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2010 Iron Bowl: Penalty on Fairley justified, plus postgame quotes & notes

Alabama head coach Nick Saban (L) & Auburn head coach Gene Chizik (R)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban (L) & Auburn head coach Gene Chizik (R)
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Below you will find my thoughts on the Nick Fairley unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, postgame quotes from Nick Saban and Alabama players, and postgame notes via Alabama Athletics Media Relations.

Vince’s Views
-I had no problem with Nick Fairley’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
-The rule is in place to penalize players for self-promoting celebrations
-Considering they penalize for subtle little “call me” signs to the stands and players jumping into another player's arms, then that “look at me, I’m the man” 6 second post-play individual celebration was worthy of a flag
-Statement from SEC Coordinator of Officials Rogers Redding on that call… “The penalty was due to a violation of NCAA Rule 9-2-1.a.1(d), which states, in part, that any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves) is an unsportsmanlike conduct foul.”

Alabama Football vs. Auburn – Postgame Alabama Quotes

Head Coach Nick Saban
Opening statement:
First of all you have got to give Auburn’s team a lot of credit for coming back in the game and doing a great job in the second half. This team’s been challenging all year in terms of the progress that they have made and the maturity that they’ve gained. I’m pleased with the progress that we made, but we didn’t finish the game today. When you play against good teams you’re going to have to play for 60 minutes. We knew that we were going to have to do that in the second half. These kinds of teams don’t go away and there are a lot of lessons to be learned out there about how important finishing is and continuing to do things correctly. There’s a lot to learn about how you ensure success, and to ensure success, you’ve got to finish things. You’ve got to continue with the intensity and the passion.

I thought our players came out with a great plan in the first half and did a good job of executing it. They squandered some opportunities which were critical to the outcome of the game. Things like fumbling the ball right before the half. Another time we had the ball right inside the 20 when Mark (Ingram) fumbled. We got down there in the red zone a couple times and couldn’t score and had to kick field goals.

We’re pleased with the progress that this team made. We’re not always pleased. Are we satisfied with the results that we got, especially in this game, which means so much to so many people? I’m responsible for the fact that we didn’t finish the way we needed to. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to at the end of the game.

Our fans have been tremendous to us all year and they were tremendous to us today. It was a great atmosphere out there and this team will learn and grow from this. Hopefully when we get another opportunity we’ll be able to be a better team because of some of the lessons we learned today. It was tough for us.

We lost Julio (Jones) with a bruised knee. In the second half Hanks had bruised ribs. So our receiving corps was a little bit down. It was a little bit tough for us. Greg (McElroy) has a concussion; he’s going to be okay. I think he’s okay. It’s nothing serious. He’s checked out good, so we don’t have any issues or problems from that standpoint.

On the play of the offensive line:
Some of the time we did a good job, and some of the time we allowed too much pressure. We totally whiffed on the sack right before the half that caused the fumble, which took points off the board. I thought we moved the ball well; moving the ball was not the issue. We had enough offensive yards; we just didn’t capitalize when we got in the red zone.

On limiting Auburn’s rushing attack:
In the first half, I thought we did a really good job. In the second half, it wasn’t that we were doing things that were different; they just did a little better job. Their backs did a better job. They made a couple of, not big play runs, but runs. I thought the difference in the game was the big plays. The big play on the second play of the second half, we had it defended and misplayed the ball. Explosive plays are something they do extremely well. One of our goals was to stop the run, but not give up explosive plays. We were in the split safety coverage on that play, so we should be able to defend the pass. Even though we stopped the run, we didn’t get it done because we didn’t stop the explosive plays. We didn’t stop the run as well in the second half as we needed to. We didn’t create any negative down-and-distance in the second half.

On the difference between the offense in the first and second halves:
I thought we did a really good job of keeping them off balance in the first half. We threw the ball effectively, and we wanted to do the same thing in the second half, but we kind of lost our receivers at one point. We tried to run a little bit because of the circumstance we ended up in. Their defense played better in the second half, and we didn’t execute as well when we had opportunities. You have to give them some credit. We did a really good job of attacking them on the perimeter in the first half, and we probably didn’t do that enough in the second half.

