By The Associated Press
Mark Ingram immediately showed he was healthy for Alabama. Taylor Martinez proved that he could handle a hostile environment for Nebraska.
The top-ranked Tide and eighth-ranked Cornhuskers had no issues in their first road games of the season Saturday.
Heisman Trophy winner Ingram rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut, and No. 1 Alabama routed Duke 62-13. It was the Tide’s highest-scoring game in 19 years.
Martinez, a redshirt freshman, ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, threw for another 150 yards and a score as Nebraska overwhelmed Washington 56-21.
In Durham, N.C, the Tide drew an overflow crowd 39,042 to Wallace Wade Stadium and then quickly doused any hope of an upset for the home team.
Ingram, who missed the first two games with a knee injury, took his first carry 48 yards, surpassed the 100-yard mark two carries later and scored on rushes of 1 and 17 yards.
Greg McElroy matched a career high with three scoring passes for the Crimson Tide (3-0). Alabama led 28-0 roughly 10 minutes into the game.
With Ingram and defensive end Marcell Dareus back in the lineup, the Tide won their 17th straight to roll into the SEC opener at No. 12 Arkansas next week.
The Crimson Tide finished with their most points since scoring 62 against Tulane in 1991, and they gained 626 total yards — the first time since 1989 that they rolled up at least 600. Their 45 first-half points were their most in any half since 1973, and the offense was so efficient that it didn’t face a third down until the third quarter.
Sean Renfree was 17 of 37 for 144 yards for Duke (1-2). His 13-yard touchdown pass to Austin Kelly with 29 seconds left in the first half was the first TD of the season allowed by ‘Bama.
In Seattle, Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 110 yards including TD runs of 65 and 8 yards and the Cornhuskers gained 383 yards on the ground against the Huskies’ defense.
Nebraska (3-0) led 28-14 at halftime before Martinez took the first play of the second half 80 yards for his second score. Washington (1-2) never got closer than 14 after that. The 56 points tied the most ever allowed by Washington at home.
While Martinez was tormenting the Washington defense, Jake Locker was slogging through the worst game of his career, on a day the Huskies needed him to be Heisman-worthy to have a chance.
Locker finished 4 of 20 for 71 yards and two interceptions. He added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown.