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GAME 11:  ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE VS. LSU TIGERS
November 11, 2006 -- Tiger Stadium (92,400) -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6:45 p.m. (CST) ?? ESPN

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:  This Saturday, Nov. 11th will mark the 114th anniversary of Alabama’s first football game ... The Crimson Tide beat Birmingham High School 56-0 on Nov. 11, 1892 in Birmingham ... Alabama is 15-2-1 (.861) in its last 18 trips to Tiger Stadium ... The home team is 10-25-1 (.292) in the Alabama-LSU series since the 1970 season ... LSU has not beaten Alabama in back-to-back games at Tiger Stadium since 1946 and 1948 (the only two-game winning streak by the Tigers over the Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge) ... Redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Schreiber (Shreveport) is the only Louisiana native on the UA roster ... Sophomore John Parker Wilson (Hoover) is four yards shy of becoming the seventh UA quarterback to throw for 2,000 or more yards in a single-season ... Alabama leads the SEC in time of possession (32:35) and turnover margin (+1.33) this season ... Alabama’s four road opponents (Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and LSU) are a combined 30-6 (.833) this season, including a 19-3 (.864) slate at home ... Alabama is making its first ESPN appearance since 2004 (at LSU) ...

ALABAMA PLAYS FINAL ROAD GAME

The University of Alabama football team plays its final road game of the 2006 regular-season as the Crimson Tide travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face the No. 12 LSU Tigers at venerable Tiger Stadium.  The game will be televised by EPSN with Mike Patrick  (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) calling the action.  Kickoff is set for 6:45 p.m. (CST).  The game will also be carried on the 65-station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Tom Roberts (sideline reporter). Alabama (6-4, 2-4 SEC)- is coming off a 24-16 home loss to Mississippi State last weekend in Tuscaloosa.  Junior DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) caught 10 passes for 125 yards in the loss.  It was his sixth 100-yard game of the season and ninth of his career, both school records. LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) is coming off an impressive 28-24 come-from-behind win at No. 9 Tennessee last Saturday in Knoxville.  JaMarcus Russell’s four-yard TD pass to Early Doucet with nine seconds left gave the Tigers their first win in Knoxville since 1998 and their second win ever at Neyland Stadium.

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 26-21 (.553) record.  Shula’s teams have made progress each season under his watch.  After a 4-9 mark in his rookie campaign in 2003, Alabama went 6-6 in 2004 and finished with a No. 8 national ranking after last year’s 10-2 mark and Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech.  Shula was named Alabama’s 26th head coach just 114 days prior to the start of the 2003 season and did not have a spring practice session.  He previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami.  A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading the Crimson Tide to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn.  LSU head coach Les Miles (Michigan, 1976) is in his sixth season as a collegiate head coach and second with the Tigers.  Overall, he has fashioned a 46-25 (.648) record.  Miles is 18-4 (.818) in two seasons in Baton Rouge.  He led LSU to the 2005 SEC Western Division championship and became the only first year coach in league history to lead his team to the SEC Championship.  After a loss to Georgia, LSU wrapped up an 11-2 season with a convicting 40-3 win over Miami in the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl.  Prior to LSU, Miles posted a 28-21 (.571) record in four seasons as head coach at Oklahoma State.  He also has 18 years experience as an assistant coach with stops at Michigan (1980-81; 1987-94), Colorado (1982-86), Oklahoma State (1995-97) and the NFLs Dallas Cowboys (1998-2000).

NEXT GAME

Alabama wraps up the 2006 regular-season on Saturday, Nov. 18 with its annual battle for bragging rights against in-state rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet in a nationally televised game by CBS Sports, with kickoff set for 2:34 p.m. (CST) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

ALABAMA-LSU SERIES

*Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU 43-21-5 (.659) in a series that dates back to the 1895 season.

*The 2006 game will be the 70th meeting between these two long-time Southern football rivals.