On the first half play of quarterback Greg McElroy and wide receiver Julio Jones:
They did a great job. That was about as fine a first half of offensive football we have played in a long time against a good team. But the two scoring opportunities that we squandered were the difference. The ball was on about the 4-yard line right before the half, and Mark (Ingram) had the ball on about the 20-yard line when the ball was punched out and rolled through the back of the end zone to give them the ball back. Those two opportunities were huge. Relative to the production we had, we didn’t get as many points as we could have.

#41 Courtney Upshaw Linebacker
On what allowed him a career game:
I just had the mindset to go in and dominate. It’s Auburn. I’m like an hour away from Auburn and the whole town is full of Auburn fans. I just wanted to get out and prove that Alabama is the real deal. We just couldn’t pull out the win.

On what allowed the defense to stop Cam Newton from running the ball:
We were motivated. We had that one drive that nothing was going to keep us from getting to him. We knew that we had to shut him down from all the talk about Cam and the Auburn Tigers. We knew that if we shut him down we would have a big chance to win.

#57 Marcell Dareus Defensive Lineman
On what was different in the second half:
We just lost focus as a team. It wasn’t so much just the front. I think we lost focus as a team just getting after it, fitting our gaps and getting the run fits. We just lost focus

On what was working early in the game:
Anticipation. We were ready to go. We came in at half time and made some adjustments. Some people got comfortable and started getting lackadaisical going out there and doing other things instead of what they were doing the first time – not keeping the intensity to stay focused.

#73 William Vlachos Offensive Lineman
On not being able to put Auburn away:
It’s extremely frustrating. We came out firing, hitting on all cylinders, but credit to them. They fought back and made the plays that they had to make to win the game. When we go and look at the film we’re going to see that they’re a very good team, but it’s going to be the stuff that we did that kept us from winning the game and continuing to score points on offense. It’s extremely frustrating with the miscues in the red zone that we had, but those aren’t one guy’s fault, that’s everybody’s fault. We have a lot to play for still. Hopefully we’ll get to go to a good bowl game and hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of the time we have coming up to get better and continue to improve.

On the passing game early:
They had some weaknesses in their secondary, but we knew for us to be able to throw the ball we were going to have to block them up front. Overall, I think we did a good job with their talented front. (Nick Fairley) made some plays on a couple of miscues. There are a couple miscues where he maybe got a sack or two – and the sack and fumble was huge – but I think overall we protected decently well when we threw the ball. We didn’t protect as well as we needed to in the second half, and there was a lot of stuff open. We just have to get to the film room and watch to see what we need to do better.

#22 Mark Ingram Running Back
On the game:
I feel like we played with a lot of effort, but we just didn’t finish. The program is built on finishing, and I feel like we gave them the game – it’s that simple.

On the offense in the first half:
Things were clicking. Everybody was in sync. The timing was good, and we were just executing the plays that were called.

On how the team can rebound:
Get better. We need to put this past us and put it behind us and get ready for the bowl game.

FINAL POST-GAME NOTES – ALABAMA VS. AUBURN

ALABAMA-AUBURN SERIES: With the Auburn victory over Alabama, Alabama holds a 40-34-1 lead in the series. The Tigers own a 7-1 edge in the series in Tuscaloosa and a 5-1 record at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

HOME WINNING STREAK ENDS: Auburn’s 28-27 victory over Alabama ended a streak of 20 consecutive victories for the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium dating back to the home opener against Tulane in 2008. That streak tied for the second-longest streak in school history at Bryant-Denny Stadium, originally set from Nov. 1, 1941, to Nov. 11, 1950. The longest winning streak at Bryant-Denny Stadium is 57 games from Oct. 26, 1963, to Nov. 13, 1982. During the recent 20-game streak, the Crimson Tide went 11-0 against SEC competition, 9-0 against non-conference opponents and 5-0 against top 25 teams.

