Alabama Football Game Two Notes: Oklahoma

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Tide and Sooners square off in a battle of legendary programs
Tuesday, September 02, 2003

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Helmet Oklahoma Helmet Alabama
Game 2: #1 Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
September 6, 2003
Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
6:45 p.m. CST (ESPN)

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ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:

  • OU is the first No. 1 ranked team ever to play Alabama here in Bryant-Denny Stadium
  • OU is the highest ranked team to play Alabama here in Tuscaloosa since No. 4 TCU posted a 23-6 win on Oct. 13, 1956
  • Bama is 3-3 (.500) against the No. 1 ranked team and has won three of the last four meetings vs. No. 1 team since 1977
  • The Crimson Tide is 3-6 (.333) against Top 10 teams in Bryant-Denny Stadium
  • Alabama and Oklahoma are steeped in football tradition as the two schools have combined for 19 national championships, 13 Associated Press national titles, 1,481 all-time wins, 51 10-win seasons, 63 conference titles, 87 bowl appearances, 52 bowl wins and 206 All-Americans
  • Coach Mike Shula became the 19th UA head coach to win his coaching debut
  • Senior RB Shaud Williams accounted for 177 total yards and three TDs in the win over South Florida
  • True freshman Tim Castille became the 8th frosh to start season opener since 1973

NO. 1 OKLAHOMA VISITS ALABAMA

A historic meeting will take place this Saturday night when two of college football's storied programs square off inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0, 0-0 SEC) will host the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) this Saturday, Sept. 6 for a 6:47 p.m. (CT) kickoff in a nationally televised game by ESPN.  The game will mark the first time the No. 1 ranked team has ever played Alabama here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Alabama is 3-3 (.500) all-time against the nation's top ranked team and has not played the No. 1 team in either poll since a 34-13 rout of then No. 1 ranked Miami in the Jan. 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl.  The win over the previously unbeaten Hurricanes clinched the 12th national championship for the Crimson Tide.  The OU game marks the first time Alabama has played a Top 5 ranked team at Bryant-Denny Stadium since No. 5 Tennessee beat Alabama 21-7 in 1999.  In addition, the OU game marks the Bryant-Denny Stadium debut for first-year head coach Mike Shula. Handling the announcing duties for ESPN will be Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (analyst) and Adrian Karsten (sideline). The game will also be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (color analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action.

UA IN 109th FOOTBALL SEASON

The University of Alabama is in its 109th football season and has compiled a 755-284-43 (.719) all-time record in 1,082 games. The Crimson Tide played its first football game on Nov. 11, 1892 with a 56-0 win over Birmingham High School in Birmingham. Alabama and Penn State are tied for fifth place on the all-time victory list for Division I. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 SEC championships.  UA has also logged 27 10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school. UA also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl games (51) and wins (29).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head coach Mike Shula (1-0, .000) makes his head coaching debut during the 2003 season.  Shula has previously served as an assistant coach in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.  A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading Alabama to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn.  Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops (44-9, .830) is in his fifth season with the Sooners, leading OU to the national championship in 2000 after beating Florida State 13-2 in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl.  Prior to taking over at OU, Stoops was the defensive coordinator for Steve Spurrier (1996-98) at Florida and Bill Snyder (1988-95) at Kansas State.   

THE SERIES

The all-time series between Alabama and Oklahoma is tied 1-1-1.  The Sooners posted their first-ever win over the Crimson Tide last year in Norman, 37-27.

NEXT GAME

Alabama opens Southeastern Conference play Saturday, Sept. 13 as they host the Kentucky Wildcats (6:45 PM, ESPN) here in Tuscaloosa.

SPECIAL EVENTS

*Kickoff on the Quad begins at 3:45 p.m. on the UA Quad with food, entertainment, autograph guests and more.

*Former All-American Harry Gilmer will run out the game ball prior to the OU game.

*ESPN College GameDay will be live in Tuscaloosa for the third straight year, with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit  broadcasting their popular show from the UA quad.

*Also, ESPN GameDay Radio with Dave Revsine and Mel Kiper, Jr., will also be at the game.

*Don Salls and Gilmer will be presented the Paul Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award at halftime.

