Alabama Football Postgame Notes vs. Mississippi
Oct. 15, 2011
WINNING BIG: Alabama has won its last eight games by 16 or more points dating back to last season’s Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State. That eight-game streak is tied for the longest such mark in the modern era of Crimson Tide football (since 1950). During the current streak, the Tide has beaten the No. 7 Spartans by 42 (49-7), Kent State by 41 (48-7), No. 23 Penn State by 16 (27-11), North Texas by 41 (41-0), No. 14 Arkansas by 24 (28-14), No. 12 Florida by 28 (38-10), Vanderbilt by 34 (34-0) and Mississippi (52-7). The other longest streak in school history was an eight-game stretch that includes the final six games of the 1977 season and the first two games of the 1978 campaign. During the 1977-78 streak of eight games UA defeated Louisville by 49(55-6), Mississippi State by 30 (37-7), LSU by 21 (24-3), Miami by 36 (36-0), Auburn by 27 (48-21), Ohio State by 29 (35-6), Nebraska by 17 (20-3) and Missouri by 18 (38-20). That streak was snapped by a loss to Southern California (14-24). Alabama also had a seven-game streak of wins by 16 or more points during the 1971 season and streaks of six games in 1961 and 1975.
Winning streaks by 16 points or more
14 POINTS OR LESS: Alabama has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points during the first six games of the 2011 season and eight straight games dating back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State. The 2011 Crimson Tide defense leads the nation in scoring defense, surrendering an average of just seven points per game while recording two shutouts (41-0 vs. North Texas and 34-0 over Vanderbilt). The last time Alabama held its opponent to 14 points or less for at least seven straight games was 1992 when the Tide did it nine straight times to open the season. The school record for consecutive games holding an opponent to 14 points or less is 31 from 1960-63. The Crimson Tide did it in the last three games of the 1960 season and all 11 games of the 1961 and 1962 campaigns before the streak ended in the seventh game of the 1963 season when Mississippi State scored 19 in a 20-19 UA win.
Consecutive games allowing 14 points or less
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 16-1 record in October. Over that span the Crimson Tide has outscored its opponents 462-215 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 five games in October since that loss.
TIDE 45-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama led Mississippi at halftime, 17-7 and once again earned the win. The Crimson Tide is 45-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.
STOUT DEFENSE: The Alabama defense turned in another strong defensive effort in the win over Mississippi. The Crimson Tide held the Rebels to 141 total yards (28 rushing, 113 passing) on Saturday night. In Saban’s 61-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense 36 times, or 59 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 four times (Kent State – 90 yards; North Texas – 169 yards; Vanderbilt – 190 yards; Mississippi – 141 yards).
10 POINTS OR LESS: Alabama held Mississippi to 7 points on Saturday night. Under Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 29 times, including five times in seven 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 28 times and less than a touchdown 13 times.
GAMES WITH AN INTERCEPTION: Alabama has recorded at least one interception in six of its seven 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 17 games with a pick in its last 20 outings. Seven 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 11 of its last 12 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.
3 - LSU (Nov. 6, 2010)
NOWHERE TO RUN: Alabama held Mississippi to 28 rushing yards on 31 carries in the victory on Saturday night. In head coach Nick Saban’s 61-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited the opposition to less than 100 rushing yards 38 times, or 62.3 percent of the time. The 28 yards on the ground by Mississippi marks the sixth time in seven games this season that the opposition has been held under 100 yards.
ALABAMA SCORING OUTPUT: With the 52 points scored at Mississippi on Saturday night it marked the most points scored in a Southeastern Conference game since 1990. The Crimson Tide downed Vanderbilt, 59-28, on Sept. 29, 1990.
151 PASSES WITHOUT AN INT: Alabama sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron has reeled off 151 consecutive passes without throwing an interception. It is the third-longest streak in school history. He has gone six straight games without a pick. Brodie Croyle holds the school record of 190 consecutive passes without an interception with Jay Barker (155) second. McCarron passed Greg McElroy’s mark of 149 straight passes without an interception.
RICHARDSON SETS CAREER HIGHS: Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson had a career night against Mississippi. Richardson set career highs in yardage (183), touchdowns (4) and also had the longest rush of his career (76). Richardson became the first Tide player since Shaun Alexander (LSU, Nov. 9, 1996) to rush for four touchdowns in a game.
- Rushed for a career-high 183 yards
RICHARDSON ON RECORD PACE: Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson has been scoring touchdowns at an alarming rate to start the 2011 season, and he continued that trend Saturday night with a memorable performance against Mississippi.
100-YARD RUSHERS AND RECEIVERS: Thirty-three times in 31 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 10 100-yard rushing efforts and sophomore Eddie Lacy has produced two. Under Saban, Alabama has gone 30-1 in those 31 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 Trent Richardson 2011
100-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES IN A SEASON
9 Mark Ingram 2009
CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES
GIBSON CATCHES FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN: Alabama senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson caught his first career touchdown in the win over Mississippi. Gibson becomes the 12th different player to score for the Crimson Tide in 2011.
MISSISSIPPI SERIES: With the win, Alabama leads the Mississippi series 45-9-2 (49-8-2 before NCAA rulings) with eight straight wins and 25 of the last 27 games dating back to the 1977 season. Alabama has won its last three trips to Oxford Nick Saban is 8-1 in his career against the Rebels, including a 4-0 mark at Alabama. Mississippi head coach Houston Nutt is 5-8 in his career against Alabama, including a 5-5 record as head coach at Arkansas from 1998-2007.
SABAN VS. MISSISSIPPI: Alabama head coach Nick Saban owns a 8-1 record (9-1 before the vacated win in 2007) in his career against Mississippi. He is 4-0 at Alabama and also posted a 4-1 record against Mississippi while at LSU from 2000-04. His lone loss to the Rebels came on Oct. 27, 2001, as Mississippi posted a 35-24 win in Baton Rouge.