Tigers Not Happy To See Yeldon
Alabama now leads the series with LSU by 48-25-5 and has won three in a row and five of the last seven meetings.
Alabama is 26-7 against the Associated Press top 25, including a 15-4 mark against AP top-10 teams over the past six seasons. The Crimson Tide is 3-0 thus far this year with the victory over LSU. Earlier Bama defeated No. 6 Texas A&M in College Station by 49-42 and shut out No. 21 Ole Miss 25-0 in Bryant-Denny.
Not that anyone expected LSU to have forgotten Tide tailback T.J. Yeldon, who had the clutch reception and 28-yard touchdown run in the final minute to beat the Tigers in Baton Rouge last year. But he probably made another impression on LSU in Tuscaloosa Saturday night.
For the ninth time in his career, the sophomore running back eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. He finished the game with 133 yards on the ground on a career-high 25 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns.
For the 18th consecutive game, Alabama has recorded at least one rushing touchdown and has had multiple scores on the ground in 16 of those 18 contests.
On the Crimson Tide's second drive of the second quarter, senior quarterback A.J. McCarron set the Crimson Tide career passing yard record, moving ahead of John Parker Wilson (7,924 yards from 2005-08) for the No. 1 spot. With his 179 yards in the game, McCarron now has 7,997 for his career.
With Cade Foster's 41-yard field goal in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 165 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
Freshman tight end O.J. Howard recorded the second touchdown of his Alabama career in the second quarter of tonight's game, going 52 yards for the score. The catch was the longest of the season, surpassing his previous high of 27 set at Texas A&M.
For the eighth time in his career, senior linebacker C.J. Mosley recorded 10 or more tackles, finishing the game with 12. He leads the Crimson Tide defense on the season with 71 total tackles, including 7 tackles for loss (14 yards), four quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.
In the last five years, the Crimson Tide defense has held its opponents below 100 yards rushing in 42 of 63 games (66.7 percent). Alabama held 11 teams below 100 yards rushing in 2009, 10 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and five so far in 2013. The Tigers finished the game with 43 yards on the ground.
Alabama continued to have the halftime barometer. Although the Tide led by only 17-14 at intermission, a halftime lead is a halftime lead. And in the time that Nick Saban has been at Alabama, the Tide has has the lead at intermission 74 times. Bama is 71-3 in those games with the lead after two quarters.
Honorary captains for Alabama were star defensive players for the Crimson Tide's 1978 national championship team, Murray Legg and Marty Lyons.
Alabama's captains were quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and offensive guard Anthony Steen.
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