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Oct. 19, 2008

Here is a look back at Alabama’s 24-20 win over Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 2 Alabama used a 24-point first half and enough defense in the second half to keep its unblemished record alive, winning 24-20 over Mississippi Saturday in front of a capacity crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The win takes Alabama to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference on the year. Mississippi falls to 3-4, 1-3 in conference play.

TV Replay: The Alabama-Mississippi game will be replayed on Sunday, Oct. 19 on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) at 8 p.m. (CDT).  

The Nick Saban Show: Catch highlights of the Alabama-Ole Miss game on “The Nick Saban Show”.  Coach Saban and Jim Dunaway recap the Tide’s most recent game.  The show is aired on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. on WJTC-44 (Mobile), 9 p.m. on WZDX-54 (Huntsville) and 10:30 p.m. on WIAT-42 (Birmingham), WTVY-4 (Dothan) and WNFC-32 (Montgomery). The show airs on Monday Oct. 6 at 6:30 and 10:30 on WVUA-7 (Tuscaloosa).

By The Numbers:  A look at some the notable numbers from Saturday’s win over the Rebels.

5          Senior tight end Nick Walker had an active day in the passing game against Ole Miss, matching his career-high with 5 catches and setting a new career-high with 65 receiving yards highlighted by a 40-yard catch-and-run in the third period.  That gain was the longest catch of his Alabama career (previous long: 34 vs. Mississippi in 2005).  Walker also had 5 receptions against Clemson on August 30 in Atlanta.   

16        The number of true freshmen to see action for Alabama this season after Chris Smelley made his Crimson Tide debut on Saturday against Mississippi. He played on special teams early in the game and also saw playing time at tight end, making a third down 16-yard catch on a Crimson Tide scoring drive in the second quarter.  His older brother, Chris, is the starting quarterback at South Carolina. With 16 members of the 2008 signing class seeing action this season, Alabama is now tied with Arkansas for third nationally in terms of true freshman participation in 2008.  Only Florida State (22) and Miami of Florida (21) have played more first-year players than the Tide and the Razorbacks. 

75        The number of seconds the Alabama football has trailed this season. Mississippi took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter in          Saturday’s game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, marking the first time this season the Tide had trailed in a game. The Alabama offense responded with a 4-play, 7-3-yard drive, capped by John Parker Wilson’s 26-yard pass to Marquis Maze. 

219      Alabama senior quarterback John Parker Wilson threw for a season-high 219 yards in the win over the Rebels. Wilson completed 16 of 25 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns in leading UA to its eighth straight win.  His previous high was a 215-yard performance in the Tide’s 42-7 win over Western Kentucky on Sept. 20.

300      Alabama picked up its 300th all-time win in Tuscaloosa with its 24-20 win over Mississippi. The Crimson Tide has played 362 of its 650 home games in Tuscaloosa and has a record of 300-59-3 in those games.  Alabama is 251-46-3 in games played at Bryant-Denny Stadium through Saturday’s victory over the Rebels.

2008 Opponents:  A look at how the Tide’s 2008 opponents fared this weekend. 

 Clemson                                   3-4, 1-3 ACC

Last Game:                               Georgia Tech 21, Clemson 17

                                                Head coaching debut for former Tide player and coach Dabo Swinney … Georgia Tech game

                                                was Clemson’s lone home game from Sept. 28 until Nov. 15 (58-day stretch).

Next Game:                               at Boston College (Nov. 1)


Tulane                                      2-4, 1-2 C-USA

Last Game:                               Did Not Play

Next Game:                               Rice at Tulane (2 p.m.)


Western Kentucky:                    2-6
Last Game:                               Florida Atlantic 24, Western Kentucky 20

                                                WKU has lost four straight games

Next Game:                               North Texas (Nov. 1) (3:30 p.m.)


Arkansas                                  3-4, 1-3 SEC

Last Game:                               Kentucky 21, Arkansas 20

                                                Arkansas ran for 239 yards but struggled with 13 penalties (102 yards) and four turnovers

Next Game:                               Ole Miss (Oct. 25) (6 p.m.)


Georgia                                     6-1, 3-1 SEC

Last Game:                               Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 14

                                                Knowshon Moreno led the Bulldogs with 172 yards on 23 carries and one TD. 

                                                The 172 yards was a season-high and the third-most in his career.

Next Game:                               at LSU (Oct. 25) (CBS – 2:30 p.m.)


Kentucky:                                 5-2, 1-2 SEC
Last Game:                               Kentucky 21, Arkansas 20

Mike Hartline threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Randall Cobb as UK rallied from a           13-point deficit to post a 21-20 win in Lexington.  The two teams combined for 18 penalties

and eight turnovers.

Next Game:                               at Florida (Oct. 25) (Raycom – 11:30 a.m.)


Ole Miss                                   3-4, 1-3 SEC

Last Game:                               Alabama 24, Ole Miss 20

                                               Ole Miss is only team to rush for 100 yards against Alabama.  The Rebels have committed

                                                15 turnovers in their four losses, compared to three turnovers in the three wins.

Next Game:                               at Arkansas (Oct. 25) (6 p.m.)


Tennessee                                3-4, 1-3 SEC

Last Game:                               Tennessee 34, Mississippi State 3

                                                UT scores 21 fourth-quarter points in first SEC win of 2008

Next Game:                               vs. Alabama (Oct. 15) (ESPN – 6:45 p.m.)


Arkansas State                          4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt

Last Game:                               Louisiana Lafayette 28, Arkansas State 23

                                                ULL scores 14 points in final four minutes for the win

Next Game:                               at Alabama (Nov. 1)


LSU                                          5-1, 3-1 SEC

Last Game:                               LSU 24, South Carolina 17

                                                LSU defense recorded six sacks and held South Carolina to minus seven yards in fourth


Next Game:                               vs. Georgia (Oct. 25) (CBS – 2:30 p.m.)


Mississippi State                       2-5, 1-3 SEC

Last Game:                               Tennessee 34, Mississippi State 3

                                                MSU offense generates 189 total yards and throws three interceptions in loss.

Next Game:                               Middle Tennessee (Oct. 25) (ESPNU – 6 p.m.)



Auburn                                      4-3, 2-2 SEC

Last Game:                               Did Not Play

Next Game:                               at West Virginia (Oct. 23) (ESPN)