in 1942 for Green Bay when he was the NFL most valuable player. Ozzie Newsome has the most catches with 89 in 1983 and 1984.

Note: We will update with the rest of the games later.

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Sacks doom Greg McElroy in first NFL start

San Diego Chargers linebacker Larry English (52) tugs at the jersey of New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) during the second half. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

San Diego Chargers linebacker Larry English (52) tugs at the jersey of New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) during the second half. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy managed to complete 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards in his first NFL start Sunday as the New York Jets lost 27-17 to San Diego.

Not bad numbers considering he got sacked 11 times and faced pressure all day. The Jets haven’t allowed 11 sacks since a 1987 game played by replacement players.

He also threw an interception and lost a fumble with about five minutes left as he tried to become the first former Alabama player to start at quarterback and win an NFL game since Jeff Rutledge in 1987.

“I’m disappointed,” McElroy told reporters afterward, according to The Associated Press. “This team’s goal was to finish 8-8 and win the last two games and we’re disappointed we’re going to finish short of that goal.”

McElroy also rushed four times for 25 yards.

“The game plan was definitely was to get pressure on him, sack him and make him nervous,” Corey Liuget said, according to AP, “and make them want to run the ball.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan said afterward McElroy will start Sunday’s season-ending game against Buffalo.

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Countdown: 15 days until the BCS National Championship Game

Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day’s significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is 15 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “15.”

–Alabama is 15th in the nation in scoring in the red zone, making 51 of 57 to stand at 89.47 percent.

–Alabama’s offense is No. 15 in the nation in scoring with 38.5 points a game.

–Notre Dame has the No. 15 rushing attack in the nation when playing on the road or at a neutral site, like the one the Irish will play in against Alabama at Sun Life Stadium. The Irish have rushed for 1,412 yards in six games outside of their home field. Alabama is eighth and Texas A&M is sixth, the only two SEC teams ahead of Notre Dame in that category.

–Notre Dame has given its opponents 15 first downs by penalty, making for 7.7 percent of first downs the Irish defense has allowed this season. Notre Dame has given up 61 on the ground and 117 through the air to give up 193 first downs this season. Alabama has given up 176.

–Alabama’s yards per kick return, 24.84, is best in the SEC and
15th in the nation.

–Alabama and Notre Dame are tied for 15th in the country in sacks
with the following programs: Florida State, Boise State, Fresno State and Penn State. Alabama’s 33 sacks have forced opponents to lose 191 yards, while Notre Dame has gotten 233 yards from their 33 sacks.

–Alabama’s No. 15 on the roster is Eddie Williams, a freshman safety who is redshirting this year.

–And, the obvious one, Alabama will win its 15th national title with a win over the Irish on Jan. 7.

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