*UA gymnastics team to sign autographs on the Quad.   (CONTINUED ON PAGE 5)

ALABAMA VS. NO. 1

The Oklahoma game will mark just the seventh time in school history Alabama has faced the nation's No. 1 ranked team.

*Alabama enters the Oklahoma game with a 3-3 (.500) all-time record against the No. 1 ranked team.

*The last time the Crimson Tide faced the No. 1 team was the Jan. 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where Alabama routed No. 1 Miami, 34-13, en route to the school's 12th national championship.

*The last time Alabama faced the No. 1 team during the regular season was Oct. 8, 1977 when the Crimson Tide upset the top-ranked USC Trojans 21-20 at the LA Coliseum.

*Alabama has won three of the last four meetings with the No. 1 ranked team since the 1977 season.

*The Oklahoma game will mark just the third time Alabama has faced the No. 1 team during the regular season.  The Crimson Tide is 1-1 in the previous two meetings.

*The OU game marks the first time since 1957 that the Crimson Tide has faced the No. 1 team in the state of Alabama. 

*The only other in-state meeting with the No. 1 ranked team was a 40-0 loss to Auburn on Nov. 30, 1957 at Legion Field.

TOP-RANKED OU VISITS TUSCALOOSA

The Oklahoma Sooners make a historic visit Bryant-Denny Stadium this Saturday night, marking the first time ever that the No. 1 ranked team has played the Alabama Crimson Tide here in Tuscaloosa.

*Alabama has played six games here in Tuscaloosa as the No. 1 ranked team and won all six games.

*Alabama has outscored the opposition in those six games, 182-17.

*The last time Alabama played a game here at Bryant-Denny Stadium as the No. 1 ranked team was Oct. 25, 1980 in a 42-7 homecoming win over Southern Miss.

*The following week (Nov. 1, 1980), No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to Miss. State 6-3 in Jackson, Miss., to snap the Crimson Tide's school-record 28-game winning streak.

No. 1 Teams at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Date                   Result                        
Oct. 13, 1962          (1) Alabama 14, Houston 3
Oct. 27, 1979          (1) Alabama 35, Va. Tech 0
Nov.  3, 1979          (1) Alabama 24, Miss. State 7
Nov. 17, 1979          (1) Alabama 30, Miami, Fla. 0
Sept. 20, 1980         (1) Alabama 41, Vanderbilt 0
Oct. 25, 1980          (1) Alabama 42, USM 7

TOP 10 FOES

Oklahoma becomes the highest ranked team to face Alabama here in Tuscaloosa since the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs beat the Crimson Tide 23-6 on Oct. 13, 1956.

*Alabama has compiled a 13-14 (.482) all-time record at Bryant-Denny Stadium against ranked teams.

*The Crimson Tide posted a 3-1 (.750) record against Top 25 teams here in 1999, beating Arkansas, Southern Miss and Miss. State, and losing to Tennessee.

*The Crimson Tide beat No. 21 Ole Miss 42-7 here on Oct. 19, 2002 to snap a three-game losing streak in Bryant-Denny Stadium against Top 25 clubs.

*The 35-point win over Ole Miss equalled the most-lopsided win by Alabama over a ranked team in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Crimson Tide also posted a 35-point win over No. 17 Miss. State (35-0) on Nov. 2, 1974.

*Alabama has compiled an all-time record of 3-6 (.333) against Top 10 teams here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The Crimson Tide (0-2, .000) has never beaten a Top 5 ranked team here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Top 25 Teams vs. Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium)

Date    Rank      Result                
1940    11th      Miss. State 13, UA 0
1941    19th      Miss. State 14, UA 0
1944    16th      UA 19, Miss. State 0
1946    19th      UA 24, Miss. State 7
1955    8th       TCU 21, Alabama 0
1956    4th       TCU 23, Alabama 6
1964    9th       UA 17, Florida 14
1970    13th      UA 46, Florida 15
1974    17th      UA 35, Miss. State 0
1976    18th      UA 34, Miss. State 17
1981    7th       UA 13, Miss. St. 10
1986    6th       Penn State 23, UA 3
1988    13th      LSU 19, UA 18
1990    24th      Florida 17, UA 13
1991    25th      UA 10, Georgia 0
1997    14th      LSU 27, UA 0
        17th      Miss. State 32, UA 20
1998    8th       Florida 17, UA 13
1999    14th      UA 35, Arkansas 28
        5th       Tennessee 21, UA 7
        20th      UA 35, Southern Miss 17
        8th       UA 19, Miss. State 7
2000    23rd      UA 27, S. Carolina 17
2001    17th      UCLA 20, UA 17
        11th      Tennessee 35, UA 24
2002    7th       Georgia 27, UA 25
        21st      UA 42, Ole Miss 7

