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ARENAS GOES THE DISTANCE
Javier Arenas returned a Utah punt 73 yards for a touchdown with 5:28 left in the second quarter to narrow the Utah lead over Alabama to 21-10. That return is Arenas' sixth punt return for a touchdown in his Alabama career, extending his own school record. The junior also owns four of the 11 longest punt returns in Alabama history.  It also is the fourth-longest by an Alabama player in a bowl game. 

Arenas' Career Punt Return Touchdowns
65   Florida International (Oct. 28, 2006)
86   Oklahoma State (Independence Bowl) (Dec. 28, 2006)
61   LSU (Nov. 3, 2007)
87   Tulane (Sept. 6, 2008)
80   Mississippi State (Nov. 15, 2008)
73   Utah (Sugar Bowl) (Jan. 2, 2009)

JONES ECLIPSES 900 YARDS IN RECEIVING YARDAGE
Freshman receiver Julio Jones, who entered the Sugar Bowl game ranked 4th in Alabama history for receiving yards in a season with 847, caught 7 passes for 77 yards to finish the 2008 season with 58 receptions for 924 yards.  Those totals shattered the previous Alabama freshman records, and placed fourth in receiving yards and fifth in receptions for a season.

RECEIVING YARDS - SEASON
Yards    Player (catches)   Year
1,056   DJ Hall (62 catches)   2006
1,005   DJ Hall (67 catches)   2007
1,000   David Palmer (61 catches)   1993
924   Julio Jones (55 catches)   2008
820   Dennis Homan (54 catches)   1967
804   Ozzie Newsome (36 catches)   1977
790   David Bailey (55 catches)   1970
781   David Bailey (56 catches)   1969
756   Al Lary (35 catches)   1950
733   Freddie Milons (65 catches)   1999

RECEPTIONS - SEASON
Rec.   Player (Yards)   Year
67   DJ Hall (1,005 yards)   2007
65   Freddie Milons (733 yards)   1999
62   DJ Hall (1,056 yards)   2006
61   David Palmer (1,000 yards)   1993
58   Julio Jones (905 yards)   2008
56   David Bailey (781 yards)   1969
55   David Bailey (790 yards)   1970
54   Dennis Homan (820 yards)   1967
51   Lamonde Russell (622 yards)   1989
48   Kevin Turner (465 yards)   1989
48   Quincy Jackson (621 yards)   1998
48   DJ Hall (676 yards)   2005

TIFFIN MAKES 53rd FIELD GOAL OF CAREER; 20th of SEASON
With a 52-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, placekicker Leigh Tiffin made 20 field goals this season (in 29 attempts) and has made 53 field goals in his Alabama career.  His 20 field goals this season moves him into fourth on the Alabama single-season field goals made list.  He holds the single-season record with 25 set in 2007.  Tiffin's 53 career field goals ranks him fourth in Alabama history behind Philip Doyle (78 from 1987-90), Michael Proctor (65 from 1992-95), and Van Tiffin (59 from 1983-86).  With a make and two misses against Utah, Tiffin was 7-9 on field goals in domes this season, including 2-3 from beyond 50 yards. (54 vs. Clemson, 52 vs. Utah).


FIELD GOALS MADE - SEASON
FGM   Player (Attempts)   Year
25   Leigh Tiffin (34 att.)   2007
24   Philip Doyle (29 att.)   1990
22   Philip Doyle (25 att.)   1989
22   Michael Proctor (29 att.)   1993
20   Leigh Tiffin (29 att.)   2008
19   Philip Doyle (31 att.)   1988
19   Michael Proctor (27 att.)   1992
17   Van Tiffin (26 att.)   1985

McCALL & WALKER PLAY 52nd CAREER GAME
A pair of Alabama seniors played their 52nd career game when the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl clash with Utah, moving into a tie for the most games played in school history.  Tight ends Travis McCall and Nick Walker played in their 52nd game for Alabama against Utah, tying former fullback Tarrant Lynch (1990-94) for the most games played in a Crimson Tide uniform.  Defensive end Bobby Greenwood played in his 51st game for the Crimson Tide on Friday night. Former offensive lineman Matt Hammond (1990-93) and linebacker Lemanski Hall (1990-93) are tied with Greenwood on the list with 51 games played.  Safety Rashad Johnson played in his 50th career game against Utah, as well.