*The Tigers won the inaugural meeting (12-6) played in Baton Rouge on Nov. 18, 1895. The two teams did not meet again

until the 1902 season, with LSU prevailing once again. Alabama’s first series win came on Nov. 9, 1903 in Baton Rouge as

the Crimson Tide scored a 10-0 victory.

*LSU won four of the first six meetings in the series, before Alabama began to take control at the conclusion of World War I.

From 1919-45, Alabama posted a 12-game  unbeaten streak (9-0-3) against LSU.

*The two schools did not meet from 1931-43.  The series was resumed during the 1944 season.

*The Fighting Tigers would gain a slight advantage over the next nine meetings, posting a 5-3-1 record from 1946-58.

*In 1964, the series became one-sided in favor of the Crimson Tide. Alabama would go 16-2 (.889) against LSU from

1964-81, including a series-long 11-game winning streak from 1971-81.

*During Paul Bryant's era as head coach (1958-82), UA posted a 16-4 (.800) mark against LSU, which included a five-game

winning streak (1964-68) and a 11-game winning streak (1971-81). LSU's four wins over Bryant's teams came in 1958,

1969, 1970 and 1982.

*Since 1982, the Crimson Tide holds a narrow 12-10-1 (.543) series lead with the Tigers. Included in that stretch was a

four-game winning streak by Alabama from 1989-92.

*LSU also ended UA’s school record 31-game (30-0-1) unbeaten streak with a 17-13 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1993.

*The Tigers also snapped a 15-game winless streak to the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium with a 30-28 win in Baton Rouge

on Nov. 4, 2000.

*LSU has won six of the last 10 meetings, dating back to 1997.

*The Tigers have also won five of the last six meetings, dating back to 2000. In its last four wins, LSU has outscored Alabama 134-75.

*Alabama has not beaten LSU in Tuscaloosa since a 23-17 win in 1999.

*Alabama has not beaten LSU in Baton Rouge since a 31-0 win in 2002.

LSU SERIES IS A LONG ONE

*For now, the Alabama-LSU series ranks as the fourth-longest in Crimson Tide history.

*The two teams will be meeting for the 70th time on Saturday.

*The Alabama-Auburn game next weekend will also be the 70th meeting in the series, tying the UA-LSU series for the fourth-longest in school history.

MOST GAMES VS. OPPONENT (All-Time)

Opponent                 Games     1st Meeting

Miss. State              91            1896

Tennessee               89            1901

Vanderbilt                80            1903

LSU                         70            1895

Auburn                    69            1892


*In addition, the LSU game is tied for the third-oldest series in the UA record books as the two teams first met in 1895.

ALABAMA’S OLDEST FOOTBALL SERIES

Rank        Opponent                                 First Meeting

1.             Auburn                                   1893

2.             Ole Miss                                  1894

3.             Georgia                                   1895

                LSU                                         1895

5.             Mississippi State                     1896

6.             Tennessee                               1901

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

*The LSU series is the fourth oldest series in the UA record books. The series dates back to 1895.

*LSU and Southern Miss are the only two teams to play Alabama at all four modern era home sites -- Crampton Bowl, Ladd Stadium, Legion Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama has shutout LSU 15 times, including a 31-0 win in Baton Rouge in 2002.  The Crimson Tide’s largest shutout victory was a 42-0 decision in 1925.

*LSU has shutout Alabama three times and not since a 27-0 win in Tuscaloosa in 1997.  The Tigers’  largest shutout win came in 1957 (28-0).

*Alabama’s longest series winning streak is 11 games from 1971-82.

*LSU’s longest winning streak over Alabama is the Tigers’ current three-game winning streak. 

*LSU has posted back-to-back wins over Alabama five times (1895 & 1902; 1948 & 1951; 1957-58; 1969-70 and 2000-01) before posting its third consecutive win last year in Tuscaloosa.

*The first meeting between Alabama and LSU took place on Monday, Nov. 18, 1895, at 9:30 a.m. The game had originally been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15th.

