Week 10 Football notes

Alabama is 11-2 (.846) in its last 13 games...In addition, UA has won six of its last seven SEC games...QB Tyler Watts is 67 passing yards shy of 3,000 career passing yards...Alabama is 12-for-13 (.923) in the red zone in its last three games, scoring 62 points in those 13 opportunities...

  • Opponents are just 3-of-9 (.333) in Bama's red zone, scoring 22 points in the last three games...
  • UA leads the SEC in sacks (31) and TFLs (80) this year...
  • Bama also leads the SEC in interception return yards (228) and fumble return yards (75) through nine games...
  • DE Antwan Odom is second in the SEC with six sacks...
  • UA is 39-5 (.886) in its last 44 games with MSU...
  • State has more wins at Bryant-Denny (7) than any other opponent in stadium history...
  • MSU has won four of the last six meetings with Alabama, dating back to 1996.

Tide Road Record

Following the 30-8 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 2, Alabama has compiled a 221-112-12 (.658) all-time record in 345 road games. Under Coach Fran, Alabama is 5-3 (.625) in road games, winning at Vanderbilt and Auburn last year and at Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 2002. The Crimson Tide is 3-1 on the road this season, dropping a 37-27 decision at No. 2 Oklahoma on Sept. 7 and then picking up wins at Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

Fran After 20 Games

Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione has compiled a 13-7 (.650) record through his first 20 games, making him one of the school's winningest coaches at that point in his UA career.
  • In terms of total wins, Coach Fran is the school's fourth winningest coach after 20 games with his 13-7 ledger. Since 1923, only Frank Thomas, Wallace Wade and Gene Stallings had more wins than Coach Fran after 20 career games at Alabama.
  • In terms of winning percentage, Coach Fran's 20-game mark (13-7, .650) ranks fifth all-time at Alabama, trailing Thomas, Wade, Bryant and Stallings since the 1923 season.
  • Coach Fran was 5-5 (.500) following his first 10 games as head coach of the Crimson Tide. He then won eight of his next 10 games, which is the second most wins in Alabama history for a head coach between games 11 through 20 of his UA coaching career. Only Wallace Wade had a better record than Coach Fran from games 11 through 20, posting a 9-1 mark during the 1924-25 seasons. In addition to Coach Fran, Stallings and Thomas also posted 8-2 records at Alabama.

All-Time Bama Coaching Wins After 20 Games

Frank Thomas 17-3 (.850)
Wallace Wade 16-3-1 (.825)
Gene Stallings 14-6 (.700)
Dennis Franchione 13-7 (.650)
Bill Curry 13-7 (.650)
Paul Bryant 12-5-3 (.675)
Red Drew 12-7-1 (.625)
Ray Perkins 11-9 (.550)
Mike DuBose 10-10 (.500)
J.B. Whitworth 2-18-1 (.125)

November Record

Alabama has compiled a 245-112-14 (.678) all-time record in the month of November. The Crimson Tide entered the 2002 season riding a three-game winning streak in the month of November, posting wins over Miss. State, Auburn and Southern Miss last season.

East and West

Since the SEC split into two divisions prior to the 1992 season, Alabama has compiled a 58-30-1 (.657) record in regular-season conference games. Factor in the Tide's four appearances in the SEC Championship game and UA's record is 60-32-1 (.651), after splitting four championship game tilts with Florida.

Alabama has compiled a 35-17 (.673) record against SEC Western Division teams.

SEC WESTERN DIVISION RECORD (Since 1992)
vs. Auburn 7-4
vs. Arkansas 6-4
vs. LSU 6-4
vs. Ole Miss 10-1
vs. Miss. State 6-4
*Alabama has compiled a 25-15-1 (.622) record against SEC Eastern Division teams.

SEC EASTERN DIVISION RECORD (Since 1992)
vs. Florida 3-3
vs. Georgia 2-1
vs. Kentucky 1-1
vs. USC 3-1
vs. Tennessee 3-7-1
vs. Vanderbilt 11-0

Tale of Two Seasons

Alabama opened the Dennis Franchione era by losing five of its first eight games. Since then, Alabama has posted an 11-2 record in its last 13 games, dating back to Nov. 10, 2001. The Crimson Tide's current streak began with a 24-17 come-from-behind win over Miss. State last year at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Comparing the stats

Offense         1st 8 Gms   Last 13 Gms

Record           3-5         11-2
Points Per Game  27.6        27.9
Rushing Yds      214.1       207.2
Rushing TDs      13          28
Passing Yds      191.1       171.8
Passing TDs      11          12
Total Yards      405.2       379.0
Time of Poss.    30:15       32:46
Turnovers        10          20

