Alabama Football Game Four Notes: at Arkansas

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Alabama is 3-0 for the 52nd time in school history; first since 1996
Tuesday, September 21, 2004

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  • ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:

    • The Arkansas game will mark the third straight year that Alabama has played its first SEC road game with a first-time starter at quarterback...
    • Since 1991, Alabama quarterbacks are 9-3 (.750) in their Crimson Tide debut...
    • The game features the top two scorers in the SEC in Arkansas junior kicker Chris Balseiro (9.0 ppg) and Alabama senior kicker Brian Bostick (8.7 ppg)...
    • The two have combined to make 39 of 40 kicks this season...
    • Alabama is 3-0 for the 52nd time in school history, but the first time since 1996...
    • Alabama has not won four games in the month of September since 1994...
    • A win over Arkansas would give Alabama its 37th 4-0 start in school history...
    • Alabama leads the SEC in rushing offense (241.0), rushing defense (73.0), total defense (216.3), turnover margin (+5), KO returns (36.5) and time of possession (35:02)...

    BAMA'S FIRST ROAD GAME AT ARKANSAS

    After opening the season with three straight home games, the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC) hits the road for the first time this season as they face the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at Donald W. Reynolds/Razorbacks Stadium in Fayetteville.  The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports with a 2:34 p.m. (CDT) kickoff.  Both teams are coming off impressive non-conference wins.  Alabama improved to 3-0 with a easy 52-0 win over Western Carolina in Tuscaloosa, while Arkansas handed Louisiana-Monroe a 49-20 loss in Little Rock.  The Crimson Tide posted its first shutout of the season and second in the coach Mike Shula era, but the news was bittersweet as the Crimson Tide lost starting quarterback Brodie Croyle for the remainder of the season with a torn (right knee) ACL. With the loss of Croyle, Alabama will turn its offense over to sophomore Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.), who will make his first career start in Fayetteville.  Alabama brings the top-rated rushing offense (241.0) in the SEC to Fayetteville this weekend, while the Razorbacks (228.3) are a close second. In addition, the game will feature the league's two best statistical kickers in Arkansas' Chris Balseiro (18-18 PAT, 2-3 FG, 9.0 ppg) and Bama's Brian Bostick (17-17 PAT, 3-3 FG, 8.7 ppg).  Handling the broadcast  duties for CBS Sports will be Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sidelines).  The game will also be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network with David Crane (play-by-play) and Chris Stewart (color). Fans can also tune to the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action. 

    THE HEAD COACHES

    Coach Mike Shula (7-9, .400) is 3-0 in his sophomore season as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Shula compiled a 4-9 (.308) record in his rookie season at Alabama last year against the nation's most difficult schedule.  The Crimson Tide lost to both teams (Oklahoma and LSU) that played in the BCS National Championship game last season.  Shula previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami.  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.  Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt is 50-28 (.641) in six seasons as head coach of the Razorbacks.  He has guided the Razorbacks to a pair of SEC Western Division (1998 and 2002) titles and has the fourth-best winning percentage among active SEC coaches.  A 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State, Nutt has also served as head coach at Murray State and Boise State.  In 11 seasons as head coach, Nutt has compiled an 86-50 (.632) ledger. 

    UP NEXT

    Alabama returns home next Saturday (Oct. 2) to host the South Carolina Gamecocks.  The game will be televised by espn2 at 5 p.m. (CT) from  Bryant-Denny Stadium.

    CROYLE OUT WITH TORN ACL

    *Junior quarterback Brodie Croyle suffered a season-ending injury against Western Carolina on Sept. 18.

    *Croyle tore his ACL (right knee) on the Crimson Tide's first offensive possession of the third quarter.  He had successful surgery on Monday, Sept. 20, according to surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Larry Lemak.

    *According to Dr. Lemak, recovery time for Croyle will be about five months, which should put him on target to return to spring practice.

    *Croyle missed all of spring practice as he underwent successful surgery on Dec. 11, 2003 to repair a partially dislocated shoulder (non-throwing).

    *He missed two games last season against Georgia and Southern Miss as a result of the shoulder injury and played hurt the remainder of the year.

    *Croyle missed his senior year at Westbrook Christian High School when he tore the ACL (left knee) in the first quarter of his first game of the year.

