Alabama's CFP championship by the numbers: Henry, Howard, Saban and titles
- Mark Inabinettemail@example.com
January 12, 2016
Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 in the College Football Playoff title
game on Monday night, adding another championship to the Crimson Tide's
tradition. Some numbers that came out of the victory include:
Alabama tight end O.J. Howard catches a touchdown pass during the
second half of the College Football Playoff championship game.
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0 Coaches in SEC history have a higher winning percentage than
Nick Saban. Saban has an on-the-field record of 153-34 record at Alabama
and LSU – a winning percentage of .818. That's the best in SEC history
for any coach with at least five seasons in the conference. Alabama's
14-1 record in 2015 lifted Saban past Urban Meyer (65-15 at Florida from
2005 through 2010 for an .813 winning percentage) and Gene Stallings
(70-16-1 at Alabama from 1990 through 1996 for an .810 winning
percentage) this season.
1 Coach has more national titles during the poll era than
Alabama's Nick Saban – the Crimson Tide's Paul "Bear" Bryant. Saban
earned his fifth national crown on Monday night, joining the titles
in 2003 (with LSU), 2009, 2011 and 2012. Bryant's titles came in 1961,
1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979.
4 Players in Alabama history have had at least 200 receiving
yards in a game, including TD O.J. Howard, who had 208 yards and two
touchdowns on five receptions against Clemson on Monday night. Howard
joined Amari Cooper, who did it three times, Julio Jones and David
Palmer as the Crimson Tide's 200-yard receivers. Entering the game,
Howard had 33 receptions for 394 yards and no touchdowns this season.
Before Monday night, Howard hadn't had a TD catch since the seventh
game of his freshman season in 2013. Howard's average of 41.6 yards
per catch on Monday night was the best for one game in Alabama history
for a player with at least four receptions, knocking Quincy Jackson,
who had a 34.5-yard average on four catches against LSU in 1998, out
of the school record book.
4 AP poll titles have been won by Alabama in the past seven
seasons. That's happened only one other time in the history of the poll,
which started in 1936. The Crimson Tide finished atop the final poll
in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Notre Dame finished No. 1 in the final
polls of 1943, 1946, 1947 and 1949.
8 Consecutive seasons Alabama has reached No. 1 in The Associated
Press poll with the Crimson Tide ascending to No. 1 in the last poll
for the 2015 season. Alabama's streak is the longest since the AP poll
started in 1936, breaking Miami (Fla.)'s mark. The Hurricanes were
ranked No. 1 at some point during seven consecutive seasons from 1986
through 1992. All of the Tide's No. 1 rankings during the streak have
come under the guidance of Nick Saban; Miami had two coaches during its
streak – Jimmy Johnson for the first three years and Dennis Erickson
for the final four. Alabama has been atop 42 polls since the start of
the 2008 season. This is the second time during the streak that
Alabama's only week at No. 1 was the final poll. The Tide also did
that in 2011.
8 Victories for Alabama against the No. 1 team in the AP poll,
tied with Notre Dame for the most. The Crimson Tide beat Southern Cal
21-20 in 1977, Penn State 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl after the 1978 season,
Miami (Fla.) in the Sugar Bowl after the 1992 season, Florida 32-13 in
the 2009 SEC championship game, LSU 21-0 in the BCS championship game
after the 2011 season, Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS championship game
after the 2012 season, Mississippi State 25-20 on Nov. 15, 2014, and
Clemson 45-40 in the CFP championship game on Monday night. Alabama
has lost to the No. 1 team four times.