DEFENSE HOLDS AUBURN OFFENSE TO SEASON LOWS: Alabama’s defense limited the explosive Auburn offense to season lows for total offense and rushing yards in the 28-27 loss. The Crimson Tide held the Tigers to 108 rushing yards (previous low: 190 at Mississippi State) and 324 total yards (previous low: 348 vs. Mississippi State).

UPSHAW LEADS DEFENSE: Junior linebacker Courtney Upshaw led Alabama’s defense against Auburn with a stellar outing. Upshaw garnered 10 total tackles (7 solos) including 3 quarterback sacks and 3 tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles and had a quarterback hurry. Defensive back DeMarcus Milliner had 9 tackles, linebacker C.J. Mosley added 6 stops and five other Alabama defenders were credited with 4 tackles each.

NEWTON’S TD RUN 1ST ALLOWED AT HOME BY ALABAMA IN 2010: Cam Newton’s 1-yard touchdown run with 4:25 left in the third quarter is the first rushing touchdown allowed by Alabama at home this season and the first since LSU’s Stevan Ridley scored on a 8-yard run on November 7, 2009. It was only the second rushing touchdown allowed by the Alabama defense at home since the start of the 2008 season.

JONES HAS LONGEST CATCH OF SEASON: Julio Jones took a Greg McElroy pass 68 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 14-0 lead over Auburn with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter. That play was the longest catch by Jones this season. In the first quarter, Jones had five catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

JONES SETS SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS FOR CATCHES AND YARDS: Julio Jones set the Alabama single-season record for receptions with an 11-yard catch with 7:06 left in the first quarter, giving Jones 68 catches. That broke the record of 67 catches previously set Freddie Milons in 1999. He finished the first half with 7 catches for 174 yards and 1 touchdown, giving him the Alabama single-season mark for both catches (75) and receiving yards (1,059).
RECEPTIONS – SEASON
72 Julio Jones (1,059 yards) 2010
67 DJ Hall (1,005 yards) 2007
65 Freddie Milons (733 yards) 1999
62 DJ Hall (1,056 yards) 2006
61 David Palmer (1,000 yards) 1993
58 Julio Jones (924 yards) 2008

RECEIVING?YARDS – SEASON
1,059 Julio Jones (72 catches) 2010
1,056 DJ Hall (62 catches) 2006
1,005 DJ Hall (67 catches) 2007
1,000 David Palmer (61 catches) 1993
924 Julio Jones (58 catches) 2008
820 Dennis Homan (54 catches) 1967
804 Ozzie Newsome (36 catches) 1977
790 David Bailey (55 catches) 1970

JONES AMONG TOP SINGLE-GAME RECEIVERS: Julio Jones’ big receiving day set new Alabama standards for an Iron Bowl game as he nabbed 10 catches for 199 yards and 1 touchdown. The outing also ranks among the top receiving performances for a full game in Alabama history. Jones came within one yard of becoming the only player in Alabama history to have more than one 200-yard receiving outing, having done it previously against Tennessee on Oct. 23, 2010.
Below are the top receiving yardage games in Alabama history.
MOST RECEIVING YARDS – GAME
221 Julio Jones at Tennessee (12 catches) Oct. 23, 2010
217 David Palmer at Vanderbilt (8 catches) Sept. 11, 1993
199 Julio Jones vs. Auburn (10 catches) Nov. 26, 2010
187 David Bailey vs. Auburn (9 catches) Nov. 29, 1969
185 DJ Hall vs. Tennessee (13 catches) Oct. 20, 2007
173 Toderick Malone vs. Georgia (8 catches) Oct. 1, 1994
171 David Palmer vs. Mississippi State (8 catches) Nov. 13, 1993
159 Dennis Homan vs. Florida State (6 catches) Sept. 23, 1967
158 Ken MacAfee vs. Villanova (6 catches) Oct. 12, 1951
158 Siran Stacy vs. Tennessee (9 catches) Oct. 21, 1989
157 Antonio Carter vs. Mississippi (8 catches) Oct. 14, 2000
157 DJ Hall vs. Utah State (11 catches) Oct. 29, 2005

