BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is a commentary blog from FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:
The conversation around the water cooler come Monday when you get back to work? Those big Saturday wins by the Tide and the Tigers. But before you talk it up with your buddies and co-workers, I thought I'd offer up some numbers and stats that will make you sound really smart! These are proved by the media relations folks at both Alabama & Auburn (who a great job by the way), and will provide you with some interesting insight. So take some time to read it over, and come Monday you will be THE college football expert at your office!
NON-OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS UNDER SABAN:
The Crimson Tide returned both a blocked punt and an interception for touchdowns against Georgia. The two non-offensive touchdowns were the 35th and 36th by the Crimson Tide under head coach Nick Saban.
With the win on Saturday, Alabama leads the series with Georgia, 38-25-4, and owns a 15-10 advantage when the two teams meet in Athens. The 38 points scored in Alabama's victory on Saturday is the second-highest scoring total for the Crimson Tide in the 67-game series with Georgia, exceeded only by the 41 points scored by Alabama in its most recent visit to Athens, a 41-30 win in 2008.
BEATING THE BEST:
With the win on Saturday, under head coach Nick Saban the Crimson Tide is 34-13 (.723) against the Associated Press top 25, including an
18-7 (.720) mark against AP top-10 teams.
LARGEST ROAD WIN OVER TOP-10 TEAM:
Alabama's 28-point victory margin in the 38-10 win over Georgia is the largest winning margin ever by a Crimson Tide team against a top-10 team at an opposing site. It also stands as the second-largest victory margin ever constructed by Alabama against a top-10 team in any game, ranking behind only a 42-point defeat (49-7) of Michigan State at the Capital One Bowl that closed out the 2010 season. The previous largest winning margin for the Tide versus an SEC top-10 opponent was a 28-point victory over Florida (31-3) in Tuscaloosa in 2005.
SABAN'S ROAD RECORD:
With the win on Saturday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban owns a 57-29-1 mark in road games across his four career stops, including a 29-6 mark while at Alabama. Saban has notched four perfect road seasons (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) and has lost more than one game on the road in only two seasons (2007, 2010). He is currently riding a four-game winning streak, rebounding from an early season loss in Oxford to Ole Miss in 2013 to come back and defeat Arkansas (14-13), Tennessee (34-20) and LSU (20-13 OT) on the way to winning the SEC Western Division and eventually the Crimson Tide's 24th SEC Championship in program history.
COACH SABAN IN SEC ROAD OPENERS:
Nick Saban is 10-4 all-time in Southeastern Conference road openers spanning his time at Alabama and LSU. He improves to 8-1 in road conference openers during his time with the Crimson Tide and has outscored
his opponents, 332-163 (36.9-18.1 ppg) in his first nine seasons at Alabama.
SABAN VS. SEC OPPONENTS:
With the win over Georgia, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban owns an 88-26 career record in 114 games against SEC opponents at three different schools (Michigan State, LSU and Alabama). While at Alabama, he has compiled a 58-13 record across conference foes, and his Tide teams have outscored opponents by a staggering 2,890-1,099, or 40.7-15.5 points per game.
TIDE 88-6 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF:
Alabama led Georgia, 24-3, at halftime. With the 38-10 win over the Bulldogs,
the Crimson Tide improves to 88-6 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban. Alabama has led at the half in four of its five games this year, trailing only to Ole Miss at halftime.
ALABAMA'S TV RECORD:
Alabama has compiled a 229-131-4 (.635) all-time record in 364 televised games (not including pay-per-view, tape-delayed or closed circuit telecasts).
TIDE RETURNS INTERCEPTION FOR TOUCHDOWN:
Eddie Jackson's interception and 50 yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter was Alabama's first interception return for a touchdown since 2013. In that year, Landon Collins picked off Tennessee on Oct. 26, and returned the pick 89 yards for a score. The return for a score on a pick was the 16th occurrence in head coach Nick Saban's time at Alabama.
HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 300:
Alabama held Georgia to 299 yards of total offense, the fourth time the Tide has kept a team under 300 in 2015. In head coach Nick Saban's 113-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited
opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 70 times, or 61.9 percent of the time. UA held six of its 14 opponents below 300 yards in 2014.
