Bama Hasn't Been Good In Overtime

With Alabama's 9-6 overtime loss to LSU Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide continues to be relatively poor in overtime games. Bama is now 4-8 overall in overtime games and has lost seven of its last 10 extra football games.

Alabama is 4-7 in overtime games against SEC teams. Bama is 2-5 in overtime home games and 3-5 in single overtime games.

It was Alabama's first overtime game since a 27-21 victory over LSU in Baton Rouge in 2008.

Here are notes from Saturday night's game.

Alabama now has a 45-25-5 record against LSU. The Tide holds a 21-16-2 mark at home against the Tigers.

With 89 yards rushing on 23 carries, Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson became the 11th Tide player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season as he ended the LSU game with 1,078 yards rushing this season. That marks the 15th time that an Alabama rusher has achieved that milestone. Richardson entered the game with 989 yards on the season and was able to eclipse the coveted benchmark on the first play of the game, running for 18 yards over left end.

Alabama entered the locker room at halftime tied at 3-3, marking the lowest scoring first half in an Alabama game since the Florida State Seminoles and the Crimson Tide went into the intermission scoreless on Sept. 29, 2007. Alabama and LSU ended the first half with 7-3 scores in the previous two meetings before tonight's clash.

With two interceptions against LSU, Alabama has recorded at least one interception in eight of its nine games this season. The only game the Tide did not record a pickoff was against North Texas. Alabama recorded an interception in 11 of the 13 games in 2010, putting together a run of 18 games with a pick in its last 21 outings. Eight different Tide players have tallied an interception in 2011, with Dee Milliner, Mark Barron and Robert Lester leading the way with two apiece.

Although it was all LSU needed, the nine points allowed by Alabama means the Tide has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points during the first nine games of the 2011 season and 10 straight games dating back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State. The last time Alabama held its opponent to 14 points or less for at least nine straight games was 1992 when the Tide did it that many times to open the season. The school record for consecutive games holding an opponent to 14 points or less is 31 from 1960-63. The Crimson Tide did it in the last three games of the 1960 season and all 11 games of the 1961 and 1962 campaigns before the streak ended in the seventh game of the 1963 season when Mississippi State scored 19 in a 20-19 UA win. 

With the nine points yielded to LSU, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 31 times since the start of the 2007 season, including seven times in nine games this season. Last season, Alabama held opponents to 10 points or less eight times and limited opponents to that mark seven times in 2009 and 2008. In 2007, the Tide posted two games in which it held opponents to that mark.

Yielding only 3 points in the first half, Alabama has allowed seven points or less in 13 of its last 14 first halves of play. Over that span, the Crimson Tide has surrendered just three points or less on eight occasions, including four shutouts. UA had a streak of nine straight games of allowing seven points or less before allowing 10 points in the first half to Florida on October 1.

Alfred McCullough got the start at right guard for Alabama. McCullough started the previous game against Tennessee after Anthony Steen had started the first seven games of the year. Steen had suffered a concussion against Ole Miss and didn't play against Tennessee or LSU.

There was a scare late in the third quarter. An A.J. McCarron pass was intercepted and returned to the Alabama 15, which was bad enough. On the play, Tide starting left tackle Barrett Jones seemed to be injured. He went to the locker room. But he returned for Bama's next possession after LSU had kicked the score to 6-6.

Dee Hart, the 5-9, 185-pound freshman tailback from Orlando, Fla., dressed for his first Alabama game against LSU. Hart suffered a summer knee injury and underwent surgery and only recently started running. He was wearing a brace on his right knee. There has been no indication Hart would play this year and every indication that he will be redshirted.

Honorary captain for Alabama was former quarterback Kenny Stabler.

Captains for Alabama were tailback Trent Richardson, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, and safety Mark Barron.

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