Alabama vs. Mississippi State - Post Game Notes

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University of Alabama vs. Mississippi State University
November 4, 2006 - Bryant Denny Stadium
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE FOOTBALL NOTES

The Mississippi State Game - Saturday, November 4, 2006 - Bryant-Denny Stadium

PREGAME NOTES:  The Alabama game captains for the Mississippi State game were senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville), senior linebacker Terrence Jones (Fosters) and senior defensive back Jeffrey Dukes (Oxford, Miss.) ... Former Crimson Tide fullback and nose tackle Robert Stewart (Ashford, Ala.) delivered the game ball prior to today’s game ... Stewart was an All-American in 1991 ... During his senior season, Stewart had 59 tackles, 14 total TFLs and six sacks ... He finished his UA career with 144 tackles, 32 TFLs and 16 sacks ... Former Alabama baseball great and current New York Yankees first baseman Andy Phillips sang the National Anthem prior to today’s game ... Phillips (1996-99) was a four-year letterman on the UA baseball team for Coach Jim Wells and helped the Crimson Tide to three College World Series berths (1996, 1997 and 1999) ... Phillips is the school’s all-time leader in a number of offensive categories, including home runs, hits and RBI ... MSU won the toss the deferred to the second half ... The actual kickoff time was 11:34 a.m. (CST) ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The holiday season started today with National College Football Day -- a holiday created by the AT&T Cotton Bowl to commemorate the birth of college football ... This third-annual celebration was  observed on Saturday, Nov. 4th ... National College Football Day takes on added significance this yea ... The AT&T Cotton Bowl has partnered with The V Foundation for Cancer Research to increase awareness about men’s cancers ... The annual holiday observed on the first Saturday of November was developed as a way to pay tribute to a significant moment in our nation’s history ... On Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4 ... More importantly, those college athletes left a lasting legacy that would evolve into the great spectacle of football ...

BASEBALL TEAM RECEIVES SEC CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS:  The Alabama baseball team received their 2006 SEC Championship rings at halftime of today’s game with Mississippi State ... Alabama posted a 44-21 overall record last season, including a 20-10 mark in SEC play to secure the school’s 14th SEC Championship ... Alabama has won more SEC baseball titles than any other school ... In addition, Alabama has won 25 overall conference championships, dating back to the Crimson Tide’s days in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Southern Conference ... The Crimson Tide has won two regular-season SEC Championships (1996 and 2006) and six SEC Tournament championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2003) during head coach Jim Wells’ 12-year career ...

PARTICIPATION/STARTING LINEUPS:  Alabama played 58 players in its loss to Mississippi State ... Sophomore right guard B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill) returned to the starting lineup after a one-week absence ... Stabler missed the Florida International game last week while nursing a sore ankle ... He had played 19 straight games and made 18 consecutive starts before sitting out the FIU game ... Stabler played only the first series against the Bulldogs and totaled 11 snaps ... Sophomore Rashad Johnson (Sulligent) started his third consecutive game at safety ... Sophomore Will Oakley (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) started his fourth straight game at wide receiver ... Junior wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) played one series in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to MSU ... Brown had missed the last two games against Tennessee and Florida International with a knee injury ...

MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES NOTES:  Alabama now leads the all-time series with Mississippi State, 72-16-3, following Saturday’s 24-16 loss to Mississippi State ... MSU snapped a five-game series losing streak with today’s win over Alabama ... MSU’s last win over Alabama was a 29-7 decision in 2000 ... This was also MSU’s first win in Tuscaloosa since a 26-14 win in 1998 ... Alabama now leads 37-8-1 in games played in Tuscaloosa ... Overall, Alabama holds a 44-10-2 advantage over State in games played in Alabama ... Coach Mike Shula is now 3-1 in his career against Mississippi State ... MSU head coach Sylvester Croom notched his first career win against his alma mater ...

TURNOVERS:  Alabama recorded two turnovers in the Mississippi State game and has 24 turnovers gained this season ... The Crimson Tide also has forced at least one turnover in nine of 10 games this season ... Senior safety Jeffrey Dukes (Oxford, Miss.) recorded his third career interception and first career touchdown with a 24-yard interception return to tie the game at 10-10 in the second quarter ... Dukes has three interceptions in 10 games this season ... Redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Schreiber (Shreveport, La.) recovered his first career fumble at the Alabama 45-yard line in the third quarter ... Junior defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) was credited with a sack (-9) and fumble caused on the play ... Overall, Alabama has forced at least one turnover in 39 of 46 games under Coach Mike Shula ... The Crimson Tide defense has 91 total turnovers in those 46 games ... Alabama entered the game with a +1.44 turnover margin this season, which led the SEC and ranked second nationally ... Alabama has forced 24 total turnovers in 10 games this season, including 15 interceptions and nine fumbles recovered ...

