Alabama Football at Auburn Game Notes

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Nov. 27, 2009

 

UPCHURCH'S FIRST CAREER TD CATCH IS A MEMORABLE ONE

Senior running back Roy Upchurch's four-yard touchdown catch with 1:24 remaining in the game gave Alabama a 26-21 win over Auburn.  It was the first touchdown reception of Upchurch's Alabama career, coming in his 37th game of activity in a Crimson Tide uniform and on his 38th career reception at Alabama.

 

Julio Jones PRODUCES IN THE CLUTCH - HAS SINGLE-GAME HIGH FOR CATCHES

Sophomore receiver Julio Jones caught a career-high nine passes for 83 yards today, setting a new personal single-game mark for catches.  After catching three passes for 25 yards in the first half, Jones racked up six receptions for 58 yards in the second half.  Most importantly, Jones made four catches for 33 yards on the game-winning 15-play, 79-yard drive that consumed 7:03 of game time concluding with a touchdown with 1:24 remaining.  On that drive, three of Jones' catches converted third down plays into first downs.

 

INGRAM ON ALABAMA'S SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING LIST

Ingram rushed for a season-low 30 yards against Auburn, giving him 1,429 rushing yards this season. With his totals, Ingram has moved closer to first place on the Alabama single-season rushing list (see below).

RUSHING YARDS - SEASON

   

1,471

Bobby Humphrey (236 att.)

1986

1,429

Mark Ingram (221 att.)

2009

1,383

Shaun Alexander (302 att.)

1999

1,367

Shaud Williams (280 att.)

2003

1,341

Sherman Williams (291 att.)

1994

RUSHING YARDS - CAREER

   

3,565

Shaun Alexander (727 att.)

1996-99

3,420

Bobby Humphrey (615 att.)

1985-88

3,324

Kenneth Darby (702 att.)

2003-06

2,741

Johnny Musso (574 att.)

1969-71

2,645

Dennis Riddle (612 att.)

1994-97

2,560

Bobby Marlow (408 att.)

1950-52

2,519

Johnny Davis (447 att.)

1974-77

2,486

Sherman Williams (535 att.)

1991-94

2,288

Shaud Williams (410 att.)

2002-03

2,157

Mark Ingram (364 att.)

2008-09

 

BARRON NOTCHES 7TH INTERCEPTION

Safety Mark Barron intercepted an Auburn pass with 4:48 left in the third quarter to set up the Alabama offense at the Auburn 43-yard line, his seventh interception of the 2009 season.  That total ranks tied for third on the Alabama single-season interceptions list (see below).

INTERCEPTIONS - SEASON

10        Hootie Ingram (163 yards)................................................................................... 1952

8           Harry Gilmer (79 yards)........................................................................................ 1946

7           Steve Higginbotham (108 yards)...................................................................... 1971

7           Jeremiah Castille (60 yards)................................................................................. 1982

7           Antonio Langham (67 yards)............................................................................... 1993

7           Kevin Jackson (44 yards)....................................................................................... 1996

7           Mark Barron (125 yards).................................................... 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARENAS SETS SEC CAREER PUNT RETURN YARDS MARK; RANKS 2ND IN NCAA HISTORY

Javier Arenas returned two punts for 67 yards against Auburn (including a 56-yarder in the third quarter) to elevate his career punt return yardage total to 1,725 to break the SEC career punt return yards record previously held by Vanderbilt's Lee Nalley, who had 1,695 punt return yards from 1947-49.  The NCAA record for career punt return yardage is held by Wes Welker of Texas Tech, who gained 1,751 yards on punt returns from 2000-03.  Arenas now ranks second in NCAA history for punt return yardage:

NCAA PUNT RETURN YARDS LEADERS

Rank

Name

School


 

 

Years

Returns

Yards

1

Wes Welker

Texas Tech

2000-03

152

1,761

2

Javier Arenas

Alabama

2006-09

121

1,725

3

Lee Nalley

Vanderbilt

1947-49

109

1,695

4

Ryne Robinson

Miami-Ohio

2003-06

121

1,677

5

David Allen

Kansas State

1997-2000

103

1,646

6

Steve Breaston

Michigan

2003-06

127

1,599

7

Leodis McKelvin

Troy

2004-07

112

1,471

8

Antonio Perkins

Oklahoma

2001-04

113

1,424

9

Jim Leonhard

Wisconsin

2001-04

105

1,347

10

Greg Myers

Colorado State

1992-95

103

1,333

 

TIFFIN SETS SEASON & CAREER MARKS

Senior placekicker Leigh Tiffin set a pair of important Alabama records today.  Tiffin's 27-yard field goal with 5:32 left in the third quarter gave him 79 career field goals, moving him ahead of Philip Doyle (78 from 1987-90). He added a 31-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in the third quarter, the 80th of his Alabama career. Already the Alabama career scoring leader, Tiffin has made 27-of-31 field goal attempts this season, breaking his own record of 25 field goals made in 2008 when he made 25 of 34 attempts. With eight kicking points against Auburn, Tiffin has scored 118 points this season via field goals or extra-point conversions, setting a new record for single-season kicking points. A look at how Tiffin stands on several Alabama season and career charts (see below).

