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Alabama Football Game Notes: Southern Miss


Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Ray Hudson
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Alabama will play its second of six games within the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium this Saturday when hosting the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.  Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. (CDT).  The game will be televised on espn2 with Dave Barnett (play-by-play), Bill Curry (analyst), Mike Golic (analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sidelines) handling the announcing duties.  Alabama is 2-1 on the young season following last week's 33-7 win over North Texas.  Southern Miss is 3-0 after a 33-14 win over Memphis. The game will also be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play) and Kenny Stabler (color analyst) describing the action.  Tom Roberts will once again work the sidelines for the network broadcasts.


The University of Alabama is in its 108th football season and has compiled a  746-282-43 (717) all-time record in 1,071 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 leaders. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 Southeastern Conference championships.  Alabama has also logged 26,  10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school. The Crimson Tide also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl appearances (51) and bowl victories (29).


Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione is in  his second season with the Crimson Tide and need just four victories to join an elite college coaching group with 150 career wins.  Currently, there are only six active coaches with 150 or more career wins and Franchione is three wins shy of that mark with 147.   In his first season, Coach Fran led Alabama to a 7-5 record, including a win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl.  He is 9-6 (.600) in his tenure with the Crimson Tide.  Overall, Franchione is in his 20th season as a head coach and has compiled a 147-71-2 (.673) lifetime ledger at Southwestern (Kansas) College, Pittsburg State, Southwest Texas State, New Mexico, TCU and Alabama.  He is 1-0 in his career against Southern Miss.

Jeff Bower is in his 12th season at Southern Miss and has compiled a 76-52-1 (.593) record in his head coaching career.  Bower, a 1975 graduate of Southern Miss, is 2-8 (.200) as a head coach against Alabama.


Alabama leads the all-time series with Southern Miss, 30-6-2, including nine wins in the last 10 meetings, dating back to 1991.

The Crimson Tide posted a 28-15 win last year at Birmingham's Legion Field to clinch its third straight win and become eligible for its NCAA record 51st bowl bid.  Two years ago, Southern Miss posted a 21-0 win over Alabama on Sept. 16, 2000 at Legion Field, snapping UA's eight-game on-the-field winning streak in the series.  It was the first-ever shutout by the Golden Eagles over the Crimson Tide in the series 38-game history.  The Alabama-Southern Miss series began in 1947 with the Tide claiming a 34-7 win at Legion Field.  Alabama and Southern Miss are playing for the 11th consecutive years and the two have met every year since 1980 with the exception of 1984, 1988 and 1991.


Game captains for the Southern Miss game are Justin Smiley (guard) and Theo Sanders (W-Back) on offense and Jarret Johnson (tackle) on defense and  Marc Miller (strong safety) on special teams.


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 185-30-3 (.863) in 218  games.  


Alabama will match the school record with six games in Tuscaloosa this season.  The only other time in school history to see six Tuscaloosa games was in 1920, when the Crimson Tide posted a 6-0 Tuscaloosa record, including six shutouts under Xen Scott. Alabama played five games in Tuscaloosa last year and will set a new standard next year by playing seven games in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama posted a 10-1 record in 1920 under Coach Scott and shutout all six Tuscaloosa opponents by an combined 264-0.   The Crimson Tide averaged 44 points per game in Tuscaloosa that season.

*The shutouts included wins over Southern Military Academy (59-0), Marion Institute (49-0), Birmingham Southern (45-0), Mississippi College (57-0), Howard (33-0) and LSU (21-0).


Entering the 2002 season, Alabama had a streak of 56 consecutive sellouts at Bryant-Denny Stadium, since the stadium was expanded after the Nov. 15, 1986 game with Temple.   That string was broken against North Texas when the Tide had a paid attendance of 79,818.


In addition to its impressive record at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-Present), Alabama has made the city of Tuscaloosa a very difficult place to play for opposing football teams.  Alabama has compiled a 270-43-3 (.856) record in 316 all-time games in Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide is 185-30-3 (.856) here in Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1929.  Prior to the 1929 season, Alabama forged an 85-13 (.867) record in Tuscaloosa games.

*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 here 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 here 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 here in Tuscaloosa.

All-Time Tuscaloosa Winning Streaks

Strk      Dates
57        Oct. 26, 1963-Nov. 13, 1982
37        Nov. 18, 1911-Oct. 15, 1921
20        Nov. 1, 1941-Nov. 11, 1950
18*       Sept. 28, 1928-Sept. 28, 1935
18        Sept. 30, 1922-Oct. 6, 1928
16        Nov. 23, 1957-Oct. 12, 1963
15        Nov. 9, 1935-Oct. 12, 1940

*Alabama posted a 19-game unbeaten streak in Tuscaloosa from 1928-35.


Alabama made its 2002 Bryant-Denny Stadium debut on Sept. 14 with a 33-7 win over the North Texas Mean Green. The  Crimson Tide has compiled a 93-11-1 (.891) all-time record in Tuscaloosa openers, dating back to first opener in 1893.  The Crimson Tide did not play games in Tuscaloosa in 1892, 1894 and 1987 (stadium expansion).  UA also did not field a football team 1918 and 1943 as a result of World War I and World War II. 

*From 1896-1950,  Alabama posted a 56-game unbeaten streak in Tuscaloosa openers, going 55-0-1 during that 56-year span.

*From 1964-89, Alabama won 25 consecutive Tuscaloosa openers.

*Since the 1991 season, Alabama is 9-3 (.750) in its Tuscaloosa debut.