MORE RANKINGS

Since 1977, Alabama has posted a 9-6 (.600) record against Top 5 foes, including three wins over the No. 1 team in the nation.

*Alabama lost at No. 2 ranked Oklahoma last year (37-27) in Norman. 

*Prior to last year's game, Alabama had not faced a Top 5 since beating No. 5 Florida 45-7 in the 1999 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. 

*In fact, Alabama played three teams ranked in the Top 5 during the 1999 season, beating Florida twice and losing to Tennessee. 

*The Crimson Tide pulled off a 40-39 upset win against the No. 3 ranked Gators on Oct. 2, 1999, snapping UF's school-record 31-game winning streak in the Swamp.  On Oct. 23, No. 5 Tennessee beat Alabama 21-7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The win over Florida in swamp was the biggest upset by Alabama since an unranked Crimson Tide team beat No. 3 Tennessee, 9-6, at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 20, 1990.

*The 1990 win over Tennessee is the biggest upset in Alabama history in terms of an unranked Bama team beating a ranked opponent.

ALABAMA VS. TOP 10 TEAMS (SINCE 1977)

Year    Opponent          Ranking   Result     
1977    at Southern Cal   #1        UA 21-20
1978    *Penn State       #1        UA 14-7
1981    at Penn State     #5        UA 31-16
1982    Penn State        #3        UA 42-21
1983    Auburn            #3        AU 23-20
1987    at LSU            #5        UA 22-10
1989    *Miami            #1        UM 33-25
1990    at Tennessee      #3        UA 9-6
1992    *Miami            #1        UA 34-13
1996    Florida (SEC)     #4        UF 45-30
1998    at Tennessee      #4        UT 35-18
1999    at Florida        #3        UA 40-39 (OT)
1999    Tennessee         #5        UT 21-7
1999    Florida (SEC)     #5        UA 45-7
2002    at Oklahoma       #2        OU 37-27

 * -- Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La.)

ALABAMA-OKLAHOMA SERIES

This Crimson Tide and Sooners will meet for just the fourth time in history this Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The UA-OU series is tied 1-1-1.  This will also be only the second regular-season meeting between these two college football powers.

*Oklahoma won the first regular season meeting last year (Sept. 7) in Norman, scoring two late touchdowns to erase a fourth quarter deficit to post a 37-27 win at Memorial Stadium.

*Alabama and Oklahoma first met in the Jan. 1, 1963 Orange Bowl when the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide shutout the eighth-ranked Sooners, 17-0.  QB Joe Namath rushed for 24 yards and hit 9-of-17 passing for another 86 yards and one TD, linebacker Lee Roy Jordan had an NCAA bowl record 31 tackles en route to winning MVP honors.

*The second meeting came in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl as the two teams battled to a 24-24 tie.  Oklahoma's Bruce Derr kicked a 42-yard field goal with just 59 seconds in the game to tie the score.  It was an offensive display from both teams with the Tide getting 428 yards and the Sooners, 415.  Bama's Johnny Musso had 138 yards and quarterback Scott Hunter hit 13 of 26 passes for 174 yards and one TD.

Alabama-Oklahoma Series Scores

Jan. 1, 1963 Orange Bowl
No. 5 Alabama 17, No. 8 Oklahoma 0

Dec. 31, 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl
(NR) Alabama 24, No. 20 Oklahoma 24

Sept. 7, 2002 Norman
No. 2 Oklahoma 37, (NR) Alabama 27

Sept. 6, 2003 Tuscaloosa
No. 1 Oklahoma at (NR) Alabama

THE TRADITIONS

*Two of college football's greatest traditions will collide this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium when No. 1 ranked Oklahoma visits Alabama in a nationally televised game by ESPN.