Defense             1st 8 Gms   Last 13 Gms

Points Per Game      22.5        14.7
Rushing Yds Allowed  124.1       68.6
Rushing TDs Allowed  14          11
Passing Yds Allowed  265.1       170.1
Passing TDs Allowed  9           10
Total Yds Allowed    389.2       238.7
Total TDs Allowed    23          21
Punting Average      38.8        40.0
Turnovers Forced     14          28
  • The Crimson Tide defense has improved in every statistical category, including rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and total offense.
  • UA has cut its average points per game from 22.5 ppg to 14.7 ppg, a decrease of 7.8 points per game, in its last 13 games under Coach Fran.
  • In Coach Fran's first eight games, the Alabama defense allowed 124.1 rushing yards. Since then, UA has allowed only 68.6 yards per game, an improvement of 55.5 yards per game.
  • The passing stats are also improved, dropping off 95 yards per game from 265.1 to 170.1 passing yards.
  • In terms of total defense, Alabama has improved by 150.5 yards per game. In its first eight games, Alabama allowed 389.2 yards compared to 238.7 yards per game in the 13 previous games.
  • In addition, the Crimson Tide defense has forced twice as many turnovers in its last 13 regular season games (28) compared to its first eight games (14) under Coach Fran.
  • The offensive numbers are fairly close over the course of the last 13 games compared to Fran's first eight games.
  • The most noticeable difference comes in the form of rushing touchdowns. In the first eight games under Fran, UA managed only 13 rushing TDs, compared to 28 rushing TDs in its last 13 games.

Improvement on Both Sides of the Ball

It is not easy to make marked offensive improvements, but the Tide offense is pretty much on track with where it was at this time last year. Currently, Alabama is averaging 407.3 yards per game, compared to 404.8 a year ago. But more importantly, Alabama's record is 7-2 at this juncture, compared with a 4-5 mark a year ago. On defense, the Crimson Tide has made its greatest improvement, allowing 129.9 fewer yards per game than this time last year. Through 9 games, the Crimson Tide defense has allowed just 249.4 yards per game compared to 379.3 yards per game last year.

Comparing the stats (Through 9 Games)

Offense          2001     2002

Record           4-5      7-2
Points Per Game  27.2     31.1
Rushing Yds      215.7    212.9
Rushing TDs      15       22
Passing Yds      189.1    194.4
Passing TDs      12       7
Total Yards      404.8    407.3
Time of Poss.    30:16    33:27

Defense              2001     2002

Points Per Game      21.9     17.0
Rushing Yds Allowed  123.3    76.3
Passing Yds Allowed  256.0    173.1
Total Yds Allowed    379.3    249.4
Sacks By             20       31
Punting Average      38.6     35.4

Defensive Notebook

  • Alabama has forced eight turnovers in its last two games and is +6 in giveaway/takeaways in wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
  • For the season, Alabama is +8 in turnover margin, third in the SEC.
  • The Alabama defense has allowed only two touchdowns in its last 11 quarters.
  • Alabama has held the opposition to eight points or less in four of nine games this season.
  • Alabama leads the SEC with 31 sacks this season.
  • Alabama's 223 yards lost on sacks also paces the SEC.
  • The Crimson Tide also leads the SEC with 80 tackles for loss this season.
  • In addition, Alabama leads the SEC in yards lost (-340) on those 80 TFLs.
  • Alabama is second in the SEC this season with12 fumbles recovered.
  • UA also leads the SEC with 75 fumble return yards through nine games.
  • Bama is fourth in the league with 12 interceptions.
  • The Crimson Tide leads the SEC with 228 interception return yards and two TDs.
  • In all, the UA defense has scored three TDs this season.
  • Antwan Odom ranks second in the SEC with six sacks (-34).
  • Kindal Moorehead is third in the SEC (17) and Nautyn McKay-Loescher (15) is fifth in the SEC this season in QB pressures.
  • Gerald Dixon is third in the SEC with 10 PBUs this year.

