Alabama Football Game Five Notes: Arkansas

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Tide hosts final game of five-game homestand against Hogs
Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Antwan Odom
Antwan Odom



Helmet Arkansas

Helmet Alabama

#9 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0, 0-0)
vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-2, 1-0)

September 27, 2003 • 2:30 p.m. CST (CBS Sports)
Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

COMPLETE GAME NOTES:

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:

  • Alabama hosts No. 9 Arkansas this Saturday, marking the second time in school history the Crimson Tide has played two Top 10 teams at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the same season (1999 and 2003)
  • The Crimson Tide has won three straight games against ranked SEC teams, dating back to last season
  • The streak includes wins over No. 21 Ole Miss, at No. 15 Tennessee and at No. 14 LSU
  • Alabama seeks its 150th all-time win in the month of September this weekend against Arkansas
  • The Crimson Tide is 14-11 (.560) in its last 25 games in September
  • Sophomore QB Brodie Croyle needs 82 yards for 2,000 career passing yards
  • Bama's Shaud Williams (2,264, 17 TD) and UA's Cedric Cobbs (2,062, 20 TD), Matt Jones (1,365, 12 TD) and De'Arrius Howard (719, 12 TD) have combined for 6,378 career yards and 61 TDs
  • This is the final game of a five-game homestand for Bama

BAMA LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST HOGS

Following a loss to upstart Northern Illinois last weekend in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Crimson Tide (2-2, 1-0 SEC) looks to rebound this Saturday, Sept. 27 as they host the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a nationally televised game by CBS Sports.  The kickoff is set for 2:34 p.m. (CT).  Alabama dropped a 19-16 decision last week to Northern Illinois in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.  Arkansas is coming off a 31-7 win over North Texas last weekend in Little Rock.  The Razorbacks seek their third 4-0 start under coach Houston Nutt.  The Crimson Tide has won the last two meetings with Razorbacks here in Tuscaloosa, including a 31-10 victory in the last meeting here in 2001.  The Arkansas game will mark the end of a five-game homestand for Alabama, including four straight here in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Handling the announce duties for CBS Sports will be Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Jill Arrington (sideline). The game will also be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (color analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action.

UA IN 109th FOOTBALL SEASON

The University of Alabama is in its 109th football season and has compiled a 755-286-43 (.717) all-time record in 1,084 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 is fifth on the all-time victory list for Division I. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 SEC championships.  UA has also logged 27 10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school. UA also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl games (51) and wins (29).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head coach Mike Shula (2-2, .500) makes his head coaching debut during the 2003 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 (42-23, .646) is in his sixth season with the Razorbacks, taking over the program after the 1997 season.  He has guided the Hogs to two SEC Western Division titles (1998 and 2002) and five bowl games.  Overall, Nutt (78-45, .634) is in his 11th season as head coach, after stints at Murray State (1993-96) and Boise State (1997).

THE SERIES

Alabama leads the all-time series, 8-5.  The Crimson Tide has won two straight in the series and three of the last four meetings with the Razorbacks.

NEXT GAME

Alabama hits the road for the first time this season when it goes "between the hedges" next Saturday, Oct. 4 to face the defending SEC Champion Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium.  For the second straight week, Alabama will be shown on CBS Sports with a 2:30 p.m. (CT) kickoff from Athens.

SPECIAL EVENTS

*Kickoff on the Quad begins at 11:30 a.m. on the UA Quad with food, entertainment, autograph guests and more.

*The 1978 Alabama football team will hold their 25th reunion at the Arkansas game this week.  The 1978 team is the only UA team to open the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.  After a loss to USC (24-14), Bama rebounded to win its next nine games capped by the famous "goal line stand" game against Penn State (UA 14-7) in the Jan. 1, 1979 Sugar Bowl to win the national championship.

*Former Alabama All-American Cecil "Hootie" Ingram will sign autographs in the legends tent and will run out the game ball this Saturday.

*The Alabama women's soccer team will sign autographs on the Quad prior to Saturday's Alabama-Arkansas game.

THE ALABAMA-ARKANSAS SERIES

Alabama holds an 8-5 (.615) 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. 

*Alabama has won two straight and three of the last four with Arkansas, dating back to 1999. 

*The Crimson Tide has not won three in-a-row over the Razorbacks since posting five consecutive on-the-field wins from 1960-94.

*Alabama has also won two straight home games against Arkansas and holds a 3-2 (.600) on-the-field record here in Bryant-Denny Stadium against the Hogs.

*The Crimson Tide posted a convincing 30-12 win last year in 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.

*The defense was strong, too, recording seven TFLs (-12), two sacks (-23), 10 PBUs and 11 QB pressures in the win.