    *In three games this season, Croyle completed 44 of 66 passes for 534 yards and six touchdowns.  He also did not have an interception this season.

    GUILLON GETS THE NOD

    *With the loss of Croyle at quarterback, sophomore transfer Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) will now take over the starting role under center for the Crimson Tide.

    *Guillon will make his first career start this Saturday as the Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the Arkansas Razorbacks in a nationally televised game.

    *Guillon has played in two games this season, with his most extensive action coming last Saturday against Western Carolina. 

    *He took 18 snaps under center against the Catamounts, leading the Crimson Tide to a pair of second-half touchdowns.

    *Guillon was 5-for-7 for 71 yards and one TD in the 52-0 win.

    *He made his Crimson Tide debut against Utah State on Sept. 3 and took three snaps at the end of the game, handing the ball off all three times to freshman tailback Aaron Johns.

    QUARTERBACK DEBUTS

    *When Marc Guillon makes his first career start this Saturday at Arkansas, he will be the 13th different starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide since the 1991 season.

    *Since 1991, Alabama's starting quarterbacks have gone 9-3 (.750) in their first career start for the Crimson Tide.

    *The three losses were charged to Spencer Pennington (at Georgia, 2003), Lance Tucker (Miss. State, 1997) and David Palmer (LSU, 1993).

    *Guillon's start under center will also mark the third consecutive season that Alabama has started a first-time quarterback in its first SEC road game.

    *This is also the second consecutive trip to Arkansas that Alabama has started a first-time quarterback.

    *Then redshirt freshman Brodie Croyle made his first career start in Fayetteville on Sept. 28, 2002 as the Crimson Tide posted a 30-12 win. 

    *In the win, Croyle completed 12 of 24 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns and was named the National Freshman of the Week. 

    *In the 2003 SEC road opener, then sophomore Spencer Pennington completed nine of 20 passes for 109 yards in a 37-23 loss.  He had one touchdown and one interception.  Pennington suffered a shoulder injury in the second half and missed the next four games.

    ALABAMA STARTING QUARTERBACK DEBUTS SINCE 1991

    Player            Opp (Date)        Result       Stats (Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD)
    Danny Woodson     Temple (9-7-91)   W, 41-3      7-12-1-111-1; 85-yd TD run
    Jay Barker        at LSU (11-9-91)  W, 20-17     7-14-1-81-0
    Brian Burgdorf    USM (10-30-93)    W, 40-0      16-27-2-216-2
    David Palmer      LSU (11-6-93)     L, 17-13     6-10-1-116-2; 65 rush yds
    Fredie Kitchens   MSU (11-11-95)    W, 14-9      8-10-0-75-0
    Lance Tucker      MSU (11-15-97)    L, 32-20     7-11-0-81-1
    J.D. Phillips     BYU (9-5-98)      W, 38-31     17-29-0-188-0
    Andrew Zow        Miss (10-10-98)   W, 20-17(ot) 15-30-1-272-1; 1st OT win
    Tyler Watts       USM (10-30-99)    W, 35-14     11-20-1-128-0
    Brodie Croyle     at Ark (9-28-02)  W, 30-12     12-24-0-285-2; Pl. of Week
    S. Pennington     at Ga. (10-4-03)  L, 37-23     9-20-1-109-1
    Brandon Avalos    USM (10-11-03)    W, 17-3      3-7-1-12-0

    ALABAMA PLAYER PARTICIPATION

    *Alabama has played 75 different players in its first three games this season.

    *The list includes 34 first-time players, including 10 "true" freshmen.

    *The Crimson Tide dressed 101 players for the 2004 season opener with Utah State and 65 players saw action in 48-17 win.

    *Of the 101 players that dressed for the Utah State game, a total of 57 had never played in a game for the Crimson Tide.

    *Alabama's opening day depth chart showed that 23 of the 44 players listed had never played in a game before the season opener.

    *A total of 27 players made their debut against Utah State, including 10 "true" freshmen.

    *Alabama used 58 players in its win over Ole Miss, but none were first-time players.

    *Alabama dressed more than 100 players for the Western Carolina game and played a season-high 74 players in the 52-0 win.

    *The Crimson Tide used seven first-time players, including one "true" freshman in the win over the Catamounts brining the season total to 34 first-time players.

