ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE FOOTBALL NOTES
The Florida Game - Saturday, September 30, 2006 ?? Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
PREGAME NOTES: The Alabama captains for the Florida game were wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.), defensive back Simeon Castille (Birmingham) and wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) ... Florida won the toss and deferred to the second half ... Alabama received and defended the north goal ... The actual kickoff time was 2:35 p.m. (ET) ... The attendance for todays game was 90,671, second largest in Florida history.
GAME PARTICIPATION: Alabama dressed 70 players for its game with Florida and 55 played at least one snap in the game ... Demarcus Waldrop (Pinson) started in place of the injured Terrence Jones at outside linebacker for his third straight start and Jones saw playing time off the bench. Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) earned his third start of the season as the fifth defensive back. Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery), Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) and Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) each extended their Alabama longest start streaks to 17 straight games. Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) has played in more games (36) than any other Alabama player without a career start. Jamie Christensen (Norcoss, Ga.) returned as the starting place-kicker after a groin injury limited him to kickoff duties only the previous two weeks.
FLORIDA SERIES: Alabama and Florida met for the 33rd time on Saturday with Florida cutting the Crimson Tide’s lead in the series to 20-13 all-time. The Gators put an end to Alabama’s three-game winning streak in the series. It was just the second time in nine meetings that Florida won on its home field in Gainesville.
*Alabama played back-to-back SEC road games for the first time 2000 and 22nd time in school history. In 2000, they lost to LSU, 30-28, and Mississippi State, 29-7.
* Mike Shula, now in his fourth season as the head coach at Alabama, has a 23-19 career record. He is 12-15 in SEC games.
* John Parker Wilson completed 21-of-40 passes for 240 yards and had three interceptions against Florida. He has thrown for over 200 yards in all five games this season.
* Wilson threw his second interception of the season in the first quarter when his third-down pass went off the hands of Tim Castille and was caught by Ryan Smith. Wilson made the tackle on the play after a return of 29 yards. He had 67 pass attempts between interceptions. He would later throw two more interceptions in the fourth quarter.
* Kenneth Darby reached 3,000 career all-purpose yards after recording 105 all-purpose yards against Florida. He is the 10th player in Alabama history to pass the 3,000 all-purpose yards mark and is now ninth on the all-time list with 3,049 yards. He is 111 yards shy of 2,000 career rushing yards in SEC play.
* Darby ran the ball 14 times for a season-high 76 yards against Florida ... In 39 career games, Darby has 583 rushing attempts for 2,798 yards and is third on the school’s all-time rushing charts. He is 768 yards shy of the record held by Shaun Alexander.
* Darby also set career highs with four receptions for 29 yards in the game. He previously caught four passes on three different occasions and had a career-best 22 yards against Florida last season.
* DJ Hall finished with six catches for 117 yards. It was the second straight game he recorded over 100 receiving yards and fifth time in his career. He had six catches for 144 yards and a touchdown last week against Arkansas and had three games with over 100 yards last season. Hall was also the last wide receiver to have consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He had 139 against Tennessee and a career-high 157 against Utah State last year.
* Keith Brown climbed in to eighth on the all-time receiving yards list at Alabama with four catches for 36 yards. He now has 1,383 career yards and is three behind Joey Jones for seventh all-time.
* Jamie Christensen returned as the starting place-kicker after a groin injury limited him to kickoff duties the previous two weeks. He was 1-of-1 on extra points and 2-of-3 on field goal attempts, making kicks from 21 and 26 yards out and missing a 51-yard attempt to end the first half. He is now 0-of-2 in his career from over 50 yards.
* Prince Hall’s 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was his second career fumble recovery and first career touchdown. It was the eighth time under Head Coach Mike Shula that the Crimson Tide defense has scored. They now have four touchdowns and four safeties over the last four years.
*The last time Alabama returned a fumble for a touchdown was Nov. 15, 2005, at Mississippi State when the Bulldogs fumbled the kickoff to open the second half and Matt Miller returned it 15 yards for a score. The last defensive touchdown for the Crimson Tide was in the same game when Rudy Griffin returned an interception for a 17-yard touchdown. The last time the Alabama defense recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown was Oct. 26, 2002, when Gerald Dixon returned the ball for a 66-yard score.
NEXT GAME: Alabama returns home after two straight SEC road games to take on Duke in a nonconference game next Saturday, October 7 at 6:07 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium ... The game will be televised on a pay per view basis by Crimson Tide Sports Marketing ... The Crimson Tide will also be at home the following week when they return to SEC action against Ole Miss.