Tide Begins Preparation for Homecoming Contest Against Houston The University of Alabama welcomes back its alumni for the school's 87th homecoming game this Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Crimson Tide hosts the Houston Cougars at Bryant-Denny Stadium. CTSM will televise the annual homecoming game on a pay-per-view b
GAME 6: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (3-2) vs. HOUSTON COUGARS (2-2) Oct. 6, 2007 -- Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa, Ala. 2:07 p.m. (CDT) - CTSM Pay-Per-View
ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:
Alabama will play its 87th homecoming game this Saturday ... The Crimson Tide has compiled a 72-13-1 homecoming record, including a five-game winning streak ... Alabama beat Houston on Oct. 22, 1960 in the only other homecoming meeting between the two schools ... Senior wide receiver DJ Hall needs three receptions to become the school’s all-time leader with 153 career catches ... Freddie Milons currently holds the record with 152 catches ... Hall has 150 catches in 40 games at UA ... Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson’s 53 pass attempts against FSU (Sept. 29) were the second-most in school history ... Scott Hunter holds the UA record with 55 pass attempts against Auburn in 1969 ... Sophomore punter P.J. Fitzgerald leads the SEC with 11 punts inside the 20-yard line ... Sophomore return specialist Javier Arenas is second in the league with a 15.0 punt return average ... Alabama has 13 scoring drives of less than two minutes this season ... Alabama is 3-0 when scoring first ... The Crimson Tide’s last three games have been decided on the final play of the game and by 13 total points.
ALABAMA HOSTS HOUSTON FOR HOMECOMING
The University of Alabama welcomes back its alumni for the school’s 87th homecoming game this Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Crimson Tide hosts the Houston Cougars at Bryant-Denny Stadium. CTSM will televise the annual homecoming game on a pay-per-view basis in the states of Alabama and Texas. The game will also be distributed on ESPN GamePlan through DirecTV and Dish Networks. The kickoff is set for 2:07 p.m. (CDT) with Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter) calling the action. The 62-station Crimson Tide Sports Network will also air the game, beginning three hours prior to kickoff, with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter). Alabama broadcasts are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 125). Alabama (3-2, 2-1 SEC) looks to snap a two-game losing streak this weekend when they face the Cougars on homecoming. Alabama suffered a 21-14 loss to Florida State at the River City Classic in Jacksonville. The Crimson Tide’s last three games have been decided by 13 total points. Alabama beat Arkansas 41-38 on Sept. 15 and lost to Georgia (26-23, OT) and FSU (21-14) the last two weeks. Senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) needs just three receptions to become the school’s all-time leader with 153 career catches. Freddie Milons holds the record with 152 catches. Houston (2-2, 1-1 C-USA), suffered a 37-35 loss to East Carolina at home last Saturday. The Cougars are averaging 33.5 points and 483.5 yards per game on offense this season. On defense, Houston is allowing 30.5 points and 364.2 yards per game.
THE HEAD COACHES
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) was named the school’s 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007. Saban has compiled a 94-44-1 (.680) record as a college head coach. He led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003. He was 48-16 (.750) in his five years at LSU, including two SEC championships. Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and eight of his 11 teams have played in post-season bowl games. Saban also has a wealth of coaching experience in the National Football League, serving as secondary coach (Houston, 1988-89), defensive coordinator (Cleveland, 1991-94) and head coach (Miami, 2005-06). Houston head coach Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979) has compiled a 28-26 (.519) record in five seasons as head coach at UH. He led the Cougars to the 2006 Conference USA Championship and a berth in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The Cougars went 10-4 last season, the first 10-win season at UH since coach John Jenkins led the Cougars to a 10-1 record and runner-up spot in the Southwest Conference in 1990. For his efforts, Briles was named the 2006 Conference USA Coach of the Year and was named the Sporteze Division I-A National Football Coach of the Year. Briles guided the Cougars to a bowl for the third time in four years. One of nine finalists for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award, Briles is the third coach in school history to lead the Cougars to a 10-win season and the sixth one to lead his team to a conference championship.
ALABAMA CELEBRATES HOMECOMING
Homecoming is a week-long celebration each October featuring events, entertainment, and plenty of things to do
Homecoming is also an opportunity for alumni, family, and visitors to take part in the unique experience offered by The University of Alabama.
The University of Alabama tradition of Homecoming Week events will continue this week from Sept. 30-Oct. 6 with the theme “New Additions Tide With Old Traditions.”
The traditional bonfire and Homecoming Pep Rally will take place on Friday. Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. on the UA Quad.
STARR TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL
Bart Starr, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowls I and II, will serve the as grand marshal for the 2007 UA Homecoming Parade, which begins Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.
Starr was an All-American quarterback at Sidney Lanier High and a four-year letterman for the Crimson Tide.
After his UA career, he was a 17th-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1956. His playing time was limited during his first few years on the team, but the arrival of Vince Lombardi as Packers coach changed his football career.
Lombardi found Starr an intelligent and capable player. With his encouragement, Starr acquired the self confidence to become one of the NFL’s great field leaders.
