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Alabama Football Final Game Notes: 2009 SEC Football Championship Game

ALABAMA WINS 22ND SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Winning its first SEC football championship since 1999, Alabama claimed its SEC-leading 22nd conference football championship when the Crimson Tide defeated Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. In addition to its 22 SEC Championships, Alabama also won four Southern Conference titles (1924, 1925, 1926 and 1930), giving the school 26 conference football championships.

ALABAMA NOW 3-4 IN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME APPEARANCES: Alabama played in its seventh SEC Championship Game as the 2009 SEC Western Division champion. The Crimson Tide is 3-4 in SEC Championship Games with the victory over Florida on Saturday.

Alabama's SEC Championship Game Appearances

Date                       Result of Game                  Site

Dec. 5, 1992         Alabama 28, Florida 21     Legion Field (Birmingham)

Dec. 4, 1993         Florida 28, Alabama 13     Legion Field (Birmingham)

Dec. 3, 1994         Florida 24, Alabama 23     Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

Dec. 7, 1996         Florida 45, Alabama 30     Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

Dec. 4, 1999         Alabama 34, Florida 7        Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

Dec. 6, 2008         Florida 31, Alabama 20     Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

Dec. 5, 2009         Alabama 32, Florida 13    Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

 

BEATING THE BEST: With the win over Florida, Alabama is 8-2 against the Associated Press Top 25 since the start of the 2008 season. The Crimson Tide's victory over Florida was the Tide's fifth win over a top 10 team dating back to the start of the 2008 season. Alabama is 5-0 against the AP Top 25 in the 2009 season.

Alabama vs. Top 25 Opponents (since the start of the 2008 season)

Date                       Team                                                     Rank     Result

Aug. 30, 2008       vs. Clemson (at Atlanta, Ga.)            9              W, 34-10

Sept. 27, 2008      at Georgia                                              3              W, 41-30

Nov. 8, 2008         at LSU                                                     15           W, 27-21 (OT)

Dec. 6, 2008         vs. Florida  (at Atlanta, Ga.)              2              L, 31-20

Jan. 2, 2009           vs. Utah                                                 7              L, 31-17

Sept. 5, 2009         vs. Virginia Tech (at Atlanta, Ga.)    7              W, 34-24

Oct. 10, 2009        at Mississippi                                      20           W, 22-3

Oct. 17, 2009        South Carolina                                     22           W, 20-6

Nov. 6, 2009         LSU                                                         9              W, 24-15

Dec. 5, 2009         vs. Florida (at Atlanta, Ga.)            1              W, 32-13

 

13 WINS TIES FOR MOST IN A SEASON IN ALABAMA HISTORY: The win over Florida gives Alabama a 13-0 record, tied for the most wins in a single season by any Crimson Tide squad. The 1992 team won a school record 13 games en route to the school's 12th national title. The 2009 squad is the fourth in school history to win at least 12 games, joining the 1979, 1994 and 2008 squads.

Most Wins In A Season

13           1992 (13-0); 2009 (13-0)

12           2009 (13-0); 2008 (12-0); 1994 (12-1); 1979 (12-0)

 

ALABAMA 28-1 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama led Florida, 19-13, at halftime on Saturday, before going on to the victory.  With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 28-1 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban, including a 21-game winning streak. The only loss came against LSU in 2007 when UA held a 20-17 halftime lead before losing, 41-34, on Nov. 3, 2007, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide is 2-5 under Saban when trailing at halftime and 2-2 when tied at halftime.

 

BEST COACHING STARTS: With the win over Florida, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has compiled a 32-8 (.800) record in his career with the Tide and the 32 wins rank as the fourth-most for any Crimson Tide head football coach after 40 games. Wallace Wade holds the record for most wins after 40 games with 35 victories while Frank Thomas and Gene Stallings are second with 34. Xen Scott and Paul "Bear" Bryant are tied for fifth with 28 wins at this point in their careers. Below are the most wins by UA coaches after the first 40 games at Alabama.

Most Wins (After 40 Games)

Wallace Wade      35

Frank Thomas     34

Gene Stallings      34

Nick Saban          32

Xen Scott               28

Paul Bryant           28

 

ALABAMA-FLORIDA SERIES: With the victory, Alabama holds a 22-14 series lead over Florida in a series that dates back in the Alabama record books to the 1904 season. Florida does not recognize the 1904 game, claiming their team was a "club" team that season. The Crimson Tide and Gators met for the 36th time in the 2009 SEC Championship Game, the seventh time in the SEC Championship game with the Gators holding a 4-3 lead.

 

SABAN VERSUS FLORIDA: With the victory, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a 3-4 record in his career against Florida, with five of the seven meetings coming while he was the head coach at LSU. He compiled a 2-1 record against the Gators in Gainesville and a 0-2 record in Baton Rouge.

