Alabama used former Star (or nickel) back) Minkah Fitzpatrick in the safety position for Eddie Jackson, who has been lost for the year with a broken leg. Fitzpatrick responded with an interception when Bama had only a one-touchdown lead against LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday.
The Star position was filled by Hootie Jones.
Jackson’s spot as punt return man was taken by Trevon Diggs.
Here are notes from Alabama’s 10-0 win over LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday night.
Alabama improved its all-time record against LSU to 51-26-5 as the Crimson Tide earned its sixth straight victory over the Tigers.
It was Alabama’s 21st consecutive victory, dating back to last year’s national championship season, and is the longest winning streak in major college football.
The 21-game streak is the fourth longest in school history (the record is 28 games, accomplished twice: 1991-93 and 1978-80) and is the longest under the direction of Coach Nick Saban (previous long: 19 games 2009-10). During the current stretch the Crimson Tide has won nine games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, eight road games and four consecutive neutral-site games while going 14-0 against teams from the SEC. During the streak, Alabama has outscored its opponents by 472 points (748-276; 35.6-13.1), an average of 22.5 points per game.
Saturday's game was Alabama's 1,241st college football game. That figure takes into account games both forfeited and vacated per NCAA rulings. Without accounting for those stipulations, the game was actually Alabama's 1,263rd football game.
It was Alabama's 590th all-time SEC game and the Tide has an official record of 392-167-20 (.694), accounting for forfeiture and vacated games. Alabama's actual, on-field record in SEC games is 403-167-20 (.700).
The Tide's actual on-field record is 902-317-44 (.731), including a mark of 81-10 (.890) this decade.
Alabama has defeated 13 consecutive ranked opponents dating back to a loss to Ole Miss in September, 2015. Alabama's all-time record against ranked opponents is 151-124-7 (.548).
Alabama's all-time record against ranked opponents at road sites is 51-47-2 (.520). The Crimson Tide has won its last eight games against ranked opponents as the visiting team. Alabama is 122-75-3 (.618) as a ranked team playing a ranked opponent.
Alabama’s 0-0 tie with LSU at halftime was the first time the Tide had been tied at intermission this year. In last year’s national championship game against Clemson, the score was tied 14-14 at the half. (Bama went on to a 45-40 win over the Tigers.)
It was also the first time Alabama has failed to score in the first half since the 2007 Alabama-Florida State game in 2007. Bama had owned the nation’s best streak at 126 games of scoring in the first half.
The Tide did extend its program-best record of scoring in a game to 207.
The Tide’s shutout of LSU on Saturday night in Baton Rouge marked Alabama’s first SEC road game shutout victory since a 52-0 win at Arkansas on Sept. 15, 2012. The shutout marked Alabama’s 16th SEC road shutout win since 1958. The shutout victory is Alabama’s 16th in the series with LSU, the first since the memorable 21-0 win in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans. The 10-0 shutout on Saturday is the first for the Tide over the Tigers in Baton Rouge since 2002, and is the Tide’s 96th overall shutout since 1958.
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Captains for Alabama were linebacker Ryan Anderson, defensive end Jonathan Allen, and offensive tackle Cam Robinson.
Video by A.P. Steadham