    *The most notable first-players to see action against Western Carolina were true freshman Curtis Dawson and redshirt sophomore Marcus McKnight.

    *Dawson played last year at Hoover High School and came to Alabama as a linebacker.  He moved to the defensive line prior to the Ole Miss game and made his debut at defensive tackle in the win over WCU.

    *McKnight came to Alabama as a true freshman in 2002 and had not played in a game until his debut against Western Carolina on Sept. 18,  2004.  McKnight also hauled in a 14-yard pass reception from Marc Guillon, his first career reception with the Tide.

    *Other first-timers to play against Western Carolina included Kyle Bennett, Bryan Kilpatrick, Allen Long, Forress Rayford and Travis West.

    *Through three games, Alabama has already played 11 "true" freshmen this season.

    *That is a contrast to last season, when only five `"true freshmen" played for the Crimson Tide.

    START ME UP

    *The Crimson Tide has used eight first-time starters in the first three games of the 2004 season.

    *The newest addition to the list of first-time starters is redshirt freshman wide receiver Matt Caddell, who made his first collegiate start in the win over Western Carolina.

    *Alabama used three first-time starters in its 28-7 win over Ole Miss in its Southeastern Conference opener on Sept. 11.

    *All three were on offense and included senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla) and freshmen wide receivers DJ Hall (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) and Keith Brown (Gulfport, Miss.).

    *Hudson snapped a streak of 37 consecutive games without a start in the win over Ole Miss.

    *In the Sept. 4 season opener with Utah State, Alabama used four first-time starters, including two on offense and two on defense.

    *On offense, Alabama employed two first-time starters, including Kyle Tatum (RT) and Tyrone Prothro (WR).

    *On defense two more players made their first career starts, including junior Rudy Griffin (LDT) and junior Juke King (SLB).

    *King subbed for the injured preseason All-American DeMeco Ryans, who saw limited action while still trying to completely heal from a preseason ankle sprain.

    *Ryans and Anthony Bryant were not in the starting lineup in the 2004 season opener to snap their lengthy starting streaks with the Crimson Tide. 

    *Ryans suffered an ankle injury on Aug. 21 and saw limited action as a backup linebacker in the Utah State, which ended his streak of 14 consecutive starts for the Tide. 

    *Bryant lost his starting job to Griffin in the preseason and saw his streak end at 13 consecutive starts.

    *Another streak will end Saturday as Croyle's modest eight-game streak will be snapped due to a season-ending injury.

    *Only four current UA players have started 10 or more consecutive games entering Saturday's game at Arkansas.

    *Senior Evan Mathis has now made 38 consecutive starts for Alabama, the longest active streak on the team. 

    *Mathis' first career start came at South Carolina on Sept. 29, 2001 and he started 35 straight games at the right tackle position. 

    *He moved to left guard in this spring and has started all three games this season to extend his streak to 38 consecutive starts.

    *Mathis' right tackle position is now anchored by sophomore Kyle Tatum, who switched from the defensive line to the offensive line this spring.

    *Junior free safety Roman Harper and junior strong safety Charlie Peprah have logged 17 straight starts, while senior cornerback Anthony Madison has started 16 consecutive games.

    *Senior Chris James (LCB) has played more games (40) than anyone on the Alabama team without at least one career start. 

    *Senior Carlos Andrews (FS) has also played in 40 games in his Alabama career, but has started only once.

    ALABAMA GAME RECAPS:

    Here is a brief notebook from each of the Crimson Tide's football games this season.

    ALABAMA 48, Utah State 17 (Sept. 4)

    Alabama improves to 85-21-3 all-time in season openers ... Alabama has won three straight season openers ... The 48 points against Utah State are the most points in a season opener since Alabama beat Cal 66-0 on Sept. 15, 1973 at Legion Field ... Alabama has scored 40 or more points in back-to-back season openers for the first time since 1941-42 ... During those two years, Alabama whipped Southwestern Louisiana 47-6 in 1941 and 54-0 in 1942 ... Utah State was the Crimson Tide's 117th different opponent ... The win over Utah State snaps a five-game losing streak to first-time opponents at Bryant-Denny Stadium ... The streak included losses to Central Florida (2000), UCLA (2001), Auburn (2002), Oklahoma (2003) and Northern Illinois (2003) ... Alabama posted its 150th all-time win in the month of September ... The win over Utah State improved Alabama to 3-0 all-time on Sept. 4th ...