10 POINTS OR FEWER:
Alabama limited Georgia to 10 points in the 38-10 victory. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 54 times since the start of the 2007 season.
RAGLAND LEADING THE TIDE D:
Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland led Alabama against Georgia with 8 tackles. The Tide's captain in the middle has a team-leading 42 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss (-5 yards), to go with two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble. Ragland has led the Crimson Tide in tackles in four of Alabama's five games of the 2015 season. In 2014, Ragland finished second on the team with 95 total tackles while accounting for 10.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards), 1.5 sacks (-12 yards), one interception, three pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry.
REED STAYING CONSISTENT:
Senior lineman Jarran Reed tied for the team lead in tackles against Georgia with eight tackles, a season-high total. Reed has had five or more tackles in every game this season.
ALABAMA SCORES A SEASON-HIGH 38 POINTS:
The Crimson Tide finished today's game with 38 total points, a season-high. The previous high was 37, first against Middle Tennessee and then versus Ole Miss.
FIRST HALF POINTS:
With Adam Griffith's 29-yard field goal with 4:05 left in the first quarter against Georgia, the Crimson Tide has scored in the first half of its last 108 games, the longest streak in the nation. The last time UA failed to score in the first half was on Sept. 29, 2007, when Alabama and Florida State headed into halftime in a scoreless tie. The Seminoles won that game, 21-14.
SCORING STREAK CONTINUES:
With a 29-yard made field goal by Adam Griffith in the first quarter against Georgia, Alabama has now scored in 188 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
RUSHING TO SUCCESS:
Alabama is 72-4 since the start of the 2008 season when rushing for at least 140 yards. The only losses were at Auburn in 2013, Ole Miss and Ohio State in 2014, and Ole Miss in 2015.
TIDE BACKS MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOKS:
Both Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake are continuing to move up the career rushing list this season. In the Georgia game, Henry set his career high with 148 yards and has now amassed 1,942 yards for his career to rank 20th in Crimson Tide history. Drake currently ranks 38th on the UA all-time rushing list with 1,302.
HENRY REACHING THE END ZONE CONSISTENTLY:
With his 30-yard sprint into the end zone on the Crimson Tide's first offensive drive of the second quarter against Georgia, junior running back Derrick Henry has now recorded at least one rushing touchdown in each of his last 10 games. That streak ties Henry with former quarterback Terry Davis for the Alabama record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown. Davis put together his streak across two seasons, from Nov. 6, 1971-Oct.
21, 1972. The last time Henry failed to score was in the LSU game last season on Nov. 8, where he rushed eight times for 24 yards.
HENRY PASSING THE CENTURY MARK:
Derrick Henry's career-best 148-yard performance against Georgia pushed him past the century mark for the eighth time in his career, the third time this season. He went for 127 against Ole Miss and 147 yards with three touchdowns against Wisconsin to open the 2015 campaign. Henry had a 141-yard performance against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game last season. He also went for 111 on 20 carries with a score against Florida and 113 on 17 carries with a touchdown against West Virginia in 2014. As a freshman, Henry produced a Sugar Bowl game against Oklahoma that saw the first-year back go for 100 yards on eight attempts with a touchdown, while also collecting 111 yards on six carries with a score against Arkansas.
CAREER HIGH IN ATTEMPTS, YARDS FOR HENRY:
Derrick Henry's 26 rushing attempts for 148 yards surpassed his previous career-high for rushes in a game of 23 while setting his single-game career high for yards. The 23 attempts came against Ole Miss and his 147 career-high yardage total came earlier this season against Wisconsin.
DOMINANT LAST SIX GAMES FOR HENRY:
Junior tailback Derrick Henry has been impressive in his last six contests. Including Saturday's game with Georgia, he has amassed 806 yards on 126 carries for a 6.4 yards per carry average, while adding 12 rushing touchdowns in his those outings. He has also collected 105 yards on four receptions.
RIDLEY PASSES THE CENTURY MARK FOR YARDS RECEIVING:
Freshman wideout Calvin Ridley finished the Georgia game with 120 yards receiving on 5 catches, a season-high mark for the first-year wideout. Ridley eclipsed the 100-yard mark with his 45-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, making him the first Tide freshman to post more than 100 receiving yards in a game since Amari Cooper in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame (2012 season). In that contest, Cooper finished
the game with six receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns against the Fighting Irish.
