SEC notes: Tide-Tigers

A battle of the top two defenses in the conference ... Alabama holds a 22-6-2 lead in games played in Baton Rouge ... UA has won six of the last 10 games, but LSU has won the last two ... LSU snapped a 15 game winless streak to the Tide in Baton Rouge with their 30-28 victory in 1999 ... The home team has lost eight of the last 10 games ...

  • Record: UA leads 42-18-5 Last: LSU, 35-21 (11/3/2001 in Tuscaloosa)
  • Two teams have met every year since 1964 ...
  • Last year, Josh Reed had 19 receptions for 293 yards, both SEC records, and Rohan Davey set school passing record with 528 yards on 35 completions in LSU's 35-21 victory ...
  • The win also marked the first time since the 1969-70 seasons that the Tigers won back-to-back games in the series.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Bengal Tigers

8 p.m. (C) * Tigers Stadium (91,600) * Baton Rouge

LIVE TELEVISION: ESPN

RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Eli Gold, play-by-play; Ken Stabler, analyst; Tom Roberts, sideline reporter)
LSU Sports Network (Jim Hawthorne, play-by-play; Doug Moreau, analyst; Jordy Hultberg, sideline reporter)

Alabama (8-2, 5-1 SEC)

Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg (KS) State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 153-72-2 (.678) / 20th season
UA/Yrs: 15-7 (.682) / 2nd season

National Rankings: 10th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Pressing

KEY PLAYERS
QB Tyler Watts (6-3, 222, Sr., Pelham, Ala.)
Has completed 82 of 125 passes for 1,030 yards with 5 TDs and 3 INTs this season ... He has also rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 86 carries ... Ninth in Alabama history in career passing yards (2,933) and 7th in total offense (4,191) ... Injured against Ole Miss, and left game in the first half ... Did not play against Arkansas and Georgia (injury).

RB Santonio Beard (6-1, 216, Jr., Nashville, Tenn.)
Has rushed for 575 yards on 119 carries and has nine TDs ... Has also caught four passes for 71 yards ... 10th in the SEC in scoring with 54 points ... Rushed 13 times for 138 yards and five touchdowns against Ole Miss, tying an Alabama record ... His performance against the Rebels earned him Offensive Player of the Week.

ROV Brooks Daniels (6-2, 205, Jr., Jasper, Fla.)
Has started every game ... Leads the team in tackles with 77 (45 solo) ... Has seven tackles for loss (-21) and four sacks (-19) ... Recorded 16 tackles against Middle Tennessee State.

SS Waine Bacon (5-10, 195, Sr., Fort Washington, Md.)
Has started 22 straight games at strong safety ... Has recorded 53 tackles (24 solo) this year ... Also has two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal.

TIDE TEAM NOTES

  • Leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation in rushing defense with 79.4 yards per game ...
  • Ranks second in the SEC and third in the nation in total defense with 249.1 yards per game and rushing offense (212.9) ...
  • Is also second in pass defense efficiency with a 99.9 rating ...
  • Leads the SEC with 35.5 sacks ...
  • Lead the league in tackles for loss (85) ...
  • Alabama's defense has allowed two or less TDs in seven games this season, winning all of those games ...
  • The Tide has also allowed less than 60 rushing yards in six games, going 5-1 in those games.

LSU (7-2, 4-1 SEC)

Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 68-35-1 (.659) / 9th season
LSU/Yrs: 25-9 (.735) / 3rd season

National Rankings: 12th - ESPN/USA Today; 14th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3

KEY PLAYERS
RB Dominick Davis (5-10, 211, Sr., Breaux Bridge, La.)
Currently third in LSU history and sixth in SEC history in all-purpose yards (5,103) ... Has rushed for 645 yards and six touchdowns on 140 carries ... Is second in the SEC and is tenth in the NCAA with 1,480 all-purpose yards.

WR Michael Clayton (6-4, 185, So., Baton Rouge, La.)
Has played in 21 straight games and has started the last eight ... Has caught 35 passes for 482 yards four touchdowns ... Caught seven passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns against Miami (Ohio).

