Back-To-Back Shutouts Rare

As the clock ticked down on Alabama's 52-0 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday, it begged the question: When was the last time the Crimson Tide defense pitched back-to-back shutouts?

In addition to Alabama's goose egg against Arkansas, the Tide had a 35-0 win over Western Kentucky in Tuscaloosa last week. The last time a Bama team had accomplished the feat was in 1980 when the Tide shut out Vanderbilt 41-0 and Kentucky 45-0 on consecutive weekends.

Alabama has now won 21 consecutive Southeastern Conference season-opening games, dating back to the 1992 season. That is the longest streak in Alabama history and the longest active streak in the SEC. Six of the last seven years the Tide has opened SEC play against Arkansas and been victorious.

Alabama is now 55-21-3 in SEC openers.

Alabama now has a 16-7 record in all games against Arkansas, including a 5-4 record in Fayetteville.

Alabama came into the game ranked second nationally in turnover margin with six interceptions and four fumble recoveries and only one lost fumble. Bama added three fumble recoveries and two interceptions Saturday and did not have a turnover.

Alabama has been a front runner the last couple of years. In fact, going back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl, Bama has been involved in 1,020 minutes of game action and has trailed for only 25 minutes and 12 seconds in those 17 games, which means the Tide has had the lead or been tied for 994 minutes and 48 seconds. Alabama has only one loss in that time, an overtime setback to LSU last season.

Alabama had a 24-0 halftime lead. Under Coach Nick Saban, Alabama has a 52-3 record when leading at intermission.

With the first of Eddie Lacy's three rushing touchdowns and the first of six rushing touchdowns on the day, Alabama has now scored a touchdown rushing in 21 of its last 22 games, including all three this season.

Alabama has now scored in 145 consecutive games, best in Bama history.

Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron had another interception free day. He has now thrown 151 consecutive passes without throwing a pick. That is fourth best in Alabama history. He had 152 attempts without an interception last year before being picked off. The record is 190 by Brodie Croyle.

A big defensive day by Alabama is never a surprise. Alabama has surrendered only 10 individual rushing games of 100 yards or more. The top rusher for Arkansas Saturday, Knile Davis, had 59 yards on 20 carries. Bama has been best in the nation in the Saban era, allowing only five players to rush for more than 100 yards.

Under Saban, Alabama has held opponents to 10 or fewer points 36 times since the start of the 2007 season. Bama held nine opponents to 10 or fewer in 2011. Bama has had 56 games under Saban holding opposing teams to 200 or fewer yards rushing, and the Tide has held opponents to fewer than 200 yards of total defense 22 times.

Attendance for the game was 74,617, sixth largest in stadium history.

Captains for Alabama were tight end Michael Williams, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, and defensive end Damion Square.

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