Football at MSU Postgame Notes

Nov. 16, 2013

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GENERAL NOTES

GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama's captains for tonight's game at Mississippi State were AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kevin Norwood. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

SERIES: Alabama leads the series with Mississippi State, 76-18-3, and has won six straight in the series and 11 of the last 13 games. Alabama has outscored MSU 175-41 (29.2-6.8 ppg) in the last six meetings. The Crimson Tide also boasts a 16-4 (.800) record against the Bulldogs in Starkville and a 28-7-2 (.784) in the state of Mississippi.

10-WIN SEASONS: Alabama reached the 10-win milestone for the sixth consecutive season in 2013, boasting a 10-0 record. In 118 seasons, the Tide has won 10 or more games 33 times, one back of Oklahoma (34) for the most 10-win seasons in college football. Alabama has produced eight 10-win seasons since the 2002 season (2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). Tide head coach Nick Saban is the 11th coach in school history to lead his team to a 10-win season and is the fifth coach in school history to have more than one 10-win season.

SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: As successful as Alabama has been at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the Saban era, the Crimson Tide has been nearly as effective away from home. Alabama has an 18-game winning streak away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. The 18-game streak includes both true road games and neutral-site games and dates back to a 24-21 loss at LSU on Nov. 6, 2010.

10 POINTS OR FEWER: Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 48 times since the start of the 2007 season. Alabama has held 8-of-10 opponents to 10 points or less in 2013 after limiting seven of its opponents to 10 points or less in 2012, four of which were shutouts. The Tide was successful in holding opponents in the 0-10 point range in nine games in 2011 and eight times in 2010. Alabama limited opponents to that range seven times in both 2008 and 2009, and in 2007 posted two games in which it held opponents to 0-10 points. Alabama has shut out the opposition 12 times during the Saban era.

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

MOSLEY CONTINUES TO CLIMB CAREER TACKLES LIST: C.J. Mosley, who entered tonight's game with 282 career tackles, moved up to No. 7 on Alabama's career list after collecting eight tackles against the Bulldogs. Mosley, with 290 tackles, is now 13 tackles shy of Marcus Spencer at No. 6 with 303 career tackles (1997-2000). Wayne Davis (327 from 1983-86) is the all-time record holder.

HARD TO RUN THE BALL: In the last five years, the Crimson Tide defense has held its opponents below 100 yards rushing in 42 of 63 games (66.7 percent). Alabama held 11 teams below 100 yards rushing in 2009, 10 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and five so far in 2013. The Bulldogs finished the game with 53 yards on the ground.

DEFENSE IN SHUTDOWN MODE: In the past eight games, or 32 quarters of play, the Alabama defense has surrendered just five touchdowns (1 at Kentucky, 1 vs. Tennessee, 2 vs. LSU and 1 at Mississippi State). In those eight games, the Tide is allowing 6.3 points per contest.

FIRST HALF SHUTOUT: For the 10th time in its last 14 games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half. In addition to today's game, the Crimson Tide shut out Tennessee (Oct. 26, 2013), Arkansas (Oct. 19, 2013), Kentucky (Oct. 12, 2013), Georgia State (Oct. 5, 2013), Ole Miss (Sept. 28, 2013), Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

McCARRON SETS ANOTHER ALABAMA RECORD: AJ McCarron set another Alabama record, this time surpassing John Parker Wilson (8,099 yards from 2005-08) for the most yards of total offense in a career. Entering tonight's game at Mississippi State, McCarron needed 153 yards, which he reached in the third quarter on a 21-yard pass to O.J. Howard. McCarron finished the game with 199 yards (187 passing; 12 rushing) bringing his career total to 8,146.

YELDON SURPASSES 2,000 CAREER RUSHING YARDS; 1,000 YARDS ON THE SEASON: With his 50-yard rush in the second quarter, T.J. Yeldon became the 18th player in program history to rush for 2,000 yards or more in a career. He finished the game with a career-high 160 yards, bringing his career total to 2,130. Yeldon's 160-yard performance also put him over 1,000 yards for the season, making him the 14th individual in Alabama history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the 18th time an Alabama back has done so.

VOGLER NOTCHES FIRST CAREER TD: Tight end Brian Vogler scored the first touchdown of his career with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter helping to give the Crimson Tide a 10-0 lead at halftime. He is the 10th different player to record a touchdown reception for Alabama this season.

SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With Cade Foster's 33-yard field goal in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 166 consecutive games - the longest streak in program history.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

MANDELL BOOTS CAREER-LONG 63 YARDER: Punter Cody Mandell, a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, punted a career-long 63 yarder in the first quarter tonight against Mississippi State, surpassing his previous high of 61 last achieved in the season opener against Virginia Tech. This season, he has three punts of better than 60 yards and 12 that have traveled more than 50 yards in 31 attempts. He has placed 13 inside the opponent 20-yard line.