Friday, November 13, 2009
Did you know, SEC style
By Chris Low
A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 11 in the SEC:
- Florida’s winning streak of 19 games is the longest in the SEC since Auburn won 20 straight from 1993-94. Alabama holds the longest winning streak in the SEC since 1960, winning 28 straight games twice. The Crimson Tide did it from 1978-80 and again from 1991-93.
- Florida has won 17 of the past 18 games against South Carolina with the one loss coming in Columbia four years ago. Steve Spurrier is 1-3 against his former team.
- Mississippi State running back Anthony Dixon is eighth nationally in rushing with an average of 125.1 yards per game, but he’ll have his work cut out for him Saturday. Alabama’s defense hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 consecutive games.
- With a win at Mississippi State, Alabama would extend a couple of its NCAA records by (No. 1) starting a season 10-0 for the 17th time and (No. 2) recording its 22nd winning streak of 10 or more games.
- Alabama coach Nick Saban has never won 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons as a head coach. That changes with a win over Mississippi State on Saturday night in Starkville.
- Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram is tied for second nationally with 38 rushes of 10 yards or more and has nine receptions of 10 yards or more for a total of 47 plays of 10 yards or more. Of Ingram’s 199 touches (175 rushes, 24 receptions), almost a quarter (23.6 percent) have gone for at least 10 yards.
- Ingram has gained 752 of his 1,364 rushing/receiving yards after contact this season, accounting for 55.1 percent of his total yards. He reeled off a season-best 167 total yards after contact against South Carolina on 24 rushes and two receptions. He also broke the 100-yard barrier on yards after contact against Virginia Tech (115) and LSU (107) and got close at Ole Miss (95).
- Over its last four games, Alabama has kicked 14 field goals and scored only four offensive touchdowns (two last week against LSU). In those games, the Crimson Tide have managed just one touchdown in 12 red zone trips. For the season, Alabama ranks 116th nationally in red zone touchdown percentage (41 percent).
- Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has 2,477 passing yards and needs 152 yards Saturday against Troy to break Clint Stoerner’s school record for most passing yards in a season. Mallett also has 123 pass attempts without an interception and is 12 attempts away from breaking Stoerner’s mark, which was set during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
- Vanderbilt’s Warren Norman needs 110 more yards to break Herschel Walker’s SEC freshman record of 1,805 all-purpose yards in a season. Walker set the record almost 30 years ago – 1980.
- LSU has a nation’s best 22-game win streak against nonconference opponents. The Tigers’ last nonconference loss was to Iowa in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. LSU has also won 27 consecutive nonconference games at home.
- Returning punts has been a nightmare for Auburn, which ranks 114th out of 120 teams nationally with a 3.8-yard average. The Tigers have used five different players back deep to return punts and have six fumble/muffs this season, three of those leading to turnovers.
- Auburn sophomore receiver Darvin Adams has 10 catches for 183 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games. He leads the SEC with nine touchdown catches.
- Tennessee senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton leads the SEC with 21 touchdown passes. The only other players in Tennessee history to have thrown more touchdown passes in a season are Peyton Manning (36 in 1997 and 22 in 1995), Eric Ainge (31 in 2007), Heath Shuler (25 in 1993) and Casey Clausen (27 in 2003 and 22 in 2001).