*Alabama defeated LSU 6-4 in Mobile during the 1907 season on a 75-yard return by Thomas Reidy with less than one minute to play.

*The Crimson Tide’s 21-0 win in Baton Rouge during the 1919 season was the first win of a then school record 12-game winning streak for Alabama.

*This was also the first win in the first 10- game winning streak in school history.

*Alabama and LSU played to a 27-27 tie in Baton Rouge on Sept. 30, 1944, marking the first Alabama football game since the Jan. 1, 1943 Orange Bowl win over Boston College (37-21).  The Crimson Tide did not field a football team in 1943 due to World War II.

*Legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first game as head coach of the Crimson Tide was against LSU. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 13-3 on Sept. 27, 1958, at Mobile’s Ladd Stadium.

*Also, the bleachers collapsed at Ladd Stadium that night due to the overflow crowd attracted by Bryant’s debut.

*Alabama recorded its 500th all-time win with a 21-7 victory over LSU on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22) in 1973.

*LSU beat Alabama 19-18 in a classic game in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5, 1988, marking the Tigers’ first win on the UA campus since 1902 and first-ever win at  Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama’s 650th win (32-16) came against LSU on Nov. 11, 1989, in Baton Rouge as UA clinched a share of its first SEC Championship since 1981.

*Alabama’s 700th on-the-field win also came in Baton Rouge on Nov. 5, 1994, as the Tide claimed a 35-17 win.

*LSU shutout Alabama 27-0 on Nov. 8, 1997, marking just the sixth time the Crimson Tide had ever been shutout in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

BAMA-LSU NOTEBOOK

*Alabama and LSU have met every year since 1964.

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is 0-3 (.000) in his coaching career against LSU.

*Overall, Shula is 0-5-1 (.000) as player and coach against the Tigers.

*In 1985, Shula caught the game-tying TD pass from Gene Jelks as the Crimson Tide and Tigers played to a 14-14 tie at Tiger Stadium.

Mike Shula vs. LSU

Year         Result

1984        LSU 16, Alabama 14 (Birmingham)

1985        Alabama 14, LSU 14 (Baton Rouge)

1986        LSU 14, Alabama 10 (Birmingham)

2003        LSU 27, Alabama 3 (Tuscaloosa)

2004        LSU 26, Alabama 10 (Baton Rouge)

2005        LSU 16, Alabama 13 (Tuscaloosa)


*Alabama wide receivers coach Charlie Harbison served as the defensive backs coach at LSU in 2001 and 2002 before joining coach Shula’s staff at Alabama.

*LSU’s Director of Athletic Training, Jack Marucci, earned his master’s degree from Alabama in 1988. He spent two years with the Crimson Tide football and baseball teams as a graduate assistant trainer.

SCOUTING REPORT: LSU Tigers

*LSU is coming off a 28-24 come-from-behind victory at No. 8 Tennessee last weekend. The Tigers moved up to 12th in the BCS, AP and Coaches Polls as they are now 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the SEC.

*Junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell (Mobile, Ala.) completed a four-yard pass to Early Doucet with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter to give LSU their first road win of the season.

*Russell is one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the country. His 168.38 pass efficiency rating is the fifth best mark in the nation. He leads the SEC in both pass efficiency and total offense (250.11 ypg).

*LSU leads the country in total defense and ranks among the top-10 nationally in several defensive categories. 

*The Tigers have only allowed 215.67 yards per game this season. They lead the SEC in total defense, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense, pass defense, and sacks.

*LSU has held opposing quarterbacks to an 87.93 pass efficiency rating, second only to Wisconsin nationally. They are seventh in pass defense (144.22 ypg.) and ninth in sacks (3.22 spg.). 

*The Tigers are third in the nation, allowing just 10.0 points per game. They held their first four opponents to seven points or less and six of their nine opponents have scored seven or fewer points. They shutout Kentucky 49-0 on Oct. 14. 

*LSU is 6-0 at home this season and has out scored the opposition, 274-36. 