*Alabama (12) and Oklahoma (7) have combined to win 19 college football national championships.

*The Sooners (7) and Crimson Tide (6) have combined to win 13 Associated Press National Championships. 

*UA won AP titles in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979 and 1992. 

*The AP crowned the Sooners as national champions in 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985 and 2000.  

*Since 1936, only six schools have won back-to-back AP national championships.  Alabama and Oklahoma have won back-to-back national titles twice. 

*The Crimson Tide posted back-to-back championships in 1964-65 and 1978-79.

*Oklahoma won back-to-back national titles in 1955-56 and 1974-75.

Back-to-Back AP National Champions

Alabama         1964-65
                1978-79
Oklahoma        1955-56
                1974-75
Nebraska        1970-71
                1994-95
Minnesota       1940-41
Army            1944-45
Notre Dame      1946-47

*Alabama and Oklahoma both rank in the Top 10 among all-time Division I football wins. 

*The Crimson Tide ranks fifth with 755 wins, while the Sooners are ninth with 726 victories.

*In terms of winning percentage, Alabama is third all-tim e (.7174), while OU ranks fourth (.709).

*The Crimson Tide and Sooners are the NCAAs winningest programs in terms of 10-win seasons.  Alabama has 27 10-win campaigns, while OU has 24 10-win seasons.

BAMA-OU TALE OF TAPE

Category                UA       OU  
Nat'l Titles            12       7
AP Titles               6        7
Conference Titles       25       38
All-Time Wins           755      726
Winning Pct.            .717     .709
10-Win Seasons          27       24
Bowl Appearances        51       36
Bowl Victories          29       23
1st Team All-Americans  91       115
TV Appearances          237      164
TV Wins                 147      96

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Oklahoma (7) and Alabama (6) have combined for 13 national championships, making Saturday's night's game the second-highest total of national championship in one game in NCAA Division I history.

*On Oct. 2, 1999, Notre Dame (8) and Oklahoma (6) set the NCAA record with 14 combined national championships in a 34-30 Fighting Irish win at Notre Dame Stadium.  (Note:  OU did not win its 7th AP title until the 2000 season).

Most National Championships Combined
(Two Opponents, Same Game)

Year    Team (Titles)      AP Titles
1999    Notre Dame (8)     14
        Oklahoma (6)

2003    Oklahoma (7)       13
        Alabama (6)

2002    Oklahoma (7)       13
        Alabama (6)    

1980    Notre Dame (7)     12
        Alabama (5)

1996    Notre Dame (8)     11
        Ohio State (3)

1995    Notre Dame (8)     11
        Ohio State (3)

1990    Notre Dame (8)     11
        Miami, Fla. (3)

2003    Notre Dame (8)     10
        Florida State (2)

2002    Notre Dame (8)     10
        Florida State (2)                      

1998    Notre Dame (8)     10
        Army (2)

1996    Notre Dame (8)     10
        Texas (2)

1995    Notre Dame (8)     10
        Texas (2)

1995    Notre Dame (8)     10
        Army (2)

ALABAMA-OKLAHOMA NOTEBOOK

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula has never faced the Oklahoma Sooners in his career as a player or coach.

*However, Shula is familiar with the Sooners growing up in Miami and watching OU on an annual basis in the Orange Bowl as the Big 8 champion.

*Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is 1-0 (1.000) in his career against Alabama as a head coach, leading OU to a 37-27 win last year in Norman.

*Overall, Stoops is 3-0 (1.000) against Alabama, helping Florida to a pair of wins over the Crimson Tide while the defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier.

Bob Stoops vs. Alabama

Year    Result                             
1996    Florida 45, Alabama 30 (SEC Champ)
1998    Florida 16, Alabama 10 (Tuscaloosa)
2002    Oklahoma 37, Alabama 27 (Norman)

*Alabama sophomore defensive end Mark Anderson is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla.  As a prep senior (2000), he had 104 tackles and nine sacks leading Washington HS to an 11-2 record.

