Bama/MSU game notes, courtesy SEC office

The two teams have met every year since 1948. Alabama leads the series since then, 44-8-1. MSU coach Jackie Sherrill is a 1966 graduate of Alabama. He is 5-7 coaching against his alma mater (5-5 while at MSU; 0-2 at Texas A&M).

• MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS at ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE •

11:30 a.m. (C) • JP Sports • Bryant-Denny Stadium (83,818) • Tuscaloosa

MISSISSIPPI STATE Individual Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Sr. TB Dicenzo Miller [75 for 351 yards; 4.68 avg.; 1 TD]
  • Passing Efficiency: Sr. QB Wayne Madkin [91-177-6; 51.4 pct.; 1,004 yards; 5 TDs; 101.6 rating]
  • Receptions: Jr. SE Terrell Grindle [23 for 241 yards; 10.48 avg.; 0 TD]
  • Scoring: So. FL Justin Jenkins [4 TDs; 1 2pt-PAT; 26 points]
  • Tackles: Sr. LDS Pig Prather [53 (44-9); 3 TFL (-14); 2 Sacks (-11)]

ALABAMA Individual Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jr. TB Ahmaad Galloway [126 for 557 yards; 4.4 avg.; 4 TDs] (7) [74]
  • Passing Efficiency: Jr. QB Tyler Watts [93-167-3; 55.7 pct.; 1,309 yards; 10 TDs; 137.7 rating] (7) [26]
  • Receptions: Sr. FL Freddie Milons [27 for 473 yards; 17.52 avg.; 2 TDs]
  • Scoring: Sr. PK Neal Thomas [0 TD; 24-24 PATs; 13-16 FGs; 63 points] (3) [34]
  • Tackles: Jr. MLB Saleem Rasheed [82 (53-29); 7 TFL (-26); 2 Sacks (-15)]

Series Record: UA leads, 66-16-3 • Last game: MSU, 29-7 (11/11/2000 at Starkville)

MSU/ALABAMA Series Notes:

  • Teams have split last two meetings in Tuscaloosa
  • State has won three of the last four meetings
  • Alabama won, 19-7, in 1999 at Tuscaloosa
  • In State's 29-7 win last season, Dontae Walker (117 yards) and Dicenzo Miller (104) each rushed for more than 100 yards and Wayne Madkin completed 18-of-27 passes for 262 yards
  • Alabama had won 15 straight on-field meetings until State's 17-16 win in 1996 at Starkville.

TEAM CAPSULE ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

  • Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg St., ‘73)
  • Overall Record: 141-70-2 (.667)/19th season
  • Record at Alabama: 3-5 (.375)/1st season
  • Offensive Coordinator: Les Koenning, Jr.
  • Defensive Coordinator: Carl Torbush
  • Stadium: Bryant-Denny (83,818) – Tuscaloosa, Legion Field (83,091) - Birmingham
  • 2001 Record: 3-5 (2-3 H, 1-2 A)
  • 2001 Home Attendance: 412,418 (82,484)
  • Internet Web Site: www.rolltide.com

ALABAMA NOTES

  • Tyler Watts rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown against LSU
  • Watts now has 556 rushing yards this season, which is fifth among all Division I-A quarterbacks
  • DE Kindal Moorehead did not play against LSU due to a sprained knee
  • Freshman Todd Bates and Soph. Nautyn McKay-Loescher started at the defensive end positions for the Tide against LSU
  • Freddie Milons caught five passes for 91 yards against the Tigers, giving him 143 career catches for 1,706 yards
  • Milons leads all active SEC players in career receptions.