*The average score for an LSU home game is 45.7 to 6.0 in favor of the Tigers. 

*Mississippi State has scored the most points (17) against the Tigers in Baton Rouge this season.  

*Fresno State held LSU to its lowest point total at home this year (38) in the last game at Tiger Stadium.

*The LSU running game is averaging 166.22 yards per game, second only to Arkansas in the conference. They have done it by committee as they don’t have a single player rank in the top-10 in rushing in the SEC but have five players who have rushed for over 150 yards.

*Seven different players have scored rushing touchdowns, combining for 20 on the season. Jacob Hester leads the team with 291 rushing yards and six touchdowns. 

*Three wide receivers have over 35 catches for LSU this season with two recording over 40 grabs. Craig Davis, Dwayne Bowe and Early Doucet have combined for 124 catches, 1,822 yards and 16 touchdowns. Davis and Bowe rank in the top-10 in the SEC in receptions and receiving yards per game.

*On defense, 20 different players have recorded a tackle for a loss. Glenn Dorsey leads the team with eight for 41 yards. He is followed by Tyson Jackson with 7.5 and Chase Pittman with 5.5.

*Jackson’s 6.5 sacks leads the team while Pittman has 4.5 sacks. In all there have been 15 players to record a sack as the defense has tallied 28 total sacks. 

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

*There's no place like home, unless you play in the Alabama-LSU football series.

*A streaky series at best, this matchup between Alabama and LSU has produced some interesting results.

*The Crimson Tide holds a 43-21-5 series lead over the Tigers in a series that has been dominated by the road team.

*The home team has compiled a 10-25-1 (.292) record since the 1970 season.

*The road team won every game in the Alabama-LSU series from 1981-89, with the exception of a 14-14 tie in Baton Rouge in 1985.

*Alabama snapped the nine-game unbeaten streak by the road team with a 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa during the 1990 season.

*Since 1991, the road team is 11-4 (.733) in the last 15 games. 

*LSU won at home during the 2003 season (26-10) to snap a three-game losing streak by the host school.

*Alabama lost at home last year, 16-13, in overtime.

*Since 1971, Alabama has posted a 15-2-1 (.861) record against LSU in Baton Rouge, including a 15-game unbeaten streak from 1971-98.

*Alabama posted a 14-0-1 record at Tiger Stadium during that stretch, which included a 14-14 tie in 1985.

*LSU has won two of the last three meetings in Death Valley, including a 26-10 decision in the last meeting in 2004. 

*LSU has not beaten Alabama in back-to-back home games since 1946-48, which is the only consecutive home wins for LSU in series history.

*The Tigers beat Alabama in back-to-back home games on Nov. 9, 1946 (31-21) and Nov. 20, 1948 (26-6).

*Since 1982, LSU owns a 9-3 (.750) record over the Crimson Tide in the state of Alabama.  The Tigers won four straight road games from 1982-88.

*LSU enters the 2006 season having won four of the last five games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Recent Games in Alabama

Year                                         Result

1982                                        *LSU 20, Alabama 10

1984                                        *LSU 16, Alabama 14

1986                                        *LSU 14, Alabama 10

1988                                        LSU 19, Alabama 18

1990                                        Alabama 24, LSU 3

1993                                        LSU 17, Alabama 13

1995                                        Alabama 10, LSU 3

1997                                        LSU 27, Alabama 0

1999                                        Alabama 23, LSU 17

2001                                        LSU 35, Alabama 21

2003                                        LSU 27, Alabama 3

2005                                        LSU, 16, Alabama 13 (ot)

* -- Legion Field (Birmingham)

