Alabama Football at Arkansas

Sept. 15, 2012

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GENERAL NOTES

SEC OPENERS: With the win at Arkansas, Alabama has posted a 55-21-3 on-the-field record in Southeastern Conference openers dating back to the league’s inception in 1933. The Crimson Tide has won 21 straight SEC openers, dating back to the 1992 season. The streak began with a 25-8 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 5, 1992. The 21-game winning streak includes 12 wins over Vanderbilt (1992-2001, 2006-07), six wins against Arkansas (2002, 2008-12) and one win against Kentucky (2003), Mississippi (2004) and South Carolina (2005). The last time Alabama lost a SEC opener was Sept. 14, 1991, when Florida beat Alabama 35-0 in Gainesville. The 21-game winning streak in SEC openers is the longest streak in school history and the longest active streak in the SEC. The 2012 season marked the seventh time since divisional play began that Alabama has opened its SEC slate with a Western Division team. That also happened in 2002 (Arkansas), 2004 (Mississippi) and the last five years against (Arkansas).

TIDE 52-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama defeated Arkansas on Saturday. With the victory, the Crimson Tide is 52-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.

CRIMSON TIDE IN FAYETTEVILLE: Alabama played Arkansas for the ninth time in Fayetteville when the two teams met this afternoon. With the Alabama victory, the series moved to, 5-4, in Alabama’s favor, with the Tide winning the last three at Razorback Stadium. The series moves the Tide’s scoring advantage to, 228-173. The two teams first met in Fayetteville on Sept. 17, 1994. The Tide won that game, 13-6.

OUT IN FRONT: Alabama has made a habit of getting out early and playing with the lead. The Crimson Tide has not trailed after the first quarter in its last 17 games, starting with the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State. During those 17 games, or 1,020 minutes of game action, UA has trailed for only 25 minutes and 12 seconds, which means the Tide has held the lead or been tied for 994 minutes and 48 seconds. UA’s only loss during that stretch was to LSU last season in overtime of a game that Alabama had led or been tied until overtime. In fact, Alabama has not trailed in regulation since a 3-0 deficit at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter against Tennessee last season. That streak spans parts of nine games, which totals 527 minutes and 26 seconds.

ALABAMA UNDER SABAN IN SEPTEMBER: Alabama has been very successful in the opening month of the season under head coach Nick Saban. Now in his sixth season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide sports a 23-2 record in September following the win against Arkansas. Since 2008, Alabama is a perfect 20-0 in September games.

ALABAMA’S TVRECORD: Alabama has compiled a 194-126-4 all-time record in 324 televised games. This does not include pay-per-view, tape-delayed or closed circuit telecasts.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS: With the Eddie Lacy rushing touchdown to start the scoring for the Crimson Tide, Alabama has scored a rushing touchdown in 21 of its last 22 games. Alabama has found the endzone on the ground in all three games this season, in 12 of the 13 games in 2011 and the final six contests in 2010.

MCCARRON PASSES WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: AJ McCarron passed Greg McElroy for the fourth-most consecutive passes without an interception in UA history. McCarron entered the season with 95 straight passes without a pick and finished the season-opener against Michigan with 21 attempts, added 19 attempts against Western Kentucky and threw 16 times at Arkansas, bringing his total number of consecutive passes without an interception to 151. This is McCarron’s second run in this particular category as he went 152 straight attempts last season before throwing an interception. Brodie Croyle’s mark of 190 consecutive attempts without an interception remains an Alabama record.

FIRST HALF SCORING: Alabama has helped its own cause over the last few seasons by not trailing while entering the locker room at the half. The Tide has either held a lead or been tied entering the intermission in 23 straight games. Over that span UA has outscored the opposition 432-90. The last time the Tide trailed at the half was at South Carolina on Oct. 9, 2010.

SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With its first touchdown of the game at the 9:40 mark of the opening quarter, Alabama raised its current total of games in which it scored to 145. The 145 straight games mark the longest streak in program history.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS: With the shutout victory against Arkansas on Saturday, Alabama has shutout its last two opponents. The consecutive shutouts are a first for the Crimson Tide since the 1980 season. Alabama blanked Vanderbilt (41-0) on Sept. 27, then downed Kentucky (45-0) on Oct. 4.

TURNOVER MARGIN: Alabama entered week three of the season ranked second nationally in turnover margin at +3.00. The Crimson Tide has forced 10 turnovers – six interceptions and four fumbles – while only giving up one possession. UA got off to a fast start by picking off Michigan three times in the season opener while losing a fumble for its only turnover this season. Against Western Kentucky, Alabama caused four turnovers, forcing and recovering three fumbles and intercepting a pass. At Arkansas, Alabama picked off two passes and recovered three fumbles. Over the last five games, dating back to the Iron Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game, Alabama holds a 16-2 turnover margin.

GROUND DEFENSE: Limiting opposing running backs to less than 100 yards is nothing new for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has surrendered only 10 individual 100-yard rushing games dating back to the 2005 season, a mark that leads the nation. Since head coach Nick Saban’s arrival, the Tide has allowed just five players to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.

FIRST HALF DEFENSE: The Crimson Tide has allowed seven points or less in 19 of its last 20 first halves of play against opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Over that span, Alabama surrendered just three points or less on 11 occasions, including eight shutouts.

10 POINTS OR LESS: Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 36 times since the start of the 2007 season. Most recently, Alabama shutout Arkansas in the Tide’s 2012 SEC opener. Alabama was successful in holding opponents under 10 in nine games in 2011. In 2010, the Tide held opponents to 10 points or less eight times and limited opponents to that mark seven times in 2008 and 2009. In 2007, Alabama posted two games in which it held opponents to that mark. Alabama has shutout the opposition eight times during the Saban tenure.

HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 200: During head coach Nick Saban’s last 56 games at the Capstone, the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to less than 200 yards of total offense 22 times. Alabama accomplished the feat eight times in 2011, limiting Kent State to 90 total yards, North Texas to 169 total yards, Vanderbilt to 190 total yards, Mississippi to 141 yards, Tennessee to 155 yards, Mississippi State to 131 yards, Auburn to 140 yards and LSU to 92 yards. The 90 yards against Kent State and the 92 yards vs. LSU in the championship game also marked the second and third times a Saban defense has limited its opponent to less than 100 yards of total offense. Alabama’s best came in 2009 when they held Chattanooga to 84 yards of total offense. The Tide held opponents under 200 yards three times in 2010, four times in 2009 and six times in 2008.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

FOSTER DIALS IN FROM DEEP: With his 51-yard field goal in the start of the second quarter, Cade Foster became the first Alabama kicker since Leigh Tiffin in 2008 to connect on two 50-plus yard field goals in the same season. His 51-yard strike equaled his career high from earlier this season and the two field goals are the longest by a Tide kicker since Tiffin hit from 52 yards against Utah in the Sugar Bowl (1.2.09).

KICKOFF PROWESS: Alabama kicker Cade Foster recorded five touchbacks in the first half of play. The five touchbacks are a career high for Foster and equal the entire amount tallied from last season by the Crimson Tide. Kickoffs have been moved up to the 35 yard line this season.

NEXT GAME: Alabama will return home to host Florida Atlantic. The two teams will meet on Saturday, Sept. 22, with kickoff slated for 4 p.m. The game will be available on pay per view.