JONES MOVES INTO 4th FOR CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS: Jones’ 68-yard touchdown catch gives him 15 in his Alabama career. That ties Jones for third place on the Alabama career touchdown receptions list with Joey Jones (1980-83). Jones has 7 receiving touchdowns in 2010, tied for fourth on the Alabama single-season list.
TOUCHDOWN CATCHES – CAREER
18 Dennis Homan........................................................................ 1965-67
17 DJ Hall.................................................................................... 2004-07
16 Ozzie Newsome.................................................................. 1974-77
15 Joey Jones........................................................................ 1980-83
15 Julio Jones............................................................ 2008-present
14 Al Lary.................................................................................. 1948-50
13 David Bailey.......................................................................... 1969-71
13 Keith Brown......................................................................... 2004-07

TOUCHDOWN CATCHES – SEASON
10 Al Lary..................................................................................... 1950
9 Dennis Homan...................................................................... 1967
8 Al Bell................................................................................... 1985
7 Ray Perkins........................................................................ 1966
7 Wayne Wheeler.................................................................. 1972
7 David Palmer........................................................................ 1993
7 Julio Jones........................................................................... 2010

JONES ON ALABAMA CAREER LISTS: Jones improved his career totals, solidifying his hold on second place in Alabama history for career catches and receiving yards.

RECEIVING?YARDS – CAREER
2,923 DJ Hall (194 catches)............................................. 2004-07
2,604 Julio Jones (176 catches)............................... 2008-present
2,070 Ozzie Newsome (102 catches)....................................... 1974-77
1,859 Freddie Milons (152 catches).......................................... 1998-01
1,857 David Bailey (132 catches)............................................ 1969-71

RECEPTIONS – CAREER
194 DJ Hall (2,923 yards)...................................................... 2004-07
176 Julio Jones (2,604 yards).................................. 2008-present
152 Freddie Milons (1,859 yards).................................... 1998-01
132 David Bailey (1,857 yards)....................................... 1969-71
117 Keith Brown (1,863 yards)......................................... 2004-07

JULIO OVER 100 – AGAIN: Jones had 199 receiving yards against Auburn, giving the junior his fifth 100-yard receiving outing of the 2010 season and the 10th of his career. That ranks Jones second in Alabama history for 100-yard receiving games.

CAREER 100-YARD GAMES
13 DJ Hall...................................................................... 2004-07
10 Julio Jones............................................................ 2008-present
6 Ozzie Newsome....................................................... 1974-76
5 David Bailey............................................................. 1969-71
5 Dennis Homan.......................................................... 1965-67

McELROY SETS CAREER BEST FOR YARDAGE: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy surpassed his single-game career best for passing yardage on a 17-yard pass to running back Mark Ingram with approximately 3:00 remaining in the second quarter. That play gave McElroy 318 yards through the air against Auburn, eclipsing his previous career high for yardage, a 315-yard outing against South Carolina on October 9 in Columbia, S.C. McElroy finished the game with 377 yards through the air, a total that ranks fourth all-time in Alabama history.
TOP 10 PASSING YARDAGE GAMES IN ALABAMA HISTORY
484 Scott Hunter vs. Auburn (30 of 55) Nov. 29, 1969
396 Jay Barker vs. Georgia (26 of 34) Oct. 1, 1994
379 Gary Hollingsworth vs. Tennessee (32 of 46) Oct. 21, 1989
377 Greg McElroy vs. Auburn (27 of 37) Nov. 26, 2010
367 Mike Shula at Memphis State (24 of 34) Oct. 26, 1985
363 Gary Hollingsworth at Mississippi (25 of 43) Oct. 7, 1989
363 John Parker Wilson vs. Tennessee (32 of 46) Oct. 20, 2007
340 Gary Hollingsworth at Auburn (27 of 49) Dec. 2, 1989
336 Andrew Zow vs. Florida (28 of 40) Dec. 4, 1999
336 Walter Lewis at Penn State (25 of 35) Oct. 8, 1983
327 John Parker Wilson vs. Arkansas (24 of 45) Sept. 15, 2007

