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Alabama Posts Shutout at Mississippi State, 38-0


Saturday, November 08, 2003

Brodie Croyle
Brodie Croyle

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Alabama 38, Mississippi State 0

*Alabama posted a 38-0 shutout win over Miss. State in front of 48,242 fans here at Davis-Wade Stadium/Scott Field this afternoon.  The win was Alabama's first since beating Southern Miss 17-3 on Oct. 11th in Tuscaloosa.

*The shutout was the first by Alabama since beating No. 14 LSU 31-0 last year in Baton Rouge. 

*The 38-0 win over Miss. State is the first shutout by the Crimson Tide over the Bulldogs since a 22-0 win here in Starkville in 1990.  With the shutout win today, Alabama has now recorded 26 shutout wins over Miss. State.

*The 38-0 win is also the largest margin of victory by Alabama over Miss. State since a 58-14 victory in Tuscaloosa during the 1972 season.

*The Crimson Tide defense played one of its better games of the season, holding Miss. State to 152 total yards (51) in the game.  State ran 20 times for just 24 yards and completed 16 of 31 passes for 128 yards against the Alabama defense.  MSU's 152 total yards are the second-fewest allowed by Alabama this season.  The Crimson Tide allowed a season-low 149 yards in a 19-16 loss to Northern Illinois on Sept. 20 in Tuscaloosa.

*Miss. State ran only seven offensive plays on the Alabama side of the 50-yard line all day.  The Bulldogs only crossed midfield four times, with the first time coming on the final play of the first half (Kyle York 29-yard pass to McKinley Scott). 

*Of the 117 plays run into today's game, 94 of those snaps were run on the Miss. State side of midfield.

*Alabama's offense generated 401 total yards in the win over Miss. State.  The Crimson Tide ran the ball 50 times for 190 yards and completed 10 of 16 passes for 211 yards and three TDs.

*Sophomore Brodie Croyle (Rainbow City) completed nine of 14 passes for 183 yards and three TDs in the win over Miss. State.  The three TD passes matches his career high set earlier this season against Arkansas (Sept. 27), while the 86-yard TD pass to Fletcher is the longest of his UA career.  Croyle started the game by completing his first three passes for 106 yards and two TDs...

*Croyle gave Alabama a 7-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first quarter when he hooked up with senior Zach Fletcher (Moulton) on an 86-yard touchdown pass. The 86-yard TD pass is the fourth-longest in Alabama history. 

    Longest TD Passes in Alabama History:
    1. 96 - Freddie Kitchens to Michael Vaughn vs. Florida (1996 SEC Championship Game)
    2. 90 - Jeff Dunn to Pierre Goode vs. Tennessee (1987)
    3. 87 - Albert Elmore to Bobby Luna vs. Tulsa (1954)
    4. 86 - Brodie Croyle to Zach Fletcher vs. Miss. State (2003)
    5. 85 - Gary Rutledge to Joe Dale Harris vs. California (1973)

*The 86-yard TD pass marked just the second time this season Alabama scored on its first possession of the game (Georgia, FG) and the first time this season it has scored on touchdown on the opening drive.

*Backup quarterback Spencer Pennington (Fayette) played for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury at Georgia (Oct. 4) and completed one pass (2 atts) for 28 yards in the win.

*Senior tailback Shaud Williams (Andrews, Texas) ran 25 times for 89 yards and one TD in the win over Miss. State.  For the season, Williams has 233 rushing attempts for 1,140 yards and 12 TDs. 

*With 1,140 yards this season, Williams ranks 6th on the Tide's single-season rushing list.  Williams needs 332 rushing yards in his final three games to break Bobby Humphrey's single-season record of 1,471 yards set in 1986.   Williams 233 rushing attempts this year ranks eighth on the UA single-season charts.

*In his Alabama career, Williams 363 career rushing attempts for 2,061 yards and 17 TDs.  With his 89 yards today, Williams became the 12th player in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards.  He is currently 10th on the school's all-time rushing list for rushing attempts and rushing yards.

*Overall, Williams has 530 career rushing attempts for 2,945 yards and 23 TDs in four years at Texas Tech and Alabama.  Williams had 167 rushing attempts for 884 yards and six TDs in two seasons (1999-2000) with the Red Raiders before transferring to Alabama.

*Freshman Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) scored his first career touchdown on Alabama's next possession, hauling in a 17-yard TD pass from Croyle.  He finished the game with two catches for 20 yards and one TD.  He has eight catches for 71 yards and one TD in his last three games.

*Fletcher finished the game with two catches for 118 yards and two TDs in the win over Miss. State.

*Freshman Tim Castille (Birmingham) had six carries for 18 yards and one TD in the win over MSU, including a six-yard TD run in the fourth quarter from the tailback position.  Castille also caught one pass for four yards.

*Senior Triandos Luke (Phenix City) did not have a reception in the win over Miss. State, snapping his streak of games (16) with at least one completion.  The last time Luke did not have a catch was against Georgia (Oct. 5, 2003) last year. 

*Alabama's 14 first-quarter points are the most this season and the most since scoring 14 points in the win over Miss. State last year in Tuscaloosa.  The 24 points in the first half are the most in one half by the Crimson Tide this season.  The previous high was 23 points against South Florida in the season opener.  Overtime games are not included in this stat.

*The Alabama captains for the Miss. State game were David Cavan (offense), Roman Harper (defense) and DeMeco Ryans (special teams).

*Junior Danny Martz (Gaithersburg, Md.) made his first career start today for Alabama, starting in place of the injured Dennis Alexander (Sr., Memphis) at the right guard position. Martz has appeared in four games for the Crimson Tide this season, playing 77 total snaps on the o-line.  He played a career-high 35 snaps in the five-overtime loss to Tennessee on Oct. 26.

*Senior Atlas Herrion (Daphne) made his third career start against Miss. State, but his first at the left tackle position.  Herrion replaced Wesley Britt (Jr., Cullman), who suffered a season-ending broken leg against Tennessee two weeks ago.  Herrion's two previous career starts came at the left guard position against Kentucky and Northern Illinois earlier this season, where he subbed for the injured Justin Smiley (Jr., Ellabell, Ga.).

*Alabama also had a couple of changes on special teams against Miss. State.  Freshman Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) and sophomore Brandon Brooks (Birmingham) were used in the return game.  Both were used on kickoffs and Brooks had an 18-yard return on his first career punt return in the first quarter.  Junior Alex Fox (Pensacola, Fla.) made his UA debut as he replaced senior Gabe Gardina as the holder on extra points and field goals.  Sophomore Juke King (Theodore) also made his 2003 debut on special teams in the win over MSU.

*Two other UA players saw action for the first time this season, including Bryan Kilpatrick (Monroeville) and Jonathan Brunson (Geneva).  Kilpatrick played on special teams, while Brunson played defensive end in the fourth quarter.

*Alabama played its second game of the season today in the state of Mississippi. The Crimson Tide suffered a 43-28 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford on Oct. 18.  The 2003 season marks the third time in school history that Alabama has played Ole Miss and Miss. State in the state of Mississippi in the same season.  The Crimson Tide also played both schools on the road in 1980 and 1982.  In addition, the 2003 season is the first time in school history Alabama has played on Ole Miss' and Miss. State's campus in the same year.