Nov. 16, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 1 Alabama got 18 points off special teams and two rushing touchdowns to stay unbeaten on the season with a 32-7 win over Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Alabama's special teams' performance included three field goals, a blocked punt for a safety and 153 yards in punt returns from Javier Arenas, including an 80-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
TV Replay: The Alabama-Mississippi State game will be replayed on Sunday, Nov. 16 on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) at 8 p.m. (CDT).
The Nick Saban Show: Catch highlights of the Alabama-Mississippi State 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 Bulldogs.
11 - Alabama has tied the school record with 11 regular-season wins. The 2008 Crimson Tide team is the seventh team in school history to win 11 regular-season games joining the 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1992 and 1994 squads, who all won 11 regular season games.
18 - The number of points scored by the UA special teams against Mississippi State. Sophomore Kareem Jackson blocked a first-quarter punt for a safety and Arenas had an 80-yard punt return for a TD in the third quarter. Junior Leigh Tiffin kicked all three field goal attempts to snap his streak of three straight misses. In addition, Arenas had a 43-yard punt return that set up a short TD drive at the MSU 2-yard line.
21.3 - Mississippi State's net punting average on 10 punts against Alabama on Saturday. The Bulldogs punted 10 times for 374 yards, including one blocked punt. Alabama had seven punt returns for 161 yards, including an 80-yard punt return for a TD by Arenas and a 46-yard punt return that gave the Tide a first-and-goal at the MSU 2-yard line in the second quarter.
33 -- The Alabama defense held Mississippi State to 33 total yards in the second half. The Bulldogs had 22 rushing yards and
11 passing yards in the second half. In the third quarter, MSU rushed for 14 yards and had zero passing yards.
153 -- With 153 yards on six punt return yards against Mississippi State, junior Javier Arenas set a new Alabama single-game
record for punt return yardage. That total bettered the previous mark of 147 set by Arenas on September 6 against Tulane. Prior
to this season, the Alabama record for single-game punt return yards was held by Harry Gilmer, who compiled 122 yards on punt
returns in a 17-7 win at Georgia on October 25, 1947.
1,146 -- With 153 yards on six punt returns against Mississippi State, Javier Arenas set an Alabama career record for punt return yardage as his career punt return yardage is now at 1,146 yards. Arenas is averaging 13.0 yards per punt return for his career (1,146 yards on 88 returns), an average that has him on pace for second place in Alabama history. Harry Gilmer's average of 13.5 yards per punt return (1,119 yards on 83 returns from 1944-47) is the best in Alabama history.
2008 Opponents: A look at how the Tide's 2008 opponents fared this weekend.
Clemson (5-5, 3-4 ACC) ... Beat Duke 31-7 on Nov. 15 ... C.J. Spiller 179 total yards and two touchdowns in win ... Aaron Kelly ACC record 289 career receptions ... Next game at Virginia on Nov. 22.
Tulane (2-8, 1-5 C-USA) ... Lost to UAB 41-24 ... Riding a six-game losing streak ... Kevin Moore had 235 passing yards in the loss ... Next game at Tulsa on Nov. 22.
Western Kentucky (2-9) ... Lost to Middle Tennessee 21-10 ... Jake Gaebler season-high 125 passing yards and one TD for the Holltoppers ... Next game at Florida International on Dec. 6.
Arkansas (4-6, 1-5 SEC) ... Did not play on Nov. 15 ... Next game at Mississippi State on Nov. 22.
Georgia (9-2, 6-2 SEC) ... Beat Auburn 17-13 on Nov. 22 ... Freshman receiver A.J. Green had five catches for 81 yards, including game-winning TD catch in fourth quarter ... Next game vs. Georgia Tech on Nov. 29.
Kentucky (6-5, 2-5 SEC) ... Lost to Vanderbilt 31-24 ... Freshman QB Randall Cobb 215 total yards and one rushing TD ... Next game at Tennessee on Nov. 29.
Ole Miss (6-4, 4-3 SEC) ... Beat Louisiana Monroe 59-0 ... Ole Miss is bowl eligible for first time since 2003 ... Quarterback Jevan Snead scored five TDs for the Rebels ... He completed 6 of 12 passes for 170 yards and three TDs ... He also added two rushing TDs ... Next game at LSU on Nov. 22 in a game televised by CBS.
Tennessee (3-7, 1-5 SEC) ... Did not play on Nov. 22 ... Next game at Vanderbilt on Nov. 22 in a game televised by Raycom Sports.
Arkansas State (4-5, 2-2 Sun Belt) ... Did not play on Nov. 22 ... Next game vs. Florida Atlantic on Nov. 22.
LSU (6-3, 3-3 SEC) ... Beat Troy 40-31 ... LSU scored 37 unanswered points in second half ... The Tigers scored 30 fourth quarter points for greatest comeback in school history ... Next game vs. Ole Miss on Nov. 22 in a game televised by CBS.
Mississippi State (3-7, 1-5 SEC) ... Lost to No. 1 Alabama 32-7 ... MSU managed only 33 total yards in second half ... Next game vs. Arkansas on Nov. 22.
Auburn (5-6, 2-5 SEC) ... Lost to Georgia 17-13 ... Quarterback Kodi Burns had 179 passing yards and one TD ... Next game at Alabama (Nov. 29).