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Alabama Football Game Notes: Arkansas


Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Justin Smiley
Justin Smiley

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September 28, 2002     Razorback Stadium   Fayetteville, Arkansas
6:45 p.m.   ESPN

Alabama Quick Notes: Alabama is 44-21-2 (.671) all-time in SEC openers, including a school-record 10-game winning streak dating back to 1991...Florida (35-0) is the last team to beat Alabama in its SEC opener (Sept. 14, 1991)...This weekend's game features the No. 1 and No. 2 rushing offense and defense in the SEC through four games...Akansas ranks first in rushing offense (262.0) and defense (37.5), while Alabama ranks second in rushing offense (244.2) and defense (61.2)...Watts is currently tied with Joe Namath for 10th place on the school's all-time list with 2,714 career passing yards...Bama has not won in Fayetteville since a 13-6 decision in 1994...


Alabama hits the road for only the second time this season when traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a 6:45 p.m. kickoff with Arkansas.  It will be the SEC opener for both teams.  The Crimson Tide comes into the game 3-1 on the young season following last week's 20-7 win over Southern Miss.  Arkansas, playing only its third game of the season, is 2-0 following an open week last weekend.  The Crimson Tide will make its first ESPN appearance of the 2002 season this weekend.  Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (color) and Dr. Jerry Punch (sidelines) will describe the action to a national cable audience.  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 game will feature a pair of defensive units that are playing extremely well early in the season.  Arkansas is the SEC's and the nation's No. 1 rushing defense, allowing just 37.5 yards per game, while the Tide's defensive front is second in the SEC and No. 5 nationally, allowing just 61.2 yards on the ground.  Alabama is second in the SEC in total defense and 6th nationally,  allowing just 238.5 yards per game.   Arkansas is third in the SEC and tied for 10th in NCAA stats, giving-up 254.0 total yards per game.


The University of Alabama is in its 108th football season and has compiled a  747-282-43 (717) all-time record in 1,072 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 needs just two 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 two wins shy of that mark with 148.   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 10-6 (.600) in his tenure with the Crimson Tide.  Overall, Franchione is in his 20th season as a head coach and has compiled a 148-71-2 (.674) lifetime ledger at Southwestern (Kansas) College, Pittsburg State, Southwest Texas State, New Mexico, TCU and Alabama.  Houston Nutt is in his fifth season at Arkansas and has compiled a 32-18 mark.  He is 68-40 in his 10-year head coaching career. 


Alabama holds a 7-5 series lead against Arkansas.


Game captains for the Arkansas game are Theo Sanders  (W-Back) and Alonzo Ephraim (center) on offense and Jarret Johnson (tackle)  and  Kindal Moorehead (tackle) on defense.


Alabama holds a 7-5 series lead over Arkansas in a series that dates back to the Jan. 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl.  Alabama actually has eight series 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 1962 Sugar Bowl win clinched Coach Paul Bryant's first of six national titles.  In the 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.  Since 1995, Arkansas has won four of the seven meetings with Alabama, including a 28-21 win here in Fayetteville in 2000.  The Crimson Tide rebounded with a 31-10 last year over the Hogs in Tuscaloosa, scoring 14 defensive points. 


Year   Result                      Site
1962   Alabama 10, Arkansas 3      Sugar Bowl
1980   Alabama 24, Arkansas 9      Sugar Bowl
1992   Alabama 38, Arkansas 11     Little Rock
1993   Alabama 43, Arkansas 3      Tuscaloosa*
1994   Alabama 13, Arkansas 6      Fayetteville
1995   Arkansas 20, Alabama 19     Tuscaloosa
1996   Alabama 17, Arkansas 7      Little Rock
1997   Arkansas 17, Alabama 16     Tuscaloosa
1998   Arkansas 42, Alabama 6      Fayetteville
1999   Alabama 35, Arkansas 28     Tuscaloosa
2000   Arkansas 28, Alabama 21     Fayetteville
2001   Alabama 31, Arkansas 10     Tuscaloosa

* - Later forfeited by NCAA Sanctions.


The home team is 4-6 (.500) in the Alabama-Arkansas series since its inception in 1992.  The home team has won the last four meetings in the series after beginning with an 0-6 ledger in the first six series games.  The Crimson Tide has posted a 3-2 (.600) record against the Razorbacks, but has lost its last two visits to Fayetteville (1998 and 2000).  The Hogs are also 3-2 (.600) on its road against the Crimson Tide, losing its last two trips to Tuscaloosa (1999 and 2001). 


