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Nov. 9, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La. – Playing its first game as the nation’s top-ranked team in almost three decades, No. 1 Alabama overcame an early deficit to beat No. 15 LSU 27-21 in overtime at Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  John Parker Wilson’s 1-yard quarterback sneak on the second play of overtime clinched the win and the 2008 SEC Western Division championship for the Crimson Tide.  

TV Replay: The Alabama-LSU game will be replayed on Sunday, Nov. 9 on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) at 8 p.m. (CDT). 

The Nick Saban Show: Catch highlights of the Alabama-LSU 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

also airs Monday Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on WVUA-7 (Tuscaloosa).

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

3          The number of interceptions by senior safety Rashad Johnson, who earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors by the Walter Camp Foundation. All three interceptions led to touchdowns for the Tide. Johnson recorded his first interception of the game on LSU’s third play from scrimmage at the LSU 15-yard line, setting up a Wilson’s 1-yard sneak.  Johnson added a 54-yard interception return in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14.  It was his second TD in as many weeks. His final interception came in the end zone on LSU’s third play of overtime and set up the Tide’s overtime winning score.

6          The number of SEC Western Division championships won by Alabama since divisional play was introduced in 1992. The Crimson Tide represented the Western Division in the SEC Championship Game in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999 prior to this season.

20        The number of points the Tide scored off four LSU turnovers on Saturday.  Senior safety Rashad Johnson recorded a school-record tying three interceptions, which led to 20 points in the 27-21 overtime win.

97.6     Freshman Julio Jones receiving average over his last three games, including 100-yard games against Tennessee (103) and LSU (128).  Jones has 18 catches for 293 yards against Tennessee, Arkansas State and LSU.

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

Opponents Overall Records:

Clemson                                   4-5, 2-4 ACC

Last Game:                               Florida State 41, Clemson 27

                                                The Tigers converted just two of 15 third downs

Next Game:                               Duke (Nov. 15)

Tulane                                      2-7, 1-4 C-USA

Last Game:                               Houston 42, Tulane 14

                                               Tulane allowed 693 total yards (384 passing and 299 rushing)

Next Game:                               UAB (Nov. 15)

Western Kentucky:                     2-8

Last Game:                               Troy 17, Western Kentucky 7

                                                WKU allowed 429 total yards

Next Game:                               Middle Tennessee State (Nov. 15)

Arkansas                                  4-6, 1-5 SEC

Last Game:                               South Carolina 34, Arkansas 21

                                                Casey Dick 217 passing yard

Next Game:                               at Mississippi State (Nov. 22)

Georgia                                     8-2, 5-2 SEC

Last Game:                               Georgia 42, Kentucky 38

                                               A.J. Green 11-yard game-winning TD catch with 1:54 left in 4th quarter

Next Game:                               at Auburn (Nov. 15, Raycom – 11:30 a.m.)

Kentucky:                                 6-4, 2-4 SEC

Last Game:                               Georgia 42, Kentucky 38

                                                UK scored 24 points in 12-minute span in second half to take 31-28 lead

Next Game:                               Vanderbilt (Nov. 15 – epsn2, 7 p.m.)

Ole Miss                                   5-4, 3-3 SEC

Last Game:                               Did Not Play

Next Game:                               Louisiana-Monroe (Nov. 15)

Tennessee                                3-7, 1-5 SEC

Last Game:                               Wyoming 13, Tennessee 7

                                                Tennessee held to single digits in three straight games for first time since 1964

Next Game:                               at Vanderbilt (Nov. 22)

Arkansas State                          4-5, 2-2 Sun Belt

Last Game:                               Florida International 22, Arkansas State 21

                                                FIU scores 10, 4th quarter points in win

Next Game:                               Florida Atlantic (Nov. 22)

LSU                                          6-3, 3-3 SEC

Last Game:                               Alabama 27, LSU 21 (OT)

                                                LSU threw four interceptions in loss to Alabama

Next Game:                               vs. Troy (Nov. 15)

Mississippi State                       3-6, 1-4 SEC

Last Game:                               Did Not Play

Next Game:                               at Alabama (Nov. 15) (ESPN, 6:45 p.m.)

Auburn                                      5-5, 2-4 SEC

Last Game:                               Auburn 37, Tennessee Martin 20

                                                Kodi Burns 158 rushing yards and two TDs

Next Game:                               Georgia (Nov. 15) (Raycom – 11:30 a.m.)