TURNOVERS II:  Alabama suffered its first turnover in more than three games when sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) threw second-quarter interception at the Mississippi State 49-yard line ... Quinton Culberson returned the interception 51-yards for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs in front 24-10 with 2:51 left in the first half ... The interception was Alabama’s first turnover in in three-plus games, dating back to the Duke game on Oct. 7, 2006 ... The interception was also the Crimson Tide’s first turnover in 232 offensive snaps, dating back to the third quarter of the Duke game ... Wilson’s interception ended a streak of 104 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, the fourth longest streak in Alabama history ... MSU ended the longest streak in school history last year when Brodie Croyle threw a first quarter interception in Starkville to snap his school-record streak of 190 consecutive passes without an interception ... Alabama suffered its first fumble lost in almost 300 plays during the third quarter when DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) fumbled a completed pass at the Alabama 41-yard line ...

JOHN PARKER WILSON:  The sophomore quarterback is 6-4 (.600) in his 10 starts at Alabama ... In the loss to Mississippi State, Wilson complete 19 of 39 passes for 187 yards with one interception and no touchdowns ... Wilson narrowly missed career highs in completions and attempts in the loss ... He had 21 completions and 40 attempts earlier this season in a loss at Florida (Sept. 30) ... For the season, Wilson has completed 158 of 278 pass attempts for 1,996 yards, with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions ... He is four yards shy of becoming only the second sophomore in Alabama history to throw for 2,000 or more yards in a season ... Brodie Croyle threw for an Alabama sophomore record 2,303 yards in 2003 ... In 15 career games, Wilson has completed 165 of 290 passes for 2,04 yards, with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions ...

DJ HALL:  Hall was the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver with 10 catches for 125 yards (12.5 average) in the loss to Mississippi State ... It was Hall’s ninth career 100-yard game and sixth of the 2006 season ... Hall’s 10 catches were the most in a game this year and second-most in his Alabama career ... He had 11 catches against Utah State (137 yards, TD) and 10 catches against Tennessee (139 yards) last year as a sophomore ... For the season, Hall has 48 catches for 857 yards and five TDs ... He leads UA in all three categories ... In 32 career games, Hall has 113 catches for 1,719 yards and 11 TDs ... He is now third all-time with 113 career receptions and fourth all-time with 1,719 career yards ...

ALABAMA NOTEBOOK:  Alabama suffered its first home loss of the 2006 season ... Alabama has trailed in eight of 10 games this season ... After allowing 24 points in the first half (the most in a half in any game), Alabama shutout Mississippi State in the second half of today’s game ... The Crimson Tide recorded its fourth defensive touchdown of the season in the loss to Mississippi State ... Four different defensive backs have recorded interceptions this season, including Simeon Castille (5), Lionel Mitchell (4), Jeffrey Dukes (3) and Ramzee Robinson (2) ... The UA secondary has recorded 14 of the 15 interceptions this year ... Three of the four defensive backs have scored TDs this season, including Mitchell (50-yard interception return), Robinson (34-yard interception return) and Dukes (24-yard interception return) ... Senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) had 13 rushing attempts for 54 yards in the loss ... He now has 3,255 yards in his 44-game career ... Alabama allowed its first 100-yard rushing game of the season ... MSU’s Anthony Dixon ran 25 times for 121 yards against Alabama ... The last opponent to rush for 100 yards was Auburn’s Kenny Irons (103) on Nov. 19, 2005 ... Junior place kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) made all three field goal attempts in the loss to MSU ... Redshirt freshman linebacker Prince Hall (Moreno Valley, Calif.) had a season-high 13 tackles in the loss to MSU ... He had six solo stops and seven assists ... Senior linebacker Juwan Simpson (Decatur) had seven tackles, two TFLs and two quarterback hurries in the loss ... 

NEXT GAME:  Alabama plays its final road of the 2006 season next Saturday, Nov. 11 as the Crimson Tide travels to Baton Rouge, La., to meet the LSU Tigers ... Alabama plays its final home game of the 2006 regular-season when the Crimson Tide hosts the Auburn Tigers in the regular-season finale on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Bryant-Denny Stadium ... Kickoff times for both the LSU and Auburn games are expected this week.