Yeldon Hits Two Rushing Milestones
T.J. Yeldon had a 50-yard run in the second quarter that made him the 18th player in Alabama football history to rush for 2,000 or more yards in a career, and he has done it in less than two full seasons. He now has 2,130 yards. His 160 yards on the night gives him 1,022 for the year.
The 160 yards rushing was his career best.
The victory was Alabama's 10th of the year. It is the sixth consecutive season Bama has reached the 10-win plateau. In 118 seasons, Alabama has had 33 seasons of 10 or more wins, second in the nation to Oklahoma.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban is the 11th coach in school history to lead his team to 10 or more wins and the fifth to have more than one 10-win season.
Alabama's 20-7 win over Mississippi State improved the Tide's record to 76-18-3 against the Bulldogs. Bama has won six straight in the series and 11 of the last 13. The Tide is 16-4 in games played in Starkville.
Alabama now has an 18-game winning streak in games away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is longest current streak in major college football. The 18-game streak includes both true road games and neutral-site games and dates back to a 24-21 loss at LSU on Nov. 6, 2010.
The game was the 48th in the Saban era in which the Tide has held the opponent to 10 points or fewer. Bama has held 8 of 10 teams this year to 10 points or fewer.
Alabama held seven of its opponents to 10 points or less in 2012, four of which were shutouts. The Tide was successful in holding opponents in the 0-10 point range in nine games in 2011 and eight times in 2010. Alabama limited opponents to that range seven times in both 2008 and 2009, and in 2007 posted two games in which it held opponents to 0-10 points. Alabama has shut out the opposition 12 times during the Saban era.
Senior linebacker C.J. Mosley, who entered the game with 282 career tackles, moved up to No. 7 on Alabama's career list after collecting eight tackles against the Bulldogs. Mosley has 290 tackles. Wayne Davis (327 from 1983-86) is the all-time record holder.
This was the 42nd time in the last 63 games in the past five years that Bama has held the opponent below 100 yards rushing. Alabama held 11 teams below 100 yards rushing in 2009, 10 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and five so far in 2013. The Bulldogs finished the game with 53 yards on the ground.
For the 10th time in its last 14 games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half.
Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron set another Alabama record Saturday, surpassing John Parker Wilson (8,099 yards from 2005-08) for the most yards of total offense in a career. Entering the game at Mississippi State, McCarron needed 153 yards, which he reached in the third quarter on a 21-yard pass to O.J. Howard. McCarron finished the game with 199 yards (187 passing; 12 rushing) bringing his career total to 8,146.
With Cade Foster's 33-yard field goal in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 166 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
Punter Cody Mandell, a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, punted a career-long 63 yarder in the first quarter against Mississippi State, surpassing his previous high of 61 last achieved in the season opener against Virginia Tech. This season, he has three punts of better than 60 yards and 12 that have traveled more than 50 yards in 31 attempts. He has placed 13 inside the opponent 20-yard line.
When Brian Vogler caught a pass from AJ McCarron and took it into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown just before halftime, he became the 10th different Alabama player this year to score a receiving touchdown.
Captains for Alabama were quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and wide receiver Kevin Norwood.
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