By 1960, Starr led Green Bay to the Western Division championship, the first in a long run of success for the Packers. Starr ended up playing for 15 years as a quarterback and rose to become one the greatest players the team has seen. He held several NFL passing records, including the lifetime record of completing 57.4 percent of his passes over a 16-year period. He led the league in passing three times. Starr used his astuteness and skill to lead the Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl Championships. He was named Super Bowl MVP in 1967 and 1968. He was the Packers MVP in 1966.
Following his playing days, Starr remained with the team he built and took on the role of head coach from 1975 to 1983.
In 1977 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Starr has won a number of awards, including the NFL Award for Citizenship and the Byron White Award.
Starr was the man who made the Packers click and he will always be respected for his hardworking attitude and perseverance. Today, he runs Healthcare Realty Management and is Co-Founder of the Rawhide Boys Ranch, which assists boys in trouble.
ALL-TIME HOMECOMING RESULTS
The Crimson Tide will play its 87th Homecoming football game this Saturday as they host the Houston Cougars at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama has compiled a 72-13-1 (.839) all-time homecoming record, including last year’s 38-3 win over Florida International.
The Crimson Tide is riding a five-game homecoming winning streak dating back to the 2002 season. Alabama has not lost on homecoming since a 35-21 loss to LSU (coached by Nick Saban) on Nov. 3, 2001.
Alabama’s five-game homecoming winning streak is the longest since the Crimson Tide won six straight homecoming games from 1991-96.
The Crimson Tide has 12 scoring drives of less than two minutes this season, including five in the win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
Alabama has had at least one scoring drive of less than two minutes in all five games this season.
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directed the Alabama offense to a pair of late-scoring drives against then-No. 16 Arkansas (Sept. 15) and to force overtime with No. 22 Georgia (Sept. 22).
During those two games, Wilson completed 9-of-12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and added a 6-yard TD run.
Against the Razorbacks, he led the Tide to a 9-play, 73-yard drive in the final two minutes which resulted in a 4-yard TD pass to Matt Caddell with eight seconds left in the game as UA won 41-38.
Wilson completed 7-of-9 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in the game-winning drive against Arkansas.
Against Georgia, Wilson led the Tide to a 10-play, 88-yard drive which resulted in his 6-yard run to tie the game at 20-20.
Wilson completed 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards and accounted for 57 yards of total offense on the drive.
SCORING DRIVES UNDER 2 MINUTES
In addition, Alabama has scored on its final possession of the half in all five games this season.
In the season opener against Western Carolina (Sept. 1), Alabama scored on its final possession of the first and second half.
Sophomore Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) hit a 21-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half extended UA’s lead to 24-3 over Western Carolina.
Sophomore running back Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) scored on UA’s final possession of the game when he capped a 3-play, 38-yard drive with a 25-yard run to give the Tide a 52-6 lead in the final three minutes.
In its SEC opener at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8), Alabama took advantage of a pair of penalties and moved 40 yards in six plays for Tiffin’s 29-yard field that extended UA’s lead to 16-3 at halftime.
Wilson’s 4-yard TD pass with eight seconds left in the game gave the Tide a 41-38 win over No. 16 Arkansas on Sept. 15. Alabama marched 73 yards in nine plays for the game-winning score in the final 2:13 despite no timeouts.
Against Georgia, Alabama scored on its final possession of each half.
Tiffin’s 40-yard field on the final play of the second quarter cut the Georgia lead to 10-3.
Wilson capped a late drive with 6-yard run with just over one minute left in the game as UA tied the game at 20-20 and forced overtime.
Alabama marched 60 yards in eight plays and used just 56 seconds to score in the final two minutes against Florida State on Sept. 29. Wilson’s 17-yard pass to senior wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) with 1:06 left in the game pulled UA to within 21-14.
The Crimson Tide then attempted an on-side kick and actually covered the ball (Kareem Jackson), but was called for “illegal touching” when the kickoff inadvertently struck an Alabama player in the back of the helmet ending the comeback bid.
WILSON MAKES 19TH STRAIGHT START
Wilson will be making his 19th consecutive start for Alabama this Saturday against Houston.
Wilson is tied for 13th among active NCAA quarterbacks for consecutive starts.
He is 9-9 (.500) 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 179 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 3,896 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
In four games this season, Wilson has completed 100 of 186 passes (.538) for 1,091 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.
He threw for a career-high 327 yards in the win over Arkansas and a career-high four touchdowns. His previous career-high for passing yards in a game was 291 against LSU in 2006.
Wilson completed 28 of 53 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 loss to Florida State on Sept. 29. The 28 completions and 53 pass attempts were both career highs, surpassing his totals from the Arkansas game on Sept. 15.
Wilson’s 53 pass attempts were two shy of the Alabama single-game record held by Scott Hunter. Hunter completed 33 of 55 passes for 484 yards in a 49-26 loss to Auburn at Legion Field in Nov. 29, 1969.
