TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — John Parker Wilson passed for 215 yards and two touchdowns and became Alabama's all-time leader in total offense, and freshman Mark Ingram ran for two scores in a 41-7 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night.
The No. 11 Crimson Tide (3-0) rolled to 557 yards, their highest total since gaining 644 against Louisiana State in 1989. Equally important, it did so a week after getting held to 172 yards by Tulane and having to rely on special teams to supply both touchdowns.
WKU (1-2) was held to 158 total yards but did become the first offense to score against the Tide this season.
"We didn't catch this game with really good timing with Alabama coming off the Tulane game, and that got their attention," Western Kentucky Coach David Elson said. "When Alabama is playing at their best, they're pretty good."
Western Kentucky quarterback David Wolke, subbing for injured starter K.J. Black, hit tight end Tristan Jones for a 30-yard score on a fourth-and-4 play late in the second quarter.
Wolke completed 14 of 25 passes for 116 yards and was intercepted once on the Hilltoppers' only other promising drive — another fourth-down play.
"We didn't make plays, and I don't think we were physical enough up front," Wolke said. "They came out and did a really good job of holding us."