    ALABAMA 28, Ole Miss 7 (Sept. 11)

    The Crimson Tide improved to 46-20-2 (.691) all-time record in SEC openers since the league was formed in 1933 ...  Alabama has now won 13 consecutive SEC openers, dating back to 1992 ... The current 13-game winning streak in SEC openers, includes 10 wins over Vanderbilt (1992-2001) and one win over Arkansas (2002), Kentucky (2003) and Ole Miss (2004) ... Alabama is now 9-2 (.818) in SEC openers against Ole Miss ... Alabama earned its sixth straight home win against Ole Miss, dating back to 1992 ... In its last three home wins, Alabama has beaten Ole Miss by a combined 115-21 score ... In addition to this year's 28-7 win, the Crimson Tide also posted a 42-7 win in 2002 and a 45-7 win in 2000 ... The three losses to Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium are the only three times a David Cutcliffe-coached team has lost by 20 or more points ...

    ALABAMA 52, Western Carolina 0 (Sept. 18)

    This was the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Western Carolina... Western Carolina was Alabama's 118th different football opponent and second this season ... Alabama opened the 2004 season against another first-time foe Utah State ... The 2004 season marks the fifth consecutive year that Alabama has played two teams for the first time in its history ... Bama has compiled an 87-29-2 (.746) all-time record against first-time opponents, including a 73-21-1 (.774) mark in regular season games ... Alabama improved to 4-0 (1.000) all-time against I-AA teams since the division of football was formed in 1978 ... The Western Carolina game was Alabama's first against a I-AA opponent in 10 years ... The last meeting with a I-AA school took place on Sept. 3, 1994 as the Crimson Tide opened the season with a 42-13 win over UT Chattanooga  ... Alexander City native and current NFL star Terrell Owens played in the game for the Mocs ... Alabama is now 9-1 (.900) all-time against teams from the state of North Carolina ... Alabama is 7-0 at home against teams from the Tar Heel state ... In games played on Sept. 18th, UA is now 5-3 (.625) ...

    OFFENSIVE NOTEBOOK:

    Alabama is 3-0 for the first time since 1996 ... Alabama has not started the season with four straight wins since that same year when coach Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a 7-0 start in his final season at the Capstone ... The 2004 season is the 52nd time that Alabama has started with a 3-0 record ... With a win over Arkansas, Alabama will be 4-0 for the 37th time in school history ... Alabama leads the SEC in rushing offense (241.0), turnover margin (+5) and time of possession (35:02) ... Alabama is second in the SEC in scoring offense (42.7) and touchdowns (17) ... The 17 touchdowns rank second in the SEC behind Arkansas (18 TDs) ... Bama is second to Arkansas in rushing TDs (8) and passing TDs (7) this season ... Alabama has scored via the rush, pass, interception return and punt return ... Bama is 9th in the NCAA in scoring offense (42.7) and 10th in the NCAA pass efficiency offense (165.2) ... Alabama's 98-yard scoring drive against Ole Miss (10 plys, 5:24 TOP) is the longest in the SEC this season ... Alabama had two scoring drive of 85 yards or more in the Ole Miss game ... Alabama has three scoring drives over five minutes this season and eight scoring drives under two minutes ... Alabama's 28-point scoring margin in the fourth quarter leads the SEC ... Alabama has only three turnovers in three games thus far ... Alabama has not thrown an interception this year in 75 pass attempts ... UA opponents have not converted a turnover into points this season ... Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina are the only three SEC teams not to allow a score following its own turnover ... Alabama has scored in 11 of 12 quarters this season ... The first quarter of the Ole Miss game is the only quarter this season in which the Tide has not put points on the scoreboard ...