Wilson’s 28 completions equaled the third-most in a game in Alabama history. Andrew Zow also completed 28 passes (40 attempts, 336 yards) in the Tide’s 40-39 overtime win at the Swamp on Oct. 1, 1999.
Gary Hollingsworth holds the UA single-game record with 33 completions (46 attempts, 379 yards) against Tennessee in 1969. Hunter’s 30 completions against Auburn in 1969 rank second on the list.
In 13 games last season, Wilson completed 216 of 379 passes (57 percent) for 2,707 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is one of seven quarterbacks in UA history with 2,000 passing yards in a season.
He set seven single-season school records, including most plays, total offense, pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.
Wilson also owns the single-season record for most plays (461) and total offense (2,790 yards).
He also set Alabama single-season records for most 200-yard passing games (9) and consecutive 200-yard games (7) in 2006.
Here is a look at the NCAA’s active leaders for career starts by a quarterback.
HALL CHASING RECEPTIONS MARK
Senior receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) is three catches shy of becoming Alabama’s all-time leader for receptions.
Hall currently has 150 career receptions and trails Freddie Milon’s (1998-2001) school record of 152 career receptions by two entering Saturday’s game against Houston.
Hall owns a a number of Alabama single-season and career records, including single-season and career receiving yards, 100-yard games in a season and 100-yard games in a career.
HALL SETS ALL-TIME RECEIVING MARK
Hall became Alabama’s all-time leader for receiving yards during the Tide’s win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
He broke the previous record of 2,070 career yards held by Ozzie Newsome (1974-77).
Hall now has 150 career catches for 2,338 yards and 14 touchdowns in his 40-game career.
His 172 receiving yards against Arkansas (Sept. 15) set a career high for yardage and ranks fourth on the Alabama single-game receiving yards list. Hall’s previous single-game yardage high at Alabama was a 157-yard performance (on 11 catches) against Utah State in 2005.
Hall’s 172 receiving yards was his 11th career 100-yard game, extending his own school record.
Hall had a huge first quarter against Arkansas with four catches for 118 yards (29.5-yard average) and two touchdowns.
Hall’s outing continued a trend against the Razorbacks as the senior has enjoyed much success against Arkansas.
In four games against Arkansas, Hall has 16 catches for 378 yards and five touchdowns. He has averaged 23.6 yards per catch and 94.5 yards per game in his career against the Razorbacks.
In 2006, Hall had six catches for 144 yards and one TD, including a 78-yard touchdown catch. In 2005, Hall had three catches for 54 yards and two scores, including the game-clinching scoring catch.
Through five games this season, Hall leads the Tide with 23 catches for 420 yards (18.3 average) and three touchdowns.
He has led Alabama in catches twice this season against Vanderbilt (3) and Florida State (7).
He has led the Tide in receiving yards in four of the first five games, including Western Carolina (52), Vanderbilt (67), Arkansas (172) and Florida State (83).
HALL’S STREAK AT 24 GAMES
In addition to his numerous school records, Hall has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games, dating back to the 2005 season.
Hall’s current streak began at Ole Miss on October 15, 2005, when he hauled in a 10-yard reception in the second quarter.
He has had 10, 100-yard games and three double-digit reception (10 or more catches) games during the 24-game streak.
GRANT EYES FRESHMAN RECORDS
Redshirt freshman Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) is fourth in the SEC and 30th nationally with 103.8 yards per game through five games.
He has 82 rushing attempts for 519 yards (6.5 average) and five touchdowns as the Tide’s starting running back.
Grant burst onto the scene in the Crimson Tide’s season opener against Western Carolina with 18 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns on Sept. 1.
He added 24 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his first career SEC start against Vanderbilt on Sept. 8. The 173 rushing yards were the third-most in school history by a freshman running back.
Grant earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after the Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas games.
He added 20 carries for 96 yards in the Tide’s 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
Alabama leads the all-time series with Houston, 9-0. The two teams first met on Sept. 26, 1959 at Rice Stadium in Houston with the Crimson Tide posting a 3-0 win in front 27,000 fans.
The two teams have not met since the Crimson Tide’s 37-10 win over the Cougars on Sept. 11, 1999 at Legion Field.
Alabama owns a 6-0 series lead in games played in the state of Alabama. The Crimson Tide is 4-0 in Tuscaloosa and 2-0 in Birmingham.
The 2007 meeting will be the first in Tuscaloosa since the Crimson Tide posted a 34-20 win over the Cougars on Oct. 23, 1971.
Alabama owns a 3-0 series lead in games played in the state of Texas, including a 2-0 mark at Rice Stadium and a 1-0 record at the Astrodome.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
Alabama has four players on its 2007 football rosters from the state of Texas.
Hometown (High School)
Southlake (Carroll HS)
San Antonio (Churchill HS)
Houston (St. Pius X HS)
San Antonio (Smithson Valley HS)
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Houston has only one player on its 2007 football roster from the state of Alabama.
True freshman cornerback Ricardo Bates is a native of Prattville, Ala., and was on the 2006 Class 6A state championship team that beat Hoover at the Super Six at Legion Field.
