Alabama's 24-17 come-from-behind win over Miss. State snaps the Crimson Tide's three-game losing streak dating back to its 56-7 win over UTEP on Oct. 6, 2001 at Legion Field, a span of 35 days. Alabama now leads the all-time series with Miss. State, 67-16-3.
The Mississippi State Game (Nov. 10, 2001), POST-GAME NOTES
The Crimson Tide has won the last two meetings with the Bulldogs here in Tuscaloosa.
Senior quarterback Andrew Zow set the Alabama career record for most offensive plays this afternoon against Miss. State. Zow now has 955 career plays (804 pass attempts, 151 rushing attempts). The previous record was 950 career plays held by Jay Barker (706 pass attempts, 243 rushing attempts) from 1991-94.
Zow completed 12 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown in the win over MSU. Zow entered the game for the injured Tyler Watts in the first quarter and directed the Crimson Tide to all 24 points. After falling behind 17-10, Zow led Alabama to two fourth quarter touchdowns, including a game-tying nine-yard pass to fullback Donnie Lowe.
For his career, Zow has completed 430 of 804 pass attempts for 5,672 career yards. He needs only 18 yards to break the all-time Alabama passing record for career yards held by Jay Barker (1991-94). Barker completed 402 of 706 pass attempts for 5,689 career yards.
Zow's nine-yard TD pass to Lowe was his 31st career touchdown pass, moving pass Jeff Rutledge (1975-78) and Freddie Kitchens (1993-97) into sole possession of second place all time. Mike Shula (1983-86) is the UA career record holder with 35 TD passes
Junior quarterback Tyler Watts suffered an injury (groin pull) in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Watts ran only 10 snaps with the UA offense before the injury. He finished the game with eight rushing yards and completed one of five passes for 16 yards.
Alabama played three quarterbacks in today's game, including senior Jonathan Richey, who ran three plays on the MSU goal line before a second quarter field that gave UA a 10-0 lead.
The Crimson Tide posted its longest scoring drive of the season, in terms of yardage, in today's game against Miss. State. Alabama moved 12 plays and 91 yards before Neal Thomas booted a 20-yard field goal to give the Crimson Tide a 10-0 lead. The drive consumed 5:28 off the clock.
Senior free safety Reggie Myles (Pascagoula, Miss.) recorded his ninth career interception today against Miss. State. Myles six-yard return gives him 205 career return yards and makes him the fifth player in school history to amass 200 or more career yards in interception returns. Steve Higginbotham (1969-71) is fourth all-time with 227 career yards, while Bobby Luna (1951-54) is the career record holder with 257 interception return yards.
Sophomore tailback Santonio Beard had 15 rushing attempts for 95 yards and two touchdowns against Miss. State. Beard scored the first TD of his Alabama career with a six-yard run in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, he provided Alabama with the winning points on a 14-yard run. Beard's 15 rushing attempts and two touchdown runs are both career highs.
Junior tailback Ahmaad Galloway had 10 rushing attempts for 71 yards, his best game in more than a month.
Alabama's two tailbacks combined for 166 yards rushing and two touchdowns in today's win over Miss. State.
Josh Smith, a walk-on, redshirt freshman from Mountain Brook, Alabama, made his Alabama debut today against the Bulldogs. Smith played on special teams and recorded his first career tackle. During practice, the hard-working Smith is the Crimson Tide's scout team tailback.
Alabama's 22 seniors played the final game of their career today at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide travels to Auburn next week and closes out the regular season against Southern Miss on Nov. 29 at Legion Field.
Playing their final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium today were Adam Cox, David Daniel, Jeremy Drummond, Victor Ellis, Darius Gilbert, Alan Hollie, Patrick Hollingsworth, Michael James, Terry Jones, Jr., Jason McAddley, Carl McInnish, Freddie Milons, Aries Monroe, Stephen Moore, Reggie Myles, Shontua Ray, Jonathan Richey, Rob Saucier, Patrick Tate, Neal Thomas, Shaun Williams and Andrew Zow.
MISSISSIPPI STATE POSTGAME NOTES
With today's loss, Mississippi State is assured of enduring its first losing season since 1996, when State went 5-6...State's four-
straight winning seasons from 1997-2000 were the most consecutive winning campaigns by MSU since 1952-55 when the Bulldogs
also had four-straight winning ledgers.
The Bulldogs are 57-15-1 (.788) under Jackie Sherrill when outrushing their opponent, and now 12-39-1 (.240) when not.
MSU is 38-8 (.826) under Jackie Sherrill when scoring 25 or more points, 22-3 (.880) since 1996...The Dogs are just 31-46-2 (.405) during that same span when they haven't posted 25 or more points.
Since 1994, MSU is now 32-6 (.842) when recording more takeaways than its opponent (2-1 today)...The 'Dogs are 8-22 (.267) during the same span when posting fewer takeways.
Over the last four seasons (1997-01, 55 games), MSU is now 28-9 (.757) when rushing for 100-plus yards...Conversely, the Dogs are 7-12 (.368) when failing to run for 100 yards.
With 69 all-purpose yards today (26 rushing, 43 receiving), senior TB Dicenzo Miller moved into the top 10 on State's career list in that category...His 2,870 career all-purpose yards move him past Michael Davis (2,808; 1991-94), Glen Young (2,823, 1979-82) and Eric Moulds (2,841; 1993-95) into eighth place all-time for MSU.
Miller's touchdown reception in the second quarter was the sixth receiving TD of his career.
With his 101 yards rushing today, TB Dontae Walker moved into 13th place on MSU's career rushing chart with 1,610 total yards...Today's effort also marked the seventh 100-yard game of Walker's career, the first this season.
QB Kevin Fant was 17-of-29 for 175 yards and two touchdowns passing today...All of those numbers are new career highs for him.
DOG Pig Prather's 50-yard kickoff return in the second quarter was the second-longest of his career (55-yarder vs. Kentucky in 1998) and the longest by an MSU player since TB Dontae Walker returned a kickoff 51 yards against Kentucky last season.
LB Kamau Jackson's fumble recovery in the second quarter was the first of his career.
SE Harold Lindsey's fumble recovery in the second quarter was the first of his career.
FL Justin Jenkins' five pass receptions in the game were a career high.