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Nov. 1, 2008

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TIDE WINS 10TH STRAIGHT
With the win over Arkansas State, Alabama has reeled off 10 consecutive wins dating back to last year's win over Colorado in the Independence Bowl. The Crimson Tide's winning streak ties Penn State and Texas Tech for the longest in the nation pending the outcome of Saturday night's game between Texas Tech and Texas.  Penn State did not play Saturday. Texas and Utah also had nine straight wins entering Saturday's action, both teams play on Saturday night. The 10-game winning streak is the longest since a 12-game winning streak that began at the 1993 Gator Bowl and continued through a loss to Florida in the 1994 SEC Championship Game.
Current winning streaks:
Penn State  10
Texas Tech  10
Alabama      10
Texas            9
Utah              9

TIDES HAS 10-GAME STREAK FOR 21ST TIME IN HISTORY
The win over Arkansas State on Saturday gave the Crimson Tide a 10-game winning streak dating back to last year's 30-24 win over Colorado in the Independence Bowl, the 21st winning streak of 10 or more games in school history, an NCAA record. The last time UA owned a 10-game winning streak was during the 1993-94 seasons when the Tide won 12 consecutive games.  Here is a look at all the 10-game winning streaks in school history.

Streak    Season  First Win                                                                              Streak Ended By
28            1991-93   Alabama 10, Georgia 0 (Oct. 21, 1991)                                Tennessee 17, Alabama 17 (Oct. 16, 1993)
28            1978-80  Alabama 51, Vanderbilt 28 (Oct. 30, 1978)                        Mississippi State 6, Alabama 3 (Nov. 1, 1980)
20            1924-26   Alabama 33, Georgia 0 (Nov. 27, 1924)                               Stanford 7, Alabama 7 (Jan. 1, 1927) (Rose Bowl)
19            1961-62   Alabama 32, Georgia 6 (Nov. 17, 1961)                                Georgia Tech 7, Alabama 6 (Nov. 17, 1962)
17            1965-66   Alabama 27, Tulane 0 (Sept. 25, 1965)                               Florida State 37, Alabama 37 (Sept. 23, 1967)
14            1933-35   Alabama 20, Kentucky 0 (Nov. 4, 1933)                              Howard 7, Alabama 7 (Sept. 28, 1935)
14            1936-37   Alabama 13, Loyola 6 (Oct. 24, 1936)                                   California 13, Alabama 0 (Jan. 1, 1938)
14            1945-46   Alabama 21, Keesler AAF 0 (Sept. 29, 1945)                      Tennessee 12, Alabama 0 (Oct. 19, 1946)
13            1930-31   Alabama 43, Howard 0 (Sept. 27, 1930)                             Tennessee 25, Alabama 0 (Oct. 17, 1931)
12            1993-94   Alabama 24, North Carolina 10 (Dec. 31, 1993)                 Florida 24, Alabama 23 (Dec. 3, 1994)
12            1988-89  Alabama 30, Texas A&M 10 (Dec. 1, 1988)                         Auburn 30, Alabama 20 (Dec. 2, 1989)
12            1977-78   Alabama 24, Vanderbilt 12 (Sept. 24, 1977)                       USC 24, Alabama 14 (Sept. 23, 1978)
12            1963-64   Alabama 17, Miami, Fla. 12 (Dec. 14, 1963)                        Texas 21, Alabama 17 (Jan. 1, 1965)
11             1919-20   Alabama 23, LSU 0 (Nov. 15, 1919)                                      Georgia 21, Alabama 14 (Nov. 20, 1920)
11             1971         Alabama 17, USC 10 (Sept. 10, 1971)                                   Nebraska 38, Alabama 6 (Jan. 1, 1972)
11             1973        Alabama 66, California 0 (Sept. 15, 1973)                          Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23 (Dec. 31, 1973)
11             1974        Alabama 21, Maryland 16 (Sept. 14, 1974)                          Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11 (Jan. 1, 1975)
11             1975        Alabama 56, Clemson 0 (Sept. 20, 1975)                            Mississippi 10, Alabama 7 (Sept. 11, 1976)
10            1972        Alabama 35, Duke 12 (Sept. 9, 1972)                                   Auburn 17, Alabama 16 (Dec. 2, 1972)
10            1985-86  Alabama 24, Southern Mississippi 13 (Nov. 16, 1985)      Penn State 23, Alabama 3 (Oct. 25, 1986)
10            2007-08 Alabama 30, Colorado 24 (Dec. 30, 2007)                          -----

THE MOST 10-GAME WINNING STREAKS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY
Alabama's winning streak reached 10 games with a victory against Arkansas State on Saturday - the 21st  winning streak of 10 games or more in Crimson Tide history, the most in major college football history.  Texas has a chance to win its 10th straight game on Saturday night pending the outcome of its game at Texas Tech, which would move the Longhorns into sole possession of fourth on the all-time list of streaks.  Here is a look at the schools with the most 10-game winning streaks in NCAA history. 