The Alabama-North Texas game marked just the 17th night game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama is 15-2 (.882) in Tuscaloosa night games, dating back to the first game under the lights on Oct. 8, 1948.  The Crimson Tide dropped a 20-17 decision to UCLA, snapping an 11-game winning streak in Tuscaloosa night games.  Next week's meeting with Southern Miss will also kickoff at 6 p.m. Here is a listing of the Tuscaloosa night games.

Date                   Result
Oct. 8, 1948           UA 48, Duquesne 6
Oct. 7, 1949           UA 48, Duquesne 8
Oct. 13, 1950          UA 34, Furman 6
Oct. 12, 1951          Villanova 41, UA 18
Sept. 19, 1964         UA 31, Georgia 3
Sept. 27, 1969         UA 63, Southern Miss 14
Sept. 30, 1972         UA 48, Vandy 21
Oct. 27, 1973          UA 77, Va. Tech 6
Sept. 20, 1975         UA 56, Clemson 0
Sept. 21, 1991         UA 10, Georgia 0 (ABC)
Oct. 1, 1994           UA 29, Georgia 28 (ESPN)
Sept. 14, 1996         UA 36, Vandy 26 (espn2)
Oct. 19, 1996          UA 37, Ole Miss 0 (espn2)
Sept. 5, 1998          UA 38, BYU 31 (ESPN)
Oct. 14, 2000          UA 45, Ole Miss 7 (ESPN)
Sept. 1, 2001          UCLA 20, UA 17 (ESPN)
Sept. 14, 2002         UA 33, North Texas 7
Sept. 21, 2002         Alabama vs. USM (espn2)

Alabama will play the first of two consecutive night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, when hosting the North Texas Mean Green this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.  Next week (Sept. 21), Alabama will host Southern Miss in the second of back-to-back night games in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Prior to this year, Alabama has never played back-to-back night games in Tuscaloosa.  The 2002 season marks the first time in school history the Crimson Tide has played two night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the same season.


Alabama has compiled a 146-33-5 (.807) in 184 all-time games in the month of September.  Alabama was 2-2 (.500) last year in four September games.

*In its first-ever game in the month of September, Alabama posted a 24-0 win over Howard on Sept. 30, 1911.

*Alabama posted a 30-0-2 (.968) record in its first 32 September game before finally losing at Tulane (21-20) on Sept. 27, 1945.

*The school's longest winning streak in the month of September is 19 games from Sept. 30, 1911 through Sept. 29, 1934.  The Crimson Tide also posted an 18-game winning streak (Sept. 19, 1970-Sept. 28, 1974) and a 16-game winning streak (Sept. 21, 1991 through Sept. 9, 1995) in the month.

*Dating back to 1997, Alabama is just 11-8 (.557) in its last 19 games in the month of September.  


Alabama is a perfect 5-0 (1.000) in games played on Sept. 21.  Alabama and Southern Miss have played once previously on Sept. 21 with the Crimson Tide posting a 52-0 win during the 1974 season at Legion Field.  The last time UA played on Sept. 21 was a 45-10 win over Cincinnati here at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1985.

Year         Result (Site)
1951         Alabama 89, Delta State 0 (Montgomery)
1963         Alabama 32, Georgia 7 (Athens)
1968         Alabama 14, Virginia Tech 7 (Birmingham)
1974         Alabama 52, Southern Miss 0 (Birmingham)
1985         Alabama 45, Cincinnati 10 (Tuscaloosa)

Here is a listing of the all-time scores in the Alabama-Southern Miss series, which dates to 1947.

1947 - Alabama 34, USM 7  (Birmingham)
1948 - Alabama 27, USM  0 (Tuscaloosa)
1949 - Alabama 34, USM 26 (Tuscaloosa)
1950 - Alabama 53, USM 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1951 - Alabama 40, USM 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1952 - Alabama 20, USM 6 (Montgomery)
1953 - USM 25, Alabama 19  (Montgomery)
1954 - USM 7, Alabama 2 (Montgomery)
1956 - Alabama 13, USM 13  (Tuscaloosa)
1957 - Alabama 29, USM 2 (Tuscaloosa)
1966 - Alabama 34, USM 0 (Mobile)
1967 - Alabama 25, USM 3 (Mobile)
1968 - Alabama 17, USM 14 (Mobile)
1969 - Alabama 63, USM 14 (Mobile)
1971 - Alabama 42, USM 6 (Tuscaloosa)
1972 - Alabama 48, USM 11 (Birmingham)
1974 - Alabama 52, USM 0 (Birmingham)
1975 - Alabama 27, USM 6 (Tuscaloosa)
1976 - Alabama 24, USM 8 (Birmingham)
1980 - Alabama 42, USM 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1981 - Alabama 13, USM 13 (Birmingham)
1982 - USM 38, Alabama 29 (Tuscaloosa)
1983 - Alabama 28, USM 16 (Birmingham)
1985 - Alabama 24, USM 13 (Birmingham)
1986 - Alabama 31, USM 17 (Birmingham)
1987 - Alabama 38, USM 6 (Birmingham)
1989 - Alabama 37, USM 14 (Tuscaloosa)
1990 - USM 27, Alabama 24 (Birmingham)
1992 - Alabama 17, USM 10 (Birmingham)
1993 - Alabama 40, USM 0* (Tuscaloosa)
1994 - Alabama 14, USM 6 (Tuscaloosa)
1995 - Alabama 24, USM 20 (Birmingham)
1996 - Alabama 20, USM 10 (Birmingham)
1997 - Alabama 27, USM 14 (Birmingham)
1998 - Alabama 30, USM 20 (Tuscaloosa)
1999 - Alabama 35, USM 14 (Tuscaloosa)    
2000 - USM 21, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
2001 - Alabama 28, USM 15 (Birmingham)
*Later forfeited by NCAA sanctions.

