Sept. 27, 2008
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ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (5-0, 2-0 SEC) vs. GEORGIA BULLDOGS (4-1, 1-1 SEC)
POST-GAME NOTES - ALABAMA 41, GEORGIA 30
Sanford Stadium (92,746) - Athens, Ga.
CRIMSON TIDE SETS MARK FOR MOST POINTS VS. GEORGIA
Alabama's 41 points tonight against Georgia is the most ever scored by a Crimson Tide team in the 65-game series against the Bulldogs that began in 1895. The total eclipses the previous Alabama high of 36 points, achieved in a 36-0 win at Birmingham in 1905 and in another 36-0 win at Birmingham in 1923.
With tonight's victory, Alabama leads the Georgia series 36-25-4, including a 12-7 edge for the Crimson Tide in Athens. Before Saturday night, Alabama's last win in Athens came in 1995, a 31-0 Alabama victory. The Georgia series is the third-oldest in Alabama history, dating back to 1895.
CRIMSON TIDE GAMES IN GEORGIA
With tonight's victory, Alabama is 29-27-3 all-time in games played in the state of Georgia. The Crimson Tide owns a 16-15-3 record in the city of Atlanta, including a 34-10 win over Clemson in the 2008 season opener. Alabama is 13-10 in games played in Athens. Alabama is 0-2 in games played in Columbus. Alabama has played two regular season games in the state of Georgia this season, against Clemson and Georgia. The 2008 season marks the third time in school history Alabama has played two regular season games in the state of Georgia. The Crimson Tide played at both Georgia and Georgia Tech in 1912 and 1942.
TOP 10 MATCHUPS
The Alabama-Georgia game was the 53rd time in school history the Crimson Tide has played a game when both teams were ranked in the Top 10. The Crimson Tide has gone 29-23-1 in those games. The Georgia game was the 32nd regular-season matchup in school history between Top 10 teams, including the third time Alabama and Georgia have both met as Top 10 teams. The Crimson Tide is 19-12-1 in regular season games against opponents ranked in the Top 10. Alabama's resounding 34-10 win over then-No. 9 Clemson in the Georgia Dome on Aug. 30 was the Crimson Tide's first win over a top 10 opponent since downing No. 5 Florida 31-3 in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 1, 2005.
Alabama scored 31 first half points Saturday at Georgia and has outscored its opposition this season a combined 133-20 in the first half this season, including a 74-0 edge in the first quarter of its first five games. Alabama has shutout Clemson (13-0), Tulane (13-0), Western Kentucky (17-0), Arkansas (21-0) and Georgia (10-0) in the first period this year, and has a 59-20 edge in second-quarter scoring this season, outscoring Georgia 17-0 in the second frame tonight.
Alabama's First-Half Scoring Advantage:
ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE FIRST HALF
The 31 points scored by the Crimson Tide in the first half on Saturday ranks among the most by Alabama under the direction of head coach Nick Saban. The top scoring halves for Alabama under second-year head coach Nick Saban: 35 at Arkansas Sept. 20, 2008 (1st Half) 31 at Georgia Sept. 27, 2008 (1st Half) 31 Western Kentucky Sept. 13, 2008 (1st Half) 28 Western Carolina Sept. 1, 2007 (2nd Half) 27 Colorado Dec. 30, 2007 (1st Half) 24 Tennessee Oct. 20, 2007 (2nd Half) 24 Western Carolina Sept. 1, 2007 (1st Half)
ALABAMA SCORED ON ALL 5 OFFENSIVE POSSESSIONS OF THE FIRST HALF
Scoring on their first five possessions of the game, Alabama stormed to a 31-0 lead at halftime. That continued a trend of quick starts by the Crimson Tide in 2008. Tonight, Alabama took its first possession of the game in for a touchdown following the opening kickoff. The opening-drive score was Alabama's fourth this season in five games.
TIDE CONTROLS POSSESSION IN EARLY STAGES
An Alabama trademark this season has been its ability to control the line of scrimmage offensively and, consequently, control the tempo of the game. This has been particularly evident in games with Clemson, Arkansas and tonight against Georgia. In the first quarter of tonight's game, Alabama outgained Georgia, 89-30 in total yards while controlling the ball for 11:19 of the period and garnering 10 first downs to Georgia's 2. Alabama had 18 offensive plays to Georgia's 7 in the first quarter.
