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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Lassic, Anderson Lead Tide Past Tulane



Sept. 5, 2008


FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Lassic, Anderson Lead Tide Past Tulane 

By Barry Allen

NEW ORLEANS, La. – After sputtering to a 6-0 halftime lead, the University of Alabama offense came to life in the second half, including a 21-point fourth quarter, as the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide posted a 37-0 win over the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

Derrick Lassic led the Crimson Tide’s ground attack with 188 yards on 20 carries, but it was the Chris Anderson show in the fourth quarter that led the Tide to victory in the Big Easy.

“I give thanks to God,” Lassic said after the game. “The offensive line did a great job. (Tight end) Steve Busky was allowing us to get around the corner and get outside. If I had to give a game ball to anyone it would be Busky.”

The Crimson Tide held a narrow half-time lead with a pair of Michael Proctor field goals. He put the Tide on the board with 42-yard kick in the first quarter and doubled the lead to 6-0 with a 39-yard kick in the second quarter.

The second half was a 180-degree turn-around for the Tide offense. With the nation’s top-rated defense doing its usual job, the Tide added another Proctor field goal (27 yards) for a 9-0 lead. Lassic’s 5-yard run with 1:26 left in the third quarter capped a 9-play, 57-yard drive and gave the Tide a 16-0 lead through three quarters.

“The players got themselves ready to play in the second half,” Alabama head coach Gene Stallings said following the game. “They talked as a group at the half and I liked that. I was really pleased with the second half effort of the football team. We dropped a few passes in the first half and we came out in the second half and we did the things we had to do execution-wise to get the kind of win we needed tonight.”

The fourth quarter was all Anderson, who ran seven times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He scored his first of two touchdowns on a 2-yard run with 9:47 remaining that gave Alabama a 23-0 lead. Alabama added to its lead on its next possession as Sherman Williams capped a 5-play, 66-yard drive with a 4-yard run to make it 30-0. Anderson added his second touchdown of the quarter – a 57-yard burst with 1:07 left in the game – to make the final score 37-0.

In addition to Lassic and Anderson, Williams finished the game with five carries for 48 yards and one touchdown, while fullback Martin Houston had nine carries for 65 yards.

The Tide defense had six pass break ups, five tackles for loss and a season-high four interceptions in the win. Derrick Oden, Willie Gaston and Sam Shade led UA with five tackles apiece.

GAME NOTES: Alabama improved to 6-0 with its win over Tulane on Oct. 10, 1992 … The Tide finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record en route to the school’s 12th national championship … Alabama would return to the Superdome on Jan. 1, 1993, where the Tide defeated No. 1 Miami 34-13 for the national title … The Crimson Tide recorded a season-high 573 yards in its win over Tulane … Lassic ran for a season-high 188 yards in the win over the Green Wave … It was his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game … The Tide defense pitched two shutouts in 1992, including wins over Louisiana Tech (13-0) and Tulane (37-0) … The defense also recorded a season-high four interceptions in the win over Tulane … Alabama played 69 different players in the win over Tulane … The Tulane game marked the Tide’s first-ever regular season game in a domed stadium … The also marked Alabama’s first game in the Louisiana Superdome since a 33-25 loss to Miami in the 1990 Sugar Bowl.