Nov. 30, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 Alabama used a potent running attack combined with a stifling defense to beat Auburn 36-0 to go to 12-0 on the season for the first time since 1992. The Crimson Tide was led by junior running back Glen Coffee, who rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Freshman Mark Ingram added a pair of rushing scores.
Alabama has reeled off 13 consecutive wins dating back to last year's win over Colorado in the Independence Bowl. The Tide's winning streak is tied with Utah for the longest current streak in the nation. Alabama returns to action Saturday, Dec. 6 against Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
TV Replay: The Alabama-Auburn game will be replayed on Sunday, Nov. 30 on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) at 8 p.m. (CDT).
The Nick Saban Show: Catch highlights of the Alabama-Auburn 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.
8 The Alabama defense held Auburn to eight rushing yards in the second half. The Tigers ran the ball 12 times for eight yards in the second half. Alabama held Auburn to minus-12 rushing yards in the fourth quarter on four rushing attempts.
10 The number of offensive plays Auburn ran in Alabama territory on Saturday. The 10 plays netted only 28 yards. Three of those offensive snaps came in the first quarter after a 37-yard punt by P.J. Fitzgerald that gave the Tigers the ball at the Alabama 49-yard line. Auburn ran five plays on the Alabama side of the 50 in second quarter before Bobby Greenwood blocked Morgan Hull’s 39-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the half. Auburn ran two plays on the Alabama side of the 50 in the second half and threw two incomplete passes near midfield with 14 minutes left in the game.
12 Alabama has 12 wins for the just the fourth time in school history. Alabama also won 12 games in 1979 (12-0), 1992 (13-0) and 1994 (12-1). The 1992 team holds the record for wins in a season with 13 victories en route to the school’s 12th national championship.
36 Alabama largest margin of victory in the Iron Bowl since a 38-0 win over Auburn in 1962. Alabama’s 36 points scored were the most scored against Auburn since 1977 when the Tide scored 48 points en route to a 48-21 win at Legion Field.
208 The combined rushing yards for Alabama running backs Glen Coffee and Mark Ingram. Coffee ran the ball 20 times for 144 yards, including a 41-yard TD run in the second quarter. Ingram added 15 carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
2008 Opponents: A look at how the Tide’s 2008 opponents fared this weekend.
Opponents Overall Records:
Clemson (7-5, 4-4 ACC) … Beat South Carolina 31-14 … James Davis 24 rushing attempts for 91 yards and three TDs in the win … Davis has 49 career rushing TDs.
Tulane (2-10, 1-7 C-USA) … Lost to Memphis 45-6
Western Kentucky (2-9) … Did Not Play
Arkansas (5-7, 2-6 SEC) … Beat LSU 31-30 … Casey Dick 21-yard game-winning TD pass to London Crawford.
Georgia (9-3, 6-2 SEC) … Lost to Georgia Tech 45-42 … Tech rushed for 409 yards in win … Tech’s first win over Georgia since a 51-49 win in 1999 … The 2008 game is second-highest scoring game in series history.
Kentucky (6-6, 2-6 SEC) … Lost to Tennessee 28-10 … The Wildcats managed only 193 total yards.
Mississippi (8-4, 5-3 SEC) … Beat Mississippi State 45-0 … Jevan Snead completed 14 of 19 passes for 213 yards and four TDs in most lopsided “Egg Bowl” in 27 years.
Tennessee (4-7, 2-5 SEC) … Beat Kentucky 28-10 … Tennessee had 210 rushing yards in the win … The Vols held UK to 192 total yards.
Arkansas State (6-5, 4-2 Sun Belt) … Did not play … Next game at Troy on Dec. 6
LSU (7-5, 3-5 SEC) … Lost at Arkansas 31-30 … Lost three of last four games
Mississippi State (4-8, 2-6 SEC) … Lost at Mississippi 45-0.
Auburn (5-7, 2-6 SEC) … Lost at Alabama 36-0.
Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC) … Beat Florida State 45-15 … Tim Tebow completed 12 of 21 passes for 185 yards and three TDs … He also ran for 80 yards … Next game vs. Alabama (SEC Championship Game) on Dec. 6