    DEFENSIVE NOTEBOOK:

    Alabama leads the SEC in rushing defense (73.0), pass efficiency defense (85.9), total defense (216.3) ... The Crimson Tide also ranks second in the SEC in scoring defense (8.0), passing defense (143.3) and sacks (6) ... Alabama ranks fifth in the NCAA in total defense (216.3), 7th in pass efficiency defense (85.9) and 7th in scoring defense (8.0) ... Alabama has allowed only three TDs in three games this season, tying Auburn and LSU for fewest TDs allowed in the league ... The defense has pitched a shutout in eight of the 12 quarters this season ... Bama has not allowed a points in its last five quarters ... UA has allowed only seven points in the last nine quarters ... Alabama is the only team in the SEC with at least one shutout in each of the last three seasons ... Alabama has forced an SEC-best 25, three-and-outs this season ... Alabama has forced eight turnovers this season ... Those eight turnovers have resulted in a SEC-leading 38 points ...The defense has scored one touchdown this season (Simeon Castille 31-yard interception return vs. Utah State) ...

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTEBOOK:

    Alabama leads the SEC in kickoff returns (35.8) this season ... Bama is also fifth in the NCAA in kickoff returns ... Senior kicker Brian Bostick has made all 20 kicks (17 PATs, 3 FGs) this season ... Bostick is second in the SEC in scoring with 8.7 points per game ... Redshirt freshman Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) handled kickoffs for the third week in a row ... Christensen has eight touchbacks in 23 kickoffs this season  

    THE ALABAMA-ARKANSAS SERIES

    Alabama holds an 8-6 (.571) series lead over Arkansas in a series that dates back to the Jan. 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl. 

    *Alabama actually has nine wins over Arkansas, but the 1993 victory (43-3) at Tuscaloosa was later forfeited by NCAA sanctions.

    *The first three times the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks squared off, Alabama won the game and eventually the national championship. 

    *The Jan. 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl win clinched Coach Paul Bryant's first of six national titles.

    *The 1962 Sugar Bowl also featured two future College Football Hall of Famers and Dallas Cowboy stars -- Lee Roy Jordan (Alabama) and Lance Allworth (Arkansas).

    *Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and current Cowboys owner Jerry Jones were true freshmen on the 1961 Arkansas team, but did not play that season or against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

    *In the Jan. 1, 1980 Sugar Bowl, the Crimson Tide beat the Hogs for Bryant's sixth and final national title at Alabama. 

    *In 1992, Gene Stallings led Alabama to a 38-11 win over the Razorbacks in Little Rock and the consensus national championship as the Tide celebrated its 100th year of football. 

    *Arkansas won last year's game, 34-31, in Tuscaloosa.  The Razorbacks erased a 31-10 third-quarter deficit and posted an exciting double-overtime win.

    *The Crimson Tide posted a convincing 30-12 win in its last trip to Fayetteville, setting the tone on the game's very first play.  In his first career start for Alabama, Shaud Williams took the handoff from another first-time starter Brodie Croyle and raced 80 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 7-0 lead just seconds into the game.

    *Williams had an 80-yard run and a 75-yard pass reception in the win.

    LAST MEETING:

    Arkansas 34, Alabama 31 (2 OT -- 2003)

    *After the start of the game was delayed more than an hour by a severe thunderstorm, Alabama and Arkansas battled on even terms in the first half before the Tide seemingly took control of the game with a "lightening" quick offense that built a three touchdown lead in the third quarter.

    *After the delay, Arkansas took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead on Matt Jones 39-yard TD run.

    *Alabama answered with a late first quarter touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.  Brodie Croyle's 16-yard TD pass to Triandos Luke evened the score after one quarter.

    *The two teams traded field goals in the second quarter as Arkansas' Chris Balserio booted a 38-yard field goal to put the Hogs up 10-7 with just under two minutes left in the half.

    *Alabama answered the score with a gutty drive at the end of the half.  After Croyle was momentarily knocked out of the game, Spencer Pennington took Alabama to a last-second score, tying the game at 10-10. 

    *Brian Bostick capped the 12-play, 49-yard drive with the longest field goal of his career (48 yards) as both teams headed to the dressing room.

    *Just as fast as the storms brewed before kickoff, Alabama posted three quick strike scores to build a 31-10 lead with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

    *On the first possession of the third quarter, Croyle hooked up with Dre' Fulgham for a 71-yard TD pass to give the Crimson Tide its first lead of the game just 92 seconds into the second half.

    *Following an Arkansas turnover (Anthony Madison interception), Croyle and Fulgham teamed up again, this time for a 12-yard pass as the Crimson Tide built a 24-10 lead barely three minutes gone off the clock.

    *On its next possession, Alabama scored again as Shaud Williams raced 80 yards for a touchdown to give the Tide a 31-10 lead.