Bates led the Lions with 97 tackles, five interceptions and six pass breakups last season as a prep senior.
He played on the same team as Alabama freshman defensive end/linebacker Nick Gentry.
There are several ties between Alabama players and coaches and Houston players and coaches heading into this weekend's game.
Alabama running back Tarence Farmer and Houston freshman wide receiver Bakari Maxwell were high school teammates at St. Pius X.
Alabama senior linebacker Keith Saunders and Houston junior defensive end Ell Ash are both from Willingboro, N.J.
Houston tight ends coach George Pugh played at Alabama for Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1972-75. A four-year letterman and starter, Pugh played on teams that 43-5 during his career. The Crimson Tide won the 1973 UPI National Championship and three SEC titles.
Pugh’s son, Marcus Webb, played basketball at Alabama for Wimp Sanderson and later in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
UH cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Thurmond was the cornerbacks coach at Alabama from 2001-02 under Coach Dennis Franchione.
SABAN VS. HOUSTON
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 1-0 in his career against the Houston Cougars, following a 28-13 win while at LSU on Sept. 9, 2000.
BRILES VS. ALABAMA
This Coach Art Briles first-ever meeting against Alabama.
ALABAMA VS. CONFERENCE USA
Alabama owns a 83-27-1 (.753) record against teams from Conference USA.
The Houston game marks the first for Alabama against a Conference USA opponent since a 30-21 win over Southern Mississippi on Sept. 10, 2005.
The majority of those meetings have come against Southern Mississippi and former SEC member Tulane.
The Crimson Tide has played 82 games against the Golden Eagles and Green Wave over the years.
In fact, 60 of the 83 wins have come against Southern Miss and Tulane.
Alabama has a winning record against every Conference USA team it has faced with the exception of Rice. The Owls are 3-0 all-time against the Crimson Tide.
The Crimson Tide has never played Marshall or UAB.
ALABAMA VS. C-USA
HOUSTON VS. SEC
Houston has compiled a 26-57-1 (.315) all-time record against Southeastern Conference schools.
UH has played at least one game against every SEC team with the exception of Vanderbilt.
The Cougars own a winning record against Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State.
UH owns a 6-12 (.333) record against Arkansas, dating back the days when the two schools were Southwest Conference rivals.
Houston dropped a 44-36 decision to South Carolina in the Dec. 31, 2006 Liberty Bowl in its last game against an SEC team.
HOUSTON VS. SEC
SEC VS. C-USA
The Alabama-Houston game is one of six SEC-Conference USA matchups this season.
Mississippi State is also playing UAB this weekend in Starkville.
The SEC currently owns a 4-0 mark against C-USA teams this season.
Here are the results of those games.
2007 SEC VS. C-USA
Ole Miss 23, Memphis 21
Mississippi State 38, Tulane 17
Tennessee 38, Southern Miss 19
LSU 34, Tulane 9
Houston at ALABAMA
UAB at Mississippi State
Alabama returns 20 lettermen and nine starters on offense from last year’s team.
The Crimson Tide’s 20 offensive lettermen combined for 212 starts entering the 2007 season.
Alabama is fifth in the SEC in rushing offense (182.0) and passing offense (232.8). The Crimson Tide is sixth in total offense (414.8) and scoring offense (30.8).
The Crimson Tide offense has run 383 plays (76.6 average) this season, including 188 rushing attempts (49.1 percent) and 195 pass attempts (50.9 percent).
Alabama had a season-high 313 rushing yards (44 rushes) in its season opening win over Western Carolina on Sept. 1.
The Crimson Tide had a season-high 48 rushing attempts (221 yards) in the 24-10 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
UA’s lowest rushing total of the season came in the loss to Florida State on Sept. 29. The Tide managed a season-low 89 yards (29 rushes).
Alabama had a season-high six rushing touchdowns in the win over Western Carolina.
Alabama threw for a season-high 327 yards (24-for-45, 4 TDs) in the win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
The Tide had a season-low 150 passing yards (14-for-28) in the win at Vanderbilt. The 14 completions and 28 pass attempts were also season lows for the Tide.
Alabama has had at least one turnover in four straight games, including a season-high three in the win over Arkansas. UA did not have a turnover in the win over Western Carolina.
Alabama has 13 scoring drive of less than two minutes this season. That total ranks second in the SEC to Kentucky’s 16 scoring drives of two minutes or less.
The longest drive in terms of plays came against Western Carolina when the Tide put together a 17-play scoring drive. The 17-play drive is the second-longest in the SEC this season.
The Crimson Tide had a 94-yard scoring drive against FSU, the longest of the season and sixth-longest in the SEC.
The Crimson Tide has scored 24 points off nine turnovers this season.
Alabama is 3-0 when scoring first this season.
The Crimson Tide has scored on its first possession in two of five games.
The 52 points scored in the season opener were the most points by Alabama on opening day since a 66-0 win over Cal at Legion Field to open the 1973 season.
The 46-point margin of victory over Western Carolina was the largest by an Alabama team in a season opener since a 66-0 victory over California to start the 1973 season.
