Stuart McNair

Notes From Alabama’s 31-3 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga

Alabama leads major college teams with 23rd consecutive victory

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts had 16 rushes for 68 net yards in the Crimson Tide’s 31-3 win over the Chattanooga Moccasins in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. The freshman quarterback now has 803 rushing yards this season, the most by an Alabama quarterback. He surpassed Steadman Shealy, who rushed for 791 yards in the Tide’s 1979 national championship season.

Hurts also threw for three touchdowns against UTC to move him into third place on the all-time Alabama list for single season touchdown responsibility. Hurts now has 19 touch to move him into third place on the all-time Alabama list for single season touchdown responsibility. Hurts now has 19 touchdown passes to go with his 11 TDs on the ground for a total of 30. AJ McCarron has second place with his 31 in 2012 on 30 passes and one rush. Blake Sims (2014) is the all-time leader with 35 (28 passing, 7 rushing).

Hurts had 204 yards in total offense against the Mocs (136 passing/68 rushing) for 2m971 total yards, the sixth-highest mark in Tide history. Greg McElroy is fifth at 2,975 yards. Blake Sims has the record at 3,857.

Here are notes from Alabama’s win over Chattanooga:

Alabama owns the longest winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision, having won 23 consecutive games dating back to last season (a loss on Sept. 19, 2015, vs. Ole Miss). The 23-game streak is the third-longest in school history (28 games twice: 1991-93 & 1978-80) and is the longest under the direction of Coach Nick Saban (previous long: 19 games in 2009-10). During this stretch, the Crimson Tide has won 11 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, eight straight road matchups, and four consecutive neutral-site contests while going 15-0 against teams from the Southeastern Conference. Alabama has outscored its opponents by 550 points (860-282; 37.4-12.3), an average of 25.1 points per game, during the streak.

Alabama has played 70 games as the nation’s top-ranked team since the inception of the Associated Press poll in 1936. In those games the Crimson Tide boasts a 60-10 (.857) record. Those numbers get even more impressive when you look at the 10 seasons under the direction of Saban (2007-present). Since the ninth game of the 2008 season (112 games), Alabama has played 46 games while being ranked No. 1, posting a 41-5 (.891) record during that span.

The 46 games coaching a No. 1 team ties Saban with Woody Hayes of Ohio State for the most at one school. Hayes had a 40-6 record. Bobby Bowden of Florida State had a 40-5 record coaching the No. 1 team while at Florida State.

Saban is now 62-7 (89.9 per cent) in his Alab ama career when coaching in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bama has won 33 of its last 35 in Tuscaloosa under Saban.

Alabama has defeated 65 consecutive unranked teams under Saban. The last loss to an unranked team came against Auburn to close out the 2007 season. The current streak began with a win over Colorado on Dec. 30, 2007, in the Independence Bowl. Under Saban, Alabama holds a 69-3 (65-3 mark against unranked opponents, including a perfect mark in matchups with unranked teams since 2008.

The Alabama defense has not surrendered a touchdown in the last 207 minutes and 54 seconds of game action, dating back to the third quarter of the Texas A&M game (October 22) when the Aggies’ Christian Kirk caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Crimson Tide blanked the Aggies over the final 27:54 of that game and then shut out No. 15 LSU, 10-0, in Baton Rouge the following week. The Tide then limited Mississippi State to a field goal on Nov. 12 in a 51-3 victory and defeated Chattanooga 31-3 Saturday. Alabama ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring defense, surrendering 12.2 points per game, entering the UTC game.

Alabama’s 31-3 win over Chattanooga marked the 65th time the Tide has held an opponent to 10 points or fewer under Saban since the start of the 2007 season and the eighth time in 2016.

Alabama limited Chattanooga to 70 yards on the ground, and has surrendered 758 yards rushing through 11 games this season. Alabama led the nation in rushing defense coming into the Chattanooga contest.

Since the start of the 2009 season, no defense has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s defense has surrendered only 154 touchdowns over the last 105 games.

The Tide improved its all-time record against Chattanooga to 13-0.

Alabama extended its scoring streak to a school record 209 consecutive games.

Honorary Alabama captains were former defensive lineman Jon Hand and former center Wes Neighbors.

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Captains for the Tide were offensive lineman Korren Kirven, linebacker Ryan Anderson, and tight end O.J. Howard.


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