*In 2001, Alabama posted a 31-10 win over the Razorbacks here in Tuscaloosa, getting two defensive touchdowns in the win here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS SERIES RESULTS

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
2002    Alabama 30, Arkansas 12      Fayetteville

 * - Later forfeited by NCAA Sanctions.

HOME SWEET HOME

The home team has won four of the last five meetings in the series, with the lone exception coming last year in Fayetteville when the Crimson Tide posted a 30-12 win.

*Overall, the home team has a 5-6 (.454) on-the-field record since the two teams began meeting on a regular basis in 1992.

ALABAMA-ARKANSAS SERIES NOTES

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

*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.

*Kines' 10-game tenure included the Razorbacks first-ever SEC game, first-ever SEC win and first-ever win against Tennessee.

*Kines' head coaching record is as follows:

Joe Kines - 1992 Season (3-6-1)

Date     Result                          Site       
9-12     Arkansas 45, South Carolina 7   Columbia
9-19     ALABAMA 38, Arkansas 11         Little Rock
9-26     Memphis 22, Arkansas 6          Memphis
10-3     Georgia 27, Arkansas 3          Fayetteville
10-10    Arkansas 25, Tennessee 24       Knoxville
10-17    Ole Miss 17, Arkansas 3         Little Rock
10-31    Arkansas 24, Auburn 24          Auburn
11-7     Miss. State 10, Arkansas 3      Starkville
11-21    SMU 24, Arkansas 19             Little Rock
11-27    Arkansas 30, LSU 6              Fayetteville

*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 has three players on its 2003 football roster from the state of Alabama, including redshirt sophomore linebacker Pierre Brown (Birmingham, Shades Valley HS), sophomore linebacker Michael Robinson (Birmingham, Jackson-Olin HS) and sophomore offensive tackle Zac Tubbs (Cullman, Cullman HS).

*Brown, listed as the backup "stinger" linebacker on the Arkansas depth chart, has played in all three games this season.

*Robinson is listed third-team behind starter Caleb Miller and Brown.

*Tubbs is the backup to Arkansas All-America candidate Shawn Andrews at right tackle.

*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).

*First-year 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 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 13th time overall and the 11th year in row this weekend from Tuscaloosa.

Only the 1992 game in Little Rock failed to be televised in this series.

*CBS Sports will televise its third straight Alabama-Arkansas game here in Tuscaloosa.  The network also broadcast Alabama victories in 1999 (35-28) and 2001 (31-10).

*Here is a look at the televised games in the series.

Year    Result                       TV Network        
1962    Alabama 10, Arkansas 3       ABC Sports
1980    Alabama 24, Arkansas 9       ABC Sports
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 30, Arkansas 12      ESPN
2003    Arkansas at Alabama          CBS Sports

*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.

GOT YOUR RUNNING SHOES?

A look at the updated Alabama and Arkansas statistics shows that Saturday's game will feature some of the best runners in the SEC.

*Arkansas enters the game averaging an SEC best 234 rushing yards per game this season.

*The Razorbacks also rank 8th nationally in that category after wins over Tulsa, No. 5 Texas and North Texas.

*Alabama is fifth in the SEC and 46th nationally with 170.2 rushing yards per game.

*Two of the leagues Top 3 rushers will also be featured in Saturday's game.  Arkansas' Cedric Cobbs leads the SEC with 121.3 rushing yards per game, while Alabama's Shaud Williams is third with 114.8 yards per game.

*In addition, this weekend's game will also feature three of the league's Top 4 scorers in terms of rushing touchdowns. 

*Williams leads all SEC runners with six rushing TDs this season, while Arkansas' De'Arrius Howard and Florida's DeShawn Wyn are second with five rushing TDs.  Cobbs is fourth with four rushing TDs in three games.

SEC Rushing TD Leaders (Sept. 20)

Player, School                   Rushing TDs
Shaud Williams, ALABAMA          6
De'Arrius Howard, Arkansas       5
DeShawn Wyn, Florida             5
Cedric Cobbs, Arkansas           4

*There are some pretty good career rushing numbers heading into Saturday's game, too.

*Williams (2,264) and Cobbs (2, 062) have both eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for their career. 

*Cobbs is the SEC's active rushing leader entering the Alabama game.

*Williams has 1,380 career rushing yards at Alabama to rank fourth on the SEC's active career rushing list.

*Arkansas junior quarterback Matt Jones has 1,365 career rushing yards and ranks 6th on the SEC's active rushing list.

*Arkansas sophomore running back De'Arrius Howard has 706 career yards and ranks 10th in the league's active rushing list.

Career Rushing Stats (All Games)

Player, School                   Rush-Yds-TD
Shaud Williams, Alabama          385-2264-17
Cedric Cobbs, Arkansas           414-2062-20
Matt Jones, Arkansas             217-1365-12
De'Arrius Howard, Arkansas       176-706-12

*The foresome of Williams, Cobbs, Jones and Howard has combined for 6,397 career rushing yards and 61 rushing TDs in their career.

