Tiffin Sets Record As By-Product
Some think the media never do anything nice for Alabama football. Au contraire! Leigh Tiffin didn't know he had set an Alabama record until informed by sportswriters following Alabama's 24-15 win over the LSU Bengal Tigers Saturday night. At least that's what he said.
"What record?" Tiffin asked.
Well, how about the all-time Alabama scoring record. When Tiffin's field goal with 6:14 sailed through the uprights, it gave the 6-1, 212-pound senior from Muscle Shoals 348 career points, breaking the all-time record of 345 previously held by Phillip Doyle (1987-90).
"That's a great honor," Tiffin said. "This school has great tradition and historic players, so of course it means a lot to have a record like that. But it's not something I was thinking about or my teammates were thinking about.
"All that has been a by-product of us doing our job. I don't ever worry about it. Those kinds of thinks take care of themselves. I just try to go out there and do my job."
Tiffin made three field goals and an extra point as Alabama moved to 9-0 on the season with the win over LSU. Bama has clinched the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship and will play Florida in the SEC title game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on December 5. Meanwhile, the Tide's national championship hopes continue this week at Mississippi State. Alabama will meet the Bulldogs in Starkville at 6 p.m. CST Saturday. The game will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.
Tiffin has made 76 career field goals, two short of Doyle's career record.
Tiffin has made 23 of 26 field goal attempts this season, moving him into third lace on the Alabama single season field goals list. He set the record of 25 in 2008 when he had 34 attempts. Doyle made 24-29 in 1990 to hold second.
Tiffin holds the record for most points in a season, 11 in 2007, and is also second on the all-time list with 106 in 2008. It is likely he will have the top three single season marks by the time this year concludes. With five games to play he has 95 points.
Tiffin said, "I was still growing when I came to college, so I've gotten stronger. It has helped me on field goal kicking and on kickoffs."
Against LSU he had six kickoffs and two of them went into the end zone for touchbacks.
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