Oct. 18, 2008
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SABAN 7-0 FOR FIRST TIME; TIDE WINS 8TH STRAIGHT
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is in his 14th season as a head coach on the collegiate level, but Saturday's victory over Mississippi gave him his first 7-0 start to a season. Including this year, Saban has led teams to 6-0 starts three times (Toledo in 1990 - finished 9-2; Michigan State in 1999 - finished 9-2; Alabama in 2008) but this is the first time he has led a team to an unbeaten mark through seven games. Alabama has now won eight games in a row through the Mississippi game, a streak that started with a win over Colorado in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 30, 2007. It is the second-longest win streak in Saban's coaching career behind a 10-game win streak by LSU from October 18, 2003 through September 11, 2004.
With Saturday's victory, Alabama leads the Mississippi series 45-9-1 with five straight wins while winning 21 of 24 games dating back to the 1977 season. Alabama owns a 32-1-1 series lead in games played in the state of Alabama. The Crimson Tide is 23-1 in games played in Tuscaloosa, including a nine-game winning streak.
Nick Saban VS. OLE MISS
With Saturday's victory, Alabama head coach Nick Saban owns a 6-1 record in his career against Mississippi. He is 2-0 at Alabama against the Rebels. Saban posted a 4-1 record against the Rebels 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.
SABAN VS. THE SEC
With Saturday's victory, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has compiled a 38-17 record against SEC teams. His ledger includes two SEC Championship Game victories over Tennessee (2001) and Georgia (2003) and a loss to LSU (1991 Independence Bowl). In seven years at LSU and Alabama, Saban is 36-16 in 52 regular-season SEC games. Saban is 22-11 against SEC Western Division teams and 16-6 against SEC Eastern Division foes. Saban has compiled a 20-5 record in SEC home games and a 15-11 mark in SEC road contests.
DEFENSE SOLID, BUT GIVES UP 2008 HIGHS
Alabama's defense had a solid day against Mississippi, but did allow season highs for total yardage (359) and rushing yards (158) while allowing more than 100 yards on the ground for the first time this season. The previous single-game yield for total offense by the Crimson Tide defense in 2008 was 324 yards by Georgia on September 27 at Athens. The most rushing yardage allowed by Alabama before Saturday was 92 by Arkansas on Sept. 20 at Fayetteville.
ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE FIRST HALF BY ALABAMA
By scoring 24 points in the first half Saturday, Alabama continued a trend of quick starts by the Crimson Tide in 2008. Below are the top scoring halves for Alabama under second-year head coach Nick Saban:
|First Half Scoring
||Sept. 20, 2008 (1st Half)
||Sept. 27, 2008 (1st Half)
||Sept. 13, 2008 (1st Half)
||Sept. 1, 2007 (2nd Half)
||Dec. 30, 2007 (1st Half)
||Oct. 18, 2008 (1st Half)
||Oct. 20, 2007 (2nd Half)
||Sept. 1, 2007 (1st Half)
ALABAMA'S FIRST HALF SCORING
Alabama led, 24-3, at halftime Saturday after taking a 7-3 lead after the first quarter. Despite allowing points for the first time in a first quarter this season, Alabama upped its season first quarter scoring margin to 95-3 and has now accumulated a 171-23 scoring edge in the first half of its seven games this season.
|Alabama's First Half Scoring Advantage
ALABAMA FACES DEFICIT FOR FIRST TIME IN `08
When Mississippi took a 3-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first quarter, the Crimson Tide trailed for 1:15 before a 26-yard touchdown pass from John Parker Wilson to Marquis Maze gave Alabama a 7-3 lead with 4:10 remaining in the period, capping a 73-yard drive in four plays. Prior to Saturday, Alabama had not trailed at any point in its last seven games dating back to the 2007 Independence Bowl against Colorado. The Crimson Tide was tied 0-0 to start the game or led in every second of the 429 minutes, 35 seconds of football before falling behind the Rebels on Saturday. Since the Colorado game last year, Alabama scored in the first quarter to take an early lead and held that lead for 384:40 of seven consecutive games. Entering Saturday's game, Alabama had led an average of 54:57 in each game.
OLE MISS LEAD SET SOME `08 FIRSTS
A 26-yard field goal by Mississippi's Joshua Shene with 5:25 remaining in the first quarter set a trio of dubious 2008 firsts for the Crimson Tide. It marked the first time this season that Alabama has allowed points in the first quarter; the first time this season that Alabama has trailed in a game; and the first time this season that Alabama has failed to score in the first quarter of play.
WALKER HAS BIG DAY
Senior tight end Nick Walker had an active day in the passing game against Ole Miss, matching his career-high with 5 catches and setting a new career-high with 65 receiving yards highlighted by a 40-yard catch-and-run in the third period. That gain was the longest catch of his Alabama career (previous long: 34 vs. Mississippi in 2005). Walker also had 5 receptions against Clemson on August 30 in Atlanta. Walker entered Saturday second on the team in receptions with 15 catches for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns.
THE "NEW JUMBO" OFFENSE
Junior nose guard Terrence Cody made his offensive debut in the second quarter, serving as the fullback on Mark Ingram's 2-yard touchdown run that gave Alabama a 14-3 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. Cody served as the lead blocker on the play, leading Ingram into the end zone. The role was a familiar one for Cody, who also performed on offense as a blocker and rusher in several short-yardage and goal line situations at Gulf Coast Community College. Cody was injured while playing defense in the third quarter and did not return.
300TH CRIMSON TIDE VICTORY IN TUSCALOOSA
Saturday's win over Ole Miss was Alabama's 300th football victory in games played in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide has played 362 of its 650 home games in Tuscaloosa and has a record of 300-59-3 in those games. Alabama, which has played 304 games at Birmingham (winning 199 of those contests), has a winning percentage of .829 in games played at Tuscaloosa. Alabama is 251-46-3 in games played at Bryant-Denny Stadium through Saturday's victory over Ole Miss.
Marquis Maze's 26-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was his first as a member of the Crimson Tide...Julio Jones had 2 receptions for 63 yards in the first quarter, including a season-long 40-yard catch and run...Enrique Davis's 62-yard run to set up Ole Miss's field goal for a 3-0 lead is the longest rush by an Alabama opponent this season (previous long: 30 yards by Arkansas' Michael Smith on Sept. 20) and also bettered the full-game team rushing totals compiled by four Crimson Tide opponents this season (Clemson - 0; Western Kentucky - 42; Georgia - 50; Kentucky - 35)...Alabama entered Saturday's game allowing an average of 50.8 rushing yards per game.
Alabama goes on the road to continue its challenging SEC slate on October 25 to face Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The Crimson Tide owns a 45-38-8 edge in the all-time series with the Volunteers, including a 41-17 win last year in Tuscaloosa.