TEAM CAPSULE MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS

  • Head Coach: Jackie Sherrill (Alabama, ‘66)
  • Overall Record: 174-98-4 (.634) / 24th season
  • Record at MSU: 69-53-2 (.565) / 11th season
  • Offensive Coordinator: Sparky Woods
  • Defensive Coordinator: Joe Lee Dunn
  • Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (45,286)
  • 2001 Record: 2-5 (2-3 H, 0-2 A)
  • 2001 Home Attendance: 202,188 (40,438)
  • Internet Web Site: www.mstateathletics.com

MISSISSIPPI STATE NOTES

  • MSU's 429 yards of total offense against Kentucky was the most by the Bulldogs this season State's defense has recorded an interception in 37 of its last 44 games played
  • MSU has posted two-or-more pickoffs in 19 of those 37 contests
  • State's defense has now held 10 of its last 20 opponents to under 100 yards rushing
  • The Wildcats had just two yards rushing on 17 carries against State
  • The longest run from scrimmage for Kentucky was just six yards
  • With 131 yards rushing against Kentucky, TB Dicenzo Miller has 1,884 career rushing yards, which is eighth in school-history.

MSU TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUP (as of Nov 4), Offense (Multiple I)

  • SE - 15 Terrell Grindle (5-10, 191, Jr.)
  • TE - 84 Donald Lee (6-4, 248, Jr.)
  • LT - 76 Derrick Thompson (6-6, 294, So.)
  • LG - 74 Courtney Lee (6-4, 327, Sr.)
  • C - 66 Tommy Watson (6-4, 292, Sr.)
  • RG - 73 Donald Tucker (6-4, 332, So.)
  • RT - 77 Kenric Fairchild (6-4, 318, Sr.)
  • FL - 8 Justin Jenkins (6-1, 214, So.)
  • QB - 9 Wayne Madkin (6-4, 227, Sr.)
  • TB - 12 Dicenzo Miller (5-10, 213, Sr.)
  • FB - 33 Darnell Jones (5-11, 247, Fr.)

Defense (5-2)

  • LE - 98 Mario Haggan (6-3, 253, Jr.)
  • LT - 99 Dorsett Davis (6-6, 303, Sr.)
  • NG - 92 Kahlil Nash (6-4, 281, Jr.)
  • RT - 55 Tommy Kelly (6-6, 306, So.)
  • RE - 90 Conner Stephens (6-4, 260, Sr.)
  • LB - 40 Jason Clark (6-1, 236, So.)
  • LDS - 29 Pig Prather (6-2, 186, Sr.)
  • RDS - 6 Shawn Byrdsong (5-9, 186, Sr.)
  • LC - 24 Demetric Wright (5-10, 170, Jr.)
  • FS - 47 Josh Morgan (6-1, 194, Jr.)
  • RC - 2 Korey Banks (5-11, 175, Jr.)

Specialists

  • PK - 42 John Marlin (5-8, 155, So.)
  • P - 43 Jared Cook (5-10, 175, Fr.)

• NOVEMBER 10 SEC SCHEDULE •

  • MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-5) at ALABAMA (3-5) 11:30 a.m. (C) Tuscaloosa, Ala. • JP Sports • Bryant-Denny Stadium (83,818) Series: UA leads, 66-16-3 • Last: MSU, 29-7 (11/11/2000 at Starkville)
  • CENTRAL FLORIDA (5-4) at ARKANSAS (5-3) 1:00 p.m. (C) Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) Series: First Meeting
  • KENTUCKY (1-7) at VANDERBILT (2-6) 1:00 p.m. (C) Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (41,600) Series: VU leads, 36-33-4 • Last: VU, 24-20 (11/11/2000 at Lexington)
  • MEMPHIS (4-3) at TENNESSEE (6-1) 2:00 p.m. (E) Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (104,079) Series: UT leads, 17-1 • Last: UT, 19-17 (11/4/2000 at Memphis)
  • AUBURN (6-2) at GEORGIA (5-2) 3:30 p.m. (E) Athens, Ga. • CBS Sports • Sanford Stadium (86,520) Series: AU leads, 50-46-8 • Last: AU, 29-26 (ot) (11/11/2000 at Auburn)
  • MIDDLE TENNESSEE (7-2) at LSU (5-3) 7:00 p.m. (C) Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (91,600) Series: First Meeting
  • FLORIDA (7-1) at SOUTH CAROLINA (7-2) 7:45 p.m. (E) Columbia, S.C. • ESPN • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) Series: UF leads, 15-3-3 • Last: UF, 41-21 (11/11/2000 at Gainesville)
  • OPEN: Ole Miss (6-2)

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