[82][83], For the game, Trent Richardson ran for 107 yards to extend his streak of consecutive games rushing for at least 100 yards to five games. [117] From there the Alabama offense began a 15-play, 92-yard drive that took 8:36 to complete with McCarron throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Smelley for the final points in their 45–21 win. Despite not winning their conference championship, when the final Bowl Championship Series rankings were released, Alabama had the number two ranking to qualify for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Considering the potential financial gains after such a disastrous 2020, look for there to be a huge push for it to happen, and soon. [105][106] With the loss, Alabama dropped to 4–8 all-time in overtime games and brought Alabama's all-time record against the Tigers to 45–25–5. [84] The victory improved Alabama's all-time homecoming record to 77–13–1 and their record against the Commodores to 59–19–4 (61–18–4 without the NCAA vacations and forfeits). The record is 342.2. [65] Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron received the snap as the holder, and proceeded to throw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Michael Williams to give the Crimson Tide a 7–0 lead. 1 LSU and No. [191] In the days after the draft, six players from the 2011 squad that were not drafted signed as undrafted free agents. 4 in all but the BCS standing where they dropped to No. [117] In the fourth quarter, Alabama stopped the Eagles at the Crimson Tide eight-yard line after an incomplete Shaw pass on fourth down. View the latest in Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA football news here. [171] The team as a whole was honored with the Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award as a result of their collective efforts to assist in the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa following the April 27, 2011 tornado. [105] LSU responded on their following possession by driving to the Alabama two-yard line and kicking a 19-yard Drew Alleman field goal as time expired to tie the game at 3–3 at halftime. However, they finished with a 49–7 victory in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State, and secured Alabama's third straight ten-win season and their third bowl win in four seasons. [137] Alabama dropped no further than to No. Single-season receiving yards: Smith has 1,305 yards, while Cooper has the record at 1,727. [36][37] In the game, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 21–0 to clinch their second BCS Championship in three years. [83] McCarron threw his second touchdown pass of the game to DeAndrew White on a five-yard reception to give Alabama a 14–0 halftime lead. At his current average of 145.0 yards per game he would accumulate 580 over four games, giving him 1,885 and the record. [174] Upshaw and Vlachos were both named to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team. 3 in any of the rankings through week nine when they were ranked No. With all the talk about whether Ohio State should be allowed to have the opportunity to compete for the national championship after the Big Ten had to modify its own rules to get the Buckeyes into the league title game, it seems only inevitable that expansion of the College Football Playoff will soon be a hot topic. [30] Prior to National Signing Day, three high school players and three junior college transfers of the 2011 recruiting class enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice. [185], Of all the draft-eligible juniors, Dont'a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick and Trent Richardson declared their eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft on January 12. [175] Barron, Hightower, Jones and Richardson were named to the Associated Press All-American First Team; Upshaw and Kirkpatrick were named to the Associated Press All-American Second Team. [15] In the weeks after the Capitol One Bowl victory, several changes were made to the Alabama coaching staff. [8], In the weeks after the conclusion of spring practice, a pair of tragedies occurred that directly impacted the team. 137 Danny Woodson, Jr. (WR); and No. 3 Cyrus Kouandjio (OT); No. … 1 Alabama vs. No. [80][82], In the third quarter, Trent Richardson scored first on a one-yard touchdown run followed by a 39-yard McCarron touchdown pass to White on consecutive possessions. [69], In what was the first meeting as opposing head coaches between Nick Saban and his former assistant coach from both LSU and the Miami Dolphins, Will Muschamp, the Crimson Tide defeated the Florida Gators, 38–10 at The Swamp. [59][60] The Crimson Tide extended their lead to 20–0 by halftime after a 43-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run and a 37-yard Shelley field goal in the second quarter. [131][134] Jeremy Shelley established the all-time bowl record with seven field goal attempts and tied the all-time bowl record with five made. [88] The final points of the quarter came on a ten-yard McCarron touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson, and the final points of the game came in the fourth quarter on a 69-yard Fowler touchdown run to make the final score 52–7. He's averaging 115.3 rushing yards per game this season, which means he's on pace to break the record during the SEC Championship Game. 2 ranking in all of the polls after Oklahoma State was upset by Iowa State, and retained the No. [49][50] Penn State took the opening possession down the field and recorded a 43-yard field goal by Evan Lewis to take an early 3–0 lead by using all 3 of their timeouts. 