Alabama faced an FCS opponent (correction: 1-9 FCS opponent) in the early afternoon and shut them out. Then late Saturday night things snowballed in Alabama’s direction when No. 1 and No. 2 teams both fell in Eugene and Waco. Let’s take a look at the numbers for Alabama’s pick-apart of the Catamounts:
The number of yards Alabama gave up against the Catamounts. That’s the second fewest given up in a game this season, right behind FAU. It’s a dramatic improvement from the past two weeks, in which they gave up more in a two-week span than any other time under the Saban era. The Catamounts average 335 yards per game.
The Catamounts score when the game clock hit zero. The significance of this is that Western Carolina averages 25 points a game, even having lost nine straight. Quite a turnaround on defense overall for Alabama.
That’s the number of pass attempts for Alabama against the Catamounts. It’s the fewest pass attempts by the Tide since Spencer Pennington attempted only nine passes in relief of Brodie Croyle in a 2004 game against Southern Mississippi.
That’s the number of attempts and number of makes that kicker Jeremy Shelley has this season in field goals and extra points. This guy has made strides to make adjustments to his game from last year and he has followed through. He deserves all the credit in the world.
That’s the record that the Catamounts have against SEC teams overall in school history. In fact, they haven’t beaten a Division I opponent (FBS or FCS) since taking down The Citadel in 2010.
Irrelevent Stat of the Night: 363 Days, 6 minutes
That’s the time between Oregon’s last regular season loss in 2011 against USC and the loss against Stanford on Saturday. It was almost one year ago when Oklahoma State and Oregon both fell on the same night and propelled Alabama in the 2011 BCS Championship Game after the loss to LSU.
Compared to Auburn: 5
This upcoming Iron Bowl will the fifth straight where a team will come into the game poised to enter the BCS Championship Game. Alabama was poised in 2008, 2009, 2011 and now 2012. Auburn was poised in 2010. The record of those teams: 4-1.