STINGY TIDE ALLOWS FIRST RUSHING TD OF SEASON - FIRST SINCE '07 AT AUBURN
A 2-yard run by Georgia's Knowshon Moreno with 1:16 left in the third quarter ended a stretch of 26 quarters of action without yielding points on the ground, spanning all four and one-half games this season and last year's Independence Bowl victory over Colorado. Moreno's rush to the left corner of the end zone was the first rushing touchdown by an Alabama opponent was scored by Auburn on a one-yard plunge by quarterback Brandon Cox with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter on November 24, 2007 at Auburn.
PUNT BLOCK FIRST ALLOWED BY TIDE SINCE OLE MISS IN `07
Georgia's Zack Retter partially blocked a P.J. Fitzgerald punt late in the third quarter, the first punt block allowed by the Tide since Mississippi's Dustin Mouzon blocked an Alabama punt on October 13, 2007, at Oxford.
GEORGIA PUNT RETURN TD FIRST BY ALABAMA FOE SINCE 1996
The first play of the fourth quarter was a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown by Georgia's Prince Miller, the first punt return TD allowed by Alabama since Vanderbilt's Alvin Duke took one 88 yards for a score on September 14, 1996.
WILSON BREAKS ALABAMA CAREER PASSING YARDS MARK
Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson broke the Alabama record for career passing yards in the 41-30 win over Georgia on Saturday night. With 205 passing yards, Wilson surpassed Brodie Croyle (2002-05) on the Alabama list. Wilson now has passed for 6,398 yards, eclipsing Croyle's total of 6,382. The record fell on a 29-yard pass to Roy Upchurch that carried to the Georgia 13-yard line with just over 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.
WILSON BEGINS GAME BY COMPLETING FIRST 7 PASS ATTEMPTS
Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson started tonight's game with a hot hand, completing his first 7 pass attempts before an incompletion with 7:37 left in the second quarter. Wilson was 7-for-7 for 100 yards to start the game. Adding a touchdown pass to Julio Jones late in the second period, Wilson had completed 10 of 11 for 139 yards and a touchdown through halftime.
JONES SETS FRESHMAN RECEIVING TD RECORD
Freshman receiver Julio Jones hauled in a John Parker Wilson touchdown pass with 1:25 left in the second quarter tonight, his fourth touchdown catch of the season. That sets an Alabama record for touchdown catches by a freshman. The previous mark of 3 was shared by David Palmer (1991) and A.C. Carter (1999).
INGRAM SCORES 5th RUSHING TD OF SEASON TO PUT ALABAMA UP 7-0
Freshman running back Mark Ingram opened the scoring Saturday with a 7-yard run for a touchdown with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter, capping an 80-yard, 11-play drive that consumed 6:28 following the opening kickoff. The touchdown run was Ingram's fifth of the season. The Alabama record for touchdown runs by a freshman is 8 by Terry Grant, set last year.
The game captains for Alabama tonight were tight end Nick Walker, safety Rashad Johnson and offensive lineman (center/guard) Antoine Caldwell.
ALABAMA'S TV RECORD
With tonight's victory, Alabama has compiled a 170-113-5 (.599) all-time record in 288 televised games. This does not include pay-per-view, tape-delayed or closed circuit telecasts. The Crimson Tide owns a 145-95-3 (.603) record in 243 regular season televised games.
ALABAMA AS A RANKED TEAM
With tonight's victory, Alabama has compiled a 358-127-10 (.733) all-time record when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Tide's initial appearance in the AP poll came during the poll's inaugural year in 1936 when the 14th-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 10 Tulane 34-7 in Legion Field.
ALABAMA VS. RANKED TEAMS
With tonight's victory, Alabama's all-time record against teams ranked in the Associated Press rankings (poll in existence since 1936) at game time is 111-112-7. This includes records of 50-52-4 at home, 37-45-2 at road sites, 1-0 at non-bowl game neutral sites, 23-15-1 at bowl games and 56-65-0 against teams ranked in the top 10. Alabama is 82-66-3 as a ranked team playing ranked teams.
Alabama returns to the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, October 4, to face the Kentucky Wildcats. It will be the Crimson Tide's first home SEC game after opening conference play at Arkansas and Georgia. Alabama owns a 33-2-1 lead in the series and has won two straight in the series (2003 & 2004). The Wildcats' last victory over Alabama was a 40-34 overtime win in 1997. The Alabama-Kentucky game will be televised nationally by CBS with kickoff scheduled for 2:37 p.m. CDT.