Alabama's CFP championship by the numbers: Henry, Howard, Saban and titles
- Mark Inabinett/minabinett@al.com
January 12, 2016


 
Alabama tight end O.J. Howard catches a touchdown pass during the second half of the College Football Playoff championship game.
Photo Credit - Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com
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:

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 title.

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 this season.

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 and 2011.

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 1981.

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.



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