The Alabama offense racked up 35 first downs against Western Carolina. That total broke the previous mark of 34 set against Penn State in a 34-28 loss in 1983
Alabama accumulated 575 yards (313 rushing, 262 passing) of total offense against Western Carolina, the most by a Tide offense since gaining 588 yards in a 56-3 win over UTEP on October 6, 2001. The 313 rushing yards were the most by an Alabama team since the Tide rushed for 338 in a win at South Carolina on September 17, 2005.
Alabama scored the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining for the 41-38 victory over Arkansas on Sept. 15. The win was Alabama’s first by scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown since a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the 2001 Independence Bowl (an Andrew Zow to Terry Jones TD pass). That game also marked the last time prior to the Arkansas game that the Crimson Tide had overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to win a game. Alabama trailed that I-Bowl contest, 13-7, before winning in the final stanza.
Before the last-minute comeback, the Crimson Tide lost a 21-point lead against the Razorbacks, the largest lead lost since Alabama lost a 21-point lead against Arkansas on September 27, 2003, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama led 21-0 with 1:27 left in the first quarter on Sept. 15, 2007, and regained that edge at 31-10 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.
The Razorbacks scored three touchdowns in the span of six minutes to tie the game with 12:05 left in the fourth quarter, and took the lead at 38-31 with 8:08 left in the fourth quarter.
In the 2003 game, Alabama held a 31-10 lead with 7:52 left in the third quarter, but watched Arkansas score the game's final 24 points to pull out the three-point win. The Razorbacks outscored Alabama 14-0 in the fourth quarter and put the game-winning points on the board at the end of the second overtime for the win.
Alabama scored 21 points in the first quarter against Arkansas, the most points scored by the Crimson Tide in a single quarter since UA scored 21 points in the third quarter against Arkansas on September 27, 2003, a game that Arkansas won 34-31 in double overtime.
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directs the Tide offense for the second straight year. He is 9-9 (.500) as the starting quarterback.
In 23 career games, Wilson has completed 323 of 576 (.561) passes for 3,896 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
In five games this season, Wilson has completed 100 of 186 passes (.538) for 1,091 , with six touchdowns and three interception.
He directed the Alabama offense to a pair of late-scoring drives in back-to-back games against No. 16 Arkansas and force overtime with No. 22 Georgia.
During those two games, he completed 9-of-12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and added a 6-yard TD run.
Against the Razorbacks, Wilson led the Tide to a 9-play, 73-yard drive in the final two minutes which resulted in a 4-yard pass to Matt Caddell with eight seconds left in the game as UA won 41-38.
Wilson completed 7-of-9 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in the game-winning drive against Arkansas.
He finished the game with a career-high 327 yards in the win over Arkansas and a career-high four touchdowns. His previous career-high for passing yards in a game was 291 against LSU in 2006.
Against Georgia, Wilson led the Tide to a 10-play, 88-yard drive which resulted in his 6-yard run to tie the game at 20-20.
Wilson completed 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards and accounted for 57 yards of total offense on the drive.
Wilson completed 28 of 53 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Florida State.
The 53 pass attempts are the second-most in a game in school history. Scott Hunter holds the UA single-game record with 55 pass attempts against Auburn in 1969.
The 28 completions equal the third most in school history.
Redshirt freshman Greg McElory (Southlake, Texas) and true freshman Nick Fanuzzi (San Antonio, Texas) saw limited action under center in the season opener against Western Carolina.
McElroy completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Fanuzzi does not have a pass attempt, but did lead the Tide to scoring drive on his lone series against the Catamounts.
For the first time in school history, Alabama has a 3,000-yard passer and a 2,000-yard receiver on its roster.
Senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) is the school’s all-time leader with 2,338 receiving yards.
In five games this season, Hall leads UA with 23 catches for 420 yards (18.3 average) and three touchdowns.
In addition to Hall, Alabama has a talented corps of receivers.
The Crimson Tide has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season.
Alabama’s wide receivers have caught 72 passes for 882 yards (12.25 yards per catch) this season.
Sophomore Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.) is the Tide’s second-leading receiver with 19 catches for 127 yards this season.
Senior Matt Caddell (McCalla) is third on the team with 15 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown.
He had nine catches for 91 yards and one TD in the Tide’s 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
Caddell had four catches for 41 yards on UA’s game-winning drive, including a 4-yard TD catch with eight seconds left in the game.
Senior wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) has caught eight passes for 125 yards (15.6 average) and one touchdown in four games.
In the last two weeks, Brown has six catches for 107 yards (17.8 average) and one touchdown.
He had three catches for 73 yards (24.3 average) in the loss to Georgia and three catches for 34 yards (11.3 average) and one TD against Florida State.
Brown had two catches for 61 yards on Alabama’s game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, including a 43-yard grab at the Georgia 45-yard line. The 43-yard catch was his 100th career reception.
In 36 career games, Brown has 103 receptions for 1,652 yards (16.0 average) and nine touchdowns.