*Alabama wide receiver Zach Fletcher and Oklahoma linebackers Lance Mitchell and Pasha Jackson were junior college teammates at City College of San Francisco the last two seasons.  CCSF compiled a 24-0 record during those two seasons and won two California State Junior College championships and back-to-back JC Gridwire National championships.

*Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dave Rader served as the head coach at Tulsa University from 1988-99. 

*Rader was 1-2 (.333) against the Sooners with his lone win coming on Sept. 28, 1996 in Norman.

Rader vs. OU as Tulsa Head Coach

Year    Result               
1990    Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 10
1993    Oklahoma 41, Tulsa 20
1996    Tulsa 31, Oklahoma 24

*Alabama secondary coach Chris Ball and OU tight ends coach Kevin Sumlin were best friends and roommates while serving as graduate assistant coaches at Washington State from 1989-90.

*Ball and UA offensive line coach Bob Connelly were assistants on the Washington State staff that faced Oklahoma last year in the Jan. 1, 2003 Rose Bowl.  OU won the game, 34-14.

*OU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp starred from 1980-83 and was a first-round draft pick with the Miami Dolphins.  Shipp is OU's second all-time leading tackler (477) and was a member of the Sooners 1980 Big Eight Championship team.  The Sooners were 33-14-1 during his playing career. 

*Shipp also served one year as defensive line coach at Alabama during the 1998 season under former head coach Mike DuBose.

*Prior to the 2002 meeting in Norman, UA's Shaud Williams was the only member of the Crimson Tide football team ever to see action against the Oklahoma Sooners and actually played at OU's Memorial Stadium. 

*As a sophomore (2000) at Texas Tech, Williams ran three times for eight yards and caught nine passes for 59 yards in a 27-13 loss to Sooners on Nov. 18, 2000.  OU finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record and defeated Florida State 13-2 at the Orange Bowl for the national championship.  As a freshman (1999), Williams did not see action against the Sooners in a 38-28 Red Raiders win in Lubbock.

ALABAMA-OKLAHOMA STATS

Here is the stats comparison between the Crimson Tide and Sooners after the 2003 season opener.

UA-OU Stats Breakdown

Category            UA       OU
Points Scored       40       37
Points Allowed      17       3
Rushing Yards       188      105
Passing Yards       203      286
Total Offense       391      391
Rushing Defense     51       75
Passing Defense     205      79
Total Defense       256      154
Turnovers           0        1
 Fumbles            0        0
 Interceptions      0        1
Penalties           5-29     6-70
Punting (No-Avg)    4-41.0   5-33.2
Time of Possession  37:08    31:06
Third Down Conv.    9-15     4-14
Fourth Down Conv.   0-0      1-2
Red Zone            4-4      4-4
Sacks By            1-8      3-18

RUSHING LEADERS         Att-Yds-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)      28-98-2
Kejuan Jones (OU)         9-51-0

PASSING LEADERS         Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD
Brodie Croyle (UA)        14-27-0-203--1
Jason White (OU)          23-25-1-248-2

RECEIVING LEADERS       Rec-Yds-TD
Triandos Luke (UA)        4-45-1
Zach Fletcher (UA)        3-79-0
Brandon Jones (OU)       10-121-1
Travis Wilson (OU)        4-58-0

ALABAMA AGAINST THE BIG 12

The Crimson Tide has compiled a 12-14-2  (.464) all-time record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. 

*Alabama's last win over a Big 12 school came Dec. 27, 2001 with a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl.

Opponent          Series Record
Baylor            UA leads, 2-0
Colorado          Series Tied, 1-1
Iowa State        UA leads, 1-0
Missouri          MU leads, 2-1
Nebraska          UA leads, 3-2
Oklahoma          Series Tied , 1-1-1
Texas             UT leads, 7-0-1
Texas A&M         UA leads, 3-1

*Alabama has never faced Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State or Texas Tech in football.

*The last time Alabama faced a current Big 12 team in the regular season was a 30-10 win at Texas A&M in 1988.

*Alabama is 5-9 (.357) in regular-season meetings with teams from the Big 12 Conference.

*Alabama has compiled a 7-5-2 (.615) all-time bowl record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. 

*From 1965-72, Alabama played seven straight bowl games against teams from the Big 8 or Southwest Conference, consisting of all current members of the Big 12.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Alabama and Oklahoma sport "Players of the Week" in their respective leagues after sterling week one performances.