*All 38 games in the Alabama-Southern Miss series have been played in the state of Alabama, but in four different cities. The Crimson Tide owns winning records against the Golden Eagles in Tuscaloosa (13-1-1), Birmingham (13-2-1) and Mobile (4-0), while the Golden Eagles hold a 2-1 series lead in Montgomery.

*Last year's Alabama-Southern Miss game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed until Nov. 29 due to the terrorist attacks against New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.

*Southern Miss seeks its first 4-0 start since the 1981 season.  The Golden Eagles opened the 1981 season with four straight wins then tied Alabama (13-13) at Legion Field in their fifth game of the season.

*Alabama looks to open the season with a 3-1 record for the first time since 1999.  The Crimson Tide was 2-2 last year and 1-3 in 2000 after four games.

*Alabama's Dennis Franchione is 1-0 in his head coaching career against Southern Miss.  Following the 2000 season, TCU accepted a bid to play Southern Miss in the GMAC Mobile (Ala.) Bowl at Ladd Stadium.  The Golden Eagles scored two fourth quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner with eight seconds left in the game.  Coach Fran did not coach the Horned Frogs in the bowl game after being named head coach at Alabama on Dec. 4, 2000.  Current TCU head coach Gary Patterson served as the head coach for that game with assistance from many of the current UA assistant coaches.

*USM's Jeff Bower is 4-19-1 as a player, assistant coach and head coach against Alabama.  As head coach of USM, Bower has compiled a 2-8 (.200) record against UA, which includes a forfeit win due to NCAA sanctions in 1993 (Alabama won the game 40-0). 

Year         Player/Coach                        Result
1972         Southern Miss Player                 L
1974         Southern Miss Player                 L
1975         Southern Miss Player                 L
1976         Southern Miss Grad Asst.           L
1980         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         L
1981         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         T
1982         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         W
1983         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         L
1985         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         L
1986         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         L
1987         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         L
1989         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         L
1990         Southern Miss Asst. Coach         W
1991         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1992         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1993         Southern Miss Head Coach         W
1994         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1995         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1996         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1997         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1998         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
1999         Southern Miss Head Coach         L
2000         Southern Miss Head Coach         W
2001         Southern Miss Head Coach         L

*Bower's first game as a head coach at Southern Miss was a 37-21 loss to North Carolina State on Dec. 28, 1990 at the All-American Bowl at Birmingham's Legion Field.

*The Alabama roster contains three players from the state of Mississippi, including redshirt freshman Mike McLaughlin (PK), sophomore Thurman Ward (WR) and junior Cornelius Wortham (SLB).

*The Southern Miss roster lists 16 players from the state of Alabama, including Michael Boley (Athens), Anthony Harris (Demopolis), Pierre Hutchins (Tuscaloosa), Rayshun Jones (Tuscaloosa), Darris McKenzie (Dothan), Derrick Nix (Attalla), Terrell Paul (Troy), Levon Pears (Mobile), Myron Powe (Camden), Etric Pruitt (Theodore), Jonathan Simmons (Jasper), Mario Taylor (Grand Bay), Don Urquardt (Mobile), Andre White (Theodore), Zac White (Gardendale) and Bradley Worthington (Highland Home).

*USM tailback Derrick Nix was named Conference USA's Offensive Player of the Week, following his performance last Saturday against Memphis.  Nix ran 21 times for 196 yards and two TDs in the 33-14 win.

*Nix is the first player to win back-to-back C-USA player of the week awards since Tulane's Patrick Ramsey in November, 2000.

*Alabama notched its 600th all-time football victory with a 28-16 win over the Golden Eagles on Nov. 12, 1983 at Legion Field.

*The Alabama series is the fourth-longest series in Southern Miss history.  The Crimson Tide and Golden Eagles will meet for the 38th time this Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Golden Eagles have played only Memphis (50), Louisiana-Lafayette (47) and Louisiana Tech (42) more often.

*Southern Miss is the Tide's most frequent non-conference opponent in history. The Crimson Tide has played Tulane 40 times, but the majority of those meetings took place while the Green Wave were members of the SEC.

*Southern Miss' 21-0 shutout victory over Alabama in 2001 marked the first non-conference shutout against Alabama since Penn State's  9-0 homecoming win in 1990.  Prior to that USM game, the last time Alabama had been shutout in a non-conference game at Legion Field was a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 14, 1980.

*Led by multi-talented quarterback Reggie Collier, Southern Miss upset Alabama 38-29 on Nov. 13, 1982 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The loss snapped Alabama's NCAA record 57-game home winning streak. The game was also the last for legendary coach Paul Bryant at Bryant-Denny Stadium. College football's all-time winningest coach, Bryant announced his retirement following the 1982 season.

*Former Alabama All-American Allison Pooley Hubert was head coach at Southern Miss (1931-36) and compiled a 26-24-5 (.518) ledger.  Hubert quarterbacked the 1925 Alabama to a 2-19 win over California in the 1926 Rose Bowl and the national championship.