McELROY SETS MARK FOR CONSECUTIVE COMPLETIONS: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy started the game by completing his first 12 pass attempts for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns. That pushed his string of consecutive pass attempts without an incompletion to 16 as McElroy had completed his final four passes of the Georgia State game for 68 yards and a touchdown. Over the course of the 16-pass streak, McElroy threw for a total of 291 yards and three touchdowns without an incompletion. That set a new Alabama record for consecutive completions.
MOST CONSECUTIVE COMPLETIONS
16 Greg McElroy vs. Georgia St. (4) & vs. Auburn (12) Nov. 26, 2010
14 Greg McElroy vs. Florida International Sept. 12, 2009
12 John Parker Wilson at Tennessee & vs. Arkansas St. Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 2008
12 Andrew Zow vs. Mississippi Oct. 14, 2000
11 Jay Barker at Mississippi State Nov. 12, 1994
10 Gary Hollingsworth at Mississippi Oct. 7, 1989
10 Gary Hollingsworth at LSU Nov. 11, 1989
10 Ken Stabler at Mississippi (8) & vs. Clemson (2) Oct. 1 & 8, 1966
10 Jay Barker vs. Tulane (8) & at Vanderbilt (2) Sept. 4 & 11, 1993

McELROY SETS SINGLE-SEASON MARK FOR TD PASSES: Senior quarterback Greg McElroy’s threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter against Auburn, giving him 19 touchdown passes in the 2010 season, to set a new Alabama single-season touchdown passes record. McElroy now has 38 touchdown passes in his Alabama career, ranking him third on the UA career touchdown passes list.
TOUCHDOWN PASSES – CAREER
47 John Parker Wilson................................................... 2005-08
41 Brodie Croyle.............................................................. 2002-05
38 Greg McElroy........................................................ 2007-present
35 Andrew Zow.............................................................. 1998-2001
35 Mike Shula..................................................................... 1983-86

TOUCHDOWN PASSES – SEASON
19 Greg McElroy....................................................................... 2010
18 John Parker Wilson............................................................. 2007
17 John Parker Wilson.............................................................. 2006
17 Greg McElroy........................................................................ 2009
16 Mike Shula.......................................................................... 1985
16 Brodie Croyle................................................................... 2003
14 Brodie Croyle...................................................................... 2005
14 Walter Lewis........................................................................... 1983
14 Gary Hollingsworth................................................................ 1989
14 Jay Barker.............................................................................. 1994
14 Freddie Kitchens............................................................... 1996

McELROY ON CAREER LISTS: McElroy ranks high on several individual season and career lists at Alabama through tonight’s game. A summary follows:
PASS ATTEMPTS – SEASON
462 John Parker Wilson (255 comp., 2,846 yards)........................ 2007
379 John Parker Wilson (216 comp., 2,707 yards)........................ 2006
362 Greg McElroy (225 comp., 2,884 yards)....................... 2009
341 Brodie Croyle (182 comp., 2,303 yards)....................................... 2003
339 Brodie Croyle (202 comp., 2,499 yards)....................................... 2005
339 Gary Hollingsworth (205 comp., 2,379 yards)......................... 1989
302 Freddie Kitchens (162 comp., 2,124 yards).............................. 1996
282 Gary Hollingsworth (140 comp., 1,462 yards)......................... 1990
266 Scott Hunter (157 comp., 2,188 yards).......................................... 1969
264 Andrew Zow (148 comp., 1,799 yards)......................................... 1999