Saban vs. Florida

Oct. 7, 2000          Florida 41, LSU 9 L

Oct. 6, 2001          Florida 44, LSU 15              L

Oct. 12, 2002        LSU 36, Florida 7 W

Oct. 11, 2003        Florida 19, LSU 7 L

Oct. 9, 2004          LSU 24, Florida 21              W

Dec. 6, 2008         Florida 31, Alabama 20     L

Dec. 5, 2009         Alabama 32, Florida 13    W

 

TWO GAMES, SAME STADIUM: The 2009 SEC Championship Game marked the Tide's second game in the Georgia Dome this season. Alabama opened the season on September 5 with a 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. The two Georgia Dome appearances marked the eighth time in school history that Alabama has played two games in the same stadium in the same season. Alabama has also played two games in the same season at Grant Field (1942), Tulane Stadium (1947), the Orange Bowl (1952), the Astrodome (1970), Mississippi Memorial Stadium (1982), the Superdome (1992) and the Georgia Dome (2008 and 2009).

Year       Stadium                       City                        Games

1942       Grant Field                    Atlanta                   Georgia 21, Alabama 10 (Oct. 31)

                                                                                        Georgia Tech 7, Alabama 0 (Nov. 14)

1947       Tulane Stadium           New Orleans        Tulane 21, Alabama 20 (Sept. 28)

                                                                                        Texas 27, Alabama 7 (Jan. 1, 1948 – Sugar Bowl)

1952       Orange Bowl                Miami                    Alabama 21, Miami 7 (Oct. 3)

                                                                                        Alabama 61, Syracuse 6 (Jan. 1, 1953 – Orange Bowl)

1970       Astrodome                    Houston                Alabama 30, Houston 21 (Oct. 24)

                                                                                        Alabama 24, Oklahoma 24 (Dec. 31 – Bluebonnet Bowl)

1982       Memorial Stadium      Jackson, Miss.      Alabama 42, Mississippi 14 (Sept. 14)

                                                                                        Alabama 20, Mississippi State 12 (Oct. 30)

1992       Superdome                   New Orleans        Alabama 37, Tulane 0 (Oct. 10)

                                                                                        Alabama 34, Miami 13 (Jan. 1, 1993 – Sugar Bowl)

2008       Georgia Dome              Atlanta                   Alabama 34, Clemson 10 (Aug. 30)

                                                                                        Florida 31, Alabama 20 (Dec. 6 - SEC Championship Game)

2009       Georgia Dome              Atlanta                   Alabama 34, Virginia Tech 24

                                                                                        Alabama 32, Florida 13 (Dec. 5 - SEC Championship Game)

 

DOME SWEET DOME: With the victory, Alabama is 11-5-1 all-time in domed stadiums. The 2009 SEC Championship Game was the Tide's second game in a domed stadium this season and its fifth in the last two seasons.

Alabama in Domed Stadia

Date                       Result                                                   Stadium

Oct. 24, 1970        Alabama 30, Houston 21                   Astrodome

Dec. 31, 1970       Alabama 24, Oklahoma 24                Astrodome (Bluebonnet Bowl)

Dec. 31, 1975       Alabama 13, Penn State 6                  Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Jan, 2, 1978           Alabama 35, Ohio State 6                  Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Jan, 1, 1979           Alabama 14, Penn State 7                  Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Jan. 1, 1980           Alabama 24, Arkansas 9                    Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Jan. 1, 1990           Miami 33, Alabama 25                       Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Oct. 10, 1992        Alabama 37, Tulane 0                        Superdome

Jan. 2, 1993           Alabama 34, Miami 14                       Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Dec. 3, 1994         Florida 24, Alabama 23                     Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)

Dec. 7, 1996         Florida 45, Alabama 30                     Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)

Dec. 5, 1999         Alabama 34, Florida 7                        Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)

Aug. 30, 2008       Alabama 34, Clemson 10                   Georgia Dome

Dec. 6, 2008         Florida 31, Alabama 20                     Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)

Jan. 2, 2009           Utah 31, Alabama 17                          Superdome (Sugar Bowl)

Sept. 5, 2009         Alabama 34, Virginia Tech 24          Georgia Dome

Dec. 5, 2009         Alabama 32, Florida 13                    Georgia Dome

 

GEORGIA ON MY MIND: With the victory, Alabama is 31-28-3 all-time in games played in the state of Georgia, including a 4-1 mark the last two seasons. The Crimson Tide owns an 18-16-3 record in the city of Atlanta and has won eight of its last 11 games played there. Alabama is 13-10 in games played in Athens and 0-2 in Columbus.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

 

INGRAM BECOMES ALABAMA'S SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING LEADER: Sophomore running back Mark Ingram rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries against Florida, giving him 1,542 rushing yards this season, moving him into first place on the Alabama single-season rushing list (see below).

