Behind the Process: Crimson Tide masters Bulldogs

Behind the Process: Crimson Tide masters Bulldogs

During the 2016 Alabama football season, The Crimson White’s Terrin Waack will provide select stellar stats, obscure facts and notable quotes from the most recent game to take readers Behind the Process.

No. 1 Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 51-3, at home in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.

Stellar stats

  • Jalen Hurts has scored more touchdowns with his own two feet than any other Alabama quarterback coached by Nick Saban has during their career, and Hurts is just a true freshman with only 10 games of experience. His 4-yard scramble during the second quarter went down in the book as rushing touchdown No. 11. Here’s a look at the how the former players stack up:
    • John Parker Wilson: 10 (Really 11, but one wasn’t during the Saban era.)
    • Greg McElroy: 2
    • AJ McCarron: 3
    • Blake Sims: 9
    • Jake Coker: 2
  • Also, Hurts’ 100 yards picked up on the ground bring him to 735 rushing yards this season. He is the second quarterback in Alabama history to rush for more than 700 yards in a season. He’s 56 yards short of the single-season record.
  • There’s more: All of Hurts’ passing statistics are career-highs. He completed 28 of 37 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Each category – completions, attempts, yardage and scores – are brand new highs.
  • Alabama has kept an opponent under 10 points 64 times now. Saturday was the seventh time in 2016, too.

Obscure facts

  • The LSU Hangover is no more. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley’s 4-yard touchdown reception became the first time since 2001 that Alabama has scored in the first quarter in its game following LSU. Field goals didn’t count.
  • Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has now officially coached 100 games with the Bulldogs. Therefore, he and Saban have something in common: They’re the only current SEC coaches to reach the century mark.
  • Although Mississippi State’s Aeris Williams tallied just 56 rushing yards, that’s the most by any Bulldog running back against the Crimson Tide since 2010 (Vick Ballard with 80).
  • Alabama did not score a non-offensive touchdown – again. After the game, defensive back Marlon Humphrey said the defense is eager to get back in the end zone.

Best Nick Saban quote

On sitting down with Hurts to discuss what he was missing in the passing game…

“You guys, I didn’t say stuff he was missing in the passing game. We just took some plays and looked what we’re supposed to do and what do we do. … That’s what we talked about. Just like I never said I didn’t vote, which now is like a big news story all over the country. I said I got an absentee ballot. Tuesday is our biggest workday and game plan day, and I forgot it was Election Day until I got at 11 p.m. that night. So I don’t know how all these things get sort of twisted around. I guess it makes a better story.”

Best player quote

Linebacker Reuben Foster

On keeping the Bulldogs out of the end zone…

“Everybody is hungry. Everybody is stingy. We come together as a team and play lights-out. We’re ball hogs. See ball, get ball.”

“It was amazing to see everybody playing together with one accord, one heartbeat.”

Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart

On scoring three touchdowns…

“I’m just grateful we got the ‘W.’ It’s not all about me.”

Game leaders

Top 3 rushers

  • 1. UA: Jalen Hurts, 11 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown
  • 2. UA: Josh Jacobs, nine carries for 89 yards
  • 3. MS: Aeris Williams, 11 carries for 56 yards

Top 3 receivers (based on receptions)

  • 1. UA: ArDarius Stewart, eight receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns
  • 2. UA: O.J. Howard, six receptions for 77 yards
  • 3. UA: Calvin Ridley, four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown

Top 3 passers

  • 1. UA: Jalen Hurts, 28-37 for 347 yards and four touchdowns (sacked once) and one interception
  • 2. MS: Nick Fitzgerald, 10-33 for 145 yards (sacked twice) and one interception
  • 3. UA: Cooper Bateman, 3-4-0 for 50 yards and a touchdown

Top 3 defenders (based on total tackles)

  • 1. MS: DeAndre Ward, seven total tackles (0.5 sack, 1.5 tackles for loss)
  • 2. UA: Reuben Foster, six total tackles (a tackle for loss)
  • 3. UA: Minkah Fitzpatrick, six total tackles (a tackle for loss)
  • Note: UA’s Rashaan Evans and Dalvin Tomlinson also had six total tackles. Mississippi State’s Richie Brown did, too.)

Alabama is 10-0 and remains home to host Chattanooga next Saturday at 6 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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