Rank     Team                     Total
1.             ALABAMA          21
2.             Michigan                16
                Nebraska               16
4.             Notre Dame         14
                Texas                      14
                Ohio State             14
                Penn State            14
                Tennessee            14
                USC                        14

 

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS STATE SERIES
With the victory, Alabama moved to a 2-0 lead in the series with Arkansas State.  Alabama posted a 34-7 win over Arkansas State in the only other meeting between the two schools on Oct. 2, 1982 at Birmingham's Legion Field.

ALABAMA IMPROVES TO 74-13-1 ALL-TIME IN HOMECOMING
Saturday was Alabama's 88th Homecoming football game. Alabama has compiled a 74-13-1 record in homecoming games, including a seven-game homecoming winning streak dating back to the 2002 season. UA has not lost on homecoming since a 35-21 loss to LSU (coached by Nick Saban) on November 3, 2001.

ALABAMA NOW 17-1 VS. SUN BELT CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With the victory over Arkansas State, Alabama owns a 17-1 record against the members of the Sun Belt Conference, including a 42-7 win over Western Kentucky (a provisional member of the league) on Sept. 13 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama has played at least one game against five of the nine SBC members. The Crimson Tide owns an 8-0 record against Louisiana-Lafayette (formerly Southwestern Louisiana) and a 2-0 mark against ASU, Middle Tennessee and North Texas.  The Tide also had one win each against Florida International and Western Kentucky. UA owns a 1-1 record against Louisiana Monroe. The Tide has never faced Florida Atlantic or Troy.

Saban MOVES TO 6-1 vs. Sun Belt Conference
With the victory over ASU, Alabama head coach Nick Saban improved to 6-1 in his career against Sun Belt Conference teams, including a 4-0 mark while the head coach at LSU.  He is 2-1 in his career against Louisiana Monroe and owns a 2-0 record against Arkansas State.  Saban is 1-0 against Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy and Western Kentucky.  He has never faced Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee or North Texas in his career.

SABAN REACHES 9-0 FOR FIRST TIME
With the victory Saturday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban moved to 9-0 for the first time in his head coaching career.  Prior to this season, Saban had 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      9-0         Alabama
1999       6-0         Michigan State
1990       6-0         Toledo
2003      5-0         LSU
1997       5-0         Michigan State

JOHNSON'S INTERCEPTION RETURN TD IS TIDE'S 4TH DEFENSIVE TD THIS SEASON
Safety Rashad Johnson returned his interception of an Arkansas State pass 32 yards for a touchdown with 8:54 remaining in the second quarter. With that touchdown, the Alabama defense has scored four touchdowns this season, including interception returns by Javier Arenas and Justin Woodall at Arkansas (Sept. 20) and a fumble return by Rolando McClain against Kentucky (Oct. 4).

WILSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE COMPLETIONS
Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson tied the Alabama record for consecutive passes completed with a 6-yard completion to Mike McCoy with 10:06 left in the first quarter on the Tide's second play from scrimmage.  Parker's chance to break the record went awry when receiver Julio Jones failed to catch what would have been the 13th straight completion just a couple of plays later.
Most Consecutive Pass Completions
12 - John Parker Wilson at Tennessee (11) & vs. Arkansas State (1) (2008)
12 - Andrew Zow vs. Mississippi (2000)
11 - Jay Barker vs. Mississippi State (1994)
10 - Gary Hollingsworth vs. Mississippi (1989)
10 - Gary Hollingsworth vs. LSU (1989)
10 - Ken Stabler vs. Mississippi (8) & Clemson (2) (1966)
10 - Jay Barker vs. Tulane (8) & Vanderbilt (2) (1993)

WILSON SURPASSES 7,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS
John Parker Wilson surpassed the 7,000-yard mark in career passing yardage on Saturday afternoon.  Entering the game with 6,911 career passing yards, Wilson passed for 85 yards in the first half to move that total to 6,996 yards at halftime.  Alabama's all-time career passing yards leader, Wilson surpassed the 7,000-yard barrier on a six-yard pass completion to tight end Travis McCall on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.  Wilson finished the day with 152 passing yards for a career total of 7,063 yards.

 

INGRAM TIES RECORD FOR RUSHING TDS BY A FRESHMAN
Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas State, scoring on runs of 5 and 17 yards to give him eight rushing touchdowns this season.  That ties the Alabama record for touchdown runs by a freshman, matching Terry Grant's eight rushing touchdowns in 2007.

SOLID START FOR ALABAMA
Alabama continued its penchant for jumping on top early against Arkansas State by taking its first offensive possession 89 yards in 16 plays, consuming 7:02 to a touchdown run of nine yards by Glen Coffee with 4:22 left in the first quarter.  UA led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and 14-0 at halftime.  The Crimson Tide has outscored its opposition this season a combined 198-26 in the first half, including a 108-6 edge in the first quarter of its first nine games. Alabama has shutout Clemson (13-0), Tulane (13-0), Western Kentucky (17-0), Arkansas (21-0), Georgia (10-0), Kentucky (14-0) and Arkansas State (7-0) in the first period this year, and has a 90-20 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
Arkansas State                  7-0                         14-0
Totals                                  108-6                    198-26

NEXT GAME
Alabama returns to SEC play next Saturday with a Western Division showdown with No. 15 LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on November 8. The Crimson Tide leads the series 43-23-5, but the Tigers have won five straight.


 

 

     
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