ALABAMA FOOTBALL POST-GAME NOTES
ALABAMA VS. FLORIDA STATE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2007
FOURTH QUARTER OFFENSE
Alabama’s offense awoke in the fading moments of tonight’s game. After having a total of 148 yards total offense with 8:57 remaining, the Tide mounted a 91-yard drive that took 13 plays and 3:53 elapsed time to cut the Florida State lead to 14-7 with 5:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.
SCORELESS AT THE HALF
Tonight’s game was scoreless at halftime, the first Alabama game to be a 0-0 tie at the half since the 2005 Tennessee game, an eventual 6-3 Alabama victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2005.
3 PLAYERS MAKE ’07 DEBUTS
Three Alabama defenders made their first game appearances of the 2007 season against Florida State. Linebacker Matt Collins, receiver Travis Sikes and nose tackle Brian Motley played against the Seminoles.
The game was Alabama’s first neutral site regular-season football game since Aug. 25, 1986, when the Crimson Tide beat Ohio State, 16-10, at the Kickoff Classic at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. ... Alabama, ranked 22nd by AP (24th by ESPN Coaches & 22nd by Harris Interactive), falls to 355-125-10 all-time when ranked in the AP poll ... Alabama falls to 76-33-1 all-time vs. ACC schools.
With the loss tonight, Alabama leads the series with Florida State, 2-1-1, since the first meeting in 1965.
HEAD COACH NICK SABAN
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) 94-44-1 record as a college head coach, 0-1 against Florida State. FSU is the 61st different school Saban has coached against since his first head coaching stint at Toledo in 1990. He has a winning record against 41 of the 61 schools he has faced as a head coach.
SABAN VS. ACC TEAMS
Saban is now 2-2 in his career against ACC teams.
School UA Record
Boston College 1-0
Florida State 0-1
Georgia Tech 1-0
Virginia Tech 0-1
ALABAMA VS. ACC TEAMS
With tonight’s loss, Alabama has compiled a 76-33-1 record against current ACC schools.
School UA Record
Boston College 1-3
Florida State 2-1-1
Georgia Tech 28-21-3
Miami, Fla. 14-3
North Carolina 1-0
N.C. State 5-0
Virginia Tech 10-1
Wake Forest 0-0
ALABAMA AT JACKSONVILLE MUNICIPAL STADIUM
Tonight’s loss dropped Alabama to 1-2 all-time at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the site of the annual Gator Bowl. The Crimson Tide made its Gator Bowl debut with a 35-10 loss to Missouri on Dec. 13, 1968. Alabama evened its record with a 24-10 win over North Carolina on Dec. 31, 1993, the Tide’s most recent appearance before tonight’s game.
ALABAMA IN JACKSONVILLE
Alabama is 2-2 all-time in games played in Jacksonville. In addition to the two Gator Bowl appearances, Alabama beat Florida, 16-0, on Oct. 21, 1916 in Jacksonville.
ALABAMA’S NEXT GAME
Alabama welcomes back the alumni next Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Crimson Tide hosts the defending Conference USA champion Houston Cougars at the annual homecoming game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:07 p.m. CDT.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
DJ HALL (WR)
Senior receiver DJ Hall caught a team-leading 7 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown tonight, extending his school record with 2,338 receiving yards in his UA career. With tonight’s performance, Hall has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games dating back to the Ole Miss game of 2005. In his career, Hall has 150 career catches for 2,338 yards and 14 touchdowns. Through five games this season, Hall leads UA with 23 catches for 420 yards (18.3 average) and three touchdowns.
TERRY GRANT (RB)
Redshirt freshman running back Terry Grant moved past Bobby Humphrey (1985) into fifth-place on UA’s single-season freshman rushing list tonight with 36 yards on 9 carries. Grant has 519 yards in five games while Humphrey had 502 yards in 1985.
JOHN PARKER WILSON (QB)
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson completed a career-high 28 passes and attempted a career-high 53 passes tonight, surpassing his previous single-game high of 45 set two weeks ago in a win over Arkansas. Wilson was 28-of-53 for 240 yards and two touchdowns tonight. Wilson made his 18th consecutive start for Alabama tonight against Florida State. With tonight’s loss, Wilson is 9-9 as Alabama’s starting quarterback over the last two seasons. In his nine career wins, Wilson has completed 144 of 248 passes (.581) for 1,834 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. In his nine career losses, Wilson has completed 170 of 328 passes (.546) for 2,062 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In 23 career games, Wilson has completed 323 of 576 passes (.561) for 3,906 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In five games this season, Wilson has completed 100 of 186 passes (.537) for 1,091 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.
PRINCE HALL (LB)
Sophomore linebacker Prince Hall entered the game for the first time in the third quarter on FSU’s second possession of the half and ended a Seminole scoring threat with an interception at Alabama’s 7 that he returned 10 yards to the Tide 17. The pickoff was the first of Hall’s Alabama career.
P.J. FITZGERALD (P)
Sophomore punter P.J. Fitzgerald set a single-game personal high for punts with 10 tonight for 369 yards, an average of 36.9 yards per attempt, including a long of 56 yards while placing four punts inside the FSU 20-yard line. This season, Fitzgerald has punted 28 times for 1,068 yards (38.1 average), including a career-high 58-yard punt at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8. In 17 career games, Fitzgerald has 75 punts for 2,875 yards (38.1 average). He has 29 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. He punted 57 times for 2,176 yards (38.2 average) last year.