    *Alabama scored 21 points and posted 186 yards of offense in just eight second half plays to build what seemed to be a commanding three touchdown lead.

    *But as quickly as the Crimson Tide found success, so did the Razorbacks.

    *Alabama managed only 33 total yards and no point the remainder of the game and Arkansas mounted a furious rally that tied the game and forced overtime.

    *Cedric Cobbs' five-yard run with two minutes left in the third quarter capped a 12-play, 72-yard drive.

    *The Razorbacks cut the lead to 31-24 on Mark Pierce's two-yard run with 8:31 left in the game.

    *Arkansas forced the overtime period as Jones threw a three-yard TD pass on fourth-and-goal with just 27 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 31-31.

    *After the Crimson Tide held the Razorbacks on downs in the first overtime, but an "excessive celebration" penalty moved Alabama back to the 40-yard line and then Brian Bostick missed a 38-yard field goal that would have won the game.

    *Arkansas took advantage of a Brodie Croyle interception in the second overtime period as kicker Chris Belserio won the game with a 19-yard field goal.

    HOME SWEET HOME?

    *Overall, the home team has posted a 5-7 (.417) on-the-field record in the Alabama-Arkansas series since the two teams began meeting on a regular basis in 1992.  The road team has won the last two meetings.

    ALABAMA-ARKANSAS SERIES NOTES

    *There are no players from the state of Arkansas on the Alabama roster.

    *Arkansas has four  players on its 2004 football roster from the state of Alabama, including junior linebacker Pierre Brown (Birmingham, Shades Valley HS), true freshman offensive tackle Cody Green (Oneonta - Cullman HS), junior  linebacker Michael Robinson (Birmingham, Jackson-Olin HS), junior offensive tackle Zac Tubbs (Cullman, Cullman HS).

    *Alabama posted a 17-7 win over Arkansas on Sept. 21, 1996 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock in the school's 1,000th all-time football game.

    *Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines spent four years on the Arkansas coaching staff, including a one-year stint as interim head coach in 1992.

    *Kines was the Arkansas defensive coordinator from 1991-94, but was named interim head coach on Sept. 6, 1992 after Jack Crowe was suddenly dismissed following a 10-3 home loss to The Citadel.

    *In his only season as a collegiate head coach, Kines completed the 1992 season with a 3-6-1 record, which included a 38-11 loss to Alabama in Little Rock on Sept. 19.

    *After the game, Kines was quoted by various media outlets that "Arkansas got beat tonight by the team that just might win the national championship."  Alabama made a prophet out of Kines by winning its next 10 games, including a 34-13 win over No. 1 Miami in the Sugar Bowl to claim the school's 12th national title.

    *After the 1992 season, Kines moved back to defensive coordinator when Danny Ford was hired as head coach.

    *Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Markuson has had one coaching stint in the state of Alabama.  In 1991-92, Markuson was an assistant coach at Alabama A&M, where he was the offensive coordinator (1992) and o-line coach (1991-92).

    *Arkansas defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was a two-time All-America and three-time All-SEC defensive lineman at Auburn University under coach Pat Dye.  As a player at Auburn, Rocker captured both the Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) and Lombardi Trophy (nation's top lineman) and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior (1989).

    *Arkansas' Director of Football Operations Louis Campbell is a former Crimson Tide assistant coach.  Campbell was a graduate assistant at Alabama under Paul Bryant from 1973-74.  Campbell was then promoted to secondary coach for the 1975-76 seasons.  After a three-year stint at SMU (1977-79), Campbell returned to Alabama to coach the defensive backs from 1980-84. 

    *Campbell's son Steadman is a graduate assistant in the Alabama video department and works with Kines and the UA defense.  He is named for former Alabama quarterback Steadman Shealy, who led the Tide to 12-0 season and consensus national championship in 1979.

    *The Alabama-Arkansas game will be televised for the 14th time overall and the 12th year in row this weekend from Fayetteville.  Only the 1992 game in Little Rock failed to be televised in this series.  

    *CBS Sports will televise its fourth  Alabama-Arkansas game this season.  The network also broadcast Alabama victories in 1999 (35-28) and 2001 (31-10) and Arkansas' double-overtime win last year in Tuscaloosa.