The tight ends have 12 catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Nick Walker (Brundidge, Ala.) has 11 catches for 69 yards (6.3 average) and two touchdowns. He also has a two-point conversion.
Junior Travis McCall (Prattville) has one catch for eight yards this season.
Redshirt freshman Preston Dial (Mobile, Ala.) has played in four games this season and earned his first career start at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8) when UA opened in a three tight-end set. He does not have a reception.
Alabama’s backfield entered the 2007 season with 43 career games and no starts. In addition, UA backs had 733 rushing yards and three career touchdowns entering the season opener.
The Tide’s four running backs accounted for 296 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the win over Western Carolina.
The six rushing TDs were the most by Alabama since scoring six rushing touchdowns in a 56-3 win over UTEP on Oct. 6, 2004.
Redshirt freshmen running back Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) leads all Crimson Tide rushers and ranks fourth in the SEC with 103.8 yards per game.
In five starts, Grant has 82 carries for 519 yards (6.3 average) and five touchdowns.
He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week following wins over Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
Grant rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the season opener against Western Carolina. He scored on the Tide’s first play from scrimmage and had 68 yards rushing on eight carries (8.5-yard average) through the first period of action.
He scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 1-yard TD run at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8. He finished the game with 24 carries for 173 yards and two TDs.
Sophomore Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) has 48 carries for 251 yards (5.2 average) and two touchdowns.
He had nine carries for a season-high 76 yards and one TD in the season opener against Western Carolina.
Coffee added a career-high 16 carries for 62 yards in the loss to Georgia on Sept. 22.
Sophomore Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) is third on the team with 11 carries for 75 yards (6.8 average) and one TD this season.
Upchurch had six carries for 55 yards in the season opener against Western Carolina. He added two carries for 19 yards against Georgia on Sept. 22.
The Crimson Tide’s running backs have caught 23 passes for 211 yards this season.
Grant is also UA’s fourth-leading receiver with 11 catches for 86 yards (7.8 average).
He had three catches for 38 yards, both career highs, in the loss to FSU.
Coffee has six catches for 71 yards (11.8 average) in five games. He had three catches for 21 yards, both career highs, against FSU.
The Crimson Tide returns all five offensive lineman, including a pair of All-American candidates.
Junior center Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery, Ala.) will make his 31st consecutive start against Houston. He is a 2007 Rimington Trophy candidate and preseason All-SEC honoree.
Sophomore left tackle Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) has started all 18 games in his Alabama career.
He started 13 as a true freshman in 2006 en route to Freshman All-American and All-SEC honors. Smith, who scored the game-tying touchdown against Oklahoma State (2-yard lateral) in the PetroSun Independence Bowl, is on the 2007 Outland Trophy watch list.
Senior Justin Britt (Cullman, Ala.) is another veteran lineman for the Tide. Britt has played in 40 career games, including 22 career starts. He has started all five games at left guard.
Junior Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) has started all five games at right guard. Overall, Davis has appeared in 22 career games with 10 starts.
Sophomore Mike Johnson (Pensacola, Fla.) has started the first five games at right tackle, including his first career start in the season opener against Western Carolina.
Sophomore Evan Cardwell (Killen, Ala.) has played in three games this season as a backup. *Freshmen William Vlachos (Mountain Brook) and Patrick Crump (Hoover, Ala.) and senior B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill, Ala.) all played in the season opener.
The Crimson Tide returns 24 lettermen and only five starters off last year’s squad.
The 24 lettermen combined for 92 career starts entering the 2007 season opener.
Alabama ranks sixth in the SEC in rushing defense (133.8), seventh in scoring (20.2) and eighth in pass defense (197.0) and total defense (330.8).
The Crimson Tide has held three of its five opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. Western Carolina (76), Vanderbilt (57) and Florida State (82) all rushed for less than 100 yards against Alabama.
Arkansas ran for season-high 301 yards (53 attempts) against the Tide defense.
Arkansas and Georgia (153 yards) rushed for 453 yards in back-to-back games against UA.
Florida State threw for 266 yards (19-for-30) on Sept. 29, the most against Alabama this season.
Alabama held Vanderbilt to 232 total yards on Sept. 8, the best defensive output of the season.
Arkansas had 450 total yards in the loss to Alabama, which is the most against UA this season.
The Crimson Tide allowed only 16 points in its first two games this season and did not allow a touchdown in the first seven quarters of the season.
The 16 points were the fewest points allowed in the first two games of the season since 1989. The Crimson Tide allowed only 10 points in back-to-back games to Memphis State (35-7) and Kentucky (15-3) in 1989.
The Crimson Tide held Western Carolina to six points in the season opener, the lowest point total by an opponent on opening day since a 41-3 win over Temple on September 7, 1991.
Alabama’s defense held Vanderbilt’s All-SEC wide receiver Earl Bennett to four catches for 53 yards in the Tide’s 24-10 win at Nashville on Sept. 8.
The Crimson Tide also held Vandy quarterback Chris Nickson in check too. The junior completed only 5 of 18 passes for 67 yards and threw one interception. He added three rushing attempts for minus-seven yards before being benched in the third quarter.