Nov. 29, 2001 (espn2)
Legion Field, Birmingham

Alabama overcame three turnovers, but took advantage of three Southern Miss turnovers as the Crimson Tide defeated the Golden Eagles, 28-15, at a rain-soaked Legion Field.

Ahmaad Galloway led the Crimson Tide with 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Andrew Zow accounted for 137 total yards and threw two TD passes in the win.

The first half saw each team surrender three turnovers, but not able to take advantage of the other team's mistakes as Alabama held a narrow 7-6 lead at halftime.  The Crimson Tide managed only 73 total yards in the first half.

But in the second half, it was a different story.  The Crimson Tide opened the half with an 11-play, 82-yard drive, capped by Galloway's 40-yard TD run.  The extra point attempt was blocked and Rod Davis returned the ball for two points to make the score 13-8.  On USM's next possession, the Eagles were forced to punt deep in their own end.  But a bad snap forced the punter to push the ball out of the end zone and give UA the safety and a 15-8 lead. 

On the ensuing possession, the Crimson Tide drove 45 yards, with Zow completing a 26-yard TD pass to Freddie Milons as UA built a 22-8 lead.  Zow's TD pass was the 35th of his UA career, tying Mike Shula for first place on the all-time list. 

Southern Miss cut the lead to 22-15 on the final play of the third quarter as Jeff Kelly hooked up with Leory Handy for the second time in the game, this time a five-yard TD pass on fourth-and-goal at the UA five-yard.  Brent Hanna's extra point cut the UA lead to 22-15 heading into the final quarter.

Galloway's second touchdown of the game (11-yard run) gave Alabama a 28-15 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game.


USM        0      6      9      0      15
UA         0      7     15      6      29

Second Quarter
UA - Zow 14-yard pass to Collins (Neal Thomas PAT) 7-0
USM - Kelly 39-yard pass to Handy (Kick Failed) 7-6
Third Quarter
UA - Galloway 40-yard run (Kick Blocked) 13-6
USM - Rod Davis PAT ret 13-8
UA - Team Safety 15-8
UA -  Zow 26-yard pass to Milons (Thomas PAT) 22-8
USM - Kelly 5-yard pass to Handy (Hanna PAT) 22-15

Fourth Quarter
UA - Galloway 11-yard run (Rush Failed) 28-15


Here is a look at how the current Crimson Tide roster has fared against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. 

Player    Year       Stats
Bacon     2001       5 Tackles, 1 INT (4 yds), 2 PBUs

Bates     2001       3 Tackles

Bearden   2000       7 punts, 39.1 avg.
          2001       4 punts, 39.8 avg.
          Career     11 punts, 39.45 avg.

Bolden    1999       1 Tackles
          2000       3 Tackles
          2001       5 Tackles
          Career     9 Tackles

Bryant    2001       1 Tackle

Carter    2000       3 recpts, 25 yards

Collins   2000       2 recpts, 11 yards
          2001       2 recpts, 19 yards, 1 TD
          Career     4 recpts, 30 yards, 1 TD

Daniels   2000       1 Tackle
          2001       14 Tackles, 1 TFL (-1), QBP
          Career     15 Tackles, 1 TFL (-1), QBP

G. Dixon  1999       5 Tackles
          2000       0 Tackles
          2001       5 Tackles, 1 PBU
          Career     10 Tackles, 1 PBU

Galloway  1999       5 rush, 27 yards
          2000       12 rush, 22 yards
          2001       24 rush, 126 yards, 2 TDs
          Career     41 rush, 175 yards, 2 TDs

Hudson    2001       4 rush, 35 yards

Johnson   1999       2 Tkls, 1 Sack (-7), 3 QBPs
          2000       10 Tkls, 2 Sks (-16), 3 TFLs (-4), 3 QBPs
          2001       11 Tkls, 3 Sacks (-28), 1 TFL (-1), 1 FF
          Career     23 Tkls, 6 Sacks (-51), 4 TFLs (-5),
                     6 QBPs, 1 FF

King      1999       4 Tkls, 2 Sacks (-10), 4 QBP
          2000       8 Tkls, 1 Sack (-9), 1 TFL (-4), 4 QBPs
          2001       1 FR (12 yard return)
          Career     12 Tkls, 3 Sack (-19), 1 TFL (-4), 8QBPs

McBride   2001       3 Tackles

Moorehead 1998       5 Tkls, 1 TFL (-2), 2 QBPs
          1999       7 Tkls, 1.5 Sack (-16), 3 TFLs (-11), 1 QBP
          2001       6 Tkls, 1 PBU, 2 QBPs
          Career     18 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks (-16), 4 TFLs (-13),
                     1 PBU, 5 QBPs

Watts     1999       7 rush, 3 yds, 11-for-20, 128 yards, 1 INT
          2000       10 rush, 16 yards, 11-for-16, 57 yards
          2001       DNP
          Career     17 rush, 19 yards, 22-for-36 (.000), 
                     185 yards, 1 INT

Wortham   2000       1 Tackle
          2001       5 Tackles   
          Career     6 Tackles

*Galloway has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his three-year career against a very solid Southern Miss defense.  Last year was his best game against the Golden Eagles, rushing 24 times for 126 yards (5.25 yards per carry) and two TDs on a rain-soaked field.  Prior to last year's game, Galloway had managed 17 carries for 49 yards in his previous two games against USM.