8 Consecutive victories have been posted in championship games
by Alabama. Since falling to Florida in the SEC title game in 2008,
the Crimson Tide has beaten Florida for the 2009 SEC title, Texas for
the 2009 BCS title, LSU for the 2011 BCS title, Georgia for the 2012
SEC title, Notre Dame for the 2012 BCS title, Missouri for the 2014
SEC title, Florida for the 2015 SEC title and Clemson for the 2015 CFP
8 Times Alabama has spoiled a team's perfect season by beating
it in the final game of the year. Before beating Clemson 45-40 in the
CFP championship game on Monday night, the Crimson Tide defeated Notre
Dame 42-14 in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7, 2013; LSU 21-0 in
the BCS championship game on Jan. 9, 2012; Texas 37-21 in the BCS
championship game on Jan. 7, 2010; Miami (Fla.) 34-13 in the Sugar
Bowl on Jan. 1, 1993; Penn State 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1,
1979; Nebraska 39-28 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1966; and Washington
State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1931. Four of the past six times
that a team has lost a perfect season in the final game of the season,
Alabama has been the spoiler.
9 Times Alabama has finished No. 1 in the final coaches poll of
the season, more than any other team. The Crimson Tide finished No. 1
in 1961, 1964, 1973, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. The coaches
poll started in 1950.
10 Times Alabama has finished No. 1 in the final AP poll of the
season, more than any other team. The Crimson Tide finished No. 1 in
1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Notre
Dame is next on the list with eight AP titles.
10 100-yard rushing games were produced by Alabama RB Derrick
Henry this season, the most in one campaign in Alabama history with his
158-yard performance on Monday night against Clemson. Mark Ingram had
nine 100-yard games in 2009, and Trent Richardson had nine 100-yard
games in 2011.
10 Games involving the No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams in the AP poll have
included Alabama. The Crimson Tide, which has a 7-3 record in such
games, lost to No. 1 Nebraska 38-6 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1972;
beat No. 1 Penn State 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1979; beat No.
1 Miami (Fla.) 34-13 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1993; lost to No. 2
Florida 31-20 in the SEC championship game on Dec. 6, 2008; beat No. 1
Florida 32-13 in the SEC championship game on Dec. 5, 2009; beat No. 2
Texas 37-21 in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7, 2010; lost to No. 1
LSU 9-6 in overtime on Nov. 5, 2011; defeated No. 1 LSU 21-0 in the BCS
championship game on Jan. 9, 2012; defeated Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS
championship game on Jan. 7, 2013; and defeated Clemson 45-40 in the
CFP championship game on Monday night. Alabama is 6-2 as the No. 2 team
against the No. 1 team.
10 Non-offensive TDs were scored by Alabama this season, with RB
Kenyan Drake returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on Monday
night. Alabama also returned five punts and four interceptions for TDs
12 Consecutive games have been won by Alabama, the longest
winning streak in the nation. The Crimson Tide ended Clemson's
school-record 17-game winning streak on Monday night.
13 Consecutive victories for Alabama in games against Clemson.
The Tigers won the first three meetings between the teams in 1900, 1904
and 1905. Alabama then defeated Clemson in 1909, 1913, 1931, 1934, 1935,
1936, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1975 and 2008 before winning again on
Monday night. Ten of the 16 games have been shutouts, including all
three of Clemson's victories. Glendale was the seventh site for an
Alabama-Clemson game, joining Birmingham, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa in
Alabama, Clemson and Columbia in South Carolina and Atlanta.
15 100-yard rushing games have been produced by Henry, tying the
Alabama career record. Henry had 100-yard games against Arkansas and
Oklahoma in 2013, West Virginia, Florida and Missouri in 2014, and
Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Georgia, Texas A&M, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi
State, Auburn, Florida and Clemson in 2015. Shaun Alexander and Bobby
Humphrey also had 15 100-yard games a piece in their Alabama careers.
16 Opponents in Alabama history have gained at least 500 total
yards, including Clemson, which piled up 550 in Monday night's loss to
the Crimson Tide. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson accounted for 478 yards
with 405 passing and 73 rushing as he put up the ninth 400-yard passing
game all-time against Alabama. For Clemson, the CFP title game was its
11th straight contest with at least 512 yards, and Watson became the
first player in NCAA FBS history with 4,000 passing yards and 1,000
rushing yards in the same season.
