Nothing Noteworthy About Tide Play
Alabama fell to 9-3 a year after having been 14-0 and national champion. Auburn, which is expected to have a chance to play for the national championship, improved to 11-0. Bama is 5-3 in Southeastern Conference games while Auburn, the SEC Western Division champion, improved to 8-0.
With the Auburn victory over Alabama, Alabama holds a 40-34-1 lead in the series. The Tigers own a 7-1 edge in the series in Tuscaloosa and a 5-1 record at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The loss ended Alabama's 20-game winning streak in Bryant-Denny. It was the Tide's first home loss in three seasons. Prior to Friday, Alabama had been 11-0 vs. SEC teams and 5-0 against nationally ranked teams.
Although Alabama suffered an offensive shutdown in the second half, Bama's first half play was good enough to establish some Crimson Tide superlatives.
Before going out of the game with a concussion late in the fourth quarter, snior quarterback Greg McElroy surpassed his single-game career best for passing yardage on a 17-yard pass to running back Mark Ingram with approximately 3:00 remaining in the second quarter. That play gave McElroy 318 yards through the air against Auburn, eclipsing his previous career high for yardage, a 315-yard outing against South Carolina on October 9 in Columbia, S.C. McElroy finished the game with 377 yards through the air, a total that ranks fourth all-time in Alabama history.
McElroy started the game by completing his first 12 pass attempts for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns. That pushed his string of consecutive pass attempts without an incompletion to 16 as McElroy had completed his final four passes of the Georgia State game for 68 yards and a touchdown. Over the course of the 16-pass streak, McElroy threw for a total of 291 yards and three touchdowns without an incompletion. That set a new Alabama record for consecutive completions. McElroy held the old record of 14, set against Florida International last year.
McElroy's two touchdown passes in the first quarter against Auburn give him 19 touchdown passes in the 2010 season, a new Alabama record. McElroy now has 38 touchdown passes in his Alabama career, ranking him third on the UA career touchdown passes list. John Parker Wilson (2005-08) had the old record of 18 in a season and has 47 for his career. Brodie Croyle is second in career TD passes at 41.
He also ranks first in passing yards in a season with 2,867. Wilson had 2,846.
McElroy ranks first in career completion percentage on 200 or more completions at 65.99 per cent.
Julio Jones took a McElroy pass 68 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 14-0 lead over Auburn with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter. That play was the longest catch by Jones this season. In the first quarter, Jones had five catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. One of those first quarter receptions gave him the new Alabama record for catches in a season at 68. When the night was done, Jones had 72 receptions for 1,059 yards breaking two records formerly held by D.J. Hall. In 2007 Hall had 67 receptions. In 2006 Hall had 1,056 yards.
Jones' big receiving day set new Alabama standards for an Alabama-Auburn game as he nabbed 10 catches for 199 yards and 1 touchdown. The outing also ranks among the top receiving performances for a full game in Alabama history. Jones came within one yard of becoming the only player in Alabama history to have more than one 200-yard receiving outing, having done it previously against Tennessee earlier this year.
Jones now has 15 career touchdown receptions, tied for third place at Bama, and he has seven receiving TDs this year, tied for fourth.
He is second all time to Hall in career catches and yards (Hall 194 for 2,923, Jones 176 for 2,604).
Alabama's defense limited the explosive Auburn offense to season lows for total offense and rushing yards in the 28-27 loss. The Crimson Tide held the Tigers to 108 rushing yards (previous low: 190 at Mississippi State) and 324 total yards (previous low: 348 vs. Mississippi State).
Junior linebacker Courtney Upshaw led Alabama's defense against Auburn with a stellar outing. Upshaw had 10 total tackles (seven solo) including three quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles and had a quarterback hurry. Defensive back DeMarcus Milliner had nine tackles, linebacker C.J. Mosley added six stops and five other Alabama defenders were credited with four tackles each.
When Auburn's Cam Newton went in for a touchdown on a quarterback sneak, it marked the first rushing touchdown allowed by Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium this year.
Mark Ingram capped the game's opening drive by scoring on a 9-yard run with 11:34 left in the first quarter to give Alabama a 7-0 lead. That touchdown was the 44th touchdown of Ingram's Alabama career and his 40th rushing touchdown. Ingram ranks third in career touchdowns and is second in career rushing touchdowns at Alabama. Ingram has scored a touchdown in 28 of 38 games he has played at Alabama. He has scored a rushing touchdown in 27 of those 38 games.
Harry Gilmer has 52 total touchdowns, and Shaun Alexander 50. Alexander has 41 rushing touchdowns.
Alabama football honored 17 seniors Friday on Senior Day for the Auburn game: WR Earl Alexander, LB Drew Bullard, OL James Carpenter, DL Luther Davis, LB Michael DeJohn, TE Preston Dial, WR Rob Ezell, PK Colin Gallagher, DB Mark Holt, LB J.B. Kern, QB Greg McElroy, OL Brian Motley, CB Kyle Pennington, OL Taylor Pharr, OL David Ross, WR Logan Thomas and LB Chavis Williams. This group of seniors entered today's game with an overall record of 42-8 over the last four seasons and have won 35 games over the last three years â€" more than any other team from a BCS conference. They own a mark of 24-3 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, including a current 20-game home winning streak. This class has won two SEC West Championships, the 2009 SEC title and the 2009 BCS National Championship. They have been to four straight bowl games and will make it five bowl appearances this season.
Captains for Alabama were quarterback Greg McElroy, safety Mark Barron, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, and wide receiver Julio Jones.
Honorary captains for Alabama were former wide receiver David Bailey and former fullback Calvin Culliver.
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