Recent Games at Tiger Stadium

Year                                         Result

1971                                        Alabama 14, LSU 7

1973                                        Alabama 21, LSU 7

1975                                        Alabama 23, LSU 10

1977                                        Alabama 24, LSU 3

1979                                        Alabama 3, LSU 0

1981                                        Alabama 24, LSU 7

1983                                        Alabama 32, LSU 26

1985                                        Alabama 14, LSU 14

1987                                        Alabama 22, LSU 10

1989                                        Alabama 32, LSU 16

1991                                        Alabama 20, LSU 17

1992                                        Alabama 31, LSU 11

1994                                        Alabama 35, LSU 17

1996                                        Alabama 26, LSU 0

1998                                        Alabama 22, LSU 16

2000                                        LSU 30, Alabama 28

2002                                       Alabama 31, LSU 0

2004                                        LSU 26, Alabama 10


BAMA-LSU SERIES AT VARIOUS SITES

*The Alabama-LSU series has been played at six different sites since the initial meeting in 1895.

*The Crimson Tide and Tigers have met 32 times in Baton Rouge, the most games in any city in series history.

*Alabama owns a 24-7-1 (.766) record in games played on the LSU campus.

*The only other Louisiana city to host an Alabama-LSU is New Orleans.  The teams played to a 7-7 tie in 1921.

*Overall, Alabama is 24-7-2 (.757) in games played in Louisiana.

*Four Alabama cities have played host to this rivalry, including Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham.

*Tuscaloosa has hosted the Alabama-LSU game 15 times, while Birmingham has hosted the game 14 times.

*The Crimson Tide owns a 17-14-2 (.545) all-time record against the Tigers in the state of Alabama.

ALABAMA-LSU SERIES RECORD BY SITES

Site                                          Series Record

Baton Rouge                           UA leads, 24-7-2

New Orleans                            Series Tied, 0-0-1

Tuscaloosa                              UA leads, 8-7

Birmingham                            UA leads, 8-5-1

Montgomery                            UA leads, 2-0

Mobile                                     LSU leads, 2-1-1

ALABAMA TIGERS

*The Alabama roster lists one player from the state of Louisiana. 

*Redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Schreiber hails from Shreveport and attended Evangel Christian High School.

LSU CRIMSON TIDERS

*The LSU roster lists three players from the state of Alabama.  The list includes  junior defensive back Chevis Jackson (Mobile), freshman tight end J.D. Lott (Birmingham) and  junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell (Mobile).

ALABAMA VS. LOUISIANA SCHOOLS

*Alabama owns an 82-36-8 (.683) record against teams from the state of Louisiana.

*Alabama has played 109 of those 125 games  against LSU (69) and Tulane (40).

BAMA RECORD VS. LOUISIANA SCHOOLS

Opponent                                 Record

LSU                                         43-21-5

Tulane                                     26-11-3

UL Lafayette                            8-0

UL Monroe                              1-0

Loyola (New Orleans)              1-0

Southern                                 1-0

Louisiana Tech                       2-3

New Orleans Athletic Club      0-1

UA SECOND IN SEC IN BLOCKED KICKS

*Alabama’s three blocked kicks this season rank second in the SEC.

*Florida leads the league with four blocked kicks.  The Gators have played only nine games.

*Here is a look at the SEC leader board in terms of blocked kicks during the 2006 season.

SEC MOST BLOCKED KICKS

Rank        Team                       Total

 1.            Florida                         4

 2.            ALABAMA                3

 3.            Auburn                        2

                Georgia                       2             

                Kentucky                    2

                LSU                           2

                Mississippi State         2

                Ole Miss                    2

                Vanderbilt                  2

10.           Arkansas                   1

                Tennessee                 1

12.           South Carolina          0

TURNOVERS

*Alabama leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with a +1.3 turnover margin per game this season.

*Only Nevada (+1.33) and Western Michigan (+1.33) have a better turnover margin in college football than Alabama.

*The Crimson Tide has forced 24 turnovers in its first 10 games, an average of 2.4 per game.

*Alabama is tied for eighth in the nation with those 24 turnovers gained.

*The Crimson Tide defense has 15 interceptions and nine fumbles recovered thus far.

*Alabama ranks sixth nationally with those 15 interceptions.

