Oct. 11, 2009
SUNDAY REWIND: Here is a look back at No. 3 Alabama’s 22-3 win over No. 20 Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium in Oxford. The Crimson Tide held the Rebels to 57 rushing yards and 197 total yards in the win. The defense also forced five turnovers and contributed five tackles for loss (-28), five pass break-ups, a sack and five quarterback pressures in the win.
OXFORD, Miss. - The No. 3 Alabama football team took advantage of five turnovers by No. 20 Mississippi in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, beating the Rebels 22-3. The Crimson Tide’s total included five field goals by senior Leigh Tiffin, who moves to second all-time for the Crimson Tide in made field goals. Tiffin, with 67 career field goals, trails school record holder Philip Doyle by 11.
Alabama’s defense was dominating, limiting Mississippi to just 19 yards of total offense in the first half and 197 on the day. Four different UA defenders grabbed interceptions including Kareem Jackson’s 79-yard interception return, the 10th longest in school history. The Crimson Tide offense rolled up 355 yards of total offense led by 190 yards by sophomore running back Mark Ingram who scored the Tide’s lone touchdown on the day. Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa next weekend to take on South Carolina for Homecoming.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday’s win over Mississippi.
2.33 – Alabama senior kicker Leigh Tiffin is averaging an SEC-leading 2.33 field goals per game this season, a figure that also ranks third among all college football kickers. Tiffin was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in Saturday’s win over Mississippi. The five field goals were one shy of the Alabama single-game record of six field goals set by Phillip Doyle against Southwestern Louisiana on Oct. 6, 1990. Tiffin’s five field goals were the most by an Alabama kicker in an SEC game.
8 – Alabama ranks first or second in the SEC in eight statistical categories, including rushing defense (1st, 65.67 yards), punt returns (16.11 yards), turnover margin (1st, +1.5), pass efficiency defense (2nd, 78.32), total defense (202.6 yards), scoring defense (2nd, 6.40 points), sacks (2nd, 2.8 per game) and tackles for loss (7.6 per game). On the national scene, Alabama ranks second in the NCAA in pass efficiency defense and total defense, fifth in turnover margin and seventh in pass defense.
9- The number of takeaways by the Alabama defense in the last two games. Alabama forced a season-high five turnovers (4 interceptions and one fumble) in Saturday’s win at Mississippi. The last time Alabama forced five turnovers in a game came against Western Carolina on Sept. 18, 2004 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The last time the Tide recorded four interceptions in a game came at Hawai’i on Nov. 30, 2002.
120.7 – Sophomore running back Mark Ingram’s average rushing yards in three SEC game this season. In wins over Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi, Ingram has 67 rushing attempts for 364 yards and four TDs. He is also averaging 5.4 yards per rushing attempt in SEC play this season. His four touchdown runs have averaged 20.25 yards per play.
267 – The number of offensive plays run by the Crimson Tide offense between turnovers during a four-game span from Sept. 19 through Oct. 10. Alabama junior quarterback Greg McElroy lost a fumble on the first snap of the game against North Texas and the Tide did not lose another turnover until Trent Richardson’s fumble in the fourth quarter at Mississippi on Saturday. Alabama has lost only four turnovers this season and has a plus-nine turnover margin in six games.
NEXT GAME: Alabama (6-0) opens a three-game home stand this Saturday, Oct. 17 when the Crimson Tide hosts the South Carolina Gamecocks for Homecoming at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised nationally with ESPN with kickoff set for 6:45 p.m. (CDT). The Gamecocks (5-1) bring a four-game winning streak to Tuscaloosa after last week’s 28-26 win over Kentucky in Columbia. The Gamecocks are third in the SEC in passing defense and fourth in rushing defense this season. Senior linebacker Eric Norwood, the school’s all-time sack leaders, paces the league with 1.00 sacks per game this season. He has six sacks (-41) this season.