Here are notes on Bama’s win in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Although the kickoff game is now known as the Advocare Classic, it was formerly known as the Cowboys Kickoff Classic, and Alabama is now 2-0 with wins over a pair of Big Ten teams in Big D. Alabama defeated Michigan, 41-14, at the beginning of the 2012 national championship season.
Derrick Henry has had a lot of nice games in his Crimson Tide career, and his first game as the Bama starter Saturday night was one of his best. His 56-yard touchdown run was the longest run and longest TD run in the seven-year history of the kickoff game in Arlington, and his 18 points and three rushing touchdowns also are records in the game.
His 147 yards rushing and 159 total yards (he had 12 yards receiving) are also game records.
Henry has done very well in his last three games (all in domes) and in games played in domes in general. Including Saturday night’s 147 yards, Henry has compiled 593 yards on 72 rushes with eight touchdowns and five receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.
In last year’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State, he had 13 rushes for 95 yards and two receptions for 54 yards. In the Southeastern Conference Championship Game win over Missouri in the GeorgiaDome he had 20 runs for 141 yards (his previous rushing high at Bama) with two touchdowns.
Henry opened the 2014 season against West Viginia in Atlanta with 113 yards on 17 carries and one TD.
He ended his freshman season in 2013 in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma and had 8 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown and also had a 61-yard touchdown reception.
The 100-yard game Saturday night was the sixth of his career.
Both the 147 yards and three touchdowns were career highs for Henry.
In addition to his 56-yard touchdown run being the longest in the history of the kickoff game, Kenyan Drake’s 43-yard rushing touchdown was third longest and Henry’s earlier 37-yard scoring dash ranks fourth longest.
As a team, Alabama had a 90-yard touchdown drive and an 88-yard touchdown drive that rank as the first and second longest in the history of the game.
On the bad side, Bama’s 120 penalty yards ere also a game record.
Alabama had seven first-time starters against Wisconsin. They were cornerback Marlon Humphrey, nose tackle Darren Lake, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, offensive guard Ross Pierschbacher, offensive tackle Dominick Jackson, wide receiver Robert Foster, and quarterback Jacob Coker.
Other first time players included true freshmen wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive back Ronnie Harrison, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, nose tackle Daron Payne, defensive back Shawn Burgess-Becker, running back Damien Harris, offensive tackle Lester Cotton, and offensive guard Dallas Warmack. Redshirt freshmen seeing first time action were cornerback Marlon Humphrey and linebackers Christian Miller and Keith Holcombe. Also seeing first Bama playing time was fifth-year senior transfer from Oregon State wide receiver Richard Mullaney.
Alabama now has scored in the first half of its last 104 games, and has an 89-15 record in that streak. Bama has now scored in 184 consecutive games, the longest streak in program history.
Alabama is now 226-130-4 (.633) in 359 nationally televised games. Alabama has been nationally televised in 79 of its last 95 games, including all 14 games in 2014.
Under Nick Saban, Alabama has played in six consecutive season-opening games in domed stadiums and is 6-0 in those games.
It has been a long time getting even with the Badgers. Wisconsin took a 15-0 win over Bama in Madison in 1928. The Tide is now 25-13 in all-time games against current members of the Big Ten.
Alabama had a 14-7 lead at halftime Saturday night. Alabama is 85-6 under Saban when leading at the half.
Alabama held Wisconsin to 268 yards of total offense. In Saban’s 109-game tenue at Alabama, opponents have been held under 300 yards of total offense 67 times.
Attendance for the game was somewhat disappointing, 64,279. Crimson Tide fans dominated the scene.
Officials for the game were from the Big 12 Conference.