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Saturday, January 1, 2011
Tide roll over Spartans in historic fashion


Alabama’s 49-7 blowout of Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl set all kinds of statistical high (and low) water marks. A few of the highlights:

Alabama's 42-point win over 7th-ranked (in the Associated Press) Michigan State is the second-largest margin of victory over a top-10 team in a bowl since 1990. The only other time in that span that a top-10 team lost by more than 40 points in their bowl came after the 1990 season, when No. 3 Texas lost 46-3 to the No. 4 Miami Hurricanes – exactly 20 years ago today!

The last time a top-10 team lost by 35 or more in their bowl game was in the Orange Bowl on January 4, 2005, when USC blew out Oklahoma 55-19.

For Alabama, it was their second-largest margin of victory in a bowl in school history. Only the 1953 Orange Bowl, in which the Tide won 61-6, was a bigger blowout. If it weren’t for a Bennie Fowler 49-yard touchdown reception, Alabama would have had their third shutout in a bowl game, and their first since the 1963 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma (17-0).

The Crimson Tide also set a school bowl record for rushing touchdowns in a game with five. The old record of four was set in the afore-mentioned 1953 Orange Bowl against Syracuse, and matched in last year’s BCS National Championship game against Texas. With a pair of rushing touchdowns today, Mark Ingram also made Alabama history – passing Shaun Alexander for the school record with 42.

Even more history for Alabama: the win gives them their 10th win of the season. This is the 30th ten-win season in Alabama history, one shy of the FBS record held by Oklahoma (note: this does not include seasons impacted by forfeited or vacated wins). Today marked Alabama’s 32nd bowl victory, as well – breaking a tie with USC for most all-time.

On the flipside, Michigan State has now lost five straight bowl games by a combined total of 81 points. Their last bowl victory came in 2001 in the Silicon Valley Bowl against Fresno State. In fact, the Spartans are now 2-9 in their last 11 bowl games dating back to 1993.