*Johnson has recorded 23 tackles, including 10 combined tackles for losses (-56 yards), in his three career games against Southern Miss.  Last year, Johnson had 11 stops, including three sacks (-28) and one TFL (-1) in the Tide's 28-15 win over USM.  The 11 total tackles and three sacks in last year's win over USM are both career highs for Johnson.  Two years ago (2000),  Johnson added 10 tackles, including two sacks (-16) and three TFLs (-4) in a loss to the Golden Eagles.

*In his three-game career, Johnson has 23 total tackles, six sacks (-51), four TFLs (-5), six quarterback pressures and one forced fumble.

*Moorehead has also had a solid career against the Golden Eagles, posting 18 tackles and five quarterback pressures in his previous three games.  The senior has also added 1.5 sacks (-16) and four TFLs (-13) in the series with USM.

*Watts made his first career start against Southern Miss on Oct. 30, 1999.  Watts subbed for the injured Andrew Zow, who sprained his ankle in the Tennessee game the week prior to the USM contest.  Watts completed 11 of 20 passes for 128 yards and one TD in his first career start, leading Alabama to a 35-14 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium.


The Crimson Tide offense piled up 534 total yards in the win over the Mean Green, the third-highest total under coach Dennis Franchione.  Alabama ran for 336 yards and added 198 passing yards in the win over North Texas.  The best effort under coach Fran was 588 total yards in a 56-7 win over UTEP on Oct. 6, 2001 at Legion Field.  Alabama also had 549 total yards in a 31-7 win at Auburn last year.

*The 336 rushing yards against North Texas is the second-highest rushing total by Alabama under Coach Fran.  The most rushing yards by Alabama in the Franchione era was 360 rushing yards in the win over UTEP last year.

*Alabama enters the Southern Miss game with the third-best rushing offense in the SEC, averaging 208.7 rushing yards per game this season.  The Crimson Tide has 146 rushing attempts for 626 yards and eight TDs in its first three games this season.  The 208.7 yard average ranks 23rd nationally.

*Alabama has scored on its opening possession in each of its first three games this season.  The Crimson scored a touchdown on its opening possession against Middle Tennessee and tallied a  field goal on its opening drive against Oklahoma and North Texas.

*In the season opener against Middle Tennessee, Santonio Beard's four-yard run capped a 10-play, 75-yard to open the 2002 season for the Crimson Tide.   After recovering an on-side kick to open the game, Michael Ziifle's 45-yard field goal capped a seven-play, 25-yard drive as UA took a 3-0 lead over the Sooners.  In the North Texas game, Ziifle's 24-yard field goal capped an 11-play, 79-yard  drive to open the game.


Two Alabama players have a chance to surpass the 1,000-yard career rushing mark this Saturday night when Alabama hosts Southern Miss in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Junior A-back Shaud Williams and senior quarterback Tyler Watts are on the verge of joining 41 other Crimson Tide players, who have rushed for 1,000 or more yards in their career.

Williams has rushed 984 yards in his three-year career, including 884 yards while at Texas Tech (1999-2000).  He enters the Southern Miss game just 16 yards shy of the 1,000-yard career rushing mark.  In three games at Alabama, Williams has nine carries for 100 yards and one TD.

Watts is seventh on the all-time Alabama rushing list among quarterback with 942 career yards.  In his four-year career, Watts has 213 rushing attempts for 924 yards and six TDs.  He enters the Southern Miss game 76 yards shy of the 1,000-yard career mark.

Against North Texas, Watts ran 12 times for 64 yards to move up on the UA career rushing charts for quarterbacks.  Watts has 213 career rushing attempts, tying Steve Sloan (1963-65) for 10th place on the all-time list for most rushes by a quarterback. 

In addition, Watts moved past Terry Davis (1970-72) into 7th place with 924 rushing yards.   Davis is now 8th place with 865 career rushing yards.

Watts also needs 32 rushing yards against Southern Miss to move past Ed Salem (1947-50) into 6th place on the all-time rushing list for QBs.  Salem accounted for 955 career rushing yards at Alabama.


Rk     Player, Years                      Yards
 1.    Shaun Alexander (1996-99)          3,565
 2.    Bobby Humphrey (1985-88)           3,420
 3.    Johnny Musso (1969-71)             2,741
 4.    Dennis Riddle (1994-97)            2,645
 5.    Bobby Marlow (1950-52)             2,604
 6.    Johnny Davis (1974-77)             2,519
 7.    Sherman Williams (1991-94)         2,486
 8.    Ricky Moore (1981-84)              2,270
 9.    Siran Stacy (1989-91)              2,105
10.    Corky Tharp (1951-54)              2,008
11.    Tony Nathan (1975-78)              1,997
12.    Lowell Tew (1944-47)               1,829
13.    Harry Gilmer (1944-47)             1,759
14.    Ahmaad Galloway (1999-Pres)        1,741
15.    Major Ogilvie (1977-80)            1,718
16.    Derrick Lassic (1989-92)           1,696
17.    Calvin Culliver (1973-76)          1,568
18.    Wilbur Jackson (1971-73)           1,529
19.    Dixie Howell (1933-34)             1,508
20.    Linne Patrick, 1980-83             1,480
21.    Steve Bowman (1963-65)             1,452
22.    Walter Lewis (1980-83)             1,433
23.    Billy Jackson (1978-80)            1,408
24.    Murry Hill (1985-89)               1,398
25.    Steadman Shealy (1977-79)          1,395
26.    Kerry Goode (1983-87)              1,350
27.    Paul Ott Carruth (1981-82-84)      1,336
28.    Chris Anderson (1990-93)           1,278
29.    Richard Todd (1973-75)             1,254
30.    Tom Calvin (1948-50)               1,206
31.    Willie Shelby (1973-75)            1,127
32.    Steve Whitman (1977-79)            1,126
33.    Pat Trammell (1959-61)             1,119
       Curtis Alexander (1993-97)         1,119
35.    Gene Jelks (1985-86)               1,097
36.    Mike Fracchia (1960-63)            1,084
37.    Steve Bisceglia (1971-72)          1,075
38.    Martin Houston (1989-92)           1,042
39.    Bobby Luna (1951-54)               1,037
40.    Randy Billingsley (1872-74)        1,026
41.    Kevin Turner (1988-91)             1,020
       Shaud Williams (1999-02)             984
       Tyler Watts (1999-02)                924