The defensive line is thin on experience as evidenced by the fact that four freshman have seen action up front this season.
Alabama’s defense has a three-man front, led by senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette, Ala.). Gilberry will play his 43rd career game for the Crimson Tide this Saturday against Houston.
In 42 career games, Gilberry has 134 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. He has also added four four forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and three pass breakups.
In five games this season, Gilberry has 26 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one PBU.
He had a career-high eight tackles in the loss to Florida State on Sept. 29. His previous high was seven at LSU in 2005.
Gilberry also added a career-high four quarterback pressures in the Tide’s win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
Junior Bobby Greenwood (Prattville, Ala.) starts at the other defensive end position and has 11 tackles, including four stops behind the line in five games this year.
Greenwood has played 29 games and logged 53 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks in his three-year career.
He had a season-high four tackles in the win over Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide had also used sophomore Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and redshirt freshman Milton Talbert (Hattiesburg, Miss.) this season on the defensive front.
Sophomore nose guard Lorenzo Washington (Logansville, Ga.) has started all five games at nose guard.
He has 17 tackles, two TFLs and one sack this year.
He made his first career start against Western Carolina (Sept. 1) and first SEC start at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8).
Washington logged a career-high four tackles against Western Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia this season.
Redshirt freshman Brian Motley (Autaugaville, Ala.) made his Alabama debut against Florida State on Sept. 29. Motley missed the first four games of the season after suffering a fractured ankle on Aug. 27.
Motley had two tackles and one TFL in his Crimson Tide debut.
True freshmen Josh Chapman (Hoover, Ala.) and Alfred McCullough (Athens, Ala.) have seen action as nose guard.
The linebackers returned only one starter from last year’s squad.
Junior Ezekial Knight (Wedowee, Ala.) and true freshmen Chavis Williams (Dora, Ala.) play the “sam” position.
Knight has played in five games and is tied for second with 32 tackles. Knight has 18 solo tackles, which is also tied for the team lead.
He has added 5.5 TFLs, three pass breakups, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Knight began his career as a wide receiver before switching to defense in 2006. He has played only nine games in his career on defense.
He made his first career start at linebacker against Vanderbilt (5 tackles) on Sept. 8.
Knight had a career-high nine tackles in the loss to Florida State (Sept. 29) and has 18 tackles in his last two games.
He also added two TFLs (-9) and one sack (-6) against the Seminoles.
Williams has played in three games, mainly on special teams, and has one tackle.
True freshmen Rolando McClain (Decatur) and senior Demarcus Waldrop (Pinson) man the “mike” linebacker position.
McClain has started all five games and is quickly making a name for himself around the SEC.
The true freshman leads UA with 41 tackles this season. He is also the co-leader with 18 solo stops.
In addition, he has added four TFLs, two PBUs and one sack.
McClain had led UA in tackles in three of the first five games, including a career-high 11 tackles against Georgia on Sept. 22.
He also had nine tackles against FSU on Sept. 29.
Waldrop has never missed a game in his UA career and will look to play his 43rd career game against Houston, He has 66 career tackles.
Seniors Darren Mustin (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Prince Hall (Riverside, Calif.) share duties at the “will” linebacker position.
Mustin has played in four games this season and is sixth on the team with 22 tackles. He has added two TFLs and one interception.
He missed most of the Arkansas game (Sept. 15) and all of the Georgia game (Sept. 22) with an injury.
He had seven tackles in his first career start against Western Carolina (Sept. 1).
Mustin set up Alabama’s first score against Arkansas with an interception of a Casey Dick pass at the Arkansas 15 in the first quarter. Mustin returned the interception six yards to set up Alabama at the Arkansas 9-yard line.
Mustin had five tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, and the interception before leaving the Arkansas game with an injury in the first half.
Sophomore Prince Hall (Riverside, Calif.) is the lone returning starting linebacker. Hall, who earned Freshman All-American honors in 2006, had 77 tackles and led the Tide with 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season.
Hall made his first start of the 2007 season against Georgia on Sept. 22, subbing for the injured Darren Mustin.
He responded with a game-high 12 tackles, one shy of his career high at UA. He had 13 tackles in a loss to Mississippi State in 2006.
Hall recorded his first career interception against FSU on Sept. 29.
In 17 games, he has 95 career tackles, 10.5 TFLs, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Senior Keith Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) and sophomore Brandon Fanney (Morristown, Tenn.) man the “jack” linebacker position.
Saunders, who played defensive end last season, made the move to linebacker this season. He has 22 tackles in five games this season, including a season-high 10 tackles in the win over Arkansas.
Overall, Saunders has 49 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and two sacks in 35 career games for the Tide.
Fanney has played in four games and logged six tackles this season, including five in the season opener against Western Carolina.
The Alabama secondary returned the most experience among the UA defenders, with two seniors and two juniors in the starting lineup.
Senior Simeon Castille (Birmingham) is the starting left corner back. He has played in 40 career games, second only to Gilberry and Waldrop among UA defenders.