*Arkansas is 25-3 (.893) at home under Coach Houston Nutt.  The Razorbacks are 12-0 in Little Rock and 13-3 (.813) in Fayetteville since Nutt's arrival in 1998.  The Razorbacks have won eight straight home games,  dating back to last season's 13-3 setback to Tennessee in Fayetteville.  The Hogs are 2-0 at home this season.  In addition, Arkansas opened with 15 consecutive home wins in the Nutt era before dropping a 38-7 decision to Georgia in 2000.

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

*Arkansas has four players on its 2002 football roster from the state of Alabama, including redshirt freshman linebacker Pierre Brown (Birmingham, Shades Valley HS), freshman quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (Montgomery, Sidney Lanier HS), redshirt freshman linebacker Michael Robinson (Birmingham, Jackson-Olin HS) and freshman offensive tackle Zac Tubbs (Cullman, Cullman HS).

*Brown, listed as the backup "stinger" linebacker on the Arkansas depth chart, has played in both games this season and is the Razorbacks' fifth-leading tackler with six stops.   He has also added one sack (-6) and one QB pressure.

*Jackson, one of four quarterbacks used by the Razorbacks this season, has completed 8 of 15 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown.  He also has one interception in his two appearances this season.

*Alabama's Director of Football Operations Charley North is a former assistant coach at Arkansas under Danny Ford.  North served as Ford's offensive line coach from 1995-97.  In 1995, Arkansas posted an 8-4 record and won the SEC Western Division Championship. 

*Arkansas quarterbacks coach David Lee is in his second season with the Razorbacks staff after spending the previous 12 seasons (1989-2000) in the Western Athletic Conference.  Lee served as head coach at UTEP (1989-93) and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice (1994-2000).   While at Rice, Lee faced Coach Fran three times while Franchione was the head coach at TCU (1998-2000).

*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 tight ends  coach and recruiting coordinator George Pugh is an Alabama native and football letterman with the Crimson Tide.  Pugh, who attended Sidney Lanier HS in Montgomery, later starred with the Crimson Tide (1972-75), where he was a member of the three SEC championship teams and one national championship squad.  He played in four consecutive bowl games, including Cotton (1973), Sugar (1973), Orange (1975) and Sugar (1975).

*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. 

*The Alabama-Arkansas game will be televised for the 12th time overall and the 10th year in row this weekend from Fayetteville. Only the 1992 game in Little Rock failed to be televised in this series.   ESPN cameras will telecast the game to a national audience this season,  marking their first telecast of an Alabama-Arkansas game.  Here is a look at the televised game in the series.

Year   Result                    TV Network
1962   Alabama 10, Arkansas 3    ABC Sports
1980   Alabama 24, Arkansas 9    ABC Sports
1992   Alabama 38, Arkansas 11   None
1993   Alabama 43, Arkansas 3    Jefferson Pilot
1994   Alabama 13, Arkansas 6    ABC Sports
1995   Arkansas 20, Alabama 19   Jefferson Pilot
1996   Alabama 17, Arkansas 7    Jefferson Pilot
1997   Arkansas 17, Alabama 16   Jefferson Pilot
1998   Arkansas 42, Alabama 6    espn2
1999   Alabama 35, Arkansas 28   CBS Sports
2000   Arkansas 28, Alabama 21   espn2
2001   Alabama 31, Arkansas 10   CBS Sports
2002   Alabama at Arkansas       ESPN (6:45 PM)


Here is a look at how the current Crimson Tide roster has fared against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

*Dennis Alexander made his first career start for the Crimson Tide at left tackle against the Razorbacks during the 2000 season. He played a career-high 77 snaps in the game at Fayetteville.

*Todd Bates made his Alabama debut in last year's win over Arkansas in Tuscaloosa.  Bates had one tackles and recovered one fumble in the win.  His 27-yard fumble return set up a third quarter TD as Alabama posted a 31-10 win.  Bates was the only true freshman to see action for Alabama in 2001.

*Santonio Beard had his first career rushing attempt in last year's win  over Arkansas, a 14-yard gain in the first half.

