TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Mark Ingram's performance against South Carolina last season set him on the road to the Heisman Trophy.
No. 1 Alabama's tailback ran for 246 yards and the clinching touchdown and was practically a one-man show on the final drive. Now, he and the Crimson Tide are preparing for a rematch with the 19th-ranked Gamecocks on Saturday.
Ingram says last year's South Carolina game "was what really threw me in the race."
He went on to become the Tide's first Heisman winner.
Ingram took over last year's game because he had to. Greg McElroy and the passing game were thoroughly stymied.
Ingram accounted for all 68 yards on the final scoring drive of the 20-6 win.
He says he had to double-check when someone told him after the game how many yards he had gained.