Alabama Football vs. Mississippi State Postgame Notes
Oct. 27, 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 an 18-1 record (20-1 including two vacated victories in 2007) in October. In 21 games over that span, the Crimson Tide has outscored its opponents 654-261.
TIDE 57-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama defeated Mississippi State on Saturday after taking a 24-0 lead into halftime. With the victory, the Crimson Tide is 57-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.
30-POINT STREAK: Alabama recorded its eighth straight game with 30 or more points which is the longest streak to start a season in school history. Prior to this season, Alabama had started three seasons with five games in a row (1920, 1979 & 2009) of scoring 30 or more points.
McCARRON PASSES WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION: AJ McCarron continues to build his school record of passes without an interception. After passing Brodie Croyle's record of 190, McCarron ended the Mississippi State game with an active streak of 262 passing attempts without an interception.
McCARRON MOVING UP ON CAREER TD PASSES LIST: With two touchdown passes tonight, AJ McCarron has 37 career touchdown passes. That total ranks 4th in Alabama history behind John Parker Wilson (47 - 2005-08), Brodie Croyle (41 - 2002-05) and Greg McElroy (39 - 2007-10).
McCARRON ON SINGLE-SEASON TD PASSES LIST: McCarron's 18 touchdown passes this season ranks tied for second on the Alabama single-season passing touchdowns list with John Parker Wilson, who also threw for 18 touchdowns in 2007. Greg McElroy holds the single-season passing touchdowns mark with 20, set in 2010.
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 28 straight games. Over that span UA has outscored the opposition, 564-114 in the first half. The last time the Tide trailed at the half was at South Carolina on October 9, 2010, an eventual 35-21 loss.
20 OR MORE IN THE FIRST HALF: With 24 points in the opening half tonight against Mississippi State, Alabama has scored 20 or more points in every first half this season.
FIRST QUARTER POINTS: With T.J. Yeldon's 11-yard run to start the scoring and a 57-yard pass by AJ McCarron to Kenny Bell in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in every first quarter this season, outscoring its opponents 104-3 in the opening quarter this season.
SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With T.J. Yeldon's 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Alabama raised its current total of consecutive games in which it scored to 150 - the longest streak in program history.
RUSHING TO SUCCESS: Alabama rushed for 179 on Saturday against Mississippi State. Alabama is 45-0 since the start of the 2008 season when the Tide rushes for at least 150 yards.
RUSHING TRENDS VS. MSU: Since the arrival of Alabama head coach Nick Saban in 2007, the Crimson Tide has had a decided advantage rushing the football against Mississippi State. Alabama has gained more yards on the ground in each of those six meetings, rushing for 1,180 yards while the Bulldogs have gained 472 yards. The Crimson Tide averages 196.7 rushing yards per game against MSU since 2007. Conversely, Mississippi State is gaining an average of 78.7 yards per game on the ground against UA.
YARDS HARD TO COME BY: The Alabama defense held Mississippi State to 256 total yards on Saturday night. Dating back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State, a span of 22 games, the Alabama defense has allowed just one opposing team to reach 300 total yards (Georgia Southern, 341). Teams have been held under 200 total yards 12 times, and less than 100 total yards twice. Rushing against the Tide has been even more difficult over that span as teams have been held to under 100 yards 18 times, under 50 yards 10 times and in negative yardage twice.
10 POINTS OR LESS: Alabama's defense held Mississippi State to seven points on Saturday night. Since Nick Saban took over as head coach, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 38 times since the start of the 2007 season.
HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 300: Alabama held Mississippi State to 256 total yards on Saturday night. In head coach Nick Saban's 75-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense 50 times, or 66.7 percent of the time.
TURNOVERS=POINTS: Twice against Mississippi State Alabama scored touchdowns on offense immediately after the defense forced a turnover. This season, Alabama has forced 23 turnovers and converted them into 17 touchdowns and two field goals for a total of 125 points.
LESTER GETS 13TH CAREER INTERCEPTION: Alabama senior safety Robert Lester picked off his 13th career pass which ranks eighth in Alabama history. The Mississippi State game marked the second consecutive game in which Lester intercepted a pass.
MULTIPLE INTERCEPTIONS: Alabama has tallied 14 interceptions on the season and has picked off at least one pass in seven of the eight games in 2012. The Tide has picked off two or more passes in five of the eight games, including three in a row.
MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL POSTGAME NOTES
The Bulldogs' 7-1 start is the best start through eight games for MSU since 1999 (8-0).
Mississippi State's nine-game winning streak came to an end. The streak was the third-longest winning streak nationally and in school history.
Mississippi State `s 17 passing touchdowns this season are tied for third most in a single season in school history.
The Bulldogs have scored 264 points through the first eight games, the highest point total through the first eight games of a season since 2000 (278).
MSU's defense held Alabama running back Eddie Lacy to his lowest career yards-per-carry average (2.6, minimum five carries), as well as his career low for rushing yards as a starter (26).
State had its most passing yards against Alabama since passing for 262 yards in 2000.
Head Coach Dan Mullen has yet to be shutout in 46 games as MSU head coach, the third-longest stretch without being shutout in school history (90 from 1978 to 1986; 76 from1990-1997; 45 from 1997-2001).
State's 16-play, 97-yard drive in the third quarter was its longest drive of the season.
Thanks to the MSU defense, Alabama went three-and-out on three-straight possessions for the first time since Jan. 7, 2010 against Texas in the 2010 BCS Title Game.
After registering 42 penalty yards combined in its last three games, MSU tallied 51 penalty yards in the first half alone Saturday night.
The crowd of 101,821 tied for the second-largest crowd ever to watch a Mississippi State football game.
Senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence finished the night with 10 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack. In his last two games overall, Lawrence has 16 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In his last two games against the Crimson Tide, the senior has totaled 22 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.
Senior wide receiver Chad Bumphis passed Robert Isaac (2,933) for 10th all-time in school history in career all-purpose yards (2,938).
Junior quarterback Tyler Russell passed Chris relf (3,297) for eighth all-time in school history in career passing yards (3,411).
Redshirt freshman Robert Johnson caught a career-high four catches, including a touchdown catch for the second-straight game.
Redshirt freshman Dak Prescott has accounted for a touchdown in three-straight games, finishing 4-for-6 for 40 yards and a touchdown pass.
Senior wide receiver Chris Smith tallied three catches for a season-high 73 yards, becoming the first MSU player with three or more catches in six-straight games since Chad Bumphis did it in seven-consecutive games from Nov. 21, 2009 to Oct. 9, 2010.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Benardrick McKinney tallied his first career sack in the second quarter for -13 yards.
Senior defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington notched his first tackle for loss of the season.
Midseason All-American left guard Gabe Jackson has started all 34 games of his career, marking the longest streak on the team.
Game Eight Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1 SEC) at Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 Bryant-Denny Stadium