GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for tonight’s game with Missouri were offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, linebacker Dylan Moses and wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
FIRST TIME STARTERS: The Crimson Tide had seven student-athletes make their first career start vs. Missouri, including two on offense, three on defense and two specialists. Getting the nod on offense were Emil Ekiyor Jr. and Carl Tucker. The first-time starters on defense included Will Anderson Jr., Malachi Moore and Daniel Wright. Rounding out the group on special teams were placekicker Chase Allen and punter Sam Johnson.
FIRST TIME PLAYERS: Alabama had 11 players make their first career appearance for the Crimson Tide in tonight’s game. The group includes freshmen Chase Allen, Will Anderson Jr., Sam Johnson, Jase McClellan, Malachi Moore, Drew Sanders, Trey Sanders, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young, along with seniors Joshua Lanier and Carl Tucker.
OPENING DAY SUCCESS UNDER SABAN: Alabama has been dominant in season openers under head coach Nick Saban. The Tide is a perfect 14-0 under Saban and has won in impressive fashion. Alabama has outscored its opponents 566-163 in those games and has outgained the opposition, 6,157-3,007. The Tide has averaged 40.4 points per opening contest under Saban and given up just 12.3 points per game. UA has also amassed 439.8 total yards per opener and surrendered just 214.8 yards per matchup.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Alabama began the 2020 season on the road for the first time since 2000. Saturday’s contest with the Tigers was also be the first time Alabama began its season on the road against a conference opponent since 1999. Overall, Alabama is 17-11-1 when beginning its season with a true road matchup, including a 13-3 mark over its last 16 games.
SABAN’S ROAD RECORD: Head coach Nick Saban owns a 75-32-1 (.699) mark in road games across his four career stops, including a 47-9 (.839) mark while at Alabama. The Crimson Tide has now won 33 of its last 37 road games dating back to the 2011 campaign.
SABAN IN SEC ROAD GAMES: Head coach Nick Saban owns a 57-16 (.781) mark in SEC road games across his time at LSU and Alabama, including a 45-8 (.849) mark with the Crimson Tide. Saban has notched eight perfect SEC road seasons (2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018).
140-8 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama is 140-8 (.946) when leading at the half. The Crimson Tide has held the lead in 57 of its last 73 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season. UA is also 124-4 (.969) when leading by seven or more points at the break during the Saban era.
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Alabama’s defense recorded 8.0 tackles for loss in tonight’s season opener. The Crimson Tide’s high for tackles for loss in a game last season was 7.0 which occurred seven times, most recently against Western Carolina on Nov. 23.
TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS: With Patrick Surtain II’s recovery of a Missouri fumble in the third quarter, the Crimson Tide has forced at least one turnover in 68 of its last 73 contests dating back to the start of the 2015 season. During the current run, the Crimson Tide has forced 122 turnovers (79 interceptions, 43 fumbles) and returned 25 of those miscues for touchdowns.
WRIGHT’S CAREER DAY: Making his first career start, junior Daniel Wright recorded a game-high and career-high 11 tackles in tonight’s game. His previous high for tackles was five, which he had against Arkansas State in 2018.
SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Alabama extended its school record for consecutive games with a score to 256 thanks to Najee Harris’ one-yard rush to get UA on the board. The Crimson Tide was last held off the scoreboard in a 9-0 loss to Auburn on Nov. 18, 2000.
HARRIS CLIMIBING THE RUSHING CHARTS: Najee Harris totaled 98 yards rushing in tonight’s game. With his 98 yards, Harris has 2,475 rushing yards for his career to move into 14th place all-time on Alabama’s career rushing yards list. He passed Eddie Lacy and is now just 11 yards short of tying Sherman Williams for 13th place at 2,486 yards.
HARRIS TIES HIS CAREER MARK FOR TDs: Najee Harris matched his career-high total for rushing scores with three in tonight’s game. Harris also recorded three rushing touchdowns against Mississippi State on Oct. 31, 2019.
WADDLE’S BIG HALF: Jaylen Waddle finished the night with 134 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Waddle’s eight catches are a new career-high total, surpassing his previous mark of six which he had against The Citadel in 2018. The junior was just four yards shy of tying his career-high total for receiving yards at 138.
SMITH SET TO REWRITE ALABAMA RECORD BOOKS: Wide receiver DeVonta Smith passed up the 2020 NFL Draft to return for his senior season and is on-pace to rewrite the Alabama record books. After tonight’s contest, Smith has totaled 126 catches for 2,198 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 17.4 yards per grab. His career totals all rank him in the top-10 for each receiving category.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
REICHARD GOES 2-FOR-2 IN OPENER: Sophomore placekicker Will Reichard went 1-for-1 in field goal attempts against the Tigers, making a 34-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
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