20 Consecutive Alabama games have included a rushing TD scored
by RB Derrick Henry, an SEC record and the nation's longest active
streak. Henry ran for three TDs on Monday night.
22 Victories in 29 games against AP top-10 opponents for Alabama
since Nick Saban became the Crimson Tide's coach in 2007. Saban's record
at Alabama in games between top-10 teams is 19-6.
25 Victories in 43 January games for Alabama. The Crimson
Tide has a 25-17-1 record when playing in the first month.
28 TDs were scored by Alabama RB Derrick Henry this season.
That's the most by a player in one season in SEC history – officially
and unofficially. With three TD runs against Clemson on Monday night,
Henry broke the official record of 25 set by Auburn RB Tre Mason in 2013. He also broke the unofficial record of 27 scored by Alabama RB Shaun Alexander in 1999. Alexander had three TDs in the Orange Bowl that didn't count in his stats because bowls numbers didn't become a part of the official record until 2002, leaving him with 24 in the record book.
51 Consecutive games had been won by Clemson when the Tigers
held the lead entering the fourth quarter – a streak that ended on
Monday night. The Tigers led Alabama 24-21 entering the final period,
but the Crimson Tide outscored Clemson 24-16 in the fourth quarter.
Clemson hadn't lost a game when it was leading after three quarters
since Nov. 13, 2010, when Clemson led Florida State 10-6 entering the
final period and lost 16-13.
53 Sacks were recorded by Alabama's defense in 2015, the most
in the nation.
62 Victories since the start of the 2011 season for Alabama, an
NCAA-era record for most wins in a five-season span.
75.7 Rushing yards per game were yielded by the Alabama defense,
the fewest in the nation this season, even though Clemson picked up 145
on the ground on Monday night. This is the fourth time that Alabama has
had the nation's No. 1 rushing defense, joining the teams of 1945, 1992
76 Victories in 87 games for Alabama when playing as the No. 2
team in the AP poll. The Crimson Tide has a 76-9-2 record at No. 2.
118 Games have been played by Alabama since the Crimson Tide failed to
score in the first half, the longest streak in the nation. On Sept.
29, 2007, Alabama and Florida State headed into halftime tied at 0-0.
The Tide has scored in the first half of every game since. Alabama has
a 102-16 record during the streak.
131 Consecutive AP poll appearances have been made by Alabama,
the longest active streak in the nation. Florida State is next on the
list with 69. The Crimson Tide's streak is the ninth-longest of all-time
and the second-longest in SEC history behind Florida's 209-poll streak
of 1989 through 2001.
168 Points were scored this season by Alabama RB Derrick Henry,
the most in one season by an SEC player.
198 Consecutive games without being shut out for Alabama, a
school record. Alabama's most recent shutout loss came 9-0 to Auburn
on Nov. 18, 2000.
395 Rushing attempts were made by Alabama RB Derrick Henry this
season – 10 more than Georgia RB Herschel Walker had in 1981 when he
established the SEC single-season record.
2,219 Rushing yards have been gained by Alabama RB Derrick Henry
this season, the fifth-most in NCAA FBS history. Oklahoma State's Barry
Sanders holds the single-season rushing record with 2,628 yards in 1988.
Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon had 2,587 in 2014, Central Florida's Kevin
Smith had 2,567 in 2007 and Southern Cal's Marcus Allen had 2,342 in
3,591 Career rushing yards have been gained by RB Derrick Henry
after he ran for 158 on Monday night to become Alabama's all-time
rushing leader. Henry broke the record of 3,565 yards established by
Shaun Alexander from 1996 through 1999. Alexander actually ran for
3,880 yards for Alabama, but because bowl statistics weren't considered
a part of the official record until 2002, he doesn't have that many in
the record book. The same situation exists for Bobby Humphrey, whose
official yardage total from 1985 through 1988 is 3,420, but who actually
ran for 3,783 yards while playing for Alabama.