ALABAMA 31, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3 (notes courtesy of UA)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2009
DAVIS WADE STADIUM (55,082), STARKVILLE, MISS.
ALABAMA ACHIEVES ITS 30TH 10-WIN SEASON
The win over Mississippi State improves Alabamaâ€™s 2009 season record to 10-0 and achieves the Crimson Tideâ€™s 30th 10-win season in 115 seasons of football. Alabamaâ€™s 30 10-win seasons ranks second in college football behind Oklahoma, which has reached the 10-win plateau 31 times. It is the fourth time this decade in which Alabama has had 10 wins in a season (2002, 2005, 2008, 2009).
FIRST CONSECUTIVE 10-0 STARTS SINCE 1973-74
The victory over Mississippi State moves Alabama to 10-0 for the season. Along with a 12-0 start in 2008, this marks the first time since the 1973 and 1974 seasons that Alabama has constructed 10-0 starts in consecutive seasons. Alabama, which finished 12-2 in 2008, finished 11-1 in both 1973 and 1974 as the Crimson Tide won 11 straight games prior to losing bowl games in those seasons â€“ the Sugar Bowl vs. Notre Dame (24-23 in 1973) and the Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame (13-11 in 1974).
CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS FOR SABAN
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has forged one of the most successful head coaching resumes in the nation in 14 years as a collegiate head coach, but tonightâ€™s win over Mississippi State achieved a first for his career as Alabama has posted 10-win seasons in two straight years. That marks the first time in Sabanâ€™s career that he has guided a team to at least 10 wins in two consecutive seasons. Overall, Saban has now produced four 10-win seasons and seven 9-win seasons during his coaching career on the collegiate level.
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES
With the victory, Alabama holds a 73-18-3 lead over Mississippi State in a series that dates back to the 1896 season. The series is tied for the second-longest running series in the Alabama record book with the 2009 season marking the 62nd consecutive year the two teams will play, having met each year since 1948. Alabama has played more games (94) and has more wins (73) against Mississippi State than any other opponent.
ALABAMA 26-1 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF
Alabama led Mississippi State, 14-0, at halftime on the way to the victory. The Crimson Tide improved to 26-1 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban, including a 20-game winning streak. The only loss came against LSU in 2007 when UA held a 20-17 halftime lead before losing, 41-34, on Nov. 3, 2007, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide is 2-5 under Saban when trailing at halftime and 1-2 when tied at halftime. The two wins when trailing at the half came in a 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech on Sept. 5 in Atlanta and a 24-15 victory over No. 9 LSU on Nov. 7. Alabamaâ€™s lone win when tied at halftime came last year at LSU, a 27-21 victory over Nov. 8, 2008.
GAME CAPTAINS/OPENING COIN TOSS
Alabamaâ€™s game captains tonight are junior linebacker Rolando McClain, senior offensive tackle Mike Johnson, senior linebacker Cory Reamer, and sophomore receiver Julio Jones. Alabama won the opening coin toss and deferred its choice to the second half. Mississippi State chose to receive while Alabama chose to kick from the north end zone.
INGRAM SCORES ON CAREER-LONG RUN
Sophomore running back Mark Ingramâ€™s 70-yard touchdown run with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter sealed Alabamaâ€™s win over Mississippi State. It also stands as the longest run of Ingramâ€™s Alabama career (previous long: 54 yards versus South Carolina on October 17, 2009.
INGRAM NOW 6TH ON ALABAMAâ€™S SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING LIST
Ingram rushed for 149 yards against Mississippi State, giving him 1,297 rushing yards this season. With his totals, Ingram has moved into sixth place on the Alabama single-season rushing list (see below).
Alabamaâ€™s 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons
Yards Player (Attempts) Year
1,471 Bobby Humphrey (236 att.) 1986
1,383 Shaun Alexander (302 att.) 1999
1,383 Glen Coffee (233 att.) 2008
1,367 Shaud Williams (280 att.) 2003
1,341 Sherman Williams (291 att.) 1994
1,297 Mark Ingram (194 att.) 2009
1,255 Bobby Humphrey (238 att.) 1987
1,242 Kenneth Darby (239 att.) 2005
1,178 Shaun Alexander (258 att.) 1998
1,137 Johnny Musso (226 att.) 1970
Mark Ingram 2009 Game-By-Game
Game Att. Yards TD Rec. Yards TD All-Purpose
vs. Virginia Tech 26 150 1 3 35 1 185
Florida Intâ€™l 10 56 1 4 47 0 103
North Texas 8 91 1 3 38 1 129
Arkansas 17 50 1 3 21 1 71
at Kentucky 22 140 2 1 6 0 146
at Mississippi 28 172 1 3 16 0 188
South Carolina 24 246 1 2 23 0 269
Tennessee 18 99 0 0 0 0 99
LSU 22 144 0 5 30 0 174
at Mississippi St. 19 149 2 1 9 0 158
Totals 194 1297 10 25 225 3 1522
HANKS OPENS SCORING WITH TD CATCH
Junior receiver Darius Hanks opened the scoring against Mississippi State by taking a Greg McElroy pass to the end zone for a 45-yard scoring play with 12:48 left in the second quarter, marking the second consecutive game in which Hanks has notched a scoring catch. It is the longest touchdown reception of Hanksâ€™ Alabama career. His previous longest TD catch was a 35-yarder in a 34-24 victory over Virginia Tech on September 5, 2009.
