Bama Gets 20th Straight Home Win
The longest winning streak at Bryant-Denny Stadium is 57 games by Alabama teams from Oct. 26, 1963, to Nov. 13, 1982. During the current streak, the Crimson Tide is 11-0 against SEC competition, 9-0 against non-conference opponents and 5-0 against top 25 teams.
Alabama played many of its big games at Legion Field in Birmingham for many seasons.
C.J. Mosley, freshman linebacker from Theodore, made a first quarter interception which he returned 41 yards for a touchdown. It was his second interception return for a touchdown this year. He ran back one against Florida for a 35-yard touchdown.
With four interceptions against Georgia State, the Crimson Tide has moved into the national lead with 21 interceptions on the season. That total moves Alabama into the conference lead ahead of Florida. Alabama also moved ahead of Florida, Ohio State, Tulsa and Boston College for the national lead. Alabama finished second nationally with 24 interceptions last season (one behind Texas) and managed 14 interceptions during the 2008 season.
The Alabama record for interceptions is 25, set by the 1979 national championship team. Bama teams in 1968, 1966, and 1952 had 24 interceptions.
Alabama has been extremely stingy at home this season, allowing just 19 first half points in six home contests and just 39 points overall in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season.
Alabama's 63 points scored against Georgia State ranks among the highest single-game scoring outputs in Crimson Tide history and is the most points scored by Alabama since a 66-3 victory over Vanderbilt on Sept. 29, 1979.
Brandon Gibson's return of a blocked punt by Chavis Williams gave Alabama a 35-0 lead in the second quarter. That touchdown marked the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Alabama since Chris Rogers returned a punt blocked by Roy Upchurch 17 yards for a score against Tulane on September 6, 2008. Prior to that, Alabama's last blocked punt came on September 26, 2009 against Arkansas (Lorenzo Washington).
Senior quarterback Greg McElroy exited the game with 6:46 left in the second quarter and Alabama leading, 35-0, but not before setting a single-game Alabama record for completion percentage. McElroy completed 12 of 13 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. That set a completion percentage of 92.3 percent, the Alabama record for highest completion percentage in a game with a minimum of 10 completions.
With seven catches for 86 yards against Georgia State, Julio Jones has 65 catches for 885 yards this season. That is tied for second for catches in a season and ranks Jones fifth in receiving yards in a season.
Jones' two touchdown catches (a career best) gave him 14 in his Alabama career. That ties Jones for fifth place on the Alabama career touchdown receptions list with Al Lary (1948-50). Dennis Homan (1965-67) has the Tide record of 18 career touchdown receptions.
Junior running back Mark Ingram scored on a 1-yard run with 3:55 left in the first quarter to give Alabama a 14-0 lead. That touchdown was the 43rd touchdown of Ingram's Alabama career and his 39th rushing touchdown. Ingram ranks third in career touchdowns and is second in career rushing touchdowns at Alabama. Harry Gilmer (1944-47) holds the career record with 52 touchdowns, while Shaun Alexander (1996-99) has the Tide career record for rushing touchdowns at 41.
Senior quarterback Greg McElroy threw two touchdown passes against Georgia State, giving him 36 touchdown passes in his Alabama career, ranking McElroy third on the UA career touchdown passes list. He has 17 touchdown passes in the 2010 season, ranking in a tie for second on the Alabama single-season touchdown passes list with John Parker Wilson (2006) and his own mark last year. Wilson has the career record of 47 touchdowns and the single season record of 18 touchdown passes.
Former Alabama quarterback Star Jackson, now the third team quarterback at Georgia State, made his first appearance in the game with just under eight minutes to play and Alabama holding a 63-7 lead.
Although the game was a sellout, as expected there were plenty of no-shows for the Thursday night game against Georgia State. Most of the empty seats were in the upper deck student secetion.
Harry Lee, a star lineman for Alabama in the 1950s, was the honorary captain.
Captains for Bama were center William Vlachos, linebacker Chavis Williams, and defensive end Luther Davis.
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