*Anthony Bryant had a career high four tackles in last year's win over Arkansas.

*Gerald Dixon has been productive in his career against Arkansas, averaging six tackles per game for the Crimson Tide.  Dixon had a career-high nine tackles and one TFL (-2) in last year's 31-10 win in Tuscaloosa.  Two years ago in Fayetteville, Dixon added eight stops in a loss to the Razorbacks.

*Jarret Johnson has recorded 13 career tackles, including two sacks (-17), in his three-game career with Arkansas.  Johnson has also added four QB pressures and blocked one punt.  Last year in Tuscaloosa, Johnson recorded five tackles and matched his career high with two sacks (-17) in Bama's 31-10 win over the Hogs.  Johnson's lone career blocked punt came in Fayetteville during the 2000 season.

*Nose tackle Kenny King has had three good games in his career against the Razorbacks, averaging six tackles and four QB pressures per game.  The senior had six tackles in last year's 31-10 win over Arkansas and added one sack (-4) and three quarterback pressures.  In the Crimson Tide's 35-28 win in 1999, King also had six tackles and added a career-best six QB pressures against the Razorbacks.

*Nautyn McKay-Loescher had a career-high six tackles in last year's win over Arkansas.  He later added six tackles in a loss to Tennessee, matching his career-best set in the Arkansas game.

*Roberto McBride had nine tackles in last year's game with Arkansas, with one interception and one pass breakup.  The interception in last year's game with Arkansas was the first of his career.

*Kindal Moorehead posted a career high three sacks (-23) in last year's 31-10 win over Arkansas.  The 23 yards for loss are also the most by Moorehead in his UA career.

*Thurman Ward had two tackles and his first career interception in last year's win over Arkansas.  Ward's first career interception was returned 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, capping UA's 31-10 win.

*Tyler Watts made his first career SEC start against Arkansas on Sept. 23, 2000 here in Fayetteville.  He ran the ball 14 times for 69 yards and completed 8 of 20 passes for 117 yards and one TD in the 28-21 loss.

Career Stats vs. Arkansas

Player      Year    Stats
Andrews     2000    1 Tackle
            2001    No Stats
            Career  1 Tackle
Bacon       2001    6 Tackles,1 PBU
Bates       2001    1 Tackle, 1 FR, 27-yd Fum. Return
Bearden     2000    4 Punts, 36.8 avg., 47 Long
            2001    5 Punts, 40.8 avg., 51 Long
            Career  9 Punts, 37.8 avg., 51 Long
Beard       2000    1 KO return, 32 yards
            2001    1 rush, 14 yards
            Career  1 rush, 14 yds, 1 KOR, 32 yds
Bolden      1999    1 PBU
            2000    1 Tackle
            2001    3 Tackles, 1 PBU
            Career  4 Tackles, 2 PBUs
Bryant      2001    4 Tackles
Collins     2000    2 recpts, 14 yards
            2001    No Stats
            Career  2 recpts, 14 yards
Daniels     2000    No Stats
            2001    6 Tackles, 1 Fumble Caused, 1 PBU
            Career  6 Tackles, 1 FC, 1 PBU
G. Dixon    1999    1 Tackle
            2000    8 Tackles
            2001    9 Tackles, 1 TFL (-2)
            Career  18 Tackles, 1 TFL (-2)
Ferguson    2001    2 Tackles
Hudson      2001    3 rushes, 9 yards
Johnson     1999    3 Tackles
            2000    5 Tackles, 3 QBPs, 1 Blocked Kick
            2001    5 Tackles, 2 Sacks (-17), 1 QBP
            Career  13 Tackles, 2 Sacks (-17), 4 QBPs, 1 Blocked Punt
King        1999    6 Tackles, 2 TFLs (-6), 6 QBPs
            2000    6 Tackles, 4 QBPs
            2001    6 Tackles, 1 Sack (-4), 3 QBPs
            Career  18 Tackles, 2 TFLs (-6), 1 Sack (-4), 13 QBPs
Luke        2001    1 recpt., 4 yards
McBride     1999    1 Tackle
            2000    No Stats
            2001    9 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU
            Career  10 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU
Loescher    2001    6 Tackles, 1 Sack (-9)
Moorehead   1998   
            1999    4 Tackles, 1 Sack (-4), 5 QBPs
            2000    Injured
            2001    6 Tackles, 3 Sacks (-23), 1 TFL (-6), 1 QBP
            Career  18 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks (-16), 4 TFLs (-13) 1 PBU, 5 QBPs
Taylor      2001    1 Tackle
Ward        2001    2 Tackles, 1 INT, 60-yard return (TD), 1 PBU
Watts       1999    1-for-3, 10 yards, 1 INT
            2000    14 rushes, 69 yards, 8-for-20, 117 yards, 1 TD
            2001    5 rushes, 13 yards, 6-for-19, 133 yds, 1 TD,
            Career  19 rushes, 82 yards, 15-for-42, 260 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Wortham     2000    2 Tackles
            2001    3 Tackles, 1 QBP        
            Career  5 Tackles, 1 QBP