Senior quarterback Tyler Watts has completed 44 of 69 passes this season for 582 yards and two touchdowns through the Crimson Tide's first three games. 

Watts' completion percentage is the second-highest among the SEC's starting quarterbacks.  Tennessee's Casey Clausen has the SEC's highest completion percentage, hitting 46 of 62 passes (74.2) through UT's first two games.

Rank   Player, School          Pct. (Comp-Atts)
 1.    Casey Clausen, UT       74.2 (46-for-62)
 2.    Tyler Watts, UA         63.8 (44-for-69)
 3.    Daniel Cobb, AU         58.9 (33-for-56)
 4.    David Greene, GA        57.5 (23-for-40)
 5.    Corey Jenkins, SC       55.6 (35-for-63)


The Crimson Tide defense limited the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners to minus 23 rushing yards (23 attempts) on Sept. 7 in Norman.  The last time Alabama held an opponent to minus rushing yards was Oct. 30, 1999 when UA limited Southern Miss to minus 13 yards on 25 rushing attempts.  OU tailback Quentin Griffin entered the game with an NCAA-leading 237-yard per game and was held to three yards (9 carries) by the Alabama stop troops.  The Crimson Tide also recorded six sacks in the OU game, with five different players registering one sack.  The six sacks at OU are the third-most by Alabama in the last five years.  The Crimson Tide had nine sacks against Vanderbilt (Sept. 12, 1998) and seven against Arkansas (Sept. 22) last year.

*Alabama held Middle Tennessee to no rushing yards on five attempts in the first quarter of the 2002 season opener (Aug. 31) at Legion Field.

*Oklahoma had only two rushing yards on eight carries in the first quarter against Alabama.

*The Sooners had minus 11 rushing yards (seven attempts) in the second quarter of its win over Alabama.

*The Crimson Tide defense held the Sooners to minus 18 yards total offense in the third quarter.  OU ran six times for minus 26 yards and completed one pass for eight yards against the Tide defense.  In sum, OU ran nine plays in the third quarter for minus 18 yards.

*Prior to its game-winning TD drive, OU was held to minus five yards total offense on 15 plays in the second half by the Alabama defense.


The Alabama defense held the North Texas Mean Green to 141 total yards offense in the Crimson Tide's 33-7 win on Sept. 14, 2002 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  UNT managed only 50 rushing yards (37 attempts) and 91 passing yards (10-for-19) in the game.

*After an opening drive that saw North Texas run 14 plays for 66 yards (4.7 yards per play) before missing a short field goal, the Bama stop troops limited the Mean Green to 43 plays and 75 yards (1.74 yards per play) the remainder of the game.

*The last team to have less than 200 yards total offense against Alabama was Vanderbilt in a 20-0 loss in Nashville on Sept. 11, 1997.  The Commodores managed just 124 total yards against the Crimson Tide, including 66 rushing yards (44 attempts) and 58 passing yards.

*North Texas completed only 10 of 19 passes for 91 yards in a 33-7 loss at Alabama on Sept. 14, 2002.  The 91 passing yards by the Mean Green is the fewest allowed by Alabama since holding Florida to 83 yards in the 1999 SEC Championship Game, the worst passing day of any Steve Spurrier-coached team. 

*In addition, the 10 completions by UNT are the fewest against Alabama since UTEP completed eight passes in a 56-7 loss at Legion Field on Oct. 6, 2001.

*For the second week in a row, the Alabama defense held an opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground.  In a 33-7 win over North Texas, the UA defense limited UNT to 50 rushing yards (37 attempts).  On Sept. 7, 2002, Alabama held No. 2 ranked Oklahoma to minus 23 yards rushing (23 attempts). 

*Alabama's last two opponents (Oklahoma and North Texas) have rushed for 37 total yards (50 attempts), an average of 0.74 yards per rushing attempt.

The North Texas game marks the sixth time in the Franchione era the Crimson Tide has held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing in a game.  Alabama held South Carolina, LSU, Auburn and Southern Miss to under 100 rushing yards last year.

Team (Year)               Rushes-Yards      Result
S. Carolina (2001)            23-68         L 37-36
LSU (2001)                    30-83         L 35-21
Auburn (2001)                 28-41         W 31-7
Southern Miss (2001)          37-47         W 28-15
Oklahoma (2002)              23-(-23)       L 37-27
North Texas (2002)            50-37         W 33-7

*For the second consecutive week, Alabama's defense recorded at least five sacks as the Crimson Tide recorded five sacks (-28 yards) in its 33-7 win over the Mean Green.  Against No. 2 Oklahoma (Sept. 7), Alabama recorded a season-high six sacks in holding the Sooners to minus 23 rushing yards in the game.

