BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kicker Van Tiffin and quarterback Mike Shula helped lead the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide to a 31-17 nonconference victory Saturday over Southern Mississippi.
Tiffin kicked four extra points, giving him 105 in a row to break the SEC record of 101 set by Georgia's Rex Robinson in 1977-80. Tiffin's conversions extended Alabama's NCAA record to 164, dating back to 1981.
Shula, whose second pass resulted in an interception and a 7-0 Southern Mississippi lead, later teamed with Greg Richardson on two scoring passes. He completed five straight attempts in the final minute of the half, capped by a six-yard touchdown toss to Richardson to give Alabama a 14-10 halftime lead.
Tiffin said his SEC record "doesn't mean that much, to be honest, because an extra point is not that hard of a kick. I'm not saying that to sound conceited. It's just that an extra point is a 20-yard field goal, like a layup in basketball. It's not that hard of a kick, but I'm happy I was able to break (the record)."