Alabama opens its 2002 Southeastern Conference schedule this Saturday night as it travels to Fayetteville to face the Arkansas.  This is the second straight year Alabama has opened SEC play on the road.  Last year, Alabama beat Vanderbilt 12-9 on Sept. 8 to give Coach Fran his first career win as UA's head coach.

*Alabama is 44-21-2 (671) all-time in SEC openers.

*The Crimson Tide enters the 2002 season riding a 10-game winning streak in SEC openers. All 10 wins have come against Vanderbilt.

*The 10-game winning streak in SEC openers is the longest streak Alabama history.  The previous best was a seven-game winning streak from 1969-75 and 1977-83.

*The last time Alabama opened its SEC slate with someone other than Vanderbilt was 1991 when UA opened its league schedule at Florida.

*Alabama's last loss in an SEC opener was a 35-0 loss at Florida on Sept. 14, 1991 in Gainesville.

*Alabama does not open SEC play until the fifth game of the 2002 season, the latest opening date in school history.  The previous was the fourth game of the 1984 season.

*By playing its SEC opener on Sept. 28, Alabama is opening its conference season on the latest calendar date since beginning league play on Sept. 29, 1984, when UA suffered a 30-21 loss to Vanderbilt on Homecoming at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Here is a look at the UA coaching records in SEC openers since 1933.

Records of UA Coaches in SEC Openers

Coach (Years)                   Record
Frank Thomas (1931-46)          6-5-1 (.000)
Red Drew (1947-54)              3-4-1 (.000)
J.B. Whitworth (1955-57)        0-3 (.000)
Paul Bryant (1958-82)           25-5 (.833)
Ray Perkins (1983-86)           3-1 (.750)
Bill Curry (1987-89)            2-1 (.667)
Gene Stallings (1990-96)        5-2 (.714)
Mike DuBose (1997-2000)         4-0 (1.000)
Dennis Franchione (2001-Pres)   1-0 (1.000)


The Alabama-Arkansas game will feature the SEC's two best rushing teams this season.  Arkansas enters the game with the best rushing mark in the SEC, averaging 262.0 yards per game in wins over Boise State and South Florida.  Alabama is second in the SEC with a 244.2 yard per game rushing average.  Both teams rank among the Top 10 nationally.  The Razorbacks are 6th, while the Crimson Tide ranks 9th in the latest NCAA rankings.

Arkansas      2  113  524  4.6  4 262.0
Alabama       4  210  977  4.7 10 244.2

*The Crimson Tide has 10 rushing touchdowns this season.  Only Florida (13) and Auburn (11) have more TDs on the ground this season than Alabama.


This week's game also features the SEC's two best teams in terms of time of possession.  Arkansas averages 35:55 TOP to lead the league, while Alabama is second with 34:54 TOP.   The Crimson Tide is coming off its best game of the season, holding the ball for 39:11 in its 20-7 win over Southern Miss.  Alabama also had the ball 36:44 seconds in a 37-27 loss to No. 2 Oklahoma.


In addition to being two pretty good offensive teams, both Alabama and Arkansas can play defense, too.  The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks rank among the nation's Top 10 teams in rushing defense and total defense heading into Saturday's showdown.

*Arkansas has the nation's best defense against the run, allowing only 37.5 yards per game.  Alabama ranks second in the SEC and fifth nationally, allowing only 61.2 rushing yards per game.