*Junior defensive back Simeon Castille ranks second in the SEC and 15th nationally with 0.50 interceptions per game.  He  leads UA and the SEC with five interceptions in nine games.

*Sophomore defensive back Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) is fourth in the SEC and tied for 25th nationally with 0.44 interceptions per game.  He has four picks in nine games.

*Senior defensive back Jeffrey Dukes (Oxford, Miss.) ranks 14th in the SEC and 30th nationally with .30 interceptions per game.  Dukes has three picks in 10 games this year.

*The Crimson Tide is 35th nationally with nine fumbles recovered.

*Castille also leads UA with three fumbles recovered this season. 

*Freshman linebacker Prince Hall is second on the team with two fumbles recovered.  He also had a 50-yard return for a touchdown against Florida on Sept. 30.

*Alabama has forced at least one turnover in 40 of 47 games under Coach Shula. 

*Since 2003, the Crimson Tide has forced 92 turnovers in 47 games, an average of 1.96 per game under Shula’s watch.

*Alabama has forced at least one turnover in nine of 10 games this season, with Ole Miss (Oct. 14) being the lone exception.

*On the flip side, Alabama has the fifth fewest turnovers in the nation this season.  The Crimson Tide has committed just 11 turnovers in 10 games, which is tops in the SEC.

*Alabama is 9th nationally with four fumbles lost.  Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois have the fewest fumbles (2) lost this season.

*The Crimson Tide is 27th nationally with seven interceptions thrown in 10  games. 

*Alabama played three consecutive turnover free games against Ole Miss (Oct. 14), Tennessee (Oct. 21) and Florida International (Oct. 28).

*The Crimson Tide logged 232 consecutive offensive snaps without a turnover from the third quarter against Duke (Oct. 7) until the second quarter of the Mississippi State (Nov. 4) game.

*The streak included 14 quarters.

*Alabama’s last three turnovers have all been interceptions.

*Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) threw a third-quarter interception against Duke (John Talley) and added two more picks against Mississippi State (Quinton Culberson and Michael Heard).


*Alabama threw 104 consecutive pass attempts without an interception during that streak.

*On the flip side, Alabama has not lost a fumble since the Arkansas game on Sept. 23. 

*Wilson lost the fumble during the third quarter and Arkansas’ Randy Kelly had a 39-yard return that gave the Razorbacks a 17-10 lead.

*Since that time, Alabama has logged 246 consecutive rushing attempts without losing a fumble.

*In all, Alabama has run 324 consecutive plays from scrimmage without losing a fumble.

MITCHELL AMONG NCAA LEADERS IN INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS

*Sophomore defensive back Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Georgia) is third in the nation with 131 interception return yards this season.

*He is just one of 15 Division I-A players with 100 or more interception return yards this season.

*Mitchell has four interceptions for 131 yards and one touchdown through nine  games.

*In addition, he is fourth in the SEC and ranks tied for 25th nationally with 0.44  interceptions per game.

*He recorded his first career interception on the final play of the game as Alabama beat Hawai’i, 25-17, in the season opener on Sept. 2, 2006.

*Mitchell added his second interception of the season with a 51-yard return against Arkansas on Sept. 23 in Fayetteville.

*He scored his first collegiate touchdown with a 50-yard interception return in the Tide’s 30-14 win over Duke on Oct. 7.

*Mitchell’s fourth interception of the season came on the final play of the first half against No. 7 Tennessee in Knoxville on Oct. 21. 

*Mitchell picked off an Erik Ainge pass at the Bama 10-yard line and was credited with a 30-yard return before being forced out of bounds as the second quarter ended.

NCAA INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS

Player (School)                                        Yards

Stanley Franks (Idaho)                            220

Marty Tadman (Boise State)                    142

Lionel Mitchell (Alabama)                       131

John Talley (Duke)                                  130

Kasey Ross (East Carolina)                     128

Londen Fryar (Western Michigan)           123

Alterraun Verner (UCLA)                         123

Jamal Lewis (Georgia Tech)                   117

Daymeon Hughes (California)                 113

Adam Shada (Iowa)                                 113

Craig Steltz (LSU)                                    111

Korey Ball (Boise State)                          108

Mike Newton (Buffalo)                             108

Anthony Scirrotto (Penn State)                103

Leonard Peters (Hawai’i)                         101

MITCHELL CLOSING IN ON UA RECORD

*Sophomore defensive back Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Georgia) ranks third in the nation with 131 interception return yards this season.