2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. [44] In the meeting that was the first all-time against the Golden Flashes, the Crimson Tide won 48–7. [51] A 22-yard Jeremy Shelley kick extended the Crimson Tide lead to 10–3 early in the second quarter. • Jones set the Alabama mark for most consecutive completions with 19 during the Oct. 17 game against Georgia and at Tennessee a week later. Box 235 Hiawatha, IA 52233 1-800-PRO-DRAFT (1-800-776-3723) [177] Of the seven Alabama players selected, Barron, Jones and Richardson were each recognized as unanimous All-American selections, and Hightower was recognized as a consensus All-American selection.[178]. [191] Brad Smelley was the eighth and final Alabama player selected in the 2012 Draft in the seventh round (247th Cleveland Browns). [87][89] The victory was their eighth straight over Ole Miss and improved Alabama's all-time record against the Rebels 45–9–2 (49–8–2 without NCAA vacations and forfeits). SB Nation is the largest independent sports media brand, consisting of SBNation.com, MMAFighting.com and over 300 fan-centric team communities. Last week, All Things CW took a close look as how numerous Crimson Tide records were on the verge of being broken even though Alabama has played a 10-game SEC-only schedule this season. [133][134] On that possession, the Crimson Tide scored the only touchdown of the game on a 34-yard Trent Richardson run to make the final score 21–0. [4], In February 2011, Alabama signed the No. [92][94] The first half was dominated by both defenses with each only allowing a pair of field goals. [157] Barron, Hightower, Jones, Richardson, Upshaw and Vlachos were named to the Coaches' All-SEC First Team. 1 at the end of a regular season in which a lot of teams played half as many games will greatly help the Crimson Tide's chances. He's added to that total, and has 38 heading into the Arkansas game. [149] It marked the first time that a single defense ranked first in all four major, team defensive categories since the 1986 Oklahoma squad. [78], For the 91st homecoming football game in Alabama history, the Crimson Tide defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 34–0 who made their first visit to Bryant–Denny Stadium since the 2006 season. [128], On December 4, 2011, the final Bowl Championship Series standings were unveiled with a rematch between No. However, Alabama lost to the LSU Tigers in their regular season matchup, and as a result did not qualify for the 2011 SEC Championship Game. The expectation here is that the rallying call will be the opportunity to get more teams into the playoff because fans are sick of seeing the same ones over and over again. [131][132], In the game, Alabama outgained LSU in total offense 384 to 92 yards, and the shutout was the first ever completed in a BCS game since the advent of the BCS in 1998. Alabama is promoting 10 players for All-American consideration: Landon Dickerson, Christian Harris, Najee Harris, Josh Jobe, Mac Jones, Alex Leatherwood, Dylan Moses, Will Reichard, DeVonta Smith and Patrick Surtain II. Career rushing touchdowns: Mark Ingram II (2008-10) and Henry share the Crimson Tide record of 42, one ahead of Shaun Alexander (1996-99). [117] On their opening possession, Georgia Southern had a nine-play, 49-yard drive to set up a 42-yard field goal attempt. [117] For the game, Richardson had 175 yards on the ground with a pair of rushing touchdowns and one receiving. [20][21], Alabama had 17 returning starters from the previous season, including ten on defense and seven on offense. In April 2012, eight members of the 2011 squad were selected in the NFL Draft, with an additional six signed as undrafted free agents to various teams. [187] Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson and Courtney Upshaw were each invited to attend the Draft at Radio City Music Hall. [83] Three plays later, McCarron threw a 17-yard touchdown pass, his fourth of the day, to Darius Hanks to make the final score 34–0. [53] The 107,846 fans in attendance were the most to ever see an Alabama squad compete on the gridiron, and the victory improved their all-time record against the Nittany Lions to 10–5. [75][76] For the game, Alabama's defense was dominant in only allowing 222 total yards of offense, with the 15 rushing yards being the fewest ever allowed against Florida in their all-time series. [173] Barron, Hightower, Jones