Notes From Alabama’s Win Over No. 1 Dogs

Alabama has usually been the number one team when that has been a factor in games with Mississippi State. Saturday it was the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide took a 25-20 decision. Here are notes on the Crimson Tide’s win.

Alabama was 4-1 in the games against Mississippi State when the Tide was number one, including 3-0 under Coach Nick Saban. Bama now leads the all-time series against the Bulldogs 78-17-3.

Alabama’s most recent games against the nation’s number one team had come in BCS National Championship Games, a 42-14 romp over Notre Dame for the 2012 championship and a 21-0 win over LSU for the 2011 crown.

Alabama’s all-time record in games against the nation’s top-ranked team is 7-4.

The Tide has now won seven straight games against the Bulldogs.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper had eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in the winning effort, which took him past the 3,000 mark for career receiving yards, making him the first Alabama receiver to break past that plateau.

Amari Cooper also took a four-yard touchdown pass from Blake Sims that was Cooper’s 11th of the season, which tied his Alabama single season record. Cooper, a junior, set the record in his freshman season in 2012. He now has 26 career touchdowns, extending that Bama record.

When Alabama’s Trey DePriest, with helph from Geno Smith and Jonathan Allen, caught Mississippi State tailback Josh Robinson for a first quarter safety, it was the first safety turned in by the Crimson Tide since Sept. 29, 2013 against Ole Miss. Quarterback Bo Wallace was the victim of C.J. Mosley’s tackle.

Speaking of Mosley, he was among several NFL players in the stadium Saturday. Others included Marcell Darius and Courtney Upshaw. It is, of course, off weeks for the pro players.

Alabama has scored in 179 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history. Alabama has scored in the first half in 99 consecutive games, which is best in the nation.

Alabama entered halftime with a 19-3 lead over Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide is now 82-5 when leading at the half under Coach Nick Saban.

With Nick Perry’s interception of Dak Prescott in the second quarter, the Alabama defense has now recorded an interception in each of its last five games. Intrceptions were also turned in by Cyrus Jones and Landon Collins and the Crimson Tide has nine picks this season.

Bama did not suffer a turnover in the game.

The Crimson Tide defense has recorded a sack in all but one game this season (Florida) and added to its total with one from Dalvin Tomlinson against Mississippi State. Alabama now has 25 sacks on the season for an average of 2.50 per game. UA entered the game tied for 32nd nationally and fifth in the SEC in sacks.

Captains for Alabama were safety Landon Collins, offensive guard Arie Kouandjio, and fullback Jalston Fowler.

Honorary captains for the Tide were former safety Kermit Kendrick and former tight end Lamonde Russell.

Years ago, former Alabama golfer Jerry Pate was on the sidelines with Coach Paul Bryant in a big game won by the Crimson Tide. Pate convinced Bryant that he was a good luck charm and has been on the sidelines for many big Bama games, most of them wins. He has convinced successive coaches of his luck factor and was in Bryant-Denny for the Tide’s win over No. 1 Mississippi State Saturday.

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