ATLANTA (AP) - No. 5 Alabama overcame a 98-yard kickoff return, two costly turnovers and several silly penalties, finally wearing down No. 7 Virginia Tech in the final quarter for a 34-24 victory Saturday night.
It was another rousing start of a season at the Georgia Dome for the Crimson Tide, which began a national title run here last season by thumping Clemson.
Mark Ingram rushed for 150 yards and finished off Virginia Tech with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Greg McElroy threw for 230 yards in his debut as Alabama's starting quarterback, taking quite a beating but standing tall at the end.
Alabama held a staggering 498-155 edge in total yards, but this one wasn't decided until the final quarter.