LB Bradie James (6-3, 238, Sr., West Monroe, La.)
Leads the team with 109 tackles (56 solo) ... Also has five tackles for losses (-18), two sacks (-8), and one interception ... Recorded 19 tackles, and SEC single game high, against Virginia Tech, with one sack (-3).

SS Norman LeJeune (6-0, 188, Sr., Brusly, La.)
Has played in 15 straight games, starting the last 14 ... Has recorded 64 tackles (42 solo) this year, with three tackles for losses (-17) and one sack (-15) ... Recorded 11 tackles against Virginia Tech, with one tackle for loss (-1).

TIGER TEAM NOTES

  • Leads the nation in total defense with 246.4 yards per game and kickoff returns (27.1 per return) ...
  • Is fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense (85.3) ...
  • Is eighth in the nation in scoring defense (15.3 ppg) ...
  • LSU and Georgia are the only SEC teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 of both major polls every week this season.

SEC Team-by-Team Notes

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (8-2, 5-1 SEC)
Alabama has won its last four SEC games, the longest streak for the Tide since 1999 ... Alabama is 12-2 in its last 14 games and has won seven of its last eight SEC games ... Alabama scored on its opening drive against Miss. State, marking the eighth time in 10 games the Tide has scored on its first drive ... This year, Alabama has scored on its opening drives of both halfs in six games ... For consecutive weeks, WR Triandos Luke recorded 100+ receiving yards (7 catches-128 yards) ... He is the first Alabama player to accomplish the feat since 1999 ... In his last two games, Luke has 16 receptions for 230 yards and two TDs.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (6-3, 3-3 SEC)
Arkansas has won two road games this year, the first time the Razorbacks have won twice outside the state of Arkansas since 1998 (wins at Memphis, South Carolina, Auburn) ... Arkansas has recorded shutouts in back-to-back games for the first time since 1974 (def. Tulsa, 60-0; def. TCU, 49-0) ... During Arkansas' three-game win streak, Arkansas has allowed just one rushing TD ... LB Tony Bua returned to the starting lineup after missing the Troy State game with a shoulder injury ... David Carlton kicked three field goals for Arkansas.

AUBURN TIGERS (7-3, 4-2 SEC)
The Tigers scored touchdowns on their first four drives against Louisiana-Monroe, all under 2:20 time of possession ... TE Lorenzo Diamond (ankle), DE Reggie Torbor (knee), LB Karlos Dansby (ankle) and C Ben Nowland (thumb) did not play against Louisiana-Monroe but are expected to play against Georgia ... Roderick Hood returned a punt 45 yards against ULM, the longest punt return of the season for the Tigers ... The Tigers' 35 first-half points were the most by Auburn since scoring 35 against Louisiana Tech in 1997 ... Damon Duval has hit 119 straight PATs, fourth in SEC history.

FLORIDA GATORS (7-3, 5-2 SEC)
With his third catch of the Vanderbilt game, Carlos Perez became the 17th Gator receiver to catch more than 50 passes in a single-season ... Perez and Taylor Jacobs have both gone over 50 catches this season, marking just the fourth time that Gator teammates have accomplished this feat ... With his 1-yard TD run against the Commodores, Earnest Graham tied Fred Taylor for the most TD runs in Florida history with 31 ... WR Vernell Brown made his first career start for the Gators ... A Florida win against South Carolina and Georgia loss at Auburn would put the Gators in the SEC Championship Game.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS (9-1, 6-1 SEC)
A win against Auburn on Saturday and Georgia will win the Eastern Division and participate in its first SEC Championship Game ... Georgia has shut out two opponents in the second half this season (Ole Miss, Kentucky) ... LB Boss Bailey (knee) and SE Terrence Edwards (shoulder) were injured against Ole Miss and did not return during the game ... Edwards caught five passes for 90 yards and a TD, giving him 29 career TD receptions, tying him for 2nd in the SEC record books ... Georgia has returned three INTs for touchdowns this season, including Tim Jennings' 64-yarder against Ole Miss.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS (6-4, 2-4 SEC)
Kentucky has now held the lead in the second half in all 10 games this season ... The Wildcats blocked two Tiger kicks and now have a league-leading seven blocked kicks this season ... Artose Pinner became the fifth Wildcat to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season (1,139 yards in 2002) ... He now has 1,830 yards in his career ... WR Aaron Boone caught three TD receptions against LSU, his first multi-TD game of the season ... QB Jared Lorenzen has thrown for a TD in every game this season.