*In its last two games, the Alabama defense has 11 total sacks (-51) against Oklahoma and North Texas.  The Crimson Tide did not record a sack in its season opener with Middle Tennessee.

*The Crimson Tide's six sacks against Oklahoma are the second-most in the SEC this season.  Arkansas had seven sacks in a win over Boise State (Sept. 7).

*Alabama has the SEC's third-best rushing defense, allowing only 70 yards per game this season.  The Crimson Tide's rushing defense also ranks 10th nationally. Through three games, UA opponents have rushed 98 times for 210 yards and six TDs.


Sophomore kicker Michael Ziifle leads the Southeastern Conference with 1.67 field goals made per game this season.  He has made five of eight field goal attempts in his first three games this season. 

In addition, Ziifle is tied for the league lead with the highest percentage of PAT conversions made this season.  Through three games, the Newnan, Ga., native has made all 10 PAT attempts for Alabama.

Entering the Southern Miss game, Ziifle is the SEC's second-leading scorer among kickers this season.  In three games, Ziifle is averaging 8.3 points per game second only to Arkansas' Brenden O'Donohoe, who averages 8.5 points per game.  Overall, Ziffle ranks fifth in the SEC in scoring.

Ziifle kicked two 45-yard FGs at Oklahoma on Sept. 7, the second-longest field goal in the SEC this season.


The Alabama offense has put an end to a pair of scoreless streaks in each of its last two games against Oklahoma and North Texas.

The No. 2 Sooners entered their Sept. 7 game with the Crimson Tide having not allowed a point in six consecutive quarters.  The Sooners also entered the Alabama having not allowed a touchdown in its last eight quarters. 

Alabama quickly put an end to OU's scoreless streak with a 45-yard field on the game's opening possession.  The Sooners held the Crimson Tide without a touchdown in the first half to extend that streak to 10 quarters.  Again, Alabama stopped that streak on its first possession of the third quarter as Ahmaad Galloway capped a 66-yard drive with a four-yard run to cut OU's lead to 23-10.  

In the win over North Texas, redshirt sophomore Michael Ziifle's 24-yard field goal with 10:52 left in the first quarter was the first points scored against the Mean Green in a span of six quarters.  The last time UNT allowed an opponent to score was the second quarter of the Texas game on Aug. 31 in Austin.  The Longhorns won the game, 27-0.  Alabama broke the touchdown streak, too, as Galloway's two-yard touchdown run with 8:35 left in the second quarter was the first touchdown allowed by North Texas since the second quarter of its season opener against Texas.


After a disappointing performance in the season opener with Middle Tennessee, Coach Fran was looking for improved play from his special teams against Oklahoma.  After recording six "big plays", the Alabama special teams came through in the second game of the 2002 season.  "We made some big plays on special teams, but also had some negative plays, too.  Overall, we were much better (against Oklahoma) than (Middle Tennessee)," Coach Fran said after the OU game.

*Alabama had at least one "big" special teams play in every quarter of the OU game with the exception of the second quarter.

*Lane Bearden recovers on-side kick on opening kickoff.

*Lance Taylor records first career blocked punt in the first quarter.

*Waine Bacon blocks OU field goal and Charles Jones records a 30-yard return.

*Chris James recovers an OU fumble on a "sky" kick after a UA touchdown in the third quarter.

*Leslie Williams blocks a third quarter punt, the first of his career, and Taylor scores his first TD on a eight-yard return.

*Bearden gives Alabama a 24-23 lead on a three-yard TD run off a fake field goal in the fourth quarter.

*Bearden posted a 47-yard punting average against Oklahoma

*Alabama had two blocked punts against Oklahoma for the first time since Nov. 5, 1994 at LSU. 

*Lance Taylor's eight-yard punt return was the first blocked punt return for a TD by Alabama since Roman Colburn had a 33-yard return (Sam Shade blocked the punt) against LSU on Nov. 5, 1994.

*Alabama opened the game with an on-side and recovered the ball at the UA 47-yard line.  Bearden recovered his own on-side kick that led to an Alabama field goal.

*The last time Alabama recovered an on-side kick was Nov. 7, 1999 in a come-from-behind win at LSU.  Trailing 16-14, Daniel Pope's on-side kick was recovered by Jason McAddley to set up UA's game-winning TD in a 22-16 win at Baton Rouge.

*Bacon's blocked field goal in the first quarter was the first by Alabama since Victor Ellis blocked an Ole Miss field goal on Oct. 14, 2000.  Kecalf Bailey scooped up that kick and ran 63 yards for a TD in Bama's 45-7 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium.


Alabama has compiled a 141-83-5 (.627) all-time record on television in since its first televised game in 1951.  The Crimson Tide has made 229 TV appearances since 1951.  In regular-season televised games, Alabama has compiled a 118-67-3 (.636) record.  The Crimson Tide has already made two TV appearances this season, including Middle Tennessee (W 39-34) and Oklahoma (L 37-27).  Bama has two more appearances scheduled against Southern Miss (espn2 - Sept. 21) and Hawaii (ESPN - Nov. 30).


Alabama senior punter Lane Bearden ranks third in the latest NCAA statistics 46.8 average.  Through two games, Bearden has eight punts for 374 yards, including three inside the 20-yard line.  The Pelham, Ala., native leads the SEC with a 46.8 average this season.  Bearden also handles UA kickoffs and has become a special teams weapon for the Crimson Tide, throwing a  a two-point pass conversion against Middle Tennessee and adding a three-yard TD run off a fake field goal against Oklahoma.