PASS ATTEMPTS – CAREER
1,175 John Parker Wilson (665 comp., 7,924 yards)........ 2005-08
869 Brodie Croyle (488 comp., 6,382 yards)....................... 2002-05
852 Andrew Zow (459 comp., 5,983 yards).................. 1998-2001
706 Jay Barker (402 comp., 5,689 yards)............................... 1991-94
680 Freddie Kitchens (343 comp., 4,668 yards).............. 1993-97
672 Scott Hunter (382 comp., 4,899 yards).......................... 1968-70
628 Greg McElroy (411 comp., 5,312 yards)..... 2007-present
621 Gary Hollingsworth (345 comp., 3,842 yards)......... 1989-90
578 Mike Shula (313 comp., 4,069 yards).............................. 1983-86
504 Walter Lewis (286 comp., 4,257 yards)......................... 1980-83
494 Tyler Watts (284 comp., 3,540 yards)..................... 1999-2002

PASS COMPLETIONS – SEASON
255 John Parker Wilson (462 att., 2,846 yards)............................... 2007
216 John Parker Wilson (379 att., 2,707 yards)............................... 2006
209 Greg McElroy (296 att., 2,867 yards)............................ 2010
205 Gary Hollingsworth (339 att., 2,379 yards)................................ 1989
202 Brodie Croyle (339 att., 2,499 yards).............................................. 2005
198 Greg McElroy (325 att., 2,507 yards)............................ 2009
187 John Parker Wilson (323 att., 2,273 yards)............................... 2008
182 Brodie Croyle (341 att., 2,303 yards).............................................. 2003
157 Scott Hunter (266 att., 2,188 yards)................................................. 1969
152 Freddie Kitchens (302 att., 2,124 yards)..................................... 1996
148 Andrew Zow (264 att., 1,799 yards)................................................ 1999

PASS COMPLETIONS – CAREER
488 Brodie Croyle (869 att., 6,382 yards)..................................... 2002-05
478 John Parker Wilson (820 att., 5,651 yards)...................... 2005-07
459 Andrew Zow (852 att., 5,983 yards)................................ 1998-2001
423 Greg McElroy (641 att., 5,471 yards)............. 2007-present
402 Jay Barker (706 att., 5,689 yards)............................................. 1991-94
382 Scott Hunter (672 att., 4,899 yards)........................................ 1968-70
345 Gary Hollingsworth (621 att., 3,842 yards)....................... 1989-90
343 Freddie Kitchens (680 att., 4,668 yards)............................ 1993-97
313 Mike Shula (578 att., 4,069 yards)............................................ 1983-86
286 Walter Lewis (504 att., 4,257 yards)....................................... 1980-83

HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE – CAREER
(Minimum 200 Completions)
65.99% Greg McElroy (423 of 641)........................ 2007-present
57.5% Tyler Watts (284 of 494)................................................... 1999-2002
56.9% Jay Barker (402 of 706)............................................................. 1991-94
56.8% Scott Hunter (382 of 672)........................................................ 1968-70
56.6% Walter Lewis (286 of 504)....................................................... 1980-83
56.6% John Parker Wilson (665 of 1,175)................................. 2005-08

YARDS?PASSING – SEASON
2,867 Greg McElroy (209 of 296)....................................... 2010
2,846 John Parker Wilson (255 of 372)............................................... 2007
2,707 John Parker Wilson (216 of 379)............................................... 2006
2,499 Brodie Croyle (202 of 339).............................................................. 2005
2,507 Greg McElroy (198 of 325)....................................... 2009
2,379 Gary Hollingsworth (205 of 339)................................................ 1989
2,303 Brodie Croyle (182 of 341).............................................................. 2003
2,188 Scott Hunter (157 of 266)................................................................. 1969
2,124 Freddie Kitchens (152 of 302)..................................................... 1996
2,009 Mike Shula (138 of 229)..................................................................... 1985

