Alabama Begins Rise To SEC Top

Who would have guessed that when Cade Foster kicked a first quarter field goal that Alabama would have all the points it would need to defeat Ole Miss? Or that at the end of the day, there would be only one team – the Crimson Tide – in the Southeastern Conference Western Division without a blemish? And that only Bama and Missouri would be SEC undefeateds a third of the way into regular season?

In fact, Alabama is the only team in the SEC West that does not already have a conference loss.

Cade Foster was one of many good stories for Bama Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium as he connected on three field goals, the most ever for him in a Crimson Tide game, and had a 53-yard success tht bettered by a yard his previous best effort, 52 yards on Sept. 22, 2012, against Florida Atlantic. He had all the Alabama points in the first half en route to a 25-0 win ovezr Ole Miss.

With Foster's 28-yard field goal in the first quarter, Bama ran its scoring streak to 160 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.

It was no surprise that Alabama won the game after leading at the half. Under Coach Nick Saban, the Tide is now 66-3 when leading at intermission.

With the win, Alabama leads the Ole Miss series 47-9-2 (51-8-2 before NCAA rulings) with 10 straight wins and 27 of the last 29 games in the series dating back to the 1977 season (excluding NCAA rulings).

Alabama has had 17 games since 2009 against undefeated AP ranked teams and has handed that opponent the first loss of the season in 15 of those matchups.

Alabama has won 24 straight games in the month of September, with its last loss coming on Sept. 29, 2007, to 22nd-ranked Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla.

For the fifth time in its last eight games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half. In addition to tonight's game, the Crimson Tide shut out Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.

It was the first time Ole Miss had been shut out in a half since 2011 and the first time since 1998 the Rebels had been shut out in a game when Arkansas took a 34-0 win over Mississippi.

Sophomore T.J. Yeldon's 68-yard rush in the third quarter was the longest of his career. He finished the game with 121 rushing yards, reaching the 100-yard rushing mark for the seventh time in his career and second time this season.

Senior A.J. McCarron completed 25 passes, setting a new career high. He recorded 23 completions twice in 2011, last against LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. It is McCarron's eighth game with 20 or more completions.

True freshman Eddie Jackson picked off Laquon Treadwell's pass at the Alabama 27-yard line for the first interception of his career. The Crimson Tide has four interceptions thus far on the season with one in the season opener against Virginia Tech and two in its win at Texas A&M.

Under Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 43 times since the start of the 2007 season. The Crimson Tide has shut out the opposition 11 times during the Saban era.

Special guests for the Ole Miss game were members of the 1973 Crimson Tide, which went 11-1 and won the national championship in the Coaches Poll (which was based on regular season games only). The one loss was in the Sugar Bowl, 24-23 to Notre Dame.

Honorary captains were members of the '73 team – wide receiver Wayne Wheeler and quarterback Gary Rutledge.

Captains for the Crimson Tide were quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and wide receiver Kevin Norwood.

Attendance was a sellout of 101,821. That marks the 59th sellout crowd in the last 60 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium dating back to the Auburn game on Nov. 20, 2004.

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