ALL-TIME GAMES PLAYED
Rank   Player (Years)   Games
 1.   Tarrant Lynch (1990-94)   52
   Travis McCall (2005-08)   52
   Nick Walker (2005-08)   52
 4.   Matt Hammond (1990-93)   51
   Lemanski Hall (1990-93)   51
   Bobby Greenwood (2005-08)   51
 7.   Anthony Bryant (2001-04)   50
   Evan Mathis (2001-04)   50
   Mark Anderson (2002-05)   50
   Anthony Madison (2002-05)   50
   Freddie Roach (2002-05)   50
   DeMeco Ryans (2002-05)   50
   Ramzee Robinson (2003-06)   50
   Matt Caddell (2004-07)   50
   Wallace Gilberry (2004-07)   50
   Rashad Johnson (2005-08)   50

COFFEE MOVES UP SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING CHARTbr /> With 39 yards rushing against Utah, Glen Coffee moved into second place on the Alabama single-season rushing list with 1,386 yards.  Coffee entered the Sugar Bowl with 1,347 yards rushing this season, and was in fourth place on the Alabama single-season rushing yardage list.

RUSHING YARDS - SEASON
Yards   Player   Year
1,471   Bobby Humphrey   1986
1,386   Glen Coffee   2008
1,383   Shaun Alexander   1999
1,367   Shaud Williams   2003
1,341   Sherman Williams   1994
1,255   Bobby Humphrey   1987
1,242   Kenneth Darby   2005

ALABAMA'S BOWL RECORD
With the loss to Utah, Alabama has posted a 31-22-3 (.580) all-time record in 56 bowl appearances. Alabama owns the NCAA record for most bowl games (56) and most victories (31). Alabama has played in 16 different bowl games in its storied history and was making its 13th appearance at the Sugar Bowl on Friday night, more than any other bowl in school history. Alabama has played bowl games in eight different states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Hawai'i, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Alabama has played bowl games in 19 different stadiums.

NCAA ALL-TIME BOWL APPEARANCES
Rank   Team   Appearances
1.   ALABAMA   56
2.   Tennessee   47  
   Texas   48
4.   Southern California   47
5.   Georgia   45  
   Nebraska   45

NCAA ALL-TIME BOWL VICTORIES
Rank   Team   Wins
1.   ALABAMA   31
2.   Southern California   29
3.   Penn State   26
4.   Tennessee   25
5.   Georgia   24
   Oklahoma   24
   Texas   24

ALABAMA IN DOMED STADIUMS
Alabama is 9-5-1 (.600) all-time in domed stadiums. Alabama played three games of the 2008 season in a domed stadium after opening the year with Clemson in the Georgia Dome at the 2008 Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff and then returning to the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship Game. At the Louisiana Superdome, Alabama is 6-2 (.750), including a 5-2 (.714) mark in Sugar Bowl games. Alabama beat Penn State, 13-6, in the first Sugar Bowl game played in the Superdome on Dec. 31, 1975. The Tide also beat Tulane, 37-0, in the Superdome during the 1992 regular season. The Crimson Tide is 1-3 in SEC Championship Games played in the Georgia Dome and 2-3 at the Georgia Dome overall.

ALABAMA IN DOMED STADIUMS
Date   Result   Stadium
Oct. 24, 1970   Alabama 30, Houston 21   Astrodome
Dec. 31, 1970   Alabama 24, Oklahoma 24   Astrodome (Bluebonnet Bowl)
Dec. 31, 1975   Alabama 13, Penn State 6   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)
Jan, 2, 1978   Alabama 35, Ohio State 6   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)
Jan, 1, 1979   Alabama 14, Penn State 7   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)
Jan. 1, 1980   Alabama 24, Arkansas 9   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)
Jan. 1, 1990   Miami 33, Alabama 25   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)
Oct. 10, 1992   Alabama 37, Tulane 0   Superdome
Jan. 2, 1993   Alabama 34, Miami 14   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)
Dec. 3, 1994   Florida 24, Alabama 23   Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)
Dec. 7, 1996   Florida 45, Alabama 30   Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)
Dec. 5, 1999   Alabama 34, Florida 7   Georgia Dome (SEC Championship)
Aug. 30, 2008   Alabama 34, Clemson 10   Georgia Dome
Dec. 6, 2008   Florida 31, Alabama 20   Georgia Dome
Jan. 2, 2009   Utah 31, Alabama 17   Superdome (Sugar Bowl)