POST GAME NOTES - ALABAMA vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE

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Nov. 13, 2010

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TIDE WEAR NIKE PRO COMBAT UNIFORMS: The University of Alabama football team took the field for tonight’s game against Mississippi State wearing the 2010 version of the Nike Pro Combat uniform, featuring the lightest football uniform Nike has ever created. The materials and fabrication elements, which debuted in 2009, are incorporated into the Crimson Tide’s traditional uniforms and includes a houndstooth pattern incorporated into the uniform’s numbers – a tribute to legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Also, to honor veterans of the armed services, the Alabama uniform featured an American flag patch on the right sleeve. The flag was featured with the stars facing forward (to the right) per military protocol. Nike worked closely with coaches and administrators at Alabama to capture a look that not only is dynamic but is also true to the Crimson Tide’s tradition for the uniforms.

MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES: With the win, Alabama holds a 73-18-3 record in the series (one forfeit and one vacated win by Alabama are not included in the listed record). The Tide have won three straight in the series and eight of the last 10. The Tide also boasts a 40-9-1 (.810) record against the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa, winning six of the last seven games at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama’s record against MSU in games played in the state of Alabama is 51-11-2 (.825).

HOME WINNING STREAK: Alabama has now won 19 consecutive games at Bryant-Denny Stadium dating back to the home opener against Tulane in 2008. It is the third-longest streak in school history at Bryant-Denny Stadium and is just one win shy of the second-place mark of 20 set from Nov. 1, 1941, to Nov. 11, 1950. The longest winning streak at Bryant-Denny Stadium is 57 games from Oct. 26, 1963, to Nov. 13, 1982. During the current streak, the Crimson Tide is 11-0 against SEC competition and 5-0 against top 25 teams.

Longest Winning Streaks at Bryant-Denny Stadium
57           Oct. 26, 1963 - Nov. 13, 1982
20           Nov. 1, 1941 - Nov. 11, 1950
19           Sept. 6, 2008 - Present
18           Sept. 28, 1929 - Sept. 28, 1935
16           Nov. 23, 1957 - Oct. 12, 1963
16           Nov. 9, 1935 - Oct. 12, 1940

BEATING THE BEST: With the win, Alabama is 13-4 against the Associated Press Top 25 over the past three seasons. UA had reeled off nine straight wins against top-25 teams until the loss at South Carolina. Alabama is 4-1 against the AP Top 25 this season.

QUARTERBACK SACKS: The Alabama defense put constant pressure on Mississippi State, recording five sacks on Saturday. The five sacks are the most this season, more than doubling the largest output of 2010. The five sacks are the most since the Crimson Tide tallied five against South Carolina (Oct. 17, 2009) last season. Alabama recorded five sacks on three different occasions in 2009.

DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Sophomore defensive end Damion Square recorded a career-high two sacks on Saturday night against Mississippi State. He had one career sack coming into the game (earlier this season vs. Mississippi). Square’s sacks accounted for a loss of 15 yards. True freshman linebacker C.J. Mosley and junior safety Mark Barron both recorded career highs in tackles. Mosley accounted for 12 stops, eclipsing his previous high of nine tackles vs. Tennessee and LSU. Barron notched 11 tackles, matching his career high of 11 set earlier this season against Florida.

SCORING DEFENSE: Alabama has been extremely stingy at home this season, allowing just 12 first-half points in five home contests and just 32 points overall in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season, including three in the first half against Mississippi State and 10 overall.

McELROY OVER 5,000 TOTAL OFFENSE: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy surpassed the 5,000-yard mark for career total offense tonight. With 247 total yards against Mississippi State (227 passing 20 rushing), McElroy became the sixth player in Alabama football history to break the 5,000-yard barrier. McElroy has 5,010 total yards for his career, 4,935 passing and 75 rushing.

McELROY’S CAREER TD PASSES: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy had two touchdown passes against Mississippi State, the 33rd and 34th of McElroy’s Alabama career, ranking fifth on the UA career touchdown passes list. He has 15 touchdown passes in the 2010 season.

