BIRMINGHAM,AL(WIAT)- The Alabama Crimson Tide answered all questions and doubts going into tonight as they get the shut out over Ole Miss 25-0. The Tide started off slow in the first half only putting up points via the field goal but the second half was a completely different story. Above is the full press conference from Nick Saban and below is the full game notes from the University of Alabama media relations:
• Alabama’s captains for tonight’s game against Ole Miss were AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kevin Norwood. Ole Miss won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
• With tonight’s win, Alabama leads the Ole Miss series 47-9-2 (51-8-2 before NCAA rulings) with 10 straight wins and 27 of the last 29 games in the series dating back to the 1977 season (excluding NCAA rulings).
• Alabama has had 17 games since 2009 against undefeated AP ranked teams and has handed that opponent the first loss of the season in 15 of those matchups.
• Alabama has won 24 straight games in the month of September, with its last loss coming on Sept. 29, 2007, to 22nd-ranked Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla.
last loss in September came on September 20th to Florida State in Jacksonville by a score of 21-14. Since that time, UA has won 23 straight September contests.
• Alabama led Ole Miss, 9-0, at halftime tonight. With the 25-0 victory, the Crimson Tide is 66-3 when leading at the half under head coach Nick Saban.
• For the fifth time in its last eight games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half. In addition to tonight’s game, the Crimson Tide shut out Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.
• With senior kicker Cade Foster’s 28-yard field goal in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 160 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
• Today’s attendance was a sellout of 101,821. That marks the 59th sellout crowd in the last 60 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium dating back to the Auburn game on Nov. 20, 2004.
• Sophomore T.J. Yeldon’s 68-yard rush in the third quarter was the longest of his career to date. He finished the game with 121 rushing yards, reaching the 100-yard rushing mark for the seventh time in his career and second time this season.
• Senior AJ McCarron completed 25 passes in tonight’s game, setting a new career high. He recorded 23 completions twice in 2011, last against LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. It is McCarron’s eighth game with 20 or more completions.
• True freshman Eddie Jackson picked off Laquon Treadwell’s pass at the Alabama 27-yard line for the first interception of his career. The Crimson Tide has four interceptions thus far on the season with one in the season opener against Virginia Tech and two in its win at Texas A&M.
• Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 43 times since the start of the 2007 season. The Crimson Tide has shut out the opposition 11 times during the Saban era.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
• Senior kicker Cade Foster sent a 53-yard bomb through the uprights, setting a new career long. His previous best of 52 yards came on Sept. 22, 2012, against Florida Atlantic.
• Senior kicker Cade Foster hit three field goals, first from 28 yards, then from 53 yards and another just as the half ended from 42 yards, to set a new career high in field goals made in a game. He had previously hit two in four games, last against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 22, 2012.
• Alabama remains at home, hosting Georgia State at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11:21 a.m. for Homecoming. The Crimson Tide and Panthers will be meeting for the second time in program history.