KICKING POINTS - SEASON

   

118

Leigh Tiffin (27 FGs, 36 PATs)

2009

111

Leigh Tiffin (25 FGs, 36 PATs)

2007

106

Leigh Tiffin (20 FGs, 46 PATs)

2008

100

Philip Doyle (22 FGs, 34 PATs)

1989

KICKING POINTS - CAREER

   

370

Leigh Tiffin (80 FGs, 130 PATs)

2006-09

339

Philip Doyle (78 FGs, 105 PATs)

1987-90

326

Michael Proctor (65 FGs, 131 PATs)

1992-95

312

Van Tiffin (59 FGs, 135 PATs)

1983-86

POINT-AFTER TOUCHDOWNS - CAREER

   

135

Van Tiffin (135 attempts)

1983-86

133

Bill Davis (143 attempts)

1971-73

131

Michael Proctor (132 attempts)

1992-95

130

Leigh Tiffin (134 attempts)

2006-09

FIELDGOALS - SEASON

   

27

Leigh Tiffin (31 att.)

2009

25

Leigh Tiffin (34 att.)

2007

24

Philip Doyle (29 att.)

1990

22

Philip Doyle (25 att.)

1989

22

Michael Proctor (29 att.)

1993

FIELD GOALS - CAREER

   

80

Leigh Tiffin (107 att.)

2006-09

78

Philip Doyle (105 att.)

1987-90

65

Michael Proctor (91 att.)

1992-95

59

Van Tiffin (88 att.)

1983-86

 

PEEK'S TD CATCH IS LONGEST OF ALABAMA CAREER

Senior tight end Colin Peek's 33-yard touchdown catch with 5:31 left in the second quarter tied the game at 14-14.  It was the longest catch of Peek's Alabama career, eclipsing a 21-yard reception against Kentucky.  Peek, who played two seasons at Georgia Tech prior to joining the Crimson Tide, had a 37-yard reception for the Yellow Jackets against Army in 2007, the longest catch of his college career.

 

RICHARDSON SCORES 6TH RUSHING TD

True freshman running back Trent Richardson scored Alabama's first points against Auburn on a 2-yard run with 13:26 remaining in the second quarter. The touchdown was Richardson's sixth this season, a total that ranks second in Alabama history for touchdown runs by a freshman behind Terry Grant's eight in 2007.

 

ALABAMA OVERCOMES LARGEST DEFICIT OF 2009 SEASON

Auburn raced to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter today, the largest deficit faced by Alabama this season, before rallying to tie the game at 14-14 with a big second quarter. Prior to today, the most the Crimson Tide had trailed in a game at any point this season was a five-point deficit against LSU on November 7 in Tuscaloosa.  In that game, LSU took a 15-10 lead with 3:19 left in the third quarter before Alabama regained the lead at 21-15 on a 73-yard pass from Greg McElroy to Julio Jones with 10:24 left in the fourth period of an eventual 24-15 Crimson Tide victory.

 

LONGEST RUSH ALLOWED SINCE 2005 IS LONGEST TD YIELDED IN SABAN ERA

The 67-yard touchdown run on a reverse play by Auburn receiver Terrell Zachery in the first quarter is the longest run allowed by the Alabama defense this season and the longest yielded by the Crimson Tide since a 70-yard run by Arkansas' Darren McFadden on September 24, 2005. Prior to that play, the longest run given up by Alabama this season was a 34-yarder by LSU's Charles Scott on November 7. Zachery's touchdown run is the longest allowed by the Crimson Tide defense under head coach Nick Saban, surpassing a 62-yard run by Enrique Davis of Mississippi on October 18, 2008.

 

LONGEST PASS ALLOWED IN 2009 IS LONGEST YIELDED SINCE 1999

Auburn took a 21-14 lead with 11:05 left in the third quarter on a 72-yard pass from quarterback Chris Todd to receiver Darvin Adams, the longest play from scrimmage allowed by Alabama this season, the longest play from scrimmage allowed in the Nick Saban Era at Alabama, and the longest pass play yielded by the Alabama defense since a 73-yard pass from Florida's Doug Johnson to Darrell Jackson in a 40-39 Alabama victory in Gainesville on October 2, 1999.

 

DEFENSE YIELDS MOST POINTS ALLOWED IN A QUARTER THIS SEASON

The 14 points scored by Auburn in the first quarter is the highest point total allowed by Alabama in any quarter this season - and more than seven of the Crimson Tide's 11 opponents have scored in an entire game entering today's contest.  The previous high was 10 points by Virginia Tech in the second quarter of a 34-24 Alabama victory on September 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFECT RECORD

Alabama ran the table in the 2009 regular season and finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record in SEC play. Since the league split into division format in 1992, nine SEC teams have navigated their way through the conference with a perfect 8-0 mark. Alabama has done it four times in 1992, 1994, 2008 and 2009. Florida has run the table three times in 1995, 1996 and 2009.  Tennessee went 8-0 in 1998 and Auburn was 8-0 in 2004.

Undefeated SEC Teams Since 1992

1992       Alabama                                8-0

1994       Alabama                                8-0

1995       Florida                                   8-0

1996