and Richardson were named to the Walter Camp All-America Team. [188] In the draft, Alabama tied a school record with four players selected in the first round. [159] The SEC named Richardson the Offensive Player of the Year. [162] Richardson won the Doak Walker Award and was also named a finalist for the Maxwell Award;[163][164] Dont'a Hightower was named a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Butkus Award, the Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award;[163][165][166][167] Courtney Upshaw was named a finalist for the Butkus Award and the Lombardi Award;[165][167] Barrett Jones won the Outland Trophy, the Wuerffel Trophy and the ARA Sportsmanship Award;[163][164][168][169] Mark Barron was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy;[163][170] and William Vlachos was named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy. The … In these cases, the average was taken. [122][123] With a potential berth in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game on the line, the Alabama defense did not allow an offensive touchdown in their 42–14 victory on The Plains. Career 100-yard receiving games: Cooper holds the record with 14. [125], In the game, Richardson set a new career high with his 203 rushing yards and tied Mark Ingram Jr. for the most 100-yard rushing games in a season with nine. [147], After their victory over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game, Alabama's final team statistics were released. [43][45] After holding the Golden Flashes to a three-and-out on the opening possession, Trent Richardson scored the Crimson Tide's first touchdown on a one-yard run to give Alabama a 7–0 lead. [111] Eddie Lacy capped a five-play, 52-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Crimson Tide a 7–0 lead. [50] AJ McCarron threw for 163 yards and a touchdown. However, the Adrian Mora attempt was blocked by Dont'a Hightower and returned by Dre Kirkpatrick 55-yards for a touchdown and a 10–0 Crimson Tide lead. [84], After Ole Miss took an early 7–0 lead, the Crimson Tide scored 52 unanswered points in their 52–7 victory over the Rebels at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium. However, the Alabama defense sacked Brantley on consecutive snaps for a loss of 22-yards and knocked Brantley out of the game with an injury. [190] Chapman was the first player selected in the fifth round (136th Indianapolis Colts) and Menzie was the eleventh player selected in the fifth round (146th Kansas City Chiefs). [32] In accordance with conference rules, Alabama faced all five Western Division opponents: Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss. [163] Assistant head and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri was also named a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award. [96] On the following Tennessee drive, the Alabama defense stopped quarterback Matt Simms on a fourth-and-one to give the Crimson Tide offense the ball on the Volunteers' 39-yard line. 23 Penn State", "Alabama vs Penn State: Play-by-play Summary", "No. [51] The final points of the game came late in the fourth when Silas Redd scored on a one-yard touchdown for the Nittany Lions, and Rob Bolden converted the two-point conversion to bring the final score to 27–11. [88][89] On the first play ensuing Rebels possession, Courtney Upshaw forced a Randall Mackey fumble that was recovered by Ed Stinson at the Ole Miss 15-yard line. The Alabama Crimson Tide went 13-0 en route to one of the most impressive championships in college football history. [142], *Source: ESPN.com: 2011 NCAA Football Rankings[143], Following the victory against LSU for the national championship, the team arrived at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport on the afternoon of January 10. Two plays later, Kent State scored their only points of the game when Spencer Keith connected with Justin Thompson for a three-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 24–7. [109][110] The 127 rushing yards gained by Richardson was his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season. [119] His one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Richardson the Alabama single-season rushing touchdown record breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Shaun Alexander in 1999. The Alabama record, set in 2018, is 522.0 yards. [112], Against the triple option attack of the Georgia Southern Eagles, ranked No. Tua Tagovailoa set the career mark last year at 199.4. Several Alabama players were selected by postseason all-star games. [40], The Crimson Tide opened the 2011 season at home against Nick Saban's alma mater, the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conference. The University of Alabama football team held its annual awards banquet Sunday evening at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. [88] The Crimson Tide added ten points in the second quarter to take a 17–7 halftime lead. [96][97] Cade Foster scored early in the fourth quarter with his 