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Alabama routs Michigan State at Capital One Bowl

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 09:25 AM
ORLANDO -

More than any other time this season, Alabama on Saturday looked like the team that was picked to win the national championship.

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

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner had 59 yards rushing against the team he rooted for as a kid, 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 yards and sacked Kirk Cousins four times in their most dominant performance of the season.

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. The bowl dates to 1947.

Cousins had 120 yards passing and one interception, and Edwin Baker was held to 14 yards rushing for a Spartans team that felt snubbed by the BCS after sharing the Big Ten title. Instead, they were trounced by a team that knows the big stage well.

A season that began with the No. 1 ranking and dreams of second straight title for Alabama never lived up to the hype. Losses to rivals Auburn, LSU and South Carolina prevented the Tide from even making the Southeastern Conference title game.

The team everybody expected to see showed up in the finale.

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