*Alabama senior running back Shaud Williams was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

*The Andrews, Texas native had a career-high 28 carries that netted 98 yards and two touchdowns.  He also added five yards on two receptions.

*Williams gave the Crimson Tide a 27-17 lead with 9:51 left in the third quarter with a 73-yard punt return, aided by two key blocks from David Scott and Ramzee Robinson. 

The 73-yard return was the first career touchdown by Williams as a punt returner.  He recorded his first career three-touchdown game in the win.

*Williams eclipsed the 3,000-yard all-purpose yardage mark in his career against South Florida.  The senior accounted for 32 plays, 177 yards and three TDs on Saturday.  Williams' two rushing touchdowns matched his career high, previously set against Colorado during the 1999 season at Texas Tech.

*Oklahoma senior cornerback Derrick Strait has been named the SBC Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

*Among other things, Strait logged the 44th pass deflection of his career to tie the school record set by former All-American Roy Williams.

*Strait had seven tackles, including two for 11 yards in losses, in a 37-3 win over North Texas--defending Sun Belt Conference champion. He also broke up one pass and forced one fumble. The forced fumble came in punt coverage. OU recovered at the North Texas 24-yard line, and the Sooners' offense then moved in for the first touchdown of the game.

BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM

Alabama's on campus home since 1929, Bryant-Denny Stadium is one of college football's most scenic venues.

*The Crimson Tide has compiled an all-time record of 187-33-3 (.845) in 223 games.

*Alabama has sold out 61 of the 62 games played at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the stadium was expanded prior to the 1988 season, raising capacity to 70,123 fans.

*In 1998, the capacity was increased to its present size of 83,818 fans here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The Crimson Tide recorded 56 consecutive sellouts (1987-2002) prior to last year's win over North Texas (Sept. 14).  The UNT snapped the sellout streak at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

*A new streak began with a Sept. 21 game against Southern Miss as UA sold out its last five home games of the 2003 season, including 84,818 fans for the season finale with Auburn, the second-largest crowd in stadium history.

*The stadium was originally named for former University of Alabama President Dr. George H. Denny.  Denny, who was named UA President on Jan. 1, 1912, began an extraordinary career that spanned almost a quarter of a century. 

*Bryant-Denny Stadium and Denny Chimes (located on the UA quadrangle) stand as reminders to Denny's legacy to the Capstone.

*In 1976, the State of Alabama Legislature and the UA Board of Trustees added coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's name to the stadium, thus calling Alabama's football home Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Largest Crowds at Bryant-Denny Stadium

1.  86,869 vs. Tennessee          Oct. 23, 1999
2.  84,818 vs. Auburn             Nov. 23, 2002
3.  83,818 (60x; last vs. MSU)    Nov. 9, 2002
 
ALL-TIME TUSCALOOSA RECORD

In addition to its impressive record at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-Present), Alabama has made Tuscaloosa a very difficult place to play for opposing football teams. 

*Alabama has compiled a 272-46-3 (.852) record in 321 all-time games in Tuscaloosa. 

*Alabama was 4-2 (.667) in Tuscaloosa last season.

Alabama Football All-Time Tuscaloosa Record

Site           Record     Pct.
Quad           42-11      .794
Denny Field    43-2       .956
Bryant-Denny   187-33-3   .845
Total          272-46-3   .852

*Alabama's first game on campus was a 4-0 loss to Birmingham Athletic Club on Oct. 14, 1893.

*From 1911-28, Alabama posted a 55-2 (.965) record in Tuscaloosa.  The 1929 season marked the opening of what is now known as Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant posted a remarkable 72-2 (.973) record in Tuscaloosa, losing only to Florida (1963) and Southern Miss (1982).  The USM game was the last game he ever coached at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*From 1963-82, Alabama posted an NCAA record 57-game home winning streak. 

*Miami has since broken that record with a 58-game home winning streak, but the Hurricanes record also includes three wins in the post-season Orange Bowl game.  All of UA's 57 wins were in the regular-season.

*The 57-game winning streak is one of seven winning streaks longer than 15 games for the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

 

 

 

 


 

 

     
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