                  G  Rush  Yds  Avg/Play  TD  Avg/Gm
1. Arkansas       2    41   75  1.83       0    37.5
2. Virginia Tech  4   105  176  1.68       1    44.0
3. Iowa           4   112  187  1.67       5    46.8
4. Bowling Green  3    89  182  2.04       3    60.7
5. Alabama        4   124  245  1.98       6    61.3
6. Texas A&M      3   110  196  1.78       2    65.3
7. Utah           4   127  288  2.27       0    72.0
8. Notre Dame     4   119  307  2.58       2    76.8
9. Ohio State     4   110  310  2.82       1    77.5
10. Tennessee     3    94  237  2.52       1    79.0

*Alabama ranks fourth in the SEC passing stats, allowing 177.2 yards per game.  The Crimson Tide ranks 32nd nationally.  On the other side, Arkansas is 11th in the league in pass defense (216.5 yards per game) and 68th nationally.

*In terms of total defense, Alabama and Arkansas rank among the nation's Top 10 teams.  Alabama is second in the SEC and 6th in the NCAA, allowing only 238.5 yards per game.  Arkansas is third in the SEC and 10th nationally, allowing 254 yards per game.

                  G  Rush  Yds  Avg/Play  TD  Avg/Gm
1. Texas          3   178  640  3.60       4  213.33
2. Texas A&M      3   196  685  3.49       4  228.33
3. USC            3   178  689  3.87       5  229.67
4. LSU            3   182  691  3.80       5  230.33
5. Minnesota      4   245  929  3.79       6  232.25
6. ALABAMA        4   233  954  4.09      11  238.50
7. Oklahoma       3   210  720  3.38       3  240.00
   Pittsburgh     4   258  960  3.72       6  240.00
9. Kansas State   4   271  963  3.55       5  240.75
10. Arkansas      2   116  508  4.38       2  254.00


Alabama has compiled a 147-33-5 (.808) in 185 all-time games in the month of September. 

*Alabama is 2-1 (.667) this season in the month of September after posting a 2-2 (.500) last year in four September games.

*In the Crimson Tide's 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 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.  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 12-8 (.600) in its last 20 games in the month of September.


Alabama has compiled a 9-1-1 (.864) all-time record in games played on Sept. 28.  The Crimson Tide's last game on Sept. 28 was a 48-17 win at Vanderbilt during the 1991 season.  Alabama also played its first-ever game in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 28, 1929, posting a 55-0 win over Mississippi College. 

Year    Result (Site)
1912    Alabama 52, Marion 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1929    Alabama 55, Miss. College 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1935    Alabama 7, Howard 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1946    Alabama 7, Tulane 6 (New Orleans)
1957    LSU 28, Alabama 0 (Baton Rouge)
1962    Alabama 44, Tulane 6 (New Orleans)
1963    Alabama 28, Tulane 0 (Mobile)
1968    Alabama 17, Southern Miss 14 (Mobile)
1974    Alabama 23, Vanderbilt 10 (Tuscaloosa)
1985    Alabama 40, Vanderbilt 20 (Nashville)
1991    Alabama 48, Vanderbilt 17 (Nashville)


Alabama had compiled a 218-112-12 (.655) all-time record in 342 road games.  Under Coach Fran, Alabama is 2-3 (.400) in road games, winning at Vanderbilt and Auburn last year.  The Crimson Tide is 0-1 the road this season, dropping a 37-27 decision at No. 2 Oklahoma on Sept. 7.   The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

*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 road games.

*Since 1982, Alabama is 54-27-1 (.664) on the road.

*Coach Fran is the only coach in the history of Alabama football to record his first career win on the road.  Coach Fran's first win at Alabama was a 12-9 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8, 2001.

Road Records of UA Coaches

Coach (Years)                  Record
Wallace Wade (1923-30)         12-5-1 (.694)
Frank Thomas (1931-46)         37-13-3 (.726)
Red Drew (1947-54)             18-13-1 (.578)
J.B. Whitworth (1955-57)       2-9 (.222)
Paul Bryant (1958-82)          73-18-2 (.796)
Ray Perkins (1983-86)          9-5-1 (.594)
Bill Curry (1987-89)           12-3 (.800)
Gene Stallings (1990-96)       24-6 (.800)
Mike DuBose (1997-2000)        7-10 (.412)
Dennis Franchione (2001-Pres)  2-3 (.400)


In addition to seven home games this season, the Crimson Tide will also play six road games in 2002, matching the school record for most road games.  Alabama played six road games in 1946.  The Crimson Tide posted a 2-4 (.333) away from home in 1946, including losses at Tennessee (12-0), Georgia (14-0), LSU (31-21) and Boston College (13-7).  Alabama's Nov. 23 trip to Boston marked the first time the Crimson Tide football team traveled by plane.  The game was also contested at historic Braves Field.

