Oct. 13, 2012
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 sixth season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide sports a 16-1 record (18-1 including two vacated victories in 2007) in October. In 19 games over that span, the Crimson Tide has outscored its opponents 572-241.
TIDE 55-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama defeated Missouri on Saturday after taking a 28-7 lead into halftime. With the victory, the Crimson Tide is 55-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.
MCCARRON PASSES WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: AJ McCarron continues to build his school record of passes without an interception. After passing Brodie Croyle’s mark of 190 passes last game, McCarron now sports a streak of 227 passes without an interception after the win at Missouri.
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 the Eddie Lacy 73-yard touchdown 45 seconds in the game, Alabama raised its current total of consecutive games in which it scored to 148. The 148 straight games mark the longest streak in program history.
QUICK STRIKE: Alabama scored on its second play of the game when junior Eddie Lacy ran for a career-long 73-yard touchdown just 45 seconds into the contest. The score is the fastest on the season and the third time this year the Crimson Tide has scored in under two minutes. The touchdown was the fastest scored to start a game for Alabama since Terry Grant scampered 47 yards to pay dirt just 22 seconds into the season opener against Western Carolina (Sept. 1, 2007).
LACY BREAKS AWAY FOR OVER 100: Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacy eclipsed the 100-yard mark on just his sixth carry of the contest. The 100 yard performance was the second on the season for the Geismar, La., native and the fourth of his career. The bulk of his yards came on a career-high 73-yard score, the longest run for the Crimson Tide since Trent Richardson found the endzone against Mississippi on Oct. 15, 2011. Lacy entered the half with 143 yards on 10 carries. Lacy finished with a career-high 177 yards and tied a career high with three rushing touchdowns.
RUSHING DUO: Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy (177) and T.J. Yeldon (144) combined to rush for 321 yards and five touchdowns against Missouri. The two became the first rushing duo to score two or more rushing touchdowns in the same game since Trent Richardson (4) and Jalston Fowler (2) combined for six against Mississippi on Oct. 15, 2011. That was also the last time a duo rushed for over 100 yards each.
TURNING TURNOVERS INTO SCORES: Alabama has taken advantage of turnovers this season. The Crimson Tide has forced 17 turnovers in 2012 and converted them into 13 touchdowns or 91 points. With the two interceptions against Missouri, Alabama has scored nine touchdowns off 11 interceptions.
FIRST HALF DEFENSIVE YARDS: Alabama allowed just 31 first half yards to Missouri. The 31 yards are the second fewest allowed in the first half this season as the Tide held Florida Atlantic to 23 yards in the opening half. The 31 yards marked the third time this season that UA has held an opponent under 50 total yards in the first half.
GROUND DEFENSE: Alabama surrendered just three yards on the ground in the win against Missouri. The Crimson Tide has not allowed a team to rush for over 100 yards in 2012 and the three yards against Missouri is the lowest team total allowed on the season. The previous low rushing yield by the Alabama defense was 46 yards by Western Kentucky.
FIRST HALF SCORING DEFENSE: The Crimson Tide has allowed seven points or less in 22 of its last 23 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 70 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.