ALABAMA PLAYER NOTES (vs. Arkansas)

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.

*Alabama starting quarterback Brodie Croyle made his first career start last year against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.  The redshirt freshman completed 12 of 24 passes for a career-high 285 yards and two TDs in the 30-12 win. 

*After leading the Crimson Tide to victory over the Hogs, Croyle was named the National Freshman of the Week by Rivals.com

*Split end Zach Fletcher caught his first career TD pass in last year's win over Arkansas -- a 50-yard TD strike from Croyle in the fourth quarter.

*Free safety Charles Jones recorded eight tackles (5 solo) and added one PBU and one QB pressure in last year's win at Arkansas.

*Cornerback Anthony Madison had four tackles and a career-high four PBUs at Arkansas last year.

*Cornerback Roberto McBride had nine tackles in the Crimson Tide's 31-10 win over Arkansas in 2001.  He also added his only career interception in the game here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Nautyn McKay-Loescher had a career-high six tackles in the 2001 win over Arkansas here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  He also added one sack (-9).

*In three career games, McKay-Loescher has 10 tackles and two sacks (-24) against the Hogs, including one sack in each of his last two games against the Hogs.

*Linebacker Derrick Pope had five tackles, one TFL (-1) and one interception (61 yards) in last year's win in Fayetteville.

*Cornerback Thurman Ward had two tackles and his first career interception in the Crimson Tide's 31-10 win here in 2001.  Ward's 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter is his only career interception and only career TD.

THE STATS

Here is the statistical comparison between Alabama and Arkansas.

BAMA-HOGS Stats Breakdown

Category               UA           ARK  
Points Scored          96           114
 Average               24.0         38.0
Points Allowed         73           48
 Average               18.2         16.0
Rushing Yards          170.2        234.0
Passing Yards          218.0        181.3
Total Offense          388.2        415.3
Rushing Defense        67.2         130.0
Passing Defense        201.0        168.0
Total Defense          268.2        298.0
Turnovers              4            1
 Fumbles               1            1
 Interceptions         3            0
Penalties Per Game     5.75         4.0
 Average Yards         45.5         35.3
Punting (No-Avg)       21/36.1      11/36.6
Net Punting            33.2         36.0
Time of Possession     33:11        29:33
Third Down Conv.       24/62        19/42
Fourth Down Conv.      6/7          2/5
Red Zone               10/13       
Sacks By               8 (-65)      4 (-16)

RUSHING LEADERS               Att-Yds-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)           88-459-6
Kenneth Darby (UA)            20-103-0
Cedric Cobbs (ARK)            52-364-4
Matt Jones (ARK)              14-159-2
D. Howard (ARK)               45-111-5

PASSING LEADERS               Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD
Brodie Croyle (UA)            74-135-3-872-3
Matt Jones (ARK)              20-34-0-278-3
Ryan Sorahan (ARK)            14-26-0-266-1

RECEIVING LEADERS             Rec-Yds-TD
Triandos Luke (UA)            14-200-2
Zach Fletcher (UA)            10-205-1
George Wilson (ARK)           11-234-3
Jason Peters (ARK)            7-67-0

PUNT RETURNS                  No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)           9-101-11.2-1
Marvin Jackson (ARK)          9-48-5.3-0

KICKOFF RETURNS               No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Ray Hudson (UA)               5-101-20.2-0
Dicori Birmingham (ARK)       3-40-13.3-0

LEADING TACKLERS              Solo-Ast-Total
Derrick Pope (UA)             21-20-41
DeMeco Ryans (UA)             21-17-38
Tony Bua (ARK)                14-13-27
Caleb Miller (ARK)            13-5-18

SACKS LEADERS                 Sacks-Yds Lost
Antwan Odom (UA)              3-25
Four Players                  Tied with 1

TOP 10 FOES

Ninth-ranked Arkansas is the second Top 10 to play Alabama here in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season.  Alabama hosted No. 1 Oklahoma (Sept. 6) earlier this year.

*Oklahoma is the only No. 1 ranked team ever to play Alabama here in Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide suffered a hard-fought 20-13 loss in the game to the Sooners.

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

*This marks the second time in school history that Alabama has played two Top 10 teams here in Bryant-Denny Stadium in the same season.  In 1999, Alabama lost to No. 5 Tennessee 21-7 (Oct. 23) and beat No. 8 Miss. State 19-7 (Nov. 13). 

*Alabama has compiled a 13-15 (.464) all-time record at Bryant-Denny Stadium against ranked teams.

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

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

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

*Alabama has compiled an all-time record of 3-7 (.300) against Top 10 teams here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*In addition, Alabama has lost four its last five games in Bryant-Denny Stadium against ranked teams.