Mosley Gets Third Interception TD
C.J. Mosley picked off a second quarter Michigan pass Saturday night in Dallas and returned it 16 yards for an Alabama touchdown. It was Mosley's third career interception for a touchdown, tying a Crimson Tide record set by Antonio Langham (1990-93). Mosley had 2010 interception returns for touchdown against Florida and Georgia State.
Mosley's 16-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter marked the 26th non-offensive touchdown of the Nick Saban era. The Tide has scored on 12 interceptions, two fumble returns, three kickoff returns, seven punt returns and two blocked punt returns.
Here are notes from Alabama's Cowboys Classic game against Michigan in Dallas Saturday night:
Alabama set five Cowboys Classic records in the first half of Saturday night's game. A.J. McCarron's 51-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White goes down as the longest pass for a touchdown, while Dee Milliner's 35-yard interception return also marked the longest in that category. In addition, the Tide's 31 points were the most in the first half as well as the most in a half since the start of the Cowboys Classic and 41 points total were the most scored in a game. This was the fourth Cowboys Classic.
Attendance of 90,413 was a Cowboys Stadium record for a college football game.
Alabama has now scored in a school record 143 straight games.
Before giving up a late second quarter touchdown to Michigan, Alabama had scored 70 consecutive points going back to last season. The streak dated from early in the third quarter against Auburn, through the 21-0 shutout of LSU in the BCS National Championship Game, and through 31 points to strt the game against the Wolverines.
Alabama has scored 439 points in its last 11 season openers for an average of 39.9 points per game. The Tide has now scored 40 or more points in its last three openers as it beat Kent State, 48-7, in 2011 and San Jose State, 48-3, in 2010.
Adrian Hubbard lost his helmet, but didn't have to leave the game because his helmet was puled off on a Michigan face mask. Later in the first quarter Tide tailback Eddie Lacy lost his helmet and had to leave the game. He was replaced by T.J. Yeldon. Lacy would also have another lost helmet in the game.
Alabama played six true freshmen in the game. In addition to Yeldon, the Tide used safety Lando Collins, wide receiver Amari Cooper, linebacker Dillon Lee, linebacker Reggie Ragland, and defensive back Geno Smith.
Yeldon became the first true freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in his debut at Alabama. He finished the game with 111 yards on 11 carries and one rushing touchdown. Yeldon also added 26 yards receiving for a total of 137 yards.
Limiting opposing running backs to less than 100 yards is nothing new for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has surrendered only 10 individual 100-yard rushing games dating back to the 2005 season, a mark that leads the nation. Since head Coach Nick Saban's arrival, the Tide has allowed just five players to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.
The officiating crew was from the Big 12. That made two consecutive game for Bama to play with a Big 12 crew officiating. The BCS National Championship Game also had a Big 12 officiating team. Only one of the officials from the BCS National Championship Game was on the crew in the Cowboys Classic, umpire Michael Cooper.
Captains for Bama were Barrett Jones, Nico Johnson, and Robert Lester.
Honorary captains for the Tide were former Coach Gene Stallings and former All-America linebacker Lee Roy Jordan. Both Stallings and Jordan were also prominent members of the Dallas Cowboys, Stallings as an assistant coach and Jordan as a player.
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