*The 2002 season marks the first time since 1941 that Alabama will play at Vanderbilt and Tennessee in the same season.  The Crimson Tide plays at Knoxville on Oct. 26  and at Nashville on Nov. 2.

*The 2002 season also marks the first time since 1991 that Alabama will not play at least one game in the state of Mississippi.

*Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU and Hawaii were a combined 26-8 (.765) at home last year.

*Oklahoma entered the 2002 season with a 17-1 (.944) record at home under Bob Stoops.  The Sooners' 17-game winning streak was snapped with a 16-13 loss to rival Oklahoma State on Nov. 24, 2001.

*Alabama has never beaten Arkansas in Fayetteville, losing all three meetings (1996, 1998 and 2000).

*Alabama also has a three-game losing streak at Tennessee and has not beaten the Vols in Knoxville since 1994.

*The Crimson Tide lost at LSU in 2000, snapping a 15-game unbeaten streak against the Tigers in Baton Rouge.  Prior to the 2000 season, Alabama had not lost in Tiger Stadium since 1969.


The Arkansas game will mark Alabama's third consecutive night game this season.  The last time the Crimson Tide played three consecutive night games was the 1999 season when UA closed its slate under the lights against Auburn, Florida (SEC Championship Game) and Michigan (Orange Bowl).  Prior to this year, the last time Alabama played three straight regular-season night games was 1991 when the slate included games under the lights with Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

*The Crimson Tide did not play its first game night game until the 1940 season.

*The 2002 season marks the 16th time that Alabama has played three consecutive night games, but only the third time since 1974.


Sept. 14   Alabama 33, North Texas 7
Sept. 21   Alabama 20, Southern Miss 7
Sept. 28   Alabama at Arkansas


Nov. 30    Alabama 28, Auburn 17
Dec. 4     Alabama 34, Florida 7 (SEC)
Jan. 1     Michigan 35, Alabama 34 (OT)


Sept. 14   Florida 35, Alabama 0
Sept. 21   Alabama 10, Georgia 0
Sept. 28   Alabama 48, Vanderbilt 17


Oct. 17    Alabama 41, Tennessee 22
Oct. 31    Alabama 21, Miss. State 18
Nov. 7     Alabama 22, LSU 10


Nov. 22    Alabama 21, LSU 7
Dec. 1     Alabama 35,  Auburn 0
Dec. 31    Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23


Sept. 9    Alabama 35, Duke 12
Sept. 23   Alabama 35, Kentucky 0
Sept. 30   Alabama 48, Vanderbilt 21


Sept. 27   Alabama 63, Southern Miss 14
Oct. 4     Alabama 33, Ole Miss 32
Oct. 11    Vanderbilt 14, Alabama 10


Sept. 25   Alabama 27, Tulane 0
Oct. 2     Alabama 17, Ole Miss 16
Oct. 9     Alabama 22, Vanderbilt 7


Sept. 19   Alabama 31, Georgia 3
Sept. 26   Alabama 36, Tulane 6
Oct. 3     Alabama 21, NC State 0


Sept. 22   Alabama 35, Georgia 0
Sept. 28   Alabama 44, Tulane 6
Oct. 6     Alabama 17, Vanderbilt 7


Sept. 27   LSU 13, Alabama 3
Oct. 4     Alabama 0, Vanderbilt 0
Oct. 11    Alabama 29, Furman 6


Sept. 28   LSU 28, Alabama 0
Oct. 5     Alabama 6, Vanderbilt 6
Oct. 12    TCU 28, Alabama 0


Sept. 17   Southern Miss 7, Alabama 2
Sept. 25   Alabama 12, LSU 0
Oct. 2     Alabama 28, Vanderbilt 14


Sept. 18   Southern Miss 25, Alabama 19
Sept. 25   Alabama 7, LSU 7
Oct. 3     Alabama 21, Vanderbilt 12


Sept. 19   Alabama 20, Southern Miss 6
Sept. 26   Alabama 21, LSU 20
Oct. 3     Alabama 21, Miami 7


Sept. 21   Alabama 89, Delta State 0
Sept. 29   LSU 13, Alabama 7
Oct. 6     Vanderbilt 22, Alabama 20
Oct. 13    Villanova 41, Alabama 18


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 185-31-3 (.852) in 219 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.  A new streak began when 83,818 faithful Tide fans watched Alabama beat Southern Miss 20-7 here on Sept. 21st.


