Tide Evens Series Against Missouri

Vinnie Sunseri

For the second time this year Alabama has evened its all-time series record against an opponent. Bama has a winning mark against most teams the Crimson Tide has played, but this year Michigan and Missouri were on the Alabama schedule.



Alabama trailed both Michigan and Missouri by 2-1 all-time going into this season. Bama disposed of the Wolverines by 42-14 in the season-opener and on Saturday went to Columbia and defeated the Tigers, 32-10.

For the second time this year, Alabama has not had to face an opponent's star quarterback. When Bama played Arkansas (a 52-0 Tide win), Tyler Wilson was unable to play. Against Missouri, James Franklin was out with an injury.

Alabama got interceptions from Vinnie Sunseri and HaHa Clinton-Dix against Missouri and also had a fumble recovery by C.J. Mosley. The three takeaways were partially offset by two lost fumbles. Still, on the season Bama is plus 13 in its 6-0 season.

The Crimson Tide has forced 17 turnovers in 2012 and converted them into 13 touchdowns or 91 points. With the two interceptions against Missouri, Alabama has scored nine touchdowns off 11 interceptions.

Alabama had been one of three teams in the nation that had been perfect in the Red Zone (inside the opponent 20) on offense this year. Bama was very, very good against Missouri, but not perfect. The Tide was in the Red Zone of the Tigers six times and scored five touchdowns. For the year, Bama has been in the Red Zone 28 times and scored 27 with 21 touchdowns.

The Alabama defense has held opponents to only 4-8 on Red Zone trips – a very low number of trips – after Missouri was 0-1.

Alabama had a 28-7 lead over Missouri Saturday, and a halftime lead has been very good for the Crimson Tide under Coach Nick Saban. Alabama is now 55-3 under Saban when leading at the half.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron extended his school record of consecutive passes without an interception to 227.

The suspense was over in a hurry for one continuing Alabama record. When Eddie Lacy went in for a touchdown on a 73-yard run 45 seconds into the game, it marked the 148th consecutive game in which Bama has scored, a program record.

Lacy's touchdown run ended the fastest scoring drive of the season for the Tide.

Lacy, who finished the night with 18 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns, reached the 100-yard mark on just his sixth carry. It was his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and fourth of his career.

Lacy and freshman tailback T.J. Yeldon combined to rush for 321 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first Tide duo to score two or more rushing touchdowns in the same game since Trent Richardson (4) and Jalston Fowler (2) combined for six against Ole Miss last year. That was also the last time a duo rushed for over 100 yards each.

Missouri had only 31 total yards in the first half, the third time this year Bama has held an opponent to double digit offense in a half. Florida Atlantic had 23 yards and Arkansas 44.

Alabama surrendered just three yards on the ground in the win against Missouri. The Crimson Tide has not allowed a team to rush for over 100 yards in 2012 and the three yards against Missouri is the lowest team total allowed on the season. The previous low rushing yield by the Alabama defense was 46 yards by Western Kentucky.

Alabama's captains for the Missouri game were Robert Lester, Damion Square, and D.J. Fluker.

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