Aug. 31, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Here is a look back at the 2008 season opener between Alabama and Clemson.
TV Replay: The Alabama-Clemson game will be replayed on Sunday, Aug. 31 on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) at 8 p.m. (CDT).
The Nick Saban Show: Catch highlights of the Alabama-Clemson game on “The Nick Saban Show”. Coach Saban and Jim Dunaway recap the Tide’s latest game.
Sunday, August 31 6:30 p.m. - WJTC-44 (Mobile); 9 p.m. - WZDX-54 (Huntsville); 10:30 p.m. - WIAT-42 (Birmingham), WTVY-4 (Dothan) and WNFC-32 (Montgomery). Monday, Sept. 1 6:30 p.m. - WVUA-7 (Tuscaloosa) and 10:30 p.m. - WVUA-7 (Tuscaloosa).
By The Numbers: A look at some the notable numbers from Saturday’s season opener.
3 Number of opening day wins by Alabama starting quarterback John Parker Wilson, who has led the Tide to wins over Hawai’i, Western Carolina and Clemson in the last three seasons.
7 Number of receptions by senior tight end Nick Walker. The senior caught seven passes for 67 yards and one TD in the win over Clemson, all career highs.
10 The number of times Alabama has scored on its opening possession in 14 career games under head coach Nick Saban. Alabama has four touchdowns and six field goals on those 10 scoring possessions, including junior Leigh Tiffin’s 54-yard field goal to give the Tide a 3-0 lead against Clemson with 9:43 left in the first quarter.
37.7 The Crimson Tide’s average score during its seven-game winning streak in season openers. Alabama has scored 34 or more points in five of those seven games.
500 Number of career completions for senior quarterback John Parker Wilson, who became the school’s career leader for completions in the season opener. Brodie Croyle (2002-05) held the previous record with 488 career completions.
2008 Opponents: A look at how the Tide’s 2008 opponents fared this weekend.
Last Game: Alabama 34, Clemson 10
Alabama defense holds C.J. Spiller and James Davis to 20 rushing yards on 13 attempts.
Next Game: vs. The Citadel (Sept. 6)
Last Game: Did Not Play
Next Game: at Alabama (6 p.m., CDT) (PPV)
Western Kentucky 0-1
Last Game: Indiana 31. Western Kentucky 13
Quarterback K.J. Black accounts for 266 yards and one TD for the Hilltoppers.
Next Game: at Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 6)
Last Game: Arkansas 28, Western Illinois 24
Casey Dick scores on 4-yard run with 1:39 left in the game to give the Razorbacks the Comeback win.
Next Game: Louisiana Monroe (Sept. 6)
Last Game: Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 21
Knowshon Moreno scores three TDs for the Bulldogs.
Next Game: Central Michigan (Sept. 6)
Kentucky 27, Louisville 2
UK defense pitches shutout ... UK records three interceptions in the win over cross-state rival.
Next Game: Norfolk State (Sept. 6)
Ole Miss 1-0
Last Game: Ole Miss 41, Memphis 24
Jevan Snead threw two TD passes to Shay Hodge, covering 64 and 15 yards for Ole Miss.
Next Game: at Wake Forest (Sept. 6)
at UCLA (Monday, Sept. 1) (ABC)
Next Game: UAB (Sept. 13)
Arkansas State 1-0
Last Game: Arkansas State 18, Texas A&M 14
Quarterback Corey Leonard’s 15-yard pass to Kevin Jones with 4:39 left in the game was proved to be the game-winner as ASU took a 15-14 lead … ASU snaps Texas A&M’s 20-game winning streak in home openers.
Next Game: Texas Southern (Sept. 6)
Last Game: LSU 41, Appalachian State 10
Defending BCS national champion LSU beats defending FCS national champion Appalachian State in Baton Rouge … Charles Scott 16 carries for 160 yards and two TDs in the win for LSU.
Next Game: Troy (Sept. 6)
Mississippi State 0-1
Last Game: Louisiana Tech 22, Mississippi State 14
Mississippi State first SEC team to play in Ruston, La., since LSU in 1908 … MSU has five turnovers in the loss.
Next Game: SE Louisiana (Sept. 6)
Last Game: Auburn 34, Louisiana Monroe 0
Ben Tate 13 carries for 115 yards … Auburn scored touchdowns on defense and special teams in the win.
Next Game: Southern Miss (Sept. 6)