Notes From Tide Win Over LSU

Alabama's 27-21 overtime win over LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday night clinched the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship for Bama. It is the first division title since 1999, when Alabama also won the SEC Championship.



Alabama is expected to play Florida in the SEC Championship Game in the GeorgiaDome in Atlanta on December 6. CBS will televise the game, which kicks off at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. central time). It will be Alabama's sixth appearance in the game. The previous five games have all been against Florida of the Eastern Division with the Gators taking three of the five.

Alabama is 10-0 for the first time since 1995, when Alabama went 11-0 before losing to Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

Alabama is ranked number one in the nation. Bama is now 20-5 in games in which the Crimson Tide went into the game ranked number one.

Alabama is now 44-23-5 in games against LSU and the Tide is 25-8-2 in games played in Baton Rouge. LSU had won five consecutive wins prior to Saturday.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban is now 1-2 against LSU. The Crimson Tide lost to LSU last year. In the 1995 Independence Bowl, LSU defeated Saban's Michigan State team.

Adding to the "First time Nick Saban has been (fill in the blank) and 0" as has been the case since Alabama reached the 7-0 mark, Saban is now 10-0 for the first time in his head coaching career.

Alabama is now 4-7 in overtime games, including a 1-1 mark against LSU and a 4-6 record in SEC games. Bama is 1-1 in overtime games under Saban (having lost to Georgia last year).

Alabama safety Rashad Johnson, who led the SEC with six interceptions last year, had only two interceptions going into Saturday's game. He came out of the game having tied two Crimson Tide interceptions records as he had three in the game. Johnson had two in the first half against LSU. The first set up a touchdown and the second he returned 54 yards for a touchdown. It was the second straight week for Johnson to take an interception back for a touchdown. He had a 12-yard interception return for touchdown against Arkansas State last week.

Two interception returns in a season with Hootie Ingram (1952), Bobby Johns (1966), Antonio Langham (1992), and Cedric Samuel (1995).

Three interceptions in a game ties the record held by Bobby Wilson vs. Georgia in 1951, Dicky Thompson vs. Ole Miss in 1966, Jeremiah Castille vs. Tennessee in 1982, and Kevin Jackson vs. Georgia in 1995. He has 11 for his career.

Johnson's interception return for a touchdown was Alabama's seventh non-offensive touchdown of the season. Bama came into the LSU game tied for the lead in the nation in non-offensive touchdowns. Alabama has four interception returns, a punt return, a blocked punt return, and a fumble return for touchdowns this season.

Junior Tide tailback Glen Coffee moved past the 1,000-yard rushing mark Saturday with his 26 carries for 126 yards. He came into the game with 894 yards and now has 1,020 on the season. He has 162 carries. It is the 13th time an Alabama running back has rushed for 1,000 or more yards and the first time since Kenneth Darby had 1,242 in 2005. It was Coffee's third 100-yard rushing game this year and fourth of his career.

Freshman wide receiver Julio Jones had seven receptions for 128 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. He now has 40 catches for 634 yards receiving.

Alabama trailed at the end of the first quarter for the first time this year. Bama came into the game having outscored opponents in the first quarter by the astounding margin of 108-6. At the end of the first quarter in Baton Rouge Saturday, LSU had a 14-7 lead. It was also the first time Bama had not been leading at halftime. The game was tied 14-14.

The Alabama defense gave up 201 rushing yards to LSU, the most Bama has surrendered this season. Only one other opponent, Ole Miss with 158 yards, has had more than 92 yards rushing against the Tide. LSU got a 30-yard rushing touchdown from Charles Scott, only the second rushing TD allowed by Bama this year.

John Parker Wilson's two rushing touchdowns gave him four for the season and 10 for his career.

The game attracted a crowd of 93,039, the largest in the history of Tiger Stadium.

Among prospects reported to be making unofficial visits to Tiger Stadium were a number Alabama is involved with. They include running back Trent Richardson of Pensacola, Fla., Escambia, who is committed to Alabama. Others include Gadsden teammates, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and wide receiver Kendall Kelly, wide receiver Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La.; West Monroe, La., linebacker Barkevious Mingo, Shreveport Byrd linebacker Jonathan Stewart, and linebacker Jarvis Jones of Columbus, Ga., Carver. Also on hand was junior quarterback Terrance Broadway of Baton Rouge Capitol.

One of the stories of Alabama-LSU week was, of course, the return of Nick Saban to Baton Rouge to coach Bama against the Tigers, his former team. The night before the game there was a highly-publicized event in which Saban was burned in effigy. It was a promotion for a condominium development. The crowd was lured, in part, by free beer and free food.

Captains for Alabama were senior safety Rashad Johnson, senior center Antoine Caldwell, and senior defensive end Bobby Greenwood.

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