RIDLEY SETS CAREER HIGH FOR RECEIVING YARDS:
Alabama freshman wideout Calvin Ridley had 115 yards receiving in the first half to eclipse his previous career high of 38, which he set a week ago against ULM.
TIDE BLOCKS PUNT FOR TD:
Freshman defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked a Georgia punt and recovered the ball for a touchdown to give Alabama its first blocked punt return for a touchdown since Sept. 21, 2013, against Colorado State. In that game, Kenyan Drake blocked a Rams punt and Dillon Lee took the ball in for a score. The blocked punt is the Crimson Tide's second of the season (also, Middle Tennessee). The block-and-score was the fourth by Alabama under head
coach Nick Saban.
>> First-time starters for Auburn: Kerryon Johnson, JaViere Mitchell
>> There have been 12 first-time starters on defense and 19 first-time starters overall for Auburn this season
>> This is a season high for Auburn with four opponent turnovers forced. The last time an Auburn team forced four or more turnovers came last season at Mississippi State (4).
>> Auburn's 35 points were a season-high. The Tigers are 20-4 under Gus Malzahn when scoring 30 or more points.
>> Auburn improved to 5-0 all-time against members of the Mountain West Conference and 2-0 against SJSU.
>> Auburn is now 17-2 under Malzahn when scoring first and 17-3 when leading at the half.
>> Auburn has scored 25 or more points in 29 of the last 33 Homecoming games, including 30+ points in 27 of those contests.
>> Auburn won for the 24th straight time on Homecoming, improving to 77-8-4 all-time on Homecoming.
>> The Tigers committed just one penalty in the game, the first time to have one penalty or fewer since 2013 at Tennessee (1).
>> Auburn's average starting field position on 10 possessions was its own 47. Five drives started on the SJSU side of midfield.
>> Peyton Barber's five touchdown runs (three in the first half) give him six scores for the season. This is Barber's first multiple TD game. The last Auburn player to rush for four or more scores in a game was Tre Mason vs. Missouri in the 2013 SEC championship game. The last AU player with three rushing touchdowns in the first half was Cameron Artis-Payne vs. San José State last season.
>>Barber's five touchdowns are the most by an Auburn player in a game since Carnell Williams scored six times in a 45-13 win over Mississippi State on Oct. 18, 2003.
>>Barber is the eighth player in Auburn history (complete records available back to 1965) to score four or more rushing touchdowns in a single game and the fifth since 2000 (Rudi Johnson-2000, Carnell Williams-2003, Cam Newton-2010, Tre Mason-2x in 2013).
>>Barber's 147 rushing yards were a career-high and mark his fourth game this season with 100+ yards (Louisville-115, Jacksonville State-125, Mississippi State-137). It was also a season-high by an Auburn player and the most since Cameron-Artis Payne ran for 221 yards vs. Texas A&M in 2014.
>> Barber's 36-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter was the longest run by an Auburn running back this season.
>> Sean White's 41-yard pass to Roc Thomas in the second quarter was the longest completion of White's career
>> Ricardo Louis has caught at least one pass in 21 consecutive games, the most by an Auburn player since Onterio McCalebb, who had a 23-game streak from 2010-12
>> Justin Garrett's and Carlton Davis' interceptions were both the first of their careers, giving Auburn four for the season.
>> Johnathan Ford's forced fumble was the third of his career and his second this season; the fumble recovery by Dontavius Russell was the first of his career
>> Auburn had two double-digit tacklers for the second game this season: Kris Frost (12) and Johnathan Ford (14). Auburn had three tacklers with 10+ tackles at LSU
>> Ford's 14 tackles marked a career-high
>> Montravius Adams' forced fumble was his second of the season and of his career; Jonathan Jones' fumble recovery was the second of his career and his second in as many games.
>> Blake Countess' 61-yard kickoff return was the longest for Auburn this season
>> Johnathan Ford's 58-yard kickoff return was a career long
>> Auburn totaled 142 yards on three kickoff returns (47.3-yard average).
There you have it. Now head into work Monday knowing that you're going to the smartest person in the room (not that weren't already)!