Alabama Under Nick Saban Gets It Done

Alabama seems to build on its history and tradition with almost every outing under Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban. With Bama’s 38-10 win over Georgia in Athens on Saturday, the Alabama record under Saban against nationally ranked teams lis now 34-13, and against top 10 teams 18-7. Here are notes from the Tide's win over the Bulldogs.

Alabama now has a record of 38-25-4 all-time against Georgia, including a 15-10 advantage in games played in Athens. The 38 points scored by the Tide Saturday is the second-highest scoring total for the Crimson Tide in the 67-game series with the Bulldogs, exceeded onloy by the 41 points scored by Alabama in its previous most recent visit when Bama spoiled the blackout, 41-30.

The Bulldogs were ranked seventh going into the game, and the Tide’s 28 point margin was the largest every by a Bama team against a top 10 team at an opposing site. It is the second-largest victory margin ever against a top 10 team, ranking only behi,nd the 42-point defeat (49-7) of Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl at the end of the 2010 season. The previous largest winning margin for the Tide against an SEC top 10 opponent was also 28 points, 31-3 over Florida in Tuscaloosa in 2005.

Saban is now 29-6 in true road games at Alabama. He has been unbeaten in road games in four Bama seasons – 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. He is 8-1 in SEC road openers as he has begun his ninth season as head coach of the Tide.

At Alabama, Saban is now 58-13 against SEC teams and have outscored the conference opponents by 2,890 to 1,099 in those games. That averages out to a score of 40.7 to 15.5.

Alabama had a 24-3 lead at halftime in Athens. When Bama leads at the half under Saban, the Tide has a record of 88-6. Alabama has led at intermission in 4-5 games this year and won all the ones in which it led, and lost to the one it trailed – Ole Miss.

Alabama extended its national best mark of having scored in the first half of 108 consecutive games. Bama also extended its school record of scoring in 188 consecutive games.

Alabama scored a season-high 38 points in Saturday’s game.

With his 30-yard sprint to the end zone in the second quarter against Georgia, Derrick Henry has now recorded at least one touchdown in each of his last 10 games. That streak ties former Alabama quarterback Terry Davis, who did it over a 10-game period from late 1971 through mid-1972.

Henry had a career best 148 yards rushing against Georgia, the eighth time in his career and third time this season he has rushed for 100 or more yards. He had a career high 26 rushing attempts. He had 147 yards rushing earlier this year against Wisconsin.

Freshman wide receiver set his career high for receiving yards as he cracked the century markj with 120 yards on five catches.

Freshman tailback Bo Scarbrough, who had been suspended for the first four games of the year for an NCAA issue, was dressed out for trhe game and had his first Crimson Tide action with the last two rushes of the game for a total of 5 yards.

Snapper Cole Mazza, who had missed two games with what was described as a medical issue, returned to the Tide Saturday, and handled the deep snapping.

Alabama captains were center Ryan Kelly, linebacker Reggie Ragland, and tailback Derrick Henry.

An interesting aspect of Georgia’s pre-game video board was showing key plays of some Bulldogs wins over Alabama. The replay of Georgia’s 1965 flea-flicker was not shown from the start, however, as it would have revealed the middle man having his knees on the ground before making the lateral. Southeastern Conference officials missed it.

Georgia’s women’s basketball coach was introduced to the crowd and Joni Taylor acknowledged the cheers of the Bulldogs’ fans. And then she blew kisses to the Alabama section. As a star player for the Crimson Tide she was Joni Crenshaw.


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