Rk  Punter, School                   Punt Avg.
1.  Kyle Larson, Nebraska            47.33
2.  Mark Mariscal, Colorado          46.91
3.  LANE BEARDEN, ALABAMA            46.75
    Brian Huffman, Northwestern      46.75
    Nate Fiske, UCLA                 46.75
6.  Brian Bradford, Texas Tech       45.25
7.  Eric Johnson, Stanford           45.17
8.  Travis Hale, Rice                45.00
9.  Matt Payne, BYU                  44.90
10. Jarad Preston, East Carolina     44.89


Alabama used 14 first-time players in its win over Middle Tennessee (Aug. 31), including one true freshman (DeMeco Ryans) and three JuCo transfers (Ahmad Childress, Zach Fletcher and Derrick Pope).  Other first-time participants included Freddie Roach (MLB), Anthony Madison (RCB), Spencer Pennington (special teams), Shaud Williams (A-Back), Charlie Peprah (RCB), Michael Ziifle (PK), Roman Harper (FS), Mark Anderson (ROV), Zach Fletcher (WR), Clint Johnston (W) and David Cavan (TE).  Ryans was the only true freshman to see action for Alabama against Middle Tennessee, playing 12 snaps on defense and four on special teams.  Alabama played only one true freshman in 2001, with Todd Bates making his debut in the third game of the season.  Bates played in nine games last year as a true freshman, making one start. 

*Two more players made their Alabama debuts in the loss at Oklahoma, including redshirt freshman quarterback Brodie Croyle and junior college transfer David Scott. 

*Croyle's much anticipated debut took place in the second quarter with Oklahoma leading 9-3.  He completed his first pass attempt to Sam Collins (7-yard gain) and moved the Crimson Tide into Sooner territory before a fumble by Santonio Beard gave OU the football at the Sooners 49-yard line. 

*Croyle had not played a down of football since the opening game of his senior year at Westbrook Christian HS in Rainbow City, Ala.  Croyle injured his knee in the season opener and did not play the remainder of the 2000 season.  He enrolled at Alabama in January, 2001 and practiced with the team during spring training.  He was redshirted last year (2001) at Alabama.

*Croyle's appearance at Oklahoma was his first game action in 105 weeks, dating back to the season opener in senior year in high school.

*Scott made his Alabama debut on special teams last week at Oklahoma. 

*Alabama played a total of 68 players in the win over North Texas, including seven first-time participants.  The list of players making their Crimson Tide debut against North Texas included true freshman fullback Greg McLain (Lineville), redshirt freshman center J.B. Closner (San Antonio, Texas), redshirt sophomore fullback Nathan Cox (Spanish Fort), redshirt senior safety Zac Holt (Scottsboro), redshirt senior safety Carl McInnish (Brewton, Ala.), redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Brandon Dean (Mobile) and redshirt freshman strong tackle Von Ewing (Troy). 

*In addition, sophomore Thurman Ward played in 11 games last year as a defensive back, but made his Alabama debut on offense tonight against the Mean Green.  Also, redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Pennington took his first collegiate snap at quarterback for the Crimson Tide tonight when he entered the game with 3:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.  Pennington played in the Crimson Tide's 39-34 win over Middle Tennessee in the season opener, but that appearance came on UA's "hands team" as the Blue Raiders attempted an on-side kick.

*Through three games this season, Alabama has used 23 first-time players.


In the first three games of the 2002 season, five Alabama players have started for the first time in the football careers at the Capstone.  The list of first-time starters includes sophomore tight end David Cavan, redshirt freshman Freddie Roach, redshirt freshman defensive back Charlie Peprah, redshirt sophomore defensive back Carlos Andrews and junior wide receiver Dre Fulgham.

Cavan and Roach made their first career start against Middle Tennessse (Aug. 31), while Peprah started as a nickel back in the Oklahoma game (Sept. 7).  Andrews and Fulgham made their first career starts in the win over North Texas.

*Cavan added a 15-yard TD grab in his first starting assignment.

*Roach had 10 tackles and scored on a 41-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

*Peprah started as nickel back in the loss to Oklahoma and added four solo tackles.

*Junior wide receiver Dre Fulgham made his first career start for Alabama at wide receiver against North Texas.  The Crimson Tide opened the game in a three-wide set against the Mean Green.  Senior Sam Collins and junior Traindos Luke were the other two receivers for UA.

*Fulgham made the most of his first career  start against North Texas and hauled in a career high three passes for 39 yards, including a long of 24 yards.

*In addition, sophomore safety Carlos Andrews made his first career start on defense, subbing for senior Waine Bacon, who had started each of the last 14 games for the Crimson Tide.  Andrews has appeared in 14 career games for Alabama, but has never started prior to tonight. 

*Andrews also made his first career start against the Mean Green and contributed a career high five tackles in the win.

*Peprah made his second career start for Alabama against North Texas (subbing at RCB for Hirchel Bolden). 

*Junior defensive end Nautyn McKay-Loescher returned to the starting line up against UNT.  Loescher did not start last week as UA opened the game with five defensive backs.

First Time Starter             Opponent
Triandos Luke, WR              Middle Tennessee
David Cavan, TE                Middle Tennessee
Freddie Roach, MLB             Middle Tennessee
Charlie Peprah, DB             Oklahoma
Dre Fulgham, WR                North Texas
Carlos Andrews, DB             North Texas

*Alabama used 17 first-time starters during the 2001 season, including six in a 20-17 loss t