45-yard field goal, and after a Dont'a Hightower interception, Richardson scored his second touchdown of the day on a one-yard run to make the final score 37–6. [184] On January 18, 2012, Alabama officials announced the hires of both Doug Nussmeier from the Washington Huskies as offensive coordinator and of Lance Thompson from Tennessee as outside linebackers coach. The team record is 47.2. [66] After an Arkansas goal line stand, Jeremy Shelley connected on a 20-yard field goal to give Alabama a 10–7 lead. [128] The defense held Auburn to 140 total yards of offense, with only 78 yards on the ground, and zero offensive touchdowns in the victory. [59][60] After Shelley missed a 42-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, Richardson scored again with a 71-yard touchdown run on Alabama's next offensive possession to extend their lead to 34–0. Completion percentage: The Alabama single-season mark, minimum 200 completions, is Greg McElroy at 70.9 percent in 2010. 2 Alabama over Kent State", "Kent State vs Alabama: Play-by-play Summary", "Football heads to Happy Valley to face Penn State", "AJ McCarron calmly leads No. It would feature five automatic bids for the power five champions, two at-large teams and one group of five qualifier. [83] Spear missed a second field goal later in the second quarter from 38-yards, and the Crimson Tide responded with their second touchdown drive of the game. On the defensive side of the ball, of the 120 FBS teams, the Crimson Tide was ranked at the top of all major defensive categories in conference and nationally. [13], Between the conclusion of the 2010 season and the beginning of summer practice in August 2011, seven players transferred from the Crimson Tide. [109] Early in the fourth, Trent Richardson scored on a two-yard run for a 17–0 Crimson Tide lead. Senior running back Najee Harris has 3,415. [50] For his seven tackles, interception and fumble recovery, Mark Barron was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week. "It's time for FBS to move to a postseason format similar to every other level of football: remove as much of the human element as possible by granting conference champs and a G5 champ (best team) an automatic bid in a six or eight-team playoff," Dellenger also posted. Get the latest official stats for the Alabama Crimson Tide. [83] Early in the fourth, DeMarcus Milliner intercepted a Jordan Rodgers pass and returned it 37-yards to the Commodores' 20-yard line. Regardless of what happens in the SEC Championship Game, the Crimson Tide could be in the cusp of an epic year in terms of postseason honors. [88], Alabama's defense again had a strong performance in only allowing the Rebels 141 total yards of offense (28 rushing, 113 passing). Find out the latest on your favorite NCAAF teams on CBSSports.com. Having locked up the SEC West title and a spot in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama is scheduled to play at least three games, and possibly four (assuming Saturday's game at Arkansas isn't canceled). 1 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls. Won College Football Championship 52-24 versus Ohio State. The only matchup that would likely get people excited at all is the Buckeyes vs. the Aggies. 82 Malcolm Faciane (TE); No. Meanwhile, the players could potentially be looking at a 16-game season and would likely have to give up Christmas break and play games during finals week, all so other people could make even more money off of them. [111] However, the Alabama defense held the Bulldogs to only a field goal attempt which was then missed from 29-yards by Brian Egan to preserve a 7–0 halftime lead for the Crimson Tide. [7] Televised live by ESPNU, the Crimson team of offensive starters defeated the White team of defensive starters by a final score of 14–10 before 92,310 fans in Bryant–Denny Stadium. It was the Crimson Tide's 117th overall and 78th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 20th within the SEC Western Division. Jeff Scott scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cap a 5-play, 72-yard drive to give Ole Miss their only lead of the game at 7–0. Entering the 2011 season, the Crimson Tide was ranked No. This page was last edited on 8 January 2021, at 02:17. [46] After only scoring on a 36-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal in the second quarter, Alabama led 24–0 at the half. [34], Alabama played four non-conference games. [36][37] The Sagarin computer ratings calculated Alabama's 2011 strength of schedule to be the fifteenth most difficult out of the 246 Division I teams. [146] On April 19, the team made their trip to the White House, where President Barack Obama offered congratulatory remarks for their championship season and recognized the team for their community service given in Tuscaloosa after the April 2011 tornadoes. [117][118] Both teams then traded touchdowns when Richardson scored on a one-yard run for Alabama and Jaybo Shaw threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Bryant for Georgia Southern. [89] Richardson set a new career high with his 183 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. [135] For their performances, Courtney Upshaw was named the defensive player of the game and AJ McCarron was named the offensive player of the game.