DEFENSE STIFLES STATE OFFENSE
Alabama notched two sacks against Mississippi State, Alabamaâ€™s 27th and 28th sacks of an opposing quarterback in 2009, eclipsing its total of 26 for the entire 2008 season. Alabama leads the SEC in quarterback sacks.
Alabama has tallied an interception in seven straight games and now has at least one interception in eight of the 10 contests in 2009. Alabama had an interception in eight games in 2008 and has now strung together 17 straight wins in a game in which the Crimson Tide tallies at least one pick dating back to a win over Colorado in the 2007 Independence Bowl.
The Alabama defense did not allow a first down in the final 23:30 of the first half after allowing Mississippi State to gain four first downs (two via penalty) in the first 6:30 of tonightâ€™s game. Alabama allowed Mississippi State only 83 total yards (40 rushing, 43 passing) in the first half.
Alabama and Mississippi State were scoreless in the first quarter Saturday. The Alabama defense has not allowed a touchdown in the first quarter in the last seven games dating back to the FIU game (when Alabama allowed 7 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the first half). Alabama has not allowed a point in opening quarter of its last five games.
TIDE FORCES 3 STATE TURNOVERS
With three forced turnovers against Mississippi State, Alabama has produced 16 turnovers in the last six games, forcing five turnovers at Mississippi, four at Kentucky, three at Mississippi State, two against South Carolina and one vs. Tennessee and LSU. The Tide has picked off 10 passes in those five games and recovered three fumbles.
The Crimson Tide has forced 69 turnovers in 37 games under head coach Nick Saban, an average of 1.9 per game. The Crimson Tide has forced 20 turnovers in 10 games this season, while the UA offense has only turned the ball over 10 times (4 interception, 6 fumbles).
Alabama has recorded at least one turnover in 32 of 37 games under Saban. UA is 26-6 under Saban when they have at least one turnover. Alabama is 3-2 in games without a turnover over the last three seasons.
BARRON NOTCHES SEC-LEADING 6TH INTERCEPTION
Sophomore strong safety Mark Barron intercepted two Mississippi State passes â€“ one in the first quarter and one in the fourth period â€“ moving him into the SEC lead for interceptions.
K LEIGH TIFFIN
Senior placekicker Leigh Tiffin made one field goal and four extra points to give him 354 career points to extend his career scoring record at Alabama.
Tiffinâ€™s field goal in the third quarter gives him 77 career field goals, second all-time at Alabama, just one shy of the school record held by Philip Doyle (78 from 1987-90).
Tiffin has made 24-of-27 field goal attempts this season, moving him into second on the Alabama single-season field goals list, tied with Philip Doyle who made 24 (on 29 attempts) in 1990. Tiffin is closing in on his own record of 25 field goals made, a record he set in 2008 when he made 25 of 34 attempts.
With seven kicking points against Mississippi State, Tiffin has scored 101 points this season via field goals or extra-point conversions. That ranks third on the Alabama single-season list for kicking points.
Kicking Points in a Season
Points Player (FGs, PATs) Year
111 Leigh Tiffin (25 FGs, 36 PATs) 2007
106 Leigh Tiffin (20 FGs, 46 PATs) 2008
101 Leigh Tiffin (24 FGs, 29 PATs) 2009
100 Philip Doyle (22 FGs, 34 PATs) 1989
97 Philip Doyle (24 FGs, 25 PATs) 1990
97 Michael Proctor (22 FGs, 31 PATs) 1993
94 Michael Proctor (19FGs, 37 PATs) 1992
The Crimson Tide returns home to face Tennessee-Chattanooga in Alabamaâ€™s final non-conference game of the 2009 season on Saturday, Nov. 21. Alabama has won all 10 games in the series against the Mocs, including a 7-0 record in Tuscaloosa and a 3-0 mark in Birmingham. The last meeting between the two schools was a 42-13 Crimson Tide win in 1994 at Legion Field in Birmingham. It is the first time in 50 years that Chattanooga will travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium, after falling to the Tide 13-0 in 1959.