LSU TIGERS (7-2, 4-1 SEC)
P Donnie Jones registered an 86-yard punt in the first quarter which marked the longest opponent punt in UK history, the longest in Commonwealth Stadium history, an LSU school record and the sixth longest in SEC history ... WR Devery Henderson caught five passes for 201 yards and 3 TDs against Kentucky, including a 75-yard hail-mary TD catch on the game's final play from QB Marcus Randall ... Henderson accounted for 298 all-purpose yards against Kentucky ... Randall finished the game completing 10-of-23 passes for 264 yards with 3 TDs, no INTs and 36 yards rushing.

OLE MISS REBELS (5-5, 2-4 SEC)
The Rebels are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, its longest since 1994 ... Ole Miss' opening possession TD against Georgia marked the first time this season that an opponent had scored on the Bulldogs in a game's opening drive ... Tremaine Turner scored two rushing TDs against Georgia, rushing for a career-high 89 yards on 19 carries ... WR Chris Collins had four catches against Georgia to extend his streak to 19 straight games with at least one reception ... Georgia held QB Eli Manning without a touchdown pass for only the third time in 21 career starts.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (3-6, 0-5 SEC)
With three receptions against Alabama, SE Terrell Grindle has now hauled in at least one pass in 23 consecutive games and has caught two-or-more passes in 17 consecutive contests ... True freshman RB Jerious Norwood came off the bench to rush for 58 yards on nine carries against Alabama ... In State's last three outings, Norwood has rushed for 263 yards on 33 carries (8.0 yards per carry) ... QB Kevin Fant had one passing TD against the Tide, giving him 17 for his career, moving him into 8th place in MSU history ... RB Dontae Walker is 9th in MSU history with 1,870 rushing yards.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (5-5, 3-4 SEC)
South Carolina suffered its first home shutout since falling to Mississippi State, 38-0, on Sept. 26, 1988 ... Injured Gamecock WR Ryan Brewer entered the game for one play to return a punt, which resulted in a touchback ... Brewer's consecutive streak of at least one pass reception was broken at 32 games ... Carolina finishes the season at Florida and at Clemson and must win one of those games to become bowl eligible for the third straight season ... Carolina held on to the pigskin for 10:53 in the first quarter against Arkansas but only 15:57 for the remainder of the game.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (5-4, 2-4 SEC)
QB Casey Clausen reinjured his foot/ankle during the first half and did not return to the game ... He originally injured his foot the week before at South Carolina ... RB Cedric Houston rushed for a career-high 111 yards on 14 carries against Miami, including a career-long 74-yarder on the game's opening drive ... OT Michael Munoz missed the Miami game with a foot injury ... UT has had 13 players miss a combined 42 games this season ... Three home losses thus far for Tennessee is the most by the Vols since 1988 (2-4 home) ... P Dustin Colquitt has 12 punts this season of 50-yards or more.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES (2-8, 0-6 SEC)
WR Dan Stricker has now caught at least one pass in 32 straight games ... He is now 10th on the SEC career reception list with 174 ... RB Kwane Doster became Vanderbilt's single-season freshman rushing yardage record holder with 687 yards ... With a 63-yard punt against Florida, Greg Johnson has had a punt over 50 yards in nine of Vandy's 10 games ... Johnson is also 8-of-12 in field goals this season, hitting a 40-yarder against the Gators ... CB Lorenzo Parker made his first start of the season, after starting in seven games last season.


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