[134][136]. [32] Alabama had one bye week after the Tennessee game and prior to the first LSU game. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. [121] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against the Tigers to 41–34–1. [23] The most notable departures from the previous year were defensive end Marcell Dareus, left tackle James Carpenter, tight end Preston Dial, quarterback Greg McElroy, wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram Jr.[24], Alabama's recruiting class included eleven players from the "ESPN 150": No. [66] On the ensuing Arkansas possession, the Crimson Tide scored when DeQuan Menzie intercepted a Wilson pass and returned it 25-yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 17–7 lead at the half. Barrett Jones won both the Wuerffel Trophy and the Outland Trophy; and Trent Richardson won the Doak Walker Award, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. [92], After holding the Volunteers to a three-and-out to open the second half, the Alabama offensive responded with their first of three third-quarter touchdowns with a two-yard AJ McCarron touchdown run. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. [187] The invited players were safety Mark Barron, defensive tackle Josh Chapman, wide receivers Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze, linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie, and running back Trent Richardson. [138] After their 9–6 loss against the Tigers, Alabama dropped to No. [59][60] Lacy scored the final points of the game midway through the fourth with his second touchdown of the evening on a 67-yard run to give Alabama the 41–0 victory. [75][76], Alabama extended their lead to 24–10 at halftime with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Average gain per offensive play: Alabama is going at a 8.1 clip. [45][46] The Tide scored their final points of the first quarter on a one-yard Richardson run to take a 21–0 lead into the second quarter. [75][77] Sturgis then missed a 52-yard field goal attempt and Alabama led 24–10 at the half. [180] Darius Hanks was selected to play in the East–West Shrine Game. However, the Eagles responded on their next offensive play when Dominique Swope scored on an 82-yard touchdown run to cut the Alabama lead to 17–7. With four more games, Smith is on pace for 233.6. [40] The radio announcers for the 2011 season were Eli Gold with play-by-play, Phil Savage with color commentary, and Chris Stewart with sideline reports. Additionally, the Crimson Tide is averaging 548.3 yards per game. Several hundred fans were there to greet them upon their arrival. [161] He finished third in the Heisman voting with 978 points, behind Griffin (1,687 points) and Luck (1,407 points). McCarron became the first sophomore quarterback to lead a team to a BCS National Title. [125] On the third play of the fourth quarter, Auburn's Clint Moseley threw an interception to DeMarcus Milliner that was returned 35-yards for a touchdown and after a successful two-point conversion, Alabama led 35–14. [14] Those who transferred included Robby Green (California University of Pennsylvania), B.J. [125] A pair of long drives in the second quarter resulted in a five-yard Trent Richardson touchdown reception and a 30-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal to give Alabama a 24–7 halftime lead. He's averaging 21.4 per game this season, he would only need two more games to be on the all-time list. [51][52], Trent Richardson ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie Lacy ran for 85. [75] Alabama's Marquis Maze then returned the ensuing kickoff 70-yards to the Florida 29-yard line and the Crimson Tide tied the game at 10–10 seven plays later on a five-yard Trent Richardson touchdown run. [150] Courtney Upshaw was tied for sixteenth nationally, fourth in conference and first on the team with 9.5 quarterback sacks. Christopher Walsh's notes column All Things Bama regularly appears on BamaCentral. Alabama is looking at having a finalist for just about everything outside of the Ray Guy Award, and is probably the frontrunner for the Joe Moore Award for the Most outstanding offensive line unit. Get the latest news and information for the Alabama Crimson Tide. [10] After transferring to Alabama from Arizona Western College, Douglas struggled with off-field issues including a DUI charge following a December 2010 arrest. [86][87] The Rebels scored their only points of the game on their first possession. Scott (South Alabama), Demetrius Goode (North Alabama), Petey Smith (Holmes Community College), Brandon Moore (East Mississippi Community College), Corey Grant (Auburn) and Keiwone Malone (Memphis). 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