Bama Leads SEC in Run Defense

For the third straight week, Alabama held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards when holding Vanderbilt to just 46 yards rushing. On Oct. 26, Alabama held Tennessee to 59 rushing yards. It was the lowest rushing total by the Volunteers against the Crimson Tide since the 1987 season when UT managed only 51 rushing yards in a 47-30 loss at Legion Field. One week prior to the Tennessee game, Alabama held Ole Miss (Oct. 19) to four rushing yards (28 attempts), marking the second-lowest rushing total of the season by an Alabama opponent. Earlier this season (Sept. 7), UA held No. 2 Oklahoma to minus 23 rushing yards at Norman on Sept. 7.
  • Following its performance against Vanderbilt, Alabama continues to lead the SEC and ranks 5th nationally, allowing just 76.3 rushing yards per game through 9 games.
  • Alabama has held the opposition to zero rushing yards or less in 11 quarters this season, including six of its last 12 quarters.
  • In addition, Alabama has held the opposition to less than 10 rushing yards in 14 quarters this season.
  • In the two games prior to Ole Miss, Alabama allowed 332 rushing yards to Arkansas (171) and Georgia (162), an average of 166.5 yards per game.
  • Prior to the Arkansas game (Sept. 28), Alabama held three straight opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. In those three games, the Crimson Tide allowed only 72 total rushing yards against Oklahoma (-23 yards), North Texas (50 yards) and Southern Miss (35 yards).
  • The four rushing yards by Ole Miss was the fewest by the Rebels since recording one rushing yard against Georgia in 1983.
  • The Vanderbilt game marked the 10th time under coach Dennis Franchione that the Crimson Tide defense has held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards. UA held four opponents under 100 yards last season and six opponents this season.

Defense Forcing Turnovers

The Alabama defense has forced 23 turnovers in nine games this season, an average of 2.6 per game. Alabama has forced eight turnovers in its last two games, the best two-game stretch under Coach Fran. Alabama forced six turnovers in its 34-14 win over Tennessee (Oct. 26) and added two more against Vanderbilt (Nov. 2).
  • In wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt, Alabama has four interceptions and four fumbles recovered.
  • The Crimson Tide has scored 30 points off those turnovers in its last two games, including a season-high 24 points in the win at UT.
  • Alabama has converted its last five turnovers into points in wins over Tennessee and Vandy, resulting in 23 total points.
  • Dating back to the 2001 season, Alabama has forced at least one turnover in 14 consecutive games. In those 14 games, Alabama has forced 32 turnovers, an average of 2.3 per game. The last time the Alabama defense did not force a turnover came in a 35-24 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 21, 2001 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Alabama and Tennessee combined for eight turnovers this season, including seven in the first half. Last year, neither Alabama nor Tennessee committed a turnover in Tuscaloosa.
  • The Alabama defense has 11 interceptions this season (228 return yards, 2 TDs), after forcing only six interceptions in 11 regular season games last year.
  • Alabama's 228 return yards are the most since the 1999 (19 INTs) season when the Crimson Tide had 300 interception return yards. The school record is 402 yards set during the 1991 season.
  • Alabama has also recovered 12 fumbles in nine games this season (75 return yards, 1 TD). The Crimson Tide recovered only 13 fumbles in 11 games last year.

Sack Attack

The Crimson Tide had three sacks at Vanderbilt, increasing its SEC lead to 31 sacks after nine games this season. Alabama did not have a sack in its season opening win over Middle Tennessee, but has averaged a league-best four sacks per game since.

Tide Almost Gets Shutout

Alabama held Vanderbilt scoreless until the final 5:43 of the the game when Dan Stricker caught a 10-yard pass from Jay Cutler. Prior to that TD pass, Vanderbilt had managed minus seven yards on two possessions to start the fourth quarter.
  • The Crimson Tide has not recorded a shutout since a 20-0 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 11, 1997.
  • Alabama has not recorded a shutout in a school-record 66 games, dating back to the 1997 season.
  • The previous longest streak was Dec. 2, 1967 through Sept. 8, 1971, a span of 38 games. Alabama shutout South Carolina (17-0) on Nov. 18, 1967 and did not record another shutout until a 38-0 win at Florida (Sept. 15, 1971).
  • The 66-game streak without a shutout is the second-longest active streak in the SEC. Kentucky has the longest streak at 75 games. The Wildcats last shutout was a 3-0 win over Indiana on Sept. 21, 1996.
  • Since 1992, Alabama has posted eight shutouts, the fourth-highest total in the SEC. Florida leads the way with 10, followed by Auburn and LSU with nine each.
  • Alabama has only one shutout since the conclusion of the 1996 season.
  • In addition, Alabama has not recorded a shutout at Bryant-Denny Stadium since a 37-0 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 19, 1996, a span of 27 games.
  • The 27-game streak is the longest between shutouts in school history. The previous long was 20 games from Oct. 12, 1968 through Oct. 12, 1974. The Crimson Tide shutout South Carolina (17-0) in the final home game of the 1967 season and not post another shutout in Tuscaloosa until a 335-0 win over Miss. State on Nov. 2, 1974.

Next Week

Alabama will play its third road game in four weeks when it travels to Baton Rouge for a Nov. 16 date with the LSU Fighting Tigers. Alabama and LSU enter this weekend with the best two records in the SEC Western Division. The game time for the Alabama-LSU game will not be announced until Sunday, Nov. 10 when the networks chose their slate of games for broadcast on Nov. 16. LSU (6-2, 3-1 SEC) is on the road this weekend, facing Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

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