TOUCHDOWN PASSES – CAREER
47     John Parker Wilson.................................................................................... 2005-08
41     Brodie Croyle................................................................................................... 2002-05
35     Andrew Zow..................................................................................................... 1998-01
35     Mike Shula......................................................................................................... 1983-86
34   Greg McElroy........................................................ 2007-present

TOUCHDOWN PASSES – SEASON
18     John Parker Wilson............................................................................................. 2007
17     John Parker Wilson............................................................................................. 2006
17     Greg McElroy............................................................................................................ 2009
16     Mike Shula.................................................................................................................. 1985
16     Brodie Croyle............................................................................................................ 2003
15     Greg McElroy...................................................................... 2010
14     Brodie Croyle............................................................................................................ 2005
14     Walter Lewis............................................................................................................. 1983
14     Gary Hollingsworth............................................................................................. 1989
14     Jay Barker.................................................................................................................... 1994
14     Freddie Kitchens................................................................................................... 1996

McELROY ON CAREER LISTS: McElroy ranks high on several individual season and career lists at Alabama through tonight’s game. A summary follows:

PASS ATTEMPTS – SEASON
462  John Parker Wilson (255 comp., 2,846 yards)........................ 2007
379  John Parker Wilson (216 comp., 2,707 yards)........................ 2006
341  Brodie Croyle (182 comp., 2,303 yards)....................................... 2003
339  Brodie Croyle (202 comp., 2,499 yards)....................................... 2005
339  Gary Hollingsworth (205 comp., 2,379 yards)......................... 1989
325  Greg McElroy (198 comp., 2,507 yards)....................... 2009
302  Freddie Kitchens (162 comp., 2,124 yards).............................. 1996
282  Gary Hollingsworth (140 comp., 1,462 yards)......................... 1990
266  Scott Hunter (157 comp., 2,188 yards).......................................... 1969
264  Andrew Zow (148 comp., 1,799 yards)......................................... 1999

PASS ATTEMPTS – CAREER
1,175    John Parker Wilson (665 comp., 7,924 yards)........ 2005-08
869       Brodie Croyle (488 comp., 6,382 yards)....................... 2002-05
852       Andrew Zow (459 comp., 5,983 yards).................. 1998-2001
706       Jay Barker (402 comp., 5,689 yards)............................... 1991-94
680       Freddie Kitchens (343 comp., 4,668 yards).............. 1993-97
672       Scott Hunter (382 comp., 4,899 yards).......................... 1968-70
621       Gary Hollingsworth (345 comp., 3,842 yards)......... 1989-90
591     Greg McElroy (384 comp., 4,935 yards)..... 2007-present
578       Mike Shula (313 comp., 4,069 yards).............................. 1983-86
504       Walter Lewis (286 comp., 4,257 yards)......................... 1980-83
494       Tyler Watts (284 comp., 3,540 yards)..................... 1999-2002

PASS COMPLETIONS – SEASON
255  John Parker Wilson (462 att., 2,846 yards)............................... 2007
216  John Parker Wilson (379 att., 2,707 yards)............................... 2006
205  Gary Hollingsworth (339 att., 2,379 yards)................................ 1989
202  Brodie Croyle (339 att., 2,499 yards).............................................. 2005
198  Greg McElroy (325 att., 2,507 yards)............................ 2009
187  John Parker Wilson (323 att., 2,273 yards)............................... 2008
182  Brodie Croyle (341 att., 2,303 yards).............................................. 2003
157  Scott Hunter (266 att., 2,188 yards)................................................. 1969
152  Freddie Kitchens (302 att., 2,124 yards)..................................... 1996
148  Andrew Zow (264 att., 1,799 yards)................................................ 1999

PASS ATTEMPTS – CAREER
488  Brodie Croyle (869 att., 6,382 yards)..................................... 2002-05
478  John Parker Wilson (820 att., 5,651 yards)...................... 2005-07
459  Andrew Zow (852 att., 5,983 yards)................................ 1998-2001
402  Jay Barker (706 att., 5,689 yards)............................................. 1991-94
384  Greg McElroy (591 att., 4,935 yards)............. 2007-present
382  Scott Hunter (672 att., 4,899 yards)........................................ 1968-70
345  Gary Hollingsworth (621 att., 3,842 yards)....................... 1989-90
343  Freddie Kitchens (680 att., 4,668 yards)............................ 1993-97
313  Mike Shula (578 att., 4,069 yards)............................................ 1983-86
286  Walter Lewis (504 att., 4,257 yards)....................................... 1980-83

HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE – CAREER
(Minimum 200 Completions)
64.9%    Greg McElroy (384 of 591)........................ 2007-present
57.5%    Tyler Watts (284 of 494)................................................... 1999-2002
56.9%    Jay Barker (402 of 706)............................................................. 1991-94
56.8%    Scott Hunter (382 of 672)........................................................ 1968-70
56.6%    Walter Lewis (286 of 504)....................................................... 1980-83
56.6%    John Parker Wilson (665 of 1,175)................................. 2005-08

YARDS PASSING – SEASON
2,846      John Parker Wilson (255 of 372)............................................... 2007
2,707      John Parker Wilson (216 of 379)............................................... 2006
2,499      Brodie Croyle (202 of 339).............................................................. 2005
2,507      Greg McElroy (198 of 325)....................................... 2009
2,379      Gary Hollingsworth (205 of 339)................................................ 1989
2,303      Brodie Croyle (182 of 341).............................................................. 2003
2,231      Greg McElroy (170 of 246)....................................... 2010
2,188      Scott Hunter (157 of 266)................................................................. 1969
2,124      Freddie Kitchens (152 of 302)..................................................... 1996
2,009      Mike Shula (138 of 229)..................................................................... 1985

CAREER
7,924      John Parker Wilson (665 of 1,175)................................. 2005-08
6,382      Brodie Croyle (488 of 869)..................................................... 2002-05
5,983      Andrew Zow (459 of 852)....................................................... 1998-01
5,689      Jay Barker (402 of 706)............................................................. 1991-94
4,935      Greg McElroy (384 of 590)........................ 2007-present
4,899      Scott Hunter (382 of 672)........................................................ 1968-70

LONGEST PLAY OF INGRAM’S ALABAMA CAREER: Junior running back Mark Ingram took a Greg McElroy pass 78 yards for a touchdown with 2:17 left in the second quarter to give Alabama a 20-3 lead over Mississippi State. That play is the longest gain of Ingram’s Alabama career, surpassing a 69-yard pass play against Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. Ingram’s longest career rushing play is a 70-yard run for a touchdown against Mississippi State in 2009.

BIG NIGHT FOR MAZE: Despite having an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown erased by a penalty, junior wide receiver Marquis Maze enjoyed a fine all-purpose yardage game for Alabama. Maze accounted for 166 total yards in the game. Maze caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, very close to matching his single-game highs for receptions and yards. Maze’s single-game high for catches is six (vs. LSU, 2009) and his single-game best for receiving yards is 96 (vs. Florida, 2009). He also returned three punts for 36 yards and returned two kickoffs for 41 yards in the game.

LESTER GRABS TWO INTERCEPTIONS: Sophomore safety Robert Lester added two interceptions to his 2010 total against Mississippi State. He ended State’s first offensive possession by intercepting a pass at the Alabama 6-yard line and then added another theft in the second half. The native of Foley, Ala., has seven interceptions this season to lead the SEC. Lester entered the game tied for fifth nationally at .56 interceptions per game. As a team, Alabama entered Mississippi State game tied for sixth nationally with 15 interceptions.

JONES MOVES UP CAREER RECEPTIONS LIST: Junior wide receiver Julio Jones caught three passes for 41 yards against State. He is second on the Alabama career pass receptions list with 159 for 2,319 career receiving yards. On the season, Jones has caught 58 passes for 799 yards and four touchdowns.

NEXT GAME: Alabama plays its first Thursday night game in nine years as Georgia State visits Bryant-Denny Stadium Nov. 18, for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU. It is the first year of existence for the Georgia State program under the direction of former Alabama head coach Bill Curry (1987-89). The Panthers are 6-4 on the season with victories over Shorter, Campbell, Morehead State, Savannah State, North Carolina Central and Lamar.