By Dennis Washington
PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Alabama, after a scoreless first quarter, took the lead over Texas Thursday night in a game which saw Texas lose its star quarterback.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram scored a two-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second quarter, capping a seven-play, 57-yard drive. Alabama's second touchdown came with 7:59 left in the first half when running back Trent Richardson ran 49 yards for a touchdown.
Leigh Tiffin kicked a 26-yard field goal with 29 seconds left in the game. Then, after the kickoff, a Texas pass from Garrett Gilbert at the Texas 28 was intercepted by Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, who ran it 28 yards for a touchdown with just three seconds left in the half.
The score was 24-6 at halftime.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was seen going to the locker room with an injury to his right shoulder in the middle of the first quarter. Texas officials said at halftime McCoy would be out for the remainder of the game.
The loss of McCoy hurt Texas' offense. Texas had to settle for a field goal on that drive and only got back in field goal range one more time when Texas recovered the ball on a pooch kick. Garrett Gilbert, who replaced McCoy, completed only one of his ten passes in the first half and was intercepted once.
Alabama struggled to move the ball in the first quarter. In its opening series, Alabama received the ball to start the game, but lost yardage in the first three downs. Alabama attempted a fake punt, but the pass was intercepted by Texas on the Alabama 38 yard line. Alabama had only 11 yards on offense after its first two possessions.
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