Nov. 8, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide locked up a Southeastern Conference Western Division title and a second consecutive trip to the SEC Championship game by defeating No. 9 LSU 24-15 at Bryant Denny Stadium Saturday. With 10:24 left in the fourth quarter and Alabama trailing 15-13, sophomore Julio Jones took a wide receiver screen 73 yards for a touchdown to put the Crimson Tide on top for good.
Jones eclipsed the 100-yard mark receiving with four catches for 102 yards while sophomore Mark Ingram did the damage on the ground with 144 yards on 22 carries. With three field goals and an extra point, senior kicker Leigh Tiffin broke the school career scoring record with 348 points. Alabama goes on the road to face another SEC West foe in Mississippi State next Saturday, Nov. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a look at some of the numbers from Saturday’s win over LSU.
1 – The number of first half touchdowns allowed by the Alabama defense in its last seven SEC games, dating back to the 2008 season. LSU’s second quarter touchdown on Saturday (a 12-yard pass from Jordan Jefferson to Deangelo Peterson) was the first touchdown allowed by the Alabama defense in the first half of an SEC game since the Mississippi State game on Nov. 15, 2008 at Bryant Denny Stadium. Alabama did not allow a first half touchdown against Auburn in the final game of 2008 or against Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee this season.
7 – The total number of SEC Western Division championships won by the Crimson Tide since expansion created the divisional format in 1992. Alabama also won division titles in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2008.
85 – The number of rushing yards by Alabama running back Mark Ingram during the third quarter. Ingram had eight carries for 85 yards, an average of 10.6 yards per rush. In all, Ingram had nine touches in the third quarter, including a four-yard reception, and six of the nine touches resulted in a first down. On UA’s scoring drive in third quarter, Ingram had three runs of 12 yards and one 18-yard run to set up Greg McElroy’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Darius Hanks. On the next possession, Ingram picked up two more first downs on runs of 23 and 10 yards as third quarter ended with the Tide at the LSU 11-yard line. The drive resulted in a Leigh Tiffin field goal that trimmed the LSU lead to 15-13. Ingram finished the game with 22 carries for 144 yards, an average 6.5 yards per carry.
141.8 – Ingram’s rushing yards per game in six SEC games this season. The sophomore has 131 rushing attempts for 851 yards and five TDs this season as the Tide has clinched its second straight SEC Western Division championship. Ingram averages 178.0 yards per game against UA’s four ranked opponents, 156 yards per game in two SEC road games and 114.3 yards per game in six home games this season.
347 – The career point total for Alabama’s new all-time scoring leader, Leigh Tiffin. In the win over LSU, Tiffin connected on all three field attempts and made one extra point to surpass Philip Doyle’s (1988-91) previous scoring record of 345 points. Tiffin has converted 119 extra points and 76 field goals in his four-year career to become the school’s all-time scoring leader. His father, Van, is fourth in the all-time scoring list with 312 career points from 1983-86.
NEXT GAME: Alabama hits the road next week for an SEC game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 14, from Davis-Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Miss. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3 SEC) had an open date last weekend. The Bulldogs defeated Kentucky 31-24 in its last game on Oct. 31, in Lexington. The Alabama-Mississippi State game will feature the top two running backs in terms of rushing yards per game. Alabama’s Mark Ingram leads the league with 127.56 yards per game, while MSU’s Anthony Dixon is second with 125.12 yards per game.