Alabama Football vs. Mississippi Postgame Notes

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Sept. 29, 2012

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GENERAL NOTES

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 25-2 record in September following the win against Mississippi. Since 2008, Alabama is a perfect 22-0 in September games.

LAST TIME ALABAMA TRAILED: Despite only trailing for one play when Mississippi scored 1:20 into the second quarter, it was the first time Alabama had done so in regulation since Tennessee opened the scoring with a field goal with 3:58 left in the first quarter last season (10.22.11). That streak spanned over nine complete games or 40 quarters. After trailing to Mississippi, Alabama scored 21 unanswered points to end the half.

TIDE 54-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama defeated Mississippi on Saturday after taking a 27-7 lead into halftime. With the victory, the Crimson Tide is 54-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.

OFFENSIVE NOTES

MCCARRON PASSES WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: AJ McCarron passed Brody Croyle’s Alabama record of 190 consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception when he connected with Brent Calloway in the latter part of the second quarter. McCarron entered the game with 176 attempts and ended the game with the new record of 206 attempts without an interception, a streak that is active entering Alabama’s next game.

MCCARRON PASSING TOUCHDOWNS: Over the last eight games, junior quarterback AJ McCarron has been finding the end zone at a frequent rate, totaling 18 over that span. In six of the last eight games McCarron has thrown two or more touchdowns, including two more in against Mississippi. The signal caller has thrown two or more in four of the five games this season, equaling his multi-passing touchdown total from last season.

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 25 straight games. Over that span UA has outscored the opposition 489-97. The last time the Tide trailed at the half was at South Carolina on Oct. 9, 2010.

SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With its first field goal of the game at the 7:17 mark of the opening quarter against Mississippi, Alabama raised its current total of games in which it scored to 147. The 147 straight games mark the longest streak in program history.

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: Alabama entered the Mississippi contest a perfect 18-for-18 in its red zone trips and continued its perfect trend by scoring on all six of its trips on Saturday. The Crimson Tide has scored 16 touchdowns in the red zone in 2012 and kicked eight field goals. On the year, Alabama has scored eight rushing touchdowns and passed for eight inside the 20 yard line.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

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.

PICKING UP THE SACKS: Alabama has been getting to the quarterback as of late, bringing down the signal caller three or more times in six of its last seven games. Over that span the Crimson Tide has tallied 23 sacks and recorded at least one sack in seven straight contests.

FIRST HALF DEFENSE: The Crimson Tide has allowed seven points or less in 21 of its last 22 first halves of play against opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Over that span, Alabama surrendered just three points or less on 12 occasions, including nine shutouts.  

INTERCEPTION MARGIN: Over the last four seasons Alabama quarterbacks have taken care of the football and on the other side of the ball the Crimson Tide defense has done its part to pick off opposing quarterbacks. Dating back to the start of the 2009 season, Alabama starting quarterbacks have thrown 14 interceptions while the defense has recorded 68 interceptions. A Tide starting quarterback has not thrown over five interceptions in a season over that span while the biggest discrepancy came in 2009 when Greg McElroy threw four picks while the Tide defense tallied 24 interceptions.

YARDS HARD TO COME BY: Since the Capital One Bowl against Michigan State, the Alabama defense has not surrendered yards easily. Over the course of that 19-game span, the Tide defense has not allowed an opposing team to reach 300 total yards. Teams have been held under 200 total yards 11 times, and less than 100 total yards twice. Rushing against the Tide has been even more difficult over that span as teams have been held to under 100 yards 16 times, under 50 yards nine times and in negative yardage twice.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

KICKOFF RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN: Christion Jones answered a Mississippi touchdown with a 99-yard kickoff return at the 13:25 mark in the second quarter. The kickoff return for a touchdown is the first by a Crimson Tide player since Trent Richardson found the endzone at Duke on Sept. 18, 2010. The 99-yard return for a score is tied for the eighth longest in school history.

NEXT GAME: Alabama will have a week off before returning to action. UA will head to Columbia, Mo., to take on new Southeastern Conference member Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 13.