*Those 131 return yards are already good enough for the third-best single-season total in Alabama history.

*Mitchell is just 32 yards shy of the single-season record held by Cecil “Hootie” Ingram during the 1952 season.

*Ingram had 10 interceptions for a school-record 163 yards (16.3 per return) in 1952.

SINGLE-SEASON INTERCEPTION RETURNS

Player (Year)                                            Yards

Cecil “Hootie” Ingram (1952)                       163

Bobby Luna (1953)                                      158

Lionel Mitchell (2006)                                   131

Reggie Myles (2000)                                     127

Antoino Langham (1992)                               114

Ricky Davis (1974)                                       110

Steve Higginbotham (1971)                           108

Steve Higginbotham (1970)                           107

Fernando Bryant (1997)                                106

Jeremiah Castille (1981)                                101

CASTILLE LEADS SEC IN TURNOVERS

*Junior defensive back Simeon Castille (Birmingham) leads the SEC with eight turnovers forced this season.

*Castille leads the SEC with three fumbles recovered this season.

*He is tied for second in the league with five interceptions.

*Castille is averaging 0.80 turnovers per game in 10 games this season. 

SEC TURNOVER LEADERS

Player (School)                                        Turnovers

Simeon Castille (Alabama)                                8

Ryan Smith (Florida)                                        6

Tony Taylor (Georgia)                                      6

Reshard Langford (Vanderbilt)                         5

Reggie Nelson (Florida)                                   5

Jonathan Hefney (Tennessee)                           4

Marc. McClinton (Kentucky)                          4

Lionel Mitchell (Alabama)                               4

DJ Moore (Vanderbilt)                                   4

Demetrice Morely (Tennessee)                        4

Derek Pegues (Mississippi State)                    4

Craig Steltz (LSU)                                          4

Jonathan Wade (Tennessee)                           4

*In addition, Castille is one of only seven SEC defenders with at least one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season.


Player (School)                      INT-FR-FF            Total

Simeon Castille (Alabama)             5-3-1                   9

Tony Taylor (Georgia)                   5-1-2                   8

Marc. McClinton (Kentucky)         3-1-4                   8

Myron Pryor (Kentucky)                1-1-4                  6

Wesley Woodyard (Kentucky)       1-2-2                  5

Quinton Culberson (MSU)              2-1-1                 4

Paul Oliver (Georgia)                      1-1-1                 3

FATHER TIME

*The Alabama offense leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally in time of possession (32:35) this season.

NCAA LEADERS IN TIME OF POSSESSION

Rank        Team                       TOP

 1.            Michigan                 34:05

 2.            Texas A&M              33:52

 3.            Wisconsin                33:16

 4.            Air Force                 32:58

 5.            Arkansas State        32:46

 6.            Nebraska                 32:45

 7.            ALABAMA               32:35

 8.            Navy                        32:33

 9.            Tulsa                       32:30

10.           Middle Tennessee   32:28


*Alabama has played seven quarters this season in which the Crimson Tide has posted 10 or more minutes in time of possession. 

*The season-high was 11:56 in the third quarter against Hawai’i in the season opener on Sept. 2.

ALABAMA’S 10-MINUTE QUARTERS

Qtr           Opponent                 TOP

 3             Hawaii                     11:56

 3             Vanderbilt                10:02

 4             Vanderbilt                11:17

 4             Louisiana Monroe   10:45

 2             Arkansas                 10:49

 4             Arkansas                 10:51

 3             Ole Miss                  10:35

ALABAMA VS. RANKED TEAMS

*Alabama is 105-114-6 (.480) all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25.

