Post-game Notes

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Oct. 25, 2008

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ALABAMA-TENNESSEE SERIES
With the victory Saturday night, Alabama leads the series with Tennessee by a margin 46-38-7. The win Saturday night marks the Crimson Tide’s first back-to-back wins in the series since the 1991-92 campaigns and is Alabama’s first win in Knoxville since a 34-13 victory in 2002. Alabama leads the series 21-20-1 in games played at Knoxville.

SABAN VS. TENNESSEE
With the victory Saturday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has compiled a 4-1 (.800) career record against Tennessee. He is now 2-0 against the Vols as the head coach at Alabama.

TIDE WHEN RANKED NO. 2
The Tennessee game was the Tide’s 56th game when ranked No. 2 in the AP poll. The victory improved Alabama’s record to 46-7-2 when ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, including a 13-game unbeaten streak.

SABAN REACHES 8-0 FOR FIRST TIME
With Alabama’s win on Saturday, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban moved to 8-0 for the first time in his head coaching career. This year’s Alabama team was Saban’s first to start 7-0. Saban has fielded two teams that reached 6-0 and two teams that reached 5-0. His 1990 team at Toledo posted wins in the first six games before falling at Central Michigan 13-12 and then his 1999 team at Michigan State went 6-0 before a 19-17 loss at Northwestern. Saban’s 1997 Michigan State and 2003 LSU squads started the year at 5-0.

Year Start Team
2008 8-0 Alabama
1999 6-0 Michigan State
1990 6-0 Toledo
2003 5-0 LSU
1997 5-0 Michigan State

TIDE WINS 9TH STRAIGHT
Alabama has reeled off 9 consecutive wins dating back to last year’s win over Colorado in the Independence Bowl. The Crimson Tide’s winning streak is the second-longest in the nation. Utah joins the Crimson Tide with nine straight wins while Tulsa strives for its ninth consecutive victory on Sunday night vs. Central Florida. The nine-game winning streak is the longest for Alabama since reeling off nine in a row to start the 2005 season.

Current Winning Streaks
Penn State 10
Texas Tech 10
Alabama 9
Utah 9
Tulsa 8
Ball State 8
Boise State 7

TIDE CONTINUES FIRST HALF SUCCESS
Entering halftime with a 13-3 lead, the Crimson Tide has outscored its opposition this season a combined 184-23 in the first half, including an 101-6 edge in the first quarter of its first eight games and a 83-20 edge in second quarter scoring this season.

Alabama’s First Half Scoring Advantage
Game 1st Quarter Halftime
Clemson 13-0 23-3
Tulane 13-0 13-3
Western Kentucky 17-0 31-7
Arkansas 21-0 35-7
Georgia 10-0 31-0
Kentucky 14-0 14-0
Mississippi 7-3 24-3
Tennessee 6-3 13-3
Totals 101-6 184-23

COFFEE’S TD RUN CONTINUES 4TH DOWN SUCCESS
Running back Glen Coffee’s 3-yard touchdown run with 2:41 left in the second quarter gave Alabama a 13-3 lead and continued the Crimson Tide offense’s flawless record on fourth down conversions this season. Alabama is 5 for 5 on fourth down conversions this season. The Tide was 3 for 3 against Western Kentucky, 1 for 1 vs. Kentucky and 1 for 1 against Tennessee.

TIDE HAS STARTED ALL 4 ROAD GAMES WITH SCORING DRIVES
Alabama’s march with the opening kickoff to a field goal marked the fourth time in four road games this season has scored on its first possession of the game. The four scoring drives have averaged 10½ plays and 57 yards, and have resulted in two field goals and two touchdowns.

The scoring drives:
Opponent Drive Result
Clemson 10 plays, 27 yards, 5:17 FG
Arkansas 10 plays, 71 yards, 4:20 TD
Georgia 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:28 TD
Tennessee 11 plays, 50 yards, 4:34 FG

OPENING DRIVE LEADS TO FIELD GOAL
Alabama took the opening kickoff against Tennessee and marched 50 yards in 11 plays to a 39-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin to take a 3-0 lead with 10:18 remaining in the first quarter. The score marked the third time this season that the Crimson Tide has scored within the game’s first 5 minutes to take a lead (others were a touchdown vs. Tulane with 4:15 elapsed and a touchdown vs. Arkansas with 4:20 elapsed). The score also continued a trend of quick starts by the Crimson Tide in 2008. The Tide has scored on its first possession of the game in five of eight games this season.

TIFFIN’S THREE FIELD GOALS
Junior placekicker Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals against Tennessee, raising his career total of field goals made to 46. That ranks him 4th in Alabama history for field goals made in a career. This marks the ninth time that Tiffin has made at least three field goals in a game for the Crimson Tide. His single-game career high for field goals is 4, accomplished three times (vs. Tennessee in 2007; at Mississippi State in 2007; and vs. Clemson in 2008).

OTHER NOTES
Receiver Julio Jones’ six catches and 103 yards receiving were career-best marks for the freshman, eclipsing his previous single-game high of 94 yards at Georgia on Sept. 30 and five catches against Western Kentucky (Sept. 13) and at Georgia (Sept. 27)…Junior running back Roy Upchurch ran for a career-best 86 yards on 14 carries to lead the Crimson Tide on the night..Safety Rashad Johnson’s quarterback sack in the first quarter was his first this season and the second of his Alabama career…The game captains for Alabama tonight were senior quarterback John Parker Wilson, senior safety Rashad Johnson and senior center/guard Antoine Caldwell…Alabama won the opening coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff while Tennessee elected to defend the north end zone at Neyland Stadium to start the game.

SABAN PARTICIPATES IN COACH TO CURE MD PROGRAM
Alabama head coach Nick Saban joined college football coaches across the country on Saturday in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by wearing an arm band with the Coach to Cure MD insignia, a show of support for Coach to Cure MD, the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) newest charitable project. Football fans can donate to muscular dystrophy research either online at CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 to automatically donate $5 from their mobile phones. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and occurs across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne lack dystrophin, a protein critical to the structural stability of muscle fibers. Patients develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne and limited therapeutic options exist. The AFCA is joining with the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to make Coach to Cure MD a reality and generate support for research using the nationwide, one-day, game-day event.

NEXT GAME: ARKANSAS STATE
Alabama returns to the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium for a homecoming game against Arkansas State on Nov. 1. It is the second meeting between the two teams with the Crimson Tide posting a 34-7 in Birmingham in 1982.