Alabama didn’t just win in Bryant-Denny Stadium. They manhandled Mississippi state, a team who was undefeated, ranked No. 11 in the BCS Standings and were touted as the Tide’s first real test this season.
The Crimson Tide cruised to 38-7 victory and now gets ready for LSU in Baton Rouge. Let’s take one more look at this game, shall we?
Mississippi State was outscored 24-0 in the first half, moving Alabama to six total halves that they have shut out their opponent. That’s tied for second with Oklahoma State and BYU and only Florida State has had more shutout halves. Had it not been for the Mississippi touchdown late, it would have been Alabama’s 27th shutout overall against the Bulldogs.
That’s the number of yards Mississippi State gained on Alabama’s defense; the third most given up by Alabama’s defense, right behind the Michigan and Tennessee games, respectively. But the number of rushing yards given up – 47 – is the third least.
That’s the number of turnovers by Mississippi State. They led the nation in turnover margin before this game. Now Alabama’s turnover margin a moves to +17.
That’s the number of touchdown passes thrown by Alabama quarterbacks not named AJ McCarron. That one was thrown by Phillip Ely, who flew a pass 27 yards for the Tide’s fourth touchdown. The Tide has thrown a total of 19 touchdown passes this year.
That’s the average number of yards that Cody Mandell has punted for so far this season. He’s on track to have the best season yet in his career, and is really the unsung hero of special teams, as he has been very consistent this year in his punting.
Irrelevant Stat of the Night: 1
Never have I seen a team commit a false start on a victory formation. Alabaama managed to do just that on the last play of the game. Nick Saban was dealing with the ref to go ahead and end the game, but the official wouldn’t have it. The penalty caused a 10-second runoff which ended the game anyway.
Compared to Auburn: Special Teams
Ok, it’s not a number, but Auburn is playing pathetically on both offense and defense. Just look at their season stats. One thing that does come up in the stat book: Auburn is leading most statistical categories on special teams vs their opponents. Good game, Auburn, good effort.
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