Tide-State Notes

Although it is only about 90 miles between Tuscaloosa and Starkville, the distance between the Alabama and Mississippi State football programs is gigantic. Alabama's 17-0 win over the Bulldogs in Starkville Saturday increased Bama's lead in the series. The Crimson Tide has now won 72 games, while Mississippi State has won 15 and three have been tied.

Alabama has started the season 9-0, the first time since 1994 Bama has opened with nine consecutive victories. This is the 17th time in Alabama history Bama has opened the season with nine consecutive wins.

Alabama has played 90 games against Mississippi State, more than against any other opponent.

Alabama has now posted five consecutive wins over Mississippi State.

The two teams have now played 57 consecutive seasons.

Alabama had its first shutout of the season and second in a row in Starkville. The Tide was a 38-0 winner over the Dogs in 2003.

Mississippi State did not go over the 100-yard mark in total defense until the final minute of the game. For the game the Bulldogs had eight first downs, the fewest since 2002 when Southern Miss also had eight; State had 26 yards rushing, the least since Southern Miss had 17 in 2003; and the Dogs had 77 yards passing, the least since LSU had 65 passing yards in 2002.

Bama has not allowed a touchdown in over 15 quarters, dating back to the first quarter of the Ole Miss game on October 15. Bama came into the game ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 9.2 points per game. Virginia Tech, playing Miami later, led the nation with 9.1 points per game. The shutout improved Alabama to allowing only 8.2 points per game (74 points in nine games).

Kenneth Darby rushed 21 times for 122 yards, his fifth 100-yard game this year and ninth of his career. Last year he rushed for 1,061 yards. He needs 32 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark again this season.

Alabama reverted to one deep on punt returns...Brandon Brooks. Later he was joined by Simeon Castille in a two-deep secondary.

Back-up fullback Tim Castille was on trip after having missed much practice work with a sprained ankle, but when starting fullback LéRon McClain went out with a shouolder injury, walk-on Will Denniston took over at fullback.

Alabama played only 58 men in the game.

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