RUSHING YARDS – SEASON

1,542         Mark Ingram (249 att.)                         2009

1,471           Bobby Humphrey (236 att.)                    1986

1,383           Shaun Alexander (302 att.)                       1999

1,367           Shaud Williams (280 att.)                          2003

1,341           Sherman Williams (291 att.)                    1994

RUSHING YARDS – CAREER

3,565           Shaun Alexander (727 att.)                       1996-99

3,420           Bobby Humphrey (615 att.)                    1985-88

3,324           Kenneth Darby (702 att.)                           2003-06

2,741           Johnny Musso (574 att.)                             1969-71

2,645           Dennis Riddle (612 att.)                              1994-97

2,560           Bobby Marlow (408 att.)                           1950-52

2,519           Johnny Davis (447 att.)                               1974-77

2,486           Sherman Williams (535 att.)                    1991-94

2,288           Shaud Williams (410 att.)                          2002-03

2,270         Mark Ingram (392 att.)                         2008-09

 

INGRAM SCORES 3 TOUCHDOWNS: Sophomore running back Mark Ingram's three rushing touchdowns gives Ingram 15 rushing touchdowns in the 2009 season and the 27 in his two-year career at Alabama.  Those totals rank among the best in Alabama history.

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS – SEASON

19        Shaun Alexander........................................................................................................... 1999

17        Siran Stacy........................................................................................................................ 1989

16        Johnny Musso................................................................................................................ 1971

15        Bobby Humphrey....................................................................................................... 1986

15        Cotton Clark.................................................................................................................... 1962

15        Tony Nathan .................................................................................................................. 1977

15       Mark Ingram......................................................................... 2009

14        Shaud Williams.............................................................................................................. 2003

13        Shaud Williams.............................................................................................................. 2003

12        Bobby Marlow.............................................................................................................. 1951

12        Craig Turner................................................................................................................... 1982

12        Shaun Alexander........................................................................................................... 1998

12        Santonio Beard.............................................................................................................. 2002

12        Mark Ingram................................................................................................................... 2008

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS – CAREER

41        Shaun Alexander................................................................................................... 1996-99

34        Johnny Musso........................................................................................................ 1969-71

33        Bobby Humphrey............................................................................................... 1985-88

29        Tony Nathan .......................................................................................................... 1975-78

27        Sherman Williams............................................................................................... 1991-94

27       Mark Ingram................................................................... 2008-09

26        Bobby Marlow...................................................................................................... 1950-52

 

INGRAM OVER 100 YARDS RUSHING FOR 7TH TIME THIS SEASON; 8TH TIME IN HIS CAREER: Mark Ingram's 113 rushing yards gives him seven 100-yard rushing performances in 2009, tying an Alabama record for 100-yard rushing outings in a season originally set by Shaun Alexander in 1999. Ingram has eclipsed 100 rushing yards eight times in his Alabama career, ranking ninth in Alabama history. Alexander (15 from 1996-99) and Bobby Humphrey (15 from 1985-88) hold the record.

 

LONGEST RECEPTION OF INGRAM'S CAREER SETS UP HIS OWN RUSHING TD: Mark Ingram took a screen pass 69 yards to the Florida 3-yard line with approximate 4:00 left in the second quarter to set up his own 3-yard touchdown run that gave Alabama a 19-10 lead with 3:32 remaining in the first half.  That pass and run is the longest pass reception of Ingram's career.

 

TIFFIN NOW 2ND IN SEC HISTORY FOR KICKING POINTS & FIELD GOALS MADE: Senior placekicker Leigh Tiffin converted field goals of 48 and 34 yards in the first half.  The field goals, Tiffin's 28th and 29th of the 2009 season, extended his Alabama single-season and career records for most field goals made at Alabama.  He now has 377 career points to rank second among kickers in SEC history behind Georgia's Billy Bennett, who holds both the SEC and NCAA scoring record with 409 career points. With 82 field goals made in his career, Tiffin ranks second on the SEC's career field goals made list, just five behind Georgia's Billy Bennett (87), who is also the NCAA career leader.

FIELDGOALS – SEASON

29       Leigh Tiffin (33 att.)............................................................. 2009

25        Leigh Tiffin (34 att.).................................................................................................... 2007

24        Philip Doyle (29 att.).................................................................................................. 1990

22        Philip Doyle (25 att.).................................................................................................. 1989

22        Michael Proctor (29 att.)........................................................................................ 1993

FIELD GOALS – CAREER

82       Leigh Tiffin (109 att.)..................................................... 2006-09

78        Philip Doyle (105 att.)....................................................................................... 1987-90

65        Michael Proctor (91 att.)................................................................................ 1992-95

59        Van Tiffin (88 att.)............................................................................................... 1983-86

38        Brian Bostick (52 att.)...................................................................................... 2002-04

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