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 270-44-3 (.856) record in 317 all-time games in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama is 2-0 (1.000) in Tuscaloosa this season after wins over North Texas and Southern Miss.

Site           Record    Pct.
Quad            42-11    .794
Denny Field     43-2     .956
Bryant-Denny   185-31-3  .852
Total          270-44-3  .856

*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.

*Here is a look at the all-time coaching records here at Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1929.

Coach (Years)          Record     Pct.
Wade (1929-30)         6-0       1.000
Thomas (1931-46)       37-3-1     .915
Drew (1947-54)         18-3-1     .841
Whitworth (1955-57)    2-4-1      .357
Bryant (1958-82)       72-2       .973
Perkins (1983-86)      11-2       .846
Curry (1987-89)        4-2        .667
Stallings (1990-96)    22-4       .846
DuBose (1997-2000)     9-8        .529
Franchione (2001-Pres) 4-3        .571


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-Southern Miss game marked the 18th night game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Crimson Tide has compiled a 16-2 (.889) record in those games.  Alabama has played two night games at home this season for the first time in school history.  Prior to the 2002 season, the last game under the lights at Bryant-Denny Stadium was a 20-17 loss to UCLA in the 2001 season opener, the first game in the Dennis Franchione era.

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      UA 20, USM 7 (espn2)


Alabama played consecutive night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, when hosting North Texas (Sept. 14) and Southern Miss (Sept. 21) earlier this season.  The back-to-back night games were the first in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium.  In addition, 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.


In its last two games, Alabama has rushed for 687 yards (122 attempts), accounting for more than 70 percent of its rushing yards (977 yards) this season. The Crimson Tide has rushed for more than 350 yards in wins over North Texas (Sept. 14) and Southern Miss (Sept. 21).  Last week against Southern Miss, Alabama ran for a season-high 351 yards in a 20-7 win over USM. Against North Texas, Alabama ran for 336 yards en route to a 33-7 win.

*The 351 rushing yards against Southern Miss is the second-highest rushing total by Alabama under Coach Fran.  The most rushing yards by Alabama in the Franchione era was 360  yards in the win over UTEP last year.  Against North Texas, the Tide had 336 yards rushing.

*The Crimson Tide averaged 5.79 yards per carry in its win over North Texas.

*Against Southern Miss, Alabama averaged of 5.48 yards per rushing attempt.

*Alabama enters the Arkansas game with the second-best rushing offense in the SEC, averaging 244.2 rushing yards per game this season.

*The 244.2 yard average ranks 9th nationally.

*In the win over North Texas, Alabama racked up 534 yards of total offense (336 rushing, 198 passing), the third-highest total under coach Dennis Franchione.

*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.

*Alabama has scored on its opening possession in each of its first four games this season.  The Crimson scored touchdowns on its opening possession against Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss 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.   Against Southern Miss, Ahmaad Galloway scored on a six-yard scamper to cap an 11-play, 89-yard drive.  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.


After three games this season, the Alabama offense had exactly the same number of rushing yards as passing yards (208.7), making for a very balanced attack.  After the second-best rushing total in the Franchione era (351 yards) against Southern Miss, the Alabama offense has a higher rushing average than passing average, but is still a somewhat balanced attack.

*After four games, Alabama is averaging 244.2 rushing yards per game, the second best figure in the SEC.  Through the air, Alabama averages 161.8 yards per game. 

"The beauty for us offensively is we're not locked in to any one person touching the ball a whole bunch of times more than anybody else," Franchione said.  "The receivers have given us a pretty solid performance in the passing game to date and are getting better every week.  We could not be this balanced if they were not doing the things they're doing."

*Through four games this season, 11 different players have rushed the football for UA thus far, led by Ahmaad Galloway's 58 carries and 257 yards and four touchdowns.

