Nov. 29, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) - Glen Coffee and Mark Ingram combined for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the top-ranked Crimson Tide cruised to a 36-0 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday.
John Parker Wilson passed for 134 yards and a score for Alabama (12-0, 8-0 SEC West), which had not beaten the Tigers since 2001.
Auburn (5-7, 2-5) managed just 170 yards from scrimmage en route to its sixth loss in seven games. The Tigers, who were ranked as high as ninth this season, failed to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1999.
Coffee wore down Auburn's defense, gaining 145 yards on 20 carries. The junior exploded for a 41-yard TD run to give the Crimson Tide a 10-0 edge with 10:28 remaining in the first half.
Ingram put the contest away with a pair of scores in the third quarter. He followed his 1-yard TD rush with a 14-yard rushing score as Alabama took a commanding 29-0 advantage into the fourth quarter.
While Alabama's offense stepped off the accelerator late in the contest, the defense never let up.
Alabama, which blocked a field goal at the end of the first half, forced three turnovers and surrendered just eight first downs. The Tigers had just one drive of more than three plays after the break.
Kodi Burns completed 9-of-23 passes for 113 yards for Auburn, which was blanked for the 13th time in the 73-game history of this rivalry. The last time the Tide shut out the Tigers in their 1992 championship season.