2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Week One Alabama 31 Virginia Tech 10 The Crimson Tide get a big win to kick off the 2009 season. Junior quarterback Greg McElroy got off to a shaky start, throwing interceptions on his first two passes, but would later settle down to finish the game 9-13 for 125 yards and two touchdowns. The Tide managed 161 yards on the ground against Tech's stingy defense, led by sophomore Mark Ingram and freshman Trent Richardson. The Crimson Tide defense lived up to billing, holding the Hokies' rushing attack to just 43 yards on 32 carries. Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor was never able to get comfortable in the pocket, throwing three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Bama's Javier Arenas. Virginia Tech was never able to get its offense in rhythm, and was held without a touchdown until the game's final minutes, when Tech drove down the field against the Bama second stringers. The Tide moves on to face FIU in week two.