Countdown to Kickoff
Alabama Football Beats Middle Tennessee 26-7


Saturday, September 03, 2005

Mike Shula

Game Stats

Alabama improves to 87-21-3 all-time in season openers, including a four-game winning streak ... Alabama is 13-2 in its last 15 seasons openers, dating back to the 1991 season ... Bama head coach Mike Shula is 3-0 in season openers as the Tide’s head coach ... Alabama is 45-2-1 in season openers here in Tuscaloosa ... Alabama is 2-0 all-time against Middle Tennessee following tonight’s 26-7 win ... The Crimson Tide opened the 2002 season with a 39-34 win over Middle Tennessee at Legion Field ... The Crimson Tide is 2-0 all-time in games played on Sept. 3rd ... Bama’s only other game on this date was a 42-13 win over UT Chattanooga at Legion Field in 1991 ... The Crimson Tide defense accounted for the first points of the 2005 season when senior defense end Mark Anderson sacked Middle Tennessee quarterback Clint Marks in the end zone for a seven-yard loss ... The safety was the first by Alabama since last year’s Music City Bowl when Minnesota punter Rhys Lloyd stepped out of the end zone late in the game as UA cut the lead to 20-16 ... Junior wide receiver Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) had a 13-yard TD reception in the win over Middle Tennessee ... Prothro has at least one pass reception in 19 straight games ... The 13-yard TD catch was his second career touchdown at Alabama ... He had 15-yard TD catch in last year’s 28-7 win over Ole Miss ... Junior Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) ran 17 times for 90 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee ... Junior Tim Castille (Birmingham) had five rushing attempts for seven yards and two TDs in the win over Middle Tennessee ... Castille matched his career best with two rushing TDs ... He also had two TDs last year at Kentucky ... Sophomore wide receiver Keith Brown (Gulfport, Miss.) was UA’s leading receiver with five catches for 84 yards, including a game-high 40 yard reception ... Junior Jeffrey Aul (Daleville) made his debut as Alabama’s punter and averaged 36 yards on three punts ... Aul had not seen action at Alabama since the first three games of the 2003 season when he handled the kickoff chores for Bama ... Senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (Bessemer) had six tackles and two TFLs against Middle Tennessee ... Anderson added four tackles, one sack and two TFLs in the win