YARDS PASSING – CAREER
7,924 John Parker Wilson (665 of 1,175)................................. 2005-08
6,382 Brodie Croyle (488 of 869)..................................................... 2002-05
5,983 Andrew Zow (459 of 852)....................................................... 1998-01
5,689 Jay Barker (402 of 706)............................................................. 1991-94
5,471 Greg McElroy (423 of 640)........................ 2007-present
4,899 Scott Hunter (382 of 672)........................................................ 1968-70

RARE FUMBLE FOR INGRAM: Junior running back Mark Ingram lost a fumble with 12:22 remaining in the second quarter. The fumble was only the second fumble lost by Ingram in 613 touches to that point in his Alabama career, and the first since a fumble against Tennessee in 2009. Prior to that fumble, Ingram had gone 144 touches this season without a fumble.

INGRAM SCORES 44th TOUCHDOWN: Mark Ingram capped the game’s opening drive by scoring on a 9-yard run with 11:34 left in the first quarter to give Alabama a 7-0 lead. That touchdown was the 44th touchdown of Ingram’s Alabama career and his 40th rushing touchdown. Ingram ranks third in career touchdowns and is second in career rushing touchdowns at Alabama. With today’s touchdown, Ingram has scored a touchdown in 28 of 38 games he has played at Alabama. He has scored a rushing touchdown in 27 of those 38 games.
TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS – CAREER
52 Harry Gilmer (2 PR, 1 KOR, 1 IR, 19 rush, 29 pass) 1944-47
50 Shaun Alexander (41 rush, 8 rec., 1 KOR)..................... 1996-99
44 Mark Ingram (40 rush, 4 rec.)...................... 2008-present
43 John Parker Wilson (37 pass, 6 rush).................................. 2005-07
42 Walter Lewis (13 rush, 29 pass)............................................... 1980-83
41 Jeff Rutledge (11 rush, 30 pass)............................................... 1975-78
40 Joe Namath (15 rush, 25 pass).................................................. 1962-64
40 Johnny Musso (34 rush, 4 rec., 2 pass).............................. 1969-71
40 Bobby Humphrey (33 rush, 7 rec.)........................................ 1985-88
39 Andrew Zow (35 pass, 4 rush)............................................ 1998-2001
37 Mike Shula (35 pass, 2 rush)....................................................... 1983-86

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS – CAREER
41 Shaun Alexander........................................................ 1996-99
40 Mark Ingram........................................................ 2008-present
34 Johnny Musso......................................................................... 1969-71
33 Bobby Humphrey................................................................. 1985-88
29 Tony Nathan ............................................................................... 1975-78
27 Sherman Williams.............................................................. 1991-94
26 Bobby Marlow......................................................................... 1950-52

17 SENIORS HONORED ON SENIOR DAY: Alabama football honored 17 seniors today on Senior Day for the Auburn game: WR Earl Alexander, LB Drew Bullard, OL James Carpenter, DL Luther Davis, LB Michael DeJohn, TE Preston Dial, WR Rob Ezell, PK Colin Gallagher, DB Mark Holt, LB J.B. Kern, QB Greg McElroy, OL Brian Motley, CB Kyle Pennington, OL Taylor Pharr, OL David Ross, WR Logan Thomas and LB Chavis Williams. This group of seniors entered today’s game with an overall record of 42-8 over the last four seasons and have won 35 games over the last three years – more than any other team from a BCS conference. They own a mark of 24-3 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, including a current 20-game home winning streak. This class has won two SEC West Championships, the 2009 SEC title and the 2009 BCS National Championship. They have been to four straight bowl games and will make it five bowl appearances this season.
-UA-

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Comments

  • Bear4Heisman 3 years ago

    Hey Vince, why don't you go back and watch Dareus' theatrical show of celebration in the 1st quarter after sacking no. 2 (which was not flagged) and then re-state your opinion on the NF penalty with a straight face.

  • Hammer38 3 years ago

    True that... I was DVRing the game, stopped and went back to 2 sacks by Bama earlier... same type of celebration. No Flag. Writer is just the typical Bama fans. Auburn wins one and they cant see the forest for the trees.