    CULLMAN CONNECTION

    *According to the 2000 US Census, Cullman, Ala., has a population of 13,995 people.

    *The small town located in north-central Alabama will be well represented this Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., as five players from the same high school will suit up in the Alabama-Arkansas game.

    *The Britt brothers (Wesley, Taylor and Justin) will play for the Crimson Tide, while friends and former high school teammates Zac Tubbs and Cody Green will wear the Razorbacks colors.

    *Wesley Britt, Taylor Britt and Tubbs were teammates at Cullman High School.

    *Justin Britt and Green were teammates last year and members of the same graduating class.

    BAMA, HOGS KICKING

    *The top two scorers in the Southeastern Conference this season is a pair of kickers, who might figure prominently in this Saturday's Alabama-Arkansas football game.

    *Arkansas junior Chris Balserio leads the SEC with nine points per game this season.  He has converted all 18 extra point attempts and booted two of three field goals in two games.

    *Alabama senior Brian Bostick ranks second in the league with 8.7 points per game this season. 

    *Bostick has made all 20 kick attempts this season, including 17 extra points and three field goals in the Tide's first three games.

    *The duo has combined to make 39 of their 40 kicks (.975) this season heading into Saturday's game.

    ALABAMA'S ROAD RECORD

    Alabama has compiled a 225-116-12 (.654) all-time road record in 353 games.

    *The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

    *Alabama was 1-4 (.200) on the road last season.

    *The Ole Miss game on Oct. 18, 2003 marked Alabama's 350th all-time road game.

    *Alabama is 8-7 (.533) in its last 15 road games, including a 6-4 (.600) mark in SEC road games.

    *Historically Alabama has been a strong road team. 

    *From 1970-75, Alabama won a school record 21 consecutive road games. 

    *From 1970-82, Alabama was 35-6 (.854) in 41 road games.

    *Since 1982, Alabama is 60-29-1 (.672) on the road.

    *Since 1992, when the league was expanded, Alabama has the third-best SEC road game record among league schools. 

    ALABAMA ON THE TUBE

    *Alabama has compiled a 150-93-5 (.613) all-time record on television in since its first televised game in 1951. 

    *The Arkansas game will be Alabama' second television appearance of the season.

    *Bama will make its third appearance next week (Oct. 2) when they host South Carolina on espn2 at 5 p.m. from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

    *The Crimson Tide has made 248 television appearances since 1951. 

    *Last year's Ole Miss game (Oct. 18, 2003) marked Alabama's 200th televised regular-season game.

    *The Crimson Tide has compiled a 125-77-3 (.617) record in 205 regular-season TV games.

    EAST AND WEST

    Since the SEC split into two divisions prior to the 1992 season, Alabama has compiled a 61-35-1 (.634) record in regular-season conference games. 

    *Factor in the Tide's five appearances in the SEC Championship game and UA's record is 63-38-1 (.623) against SEC teams.

    *Alabama has compiled a 39-22 (.639) regular season record against SEC Western Division teams since 1992.

    *Alabama has compiled a 22-13-1 (.625) regular season record against SEC Eastern Division teams since 1992.

    SEPTEMBER RECORD

    *Alabama has compiled a 152-37-5 (.795) in 194 all-time games in the month of September. 

    *The Crimson Tide won its 150th all-time September game with a 48-17 win over Utah State in the 2004 season opener.

    *Dating back to 1997, Alabama is just 18-12 (.600) in its last 30 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 was 1-3 (.250) last season in the month of September, its first losing record in September since the 2000 season.

    *Alabama posted a 30-0-2 (.968) record in its first 32 September games 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. 

    *UA also posted an 18-game winning streak (9/19/70-9/28/74) and a 16-game winning streak (9/21/91-9/9/95).

    ON THIS DATE

    *Alabama has compiled a 10-1 (.909) all-time  record in games played on Sept. 25th.

    *The Arkansas game will be the first game played on this date since the Crimson Tide posted a 35-28 win over the Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1999.

    *Alabama has a seven-game winning streak in games played on Sept. 25th.

    *Alabama's only loss on this date was a 21-14 setback at Tulane in 1948.

    *Alabama is 5-0 against SEC teams on Sept. 25.

    *Alabama has compiled a 2-1 (.667) road record on this date.


     


     

     

       
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