Alabama defeated Mississippi State 31-24 on Saturday in Starkville, Miss., to improve to 10-0 on the season. Look inside for highlights from the game.
ALABAMA TEAM NOTES
BAMA GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama's captains for the game in Starkville were center Bradley Bozeman, defensive back Hootie Jones and defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne.
SEC STREAK: With Saturday night's 31-24 win at Mississippi State, Alabama has now won 22 consecutive SEC regular-season contests (not including SEC Championship Games) dating back to a 38-10 win at Georgia on Oct. 3, 2015, the second-longest streak in school history. Alabama's last loss was a 43-37 defeat by Ole Miss on Sept. 19, 2015. Alabama won a school record 27 consecutive SEC games from 1976-80.
NICK SABAN'S 60th GAME AS AP NO. 1: The matchup with Mississippi State was Nick Saban's 60th career game coaching Alabama as the AP No. 1 team, the most games coached as No. 1 at one school. At 54-6 (.900), Nick Saban has won more games coaching as the No. 1 team at one school than any other coach in college football history. Woody Hayes (Ohio State) and Bobby Bowden (Florida State) are tied for second with 40 wins apiece. Bowden was 40-5 at Florida State as No. 1 and Hayes went 40-6 with Ohio State.
ALABAMA AS THE NATION'S NO. 1: Alabama has played 84 games as the nation's top-ranked team since the inception of the Associated Press Poll in 1936. In those games, the Crimson Tide boasts a 73-11 (.869) record. Those numbers are even more impressive when you look at the 11 seasons under the direction of head coach Nick Saban (2007-present). Since the 9th game of the 2008 season (126 games), Alabama has competed in 60 games while being ranked No. 1, posting a 54-6 (.900) record during that span.
JONES SETS CAREER HIGHS IN TACKLES: Alabama senior defensive back Hootie Jones finished with a career-high 10 tackles against Mississippi State tonight. Jones' previous career best was six stops, which he had posted twice, most recently against the Tennessee Vols on Oct. 21.
FOURTH DOWN EXECUTION: Alabama is a perfect 12-for-12 on fourth down attempts this season after a 13-yard rush from quarterback Jalen Hurts extended the Tide's first drive in the fourth quarter. Alabama was 2-for-2 against FSU, 1-for-1 against Fresno State, 2-for-2 at Vanderbilt, 3-for-3 against Ole Miss, 1-for-1 at Texas A&M and 2-for-2 versus Tennessee.
THE SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Alabama's school record consecutive games scoring streak was extended to 223 games against Mississippi State tonight with Jalen Hurts' one-yard touchdown run on Alabama's second possession. The Crimson Tide was last held off the scoreboard in a 9-0 loss to Auburn on Nov. 18, 2000.
RIDLEY'S SEVENTH CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME: Calvin Ridley's five catches for 171 yards marked the seventh time in his career the junior has topped 100 yards receiving, which ranks No. 4 all-time at Alabama. Julio Jones (2008-10) is third on the UA career list with eight 100-yard games.
RIDLEY 3RD ON NCAA ACTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION LIST: With his 63-yard reception on Alabama's second possession tonight, junior Calvin Ridley now has at least one reception in all 40 games of his Alabama career and ranks No. 3 in consecutive games with a reception among active players in the FBS.
JALEN HURTS' CAREER TOUCHDOWN RESPONSIBILITY: Hurts' one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and his 26-yard touchdown pass to freshman DeVonta Smith moved his career touchdown responsibility total to 55. The sophomore remains in third place on the UA career list behind second-place John Parker Wilson (2005-08) who had 58 scores. Hurts has thrown 34 career touchdown passes and rushed for 21 career scores in 25 games.
BAMA QB HURTZ NOW NINTH ON UA CAREER PASSING YARDS LIST: With 242 passing yards in tonight's game, sophomore Jalen Hurts moved into ninth place on the Alabama career passing yards list with 4,428 yards in 25 career games. Freddie Kitchens (1993-97) is eighth with 4,668 yards.
Special Teams Notes
SCOTT CLIMBING TIDE CAREER PUNTING LIST: Punter JK Scott's 174 punting yards against the Bulldogs gives him 10,287 yards in his career to extend his Alabama career record. He is the first punter in UA history to surpass the 10,000 yard mark. Scott's four punting attempts against Mississippi State gave the senior 225 for his career, the second-most in Tide history behind P.J. Fitzgerald (2006-09), who punted 238 times in his career.