Oct. 8, 2011
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HOMECOMING: Alabama played its 92nd Homecoming football game when the Crimson Tide hosted Vanderbilt at Bryant-Denny Stadium. With the victory, Alabama has compiled a 77-13-1 (.856) all-time homecoming record.
ALABAMA HAS SECOND MOST WINS SINCE 2008: With the win over Vanderbilt, Alabama has won 42 games dating back to the start of the 2008 season, which is the second-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Crimson Tide won 12 games in 2008, followed that with a perfect 14-0 record in 2009 and a 10-3 mark in 2010. Alabama is one win back of Boise State, with 43 wins. The Tide has the most victories of any team that plays in a BCS conference.
ALABAMA UNDER SABAN IN OCTOBER: Alabama has been very successful in the second month of the season under head coach Nick Saban. Now in his fifth season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide sports a 15-1 record in October. Over that span the Crimson Tide has outscored its opponents 410-208 and is 5-1 against ranked opponents. The only October loss under Saban was at No. 19 South Carolina on Oct. 9, 2010. The loss against the Gamecocks broke an 11-game winning streak. Alabama has won its last four games in October since that loss.
TIDE 44-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama led Vanderbilt at halftime, 14-0. The Crimson Tide is 44-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.
FINISHING IN THE FOURTH QUARTER: After letting three games slip away in the fourth quarter last season, Alabama put an emphasis on finishing strong in 2011. That emphasis has paid dividends so far with an impressive edge in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide has outscored its five opponents – including three top-25 teams – by a margin of 52-8 in the fourth quarter.
STOUT DEFENSE: The Alabama defense turned in another strong defensive effort in the win over Vanderbilt. The Crimson Tide held the Commodores to 190 total yards (41 rushing, 149 passing) on Saturday night. In Saban’s 60-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense 35 times, or 58.3 percent of the time. The Tide has not allowed more than 251 yards (Penn State) in a single game this season and has limited the opponent to less than 200 yards three times (Kent State – 90 yards; North Texas – 169 yards; Vanderbilt – 190 yards).
10 POINTS OR LESS: Alabama held Vanderbilt scoreless Saturday night. Under Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 28 times, including four times in six games this season. Last season Alabama held opponents to 10 points or less eight times and limited opponents to that mark seven times in 2009 and 2008. In 2007, the Tide posted two games in which it held opponents to that mark. Since 2007, Alabama has held opponents to 10 points or less 27 times and less than a touchdown 13 times.
GAMES WITH AN INTERCEPTION: Alabama has recorded at least one interception in five of its six games this season. The only game the Tide did not record a pickoff was against North Texas (Sept. 17). Alabama recorded an interception in 11 of the 13 games in 2010, putting together a run of 16 games with a pick in its last 19 outings. Six different Tide players have tallied an interception in 2011, with Dee Milliner leading the way with two.
FIRST HALF DEFENSE: Alabama has allowed seven points or less in nine of its last 10 first halves of play. Over that span the Crimson Tide has surrendered just three points or less on seven occasions, including four shutouts. UA had a streak of nine straight games before allowing 10 points in the first half to Florida last week.
3 - LSU (Nov. 6, 2010)
3 – Mississippi State (Nov. 13, 2010)
7- Georgia State (Nov. 18, 2010)
7- Auburn (Nov. 26, 2010)
0- Michigan State (Jan. 1, 2011)
0- Kent State (Sept. 3, 2011)
3- Penn State (Sept. 10, 2011)
0- North Texas (Sept. 17, 2011)
7- Arkansas (Sept. 24, 2011)
10- Florida (Oct. 1, 2011)
0 - Vanderbilt (Oct. 8, 2011)
GROUND DEFENSE: Keeping opposing running backs less than 100 yards is nothing new for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has surrendered just nine individual 100-yard rushing games dating back to the 2005 season (85 games), a mark that ranks second nationally behind Boston College. Since head coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007 (60 games), Alabama has allowed four players to rush for 100 yards in a game: Tennessee’s Tauren Poole (117 yards), Mississippi’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis (131 yards), Houston’s Anthony Alridge (100 yards) and Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (195 yards).
NOWHERE TO RUN: Alabama held Vanderbilt to 41 rushing yards on 19 carries in the victory on Saturday night. In head coach Nick Saban’s 60-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited the opposition to less than 100 rushing yards 37 times, or 61.7 percent of the time. The 41 yards on the ground by Vanderbilt marks the fifth time this season the opposition has been held under 100 yards.
SHUTOUT: Tonight's win is the second shutout win for the Crimson Tide this season after beating North Texas 41-0 Sept. 17, 2011, and the first SEC shutout victory for the Tide since a 36-0 win over Auburn on Nov. 29, 2008. It also marks Alabama's first shutout win over Vanderbilt since a 20-0 win on Sept. 11, 1997, and is the 13th time Alabama has shutout the Commodores in the series.
ALABAMA AERIAL ATTTACK: Alabama went to the air against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron led the charge with a career game. McCarron completed a career-high 23 passes on a career-best 30 attempts. He also tossed a career high in touchdowns with four. Senior wide receiver Marquis Maze caught a career-best nine balls for 93 yards. Sophomore DeAndrew White also tallied a career-high in touchdowns (2) and yards (52).
McCARRON TOSSES SECOND MOST TDs IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Alabama sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron threw four touchdowns against Vanderbilt. The four touchdowns in a single game ties Mike Shula (Memphis State, Oct. 26, 1985) and John Parker Wilson (Arkansas, Sept. 15, 2007) for the second most in school history. Gary Hollingsworth threw a school-record five touchdowns at Mississippi on Nov. 4, 1989.
