Alabama notebook: Yeldon cracks 2,000-yard career mark
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama running back T. J. Yeldon (4) leaps over a Mississippi State defender. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama running back T. J. Yeldon (4) leaps over a Mississippi State defender. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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STARKVILLE, Miss. — T.J. Yeldon rushed for a career-high 160 yards in Saturday’s 20-7 win over Mississippi State, pushing him past 1,000 yards for the second straight year.

He has 1,022 yards for the season. In addition, he broke the 2,000-yard barrier for his career with a 50-yard run in the second quarter.

Yeldon has 2,130 career yards, which places him 14th on Alabama’s all-time list. He passed Glen Coffee, who gained 2,107 yards during 2005-08. He trails Ricky Moore, who gained 2,270 during 1981-84.

Alabama’s all-time leading rusher is Shaun Alexander, with 3,565 yards in 1996-99.

Mosley moves up

Alabama All-America linebacker C.J. Mosley keeps making tackle after tackle.

He made eight stops against Mississippi State, which gives him 290 for his career. That ranks seventh in Tide history.

Marcus Spencer is at No. 6 with 303 career tackles during 1997-2000. Wayne Davis (327 from 1983-86) is the record holder.

Jones starts again

Cyrus Jones made his third straight start at cornerback opposite Deion Belue.

Jones continues to fill in for Bradley Sylve, who has been out with a high ankle sprain.

Tide coach Nick Saban said the team didn’t expect Sylve’s recovery to take this long, but noted that Sylve has tweaked the ankle during practice and has been limited.

Vogler scores

Tight end Brian Vogler scored his first career touchdown on an 18-yard reception from quarterback AJ McCarron.

He is the 10th different player to record a touchdown reception for Alabama this season.

Series history

On Saturday, the Tide and Bulldogs met for the 98th time in school history.

Alabama hasn’t faced another team more often than the Bulldogs. Tennessee (96) and Vanderbilt (82) are next in line.

Alabama boasts a 77-18-3 record in the series. The Tide has won six straight in the series and 11 of the last 13 games.

They were here

Unlike the Crimson Tide’s showdown with LSU last week, there were no national media outlets on hand to witness the Tide take on Mississippi State.

However, scouts from eight NFL teams took in the action: Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills.

There was also a scout from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

A representative from the Liberty Bowl was on hand.

Up next

Alabama (10-0) will play Chattanooga (8-3) at home Saturday in the Tide’s last game of the season in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama has won all 11 meetings in the series, with the most recent coming in 2009 (45-0).

Chattanooga is coming off a 17-14 loss to Samford.

Chattanooga competes in the Southern Conference, which was Alabama’s league before the Tide joined the Southeastern Conference in 1933.

The Southern Conference recognizes champions only since 1933, but the Crimson Tide finished first in the league standings in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1930 under legendary coach Wallace Wade.
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