*In addition, 11 different receivers have at least one pass reception after four games, including receptions by four different tight ends.  Triandos Luke leads the receiving corps with 14 catches for 127 yards.  Sam Collins is second with 12 receptions for 177 yards and one TD.

*Alabama is playing this season without its top three receivers from last year.  Freddie Milons and Jason McAddley are now in the NFL, and Antonio Carter, who has battled some injuries, may be redshirted this year.  

*The trio accounted for 60 percent of the Crimson Tide's receptions last year (86 of 143) and 65.2 of total receiving yards (1,313 of 2,013 yards).


It is not easy to make marked offensive improvements, but the Tide offense is currently averaging just over 10 yards per game improvement compared to last year.  After four games, the Alabama offense is averaging 406.0 yards compared to 395.0 yards this time last year.  On defense, the Crimson Tide has made its greatest improvement,  allowing 102 fewer yards per game than this time last year.  Through four games, the Crimson Tide defense has allowed 238.5 yards per game compared to 340.2 yards per game last year.

*Alabama has scored 12 touchdowns in its first four games this season, compared to 8 TDs this time last year.

*In addition, Alabama has 10 rushing TDs after four games of the 2002 season, compared to 4 rushing TD this time last year.

*Alabama's scoring is up almost six points per game from this time last.  Through four games, Alabama is averaging 29.8 points per game, compared to 24.0 points per game last year.

*The Crimson Tide offense has been more efficient on third and fourth down this season, converting 38 percent of its third down opportunities (24-for-64) and 62 percent of its fourth-down conversions (5-for-8). Last year, Alabama converted only 35 percent of its third-down conversions (19-for-55) through the first four games and did not have a successful fourth-down (0-for-2) conversion.

Comparing the stats (Through 4 Games)

Offense               2001     2002
Points Per Game       24.0     29.8
Rushing Yds          197.2    244.2
Rushing TDs              4       10
Passing Yds          197.8    161.8
Passing TDs              4        2
Total Yards          395.0    406.0
Time of Possession   31:49    34:55

Defense               2001     2002
Points Per Game       19.0     21.2
Rushing Yds Allowed  121.2     61.2
Passing Yds Allowed  219.0    177.2
Total Yds Allowed    340.2    238.5
Sacks By                10       15
Punting Average       32.8     44.6


Another Alabama player has a chance to surpass the 1,000-yard career rushing mark this Saturday night when Alabama visits Arkansas.  Senior quarterback Tyler Watts is on the verge of joining 42 other Crimson Tide players who have rushed for 1,000 or more yards in their career. Junior A-back Shaud Williams joined that club last weekend against Southern Miss when he rushed for 135 yards on 21 carries.  He now has 1,119 career rushing yards, including 884 yards while at Texas Tech (1999-2000). 

Watts is seventh on the all-time Alabama rushing list among quarterback with 930 career yards.  In his four-year career, Watts has 215 rushing attempts for 930 yards and six TDs.  He enters the Arkansas game 70 yards shy of the 1,000-yard career mark.

Watts ran the ball two times for six yards in the win over Southern Miss last week. The senior now has 215 career rushing attempts, which ranks 10th on the all-time rushing attempts for quarterbacks. 

Watts' two rushing attempts against USM moved him past Steve Sloan (1963-65) on the all-time list for most career rushing attempts.  Sloan had 213 career rushes.  Jay Barker (1991-94) is ninth on the list with 241 career rushing attempts.

Watts is currently seventh on the all-time rushing list for UA quarterbacks with 930 career yards.  He is 25 shy of Ed Salem's (1947-50) sixth place mark of 955 career rushing yards.  Against North Texas, Watts moved past Terry Davis (1970-72) into 7th place with 924 rushing yards. Davis is now 8th place with 865 career rushing yards.


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.    Shaud Williams (1999-02)           1,119
       Pat Trammell (1959-61)             1,119
       Curtis Alexander (1993-97)         1,119
36.    Gene Jelks (1985-86)               1,097
37.    Mike Fracchia (1960-63)            1,084
38.    Steve Bisceglia (1971-72)          1,075
39.    Martin Houston (1989-92)           1,042
40.    Bobby Luna (1951-54)               1,037
41.    Randy Billingsley (1872-74)        1,026
42.    Kevin Turner (1988-91)             1,020
       Tyler Watts (1999-02)