McCARRON ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has thrown 127 passes since recording his last interception. The pick came on his final pass of the game in the third quarter against Kent State (Sept. 3). McCarron finished the game against Vanderbilt 23-for-30 with a career-high four touchdowns.
SMELLEY AND WHITE HAUL IN FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWNS: Alabama senior tight end Brad Smelley hauled in his first career touchdown when he caught an AJ McCarron pass for six yards for the first score of the game at the 7:50 mark in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman receiver DeAndrew White also caught his first career touchdown when he snared a high pass at the back of the end zone late in the second quarter, before catching another in the third quarter. Smelley and White became the ninth and 10th different players, respectively, to score this season. Senior Darius Hanks also joined the action, recording his first touchdown of the season to become the 11th different player to score in 2011.
MAZE SETS CAREER HIGHS: Alabama senior wide receiver Marquis Maze tallied a career-high nine catches Saturday night. The nine catches are the most by an Alabama player since Julio Jones caught 10 passes against Auburn (Nov. 26, 2010).
RICHARDSON HAVING BIG YEAR: Richardson recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game in the SEC road matchup against Vanderbilt. He is in the top 20 on the Alabama career rushing yard list with 2,180 yards to rank 12th in Alabama history. Richardson leads the Crimson Tide with 729 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns (12 total touchdowns). Richardson is the 16th Alabama back to surpass 2,000 yards rushing in a career.
RICHARDSON ON RECORD PACE: Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson has been scoring touchdowns at an alarming rate to start the 2011 season. In just six games, Richardson has found the end zone 12 times. Richardson opened the year with three touchdowns against Kent State and followed that up with two more at Penn State. Richardson scored three touchdowns for Alabama against North Texas and added another against Arkansas. With the two scores against Florida and the one score against Vanderbilt, Richardson pushes his career total to 25 touchdowns on the ground and 31 overall. The 31 touchdowns (25 rush, 5 rec., 1 ret.) ranks fifth on the Alabama career touchdowns scored list. Shaun Alexander is the all-time leader at Alabama with 50 career touchdowns.
RICHARDSON HAMMERS HIS WAY PAST 100: Junior running back Trent Richardson has rushed for over 100 yards in the past five games, turning in a two-touchdown, 111-yard outing at Happy Valley against Penn State followed by a 167-yard, three-touchdown performance against North Texas and a 126-yard effort vs. Arkansas. He totaled 181 yards and two touchdowns at Florida and added 107 yards and a score against Vanderbilt. Richardson also went over the century mark at Tennessee in 2010 (119 yards), vs. Penn State in 2010 (144 yards), vs. Florida International in 2009 (118 yards) and against Texas in the BCS National Championship Game.
100-YARD RUSHERS AND RECEIVERS: Thirty-two times in 30 different games Alabama has had rushers exceed 100 yards and the Tide has had 15 100-yard receivers in 15 games since head coach Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa. Former running back Mark Ingram recorded 12 100-yard rushing games during his career, while junior Trent Richardson has nine 100-yard rushing efforts and sophomore Eddie Lacy has produced two. Under Saban, Alabama has gone 29-1 in those 30 games that produced a 100-yard rusher. Marquis Maze (1) and Trent Richardson (1) are the only current players with 100-yard receiving games.
CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES
6 Shaun Alexander 1999
5 Sherman Williams 1993
5 Trent Richardson 2011
100-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES IN A SEASON
9 Mark Ingram 2009
7 Shaun Alexander 1999
7 Sherman Williams 1994
6 Kenneth Darby 2005
6 Shaun Alexander 1998
6 Siran Stacy 1989
6 Bobby Humphrey 1986
5 Glen Coffee 2008
5 Sherman Williams 1993
5 Bobby Humphrey 1987
5 Rickey Moore 1983
5 Johnny Musso 1970
5 Bobby Marlow 1950
5 Trent Richardson 2011
CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES
15 Shaun Alexander 1996-99
15 Bobby Humphrey 1985-88
12 Kenneth Darby 2003-06
12 Sherman Williams 1991-94
12 Mark Ingram 2008-10
9 Shaud Williams 2002-03
9 Siran Stacy 1989-91
9 Johnny Musso 1969-71
9 Bobby Marlow 1950-52
9 Trent Richardson 2009-11
ALABAMA-VANDERBILT SERIES: Alabama holds a 59-19-4 (61-18-4 without NCAA rulings) series lead over Vanderbilt in a series that dates back in the Alabama record books to the 1903 season. The Crimson Tide and Commodores met for the 83rd time overall and the first time since 2007. Alabama has played Vanderbilt 17 times in Bryant-Denny Stadium, losing once to the Commodores once in Tuscaloosa in 1984.
SERIES RECORDS BY SITES: Alabama and Vanderbilt have met at four different sites since the first game in the series in 1903. The Crimson Tide has a 32-6-2 (33-6-2 without NCAA rulings) record against the Commodores in the state of Alabama, including a 15-1 mark (16-1 without NCAA rulings) in Tuscaloosa. Vanderbilt’s lone win in Bryant-Denny Stadium came on Sept. 29, 1984. The Tide and Commodores have also played in Birmingham, where Alabama has a 15-3-1 lead in the series, and Mobile, where Vanderbilt holds the edge with a 2-1-1 record.
SABAN VERSUS VANDERBILT: Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a 3-0 record in his career against Vanderbilt, with one of those wins coming from his time as head coach at LSU and the other two while coaching at Alabama. This is Saban’s first time playing the Commodores in Tuscaloosa as his first meeting came in Nashville in 2007.