*The Crimson Tide is 0-2 against ranked teams this season after road losses at No. 5 Florida (28-13) and No. 7 Tennessee (16-13).

*The combined record of those two teams is 15-3 (.833) heading into Saturday’s games.

*Alabama will be playing its third ranked opponent this weekend as the Crimson Tide faces No. 12 LSU in Baton Rouge.

*Alabama coach Mike Shula is 4-12 (.250) against ranked teams in his career at Alabama. 

*The Crimson Tide posted a 3-2 (.600) record agonist Top 25 teams last season, including a 13-10 win over No. 15 Texas Tech in the AT&T Cotton Bowl to cap a 10-2 season.

ALABAMA’S ROAD RECORD

*Alabama has compiled a 229-123-12 (.664) all-time road record in 354 games.

*The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

*Alabama is 0-3 on the road this season, including losses at Arkansas (24-23, 2ot), Florida (28-13) and Tennessee (16-13).

*The combined record of those three teams is an impressive 23-4 (.852) this season.

*Alabama was 3-1 (.750) on the road last season.

*Alabama is 5-11 (.313) on the road in the Shula era.

*Historically Alabama has been a strong road team. 

*From 1970-75, Alabama won a school record 21 consecutive road games. 

*From 1970-82, Alabama was 35-6 (.854) in 41 road games.

*Since 1982, Alabama is 64-36-1 (.639) on the road.

ON THIS DATE

 *Alabama has compiled a 13-6 (.000) all-time record in games played on November 11th.

*The Crimson Tide football program will celebrate its 114th anniversary this Saturday, Nov. 11 at LSU.

*The first football game in Alabama’s storied history took place on Nov. 11, 1892.  The Crimson Tide defeated Birmingham High School, 56-0, in that inaugural game.

*Alabama has not played on this date since a 29-7 loss at Mississippi State during the 2000 season.

*Alabama is 6-2 (.750) in SEC games played on Nov. 11th.

*Alabama and LSU will be playing for the sixth time on Nov. 11 when the two teams meet this Saturday in Baton Rouge.

*Alabama is 5-0 (1.000) in its previous Nov. 11 meetings with LSU.

*Alabama beat LSU 21-0 during the 1920 season as the Crimson Tide celebrated its first homecoming on Veterans Day.

*The Crimson Tide beat LSU 7-6 in Baton Rouge in 1967.  Alabama also earned wins in 1972 (35-21), 1978 (31-10) and 1989 (32-16).

*The 1989 win in Baton Rouge clinched the SEC Championship for coach Bill Curry’s Crimson Tide team.

All-Time Games on November 11th

Year         Result                                                      Site

1892        Alabama 56, Bham HS 0                         Birmingham

1893        Sewanee 20, Alabama 0                         Birmingham

1899        Alabama 16, Montgomery AC 0              Tuscaloosa

1902        Texas 10, Alabama 0                              Tuscaloosa

1911        Sewanee 3, Alabama 0                           Tuscaloosa

1916        Georgia Tech 13, Alabama 0                  Atlanta

1920        Alabama 21, LSU 0                                 Tuscaloosa

1921        Alabama 9, Florida 2                              Tuscaloosa

1933        Alabama 27, Virginia Tech 0                  Tuscaloosa

1939        Tulane 13, Alabama 0                             New Orleans

1944        Alabama 34, Ole Miss 6                          Mobile

1950        Alabama 53, Southern Miss 0                  Tuscaloosa

1961        Alabama 66, Richmond 0                         Tuscaloosa

1967        Alabama 7, LSU 6                                   Baton Rouge

1972        Alabama 35, LSU 21                               Birmingham

1978        Alabama 31, LSU 10                               Birmingham

1989        Alabama 32, LSU 16                               Baton Rouge

1995        Alabama 14, Miss. State 9                      Tuscaloosa

2000        Miss. State 29, Alabama 7                      Starkville
 


 

 

     
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