He was a First-Team All-SEC selection last season and a preseason First-Team All-SEC honoree this year.
In five games this season, Castille leads UA with four pass breakups. He also fifth on the team with 25 tackles.
In his four-year career, Castille leads all UA defenders with 138 tackles and 31 PBUs. He had also added 12.5 TFLs, 10 interceptions, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and one blocked punt.
He had seven tackles against Arkansas and Georgia.
Sophomore Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) and senior Eric Gray (Trinity, Ala.) serve as Castille’s backups.
Johnson has four tackles and one pass breakup in five games this season.
Gray, who had played mainly on special teams this season, does not have a tackle.
True freshman Kareem Jackson (Macon, Ga.) has taken over the starting duties at right cornerback.
Jackson has started four of the first five games, but three of those starts came as a nickel back.
He has 18 tackles, one TFL and one forced fumble this season.
Jackson made his first start at right cornerback against FSU on Sept. 29 and finished the game with a career-high eight tackles and one TFL.
He had five tackles in his SEC debut at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
Junior Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) is now the the Tide’s backup at right cornerback. He started the first four games, but did not see action against FSU on Sept. 29.
Mitchell has 17 tackles in four games. He also one interception and one pass break up.
He has recorded 44 tackles and four interceptions in 19 career games. Mitchell had four interceptions (TD) and 131 interception return yards in 2006, which ranks fourth all-time at UA.
Senior Marcus Carter (Ft. Payne, Ala.) is the Tide’s starting strong safety. Like Castille, Carter also has a wealth of experience and will play in his 41st game against Houston this weekend.
In five games, Carter has 19 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs. He had a career high six tackles against Arkansas on Sept. 15.
In 40 career games, Carter has 54 tackles and 2.5 TFLs.
He is backed up by sophomores Ali Sharrief (Stevenson, Ala.) and Carlos Rogers (Lakeland), and both are also prominent special teams players.
Sharrief has nine tackles this season, while Rogers had added eight stops.
Junior Rashad Johnson (Sulligent, Ala.) is the starter at free safety.
Johnson is tied for second on the team with 32 tackles this season. He has added two TFLs, two interceptions and two PBUs.
He had a career-high eight tackles against Western Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia.
Johnson has 73 tackles in 28 career games for the Tide. He has also added four forced fumbles, 3.5 TFLs and two interceptions and two PBUs.
Sophomore Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) is Johnson’s backup. Arenas has five tackles this season.
ALABAMA SPECIAL TEAMS
Alabama returns all but one of its specialists from last season.
The Crimson Tide’s special teams have shown marked improvement during the first four games of the 2007 season.
Sophomore Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) is the Crimson Tide’s top return specialist.
Arenas leads the SEC in punt returns (15.0 average) and ninth in kickoff returns (23.2 average).
In five games, Arenas has 12 punt returns for 180 yards, including a 69-yard return against Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
In 18 career games, he has 43 punt returns for 466 yards (10.8 average) and two touchdowns. He had a 65-yard punt return against Florida International and an Alabama bowl record 86-yard punt return against Oklahoma State in 2006.
The Alabama career record for most punt returns is three held by Harry Gilmer.
Arenas has nine kickoff returns for 209 yards (23.2 average) this season, including a 45-yard return against Western Carolina in the season opener.
In 18 career games, Arenas has 27 returns for 553 yards (20.5 average).
Junior Jonathan Lowe (Phenix City, Ala.) is the backup to Arenas. Lowe has seven kickoff returns for 114 yards (16.3 average) this season. He made his Alabama debut with a 23-yard kickoff return and a 17-yard punt return against Western Carolina on Sept. 1.
Sophomore Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) is the Crimson Tide’s starting kicker, handling all kickoffs, field goal and extra attempts.
Tiffin is third in the SEC and 11th nationally with 1.8 field goals made per game.
He is seventh in the SEC, averaging 7.5 points per game this season.
Tiffin leads the SEC with four field goals of 40 or more yards this season. He is 4-of-7 from 40-49 yards and his 57.1 percent accuracy from that distance ranks fifth in the league.
Tiffin is 16-for-16 in extra points this season and 28-of-29 in his two-year career.
Tiffin is 9-of-14 on field goal attempts this season and has been successful on five of his last six attempts.
He has converted 17-of-27 career field goal attempts for the Tide.
He appeared in five games last season and hit 8-of-13 field goals and 12-of-13 extra point attempts.
His father, Van (1983-86), was an All-American kicker at Alabama in 1986 and set the UA record with 135 consecutive career extra points.
Sophomore Andrew Friedman (Fairhope, Ala.) made his 2007 season debut with his first career extra point attempt against Arkansas on Sept. 15. He has now played in four games at UA.
Senior Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.), who has also handled kickoffs the last three years, has hit 29 of 42 career field goal attempts and 40 of 42 career extra points.
He also has three-game winning field goals to his credit, beating Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech during the 2006 season.
Christensen is nursing a quad injury and has not seen action this season.
Sophomore punter P.J. Fitzgerald (Coral Springs, Fla.) is back for his second year as the Crimson Tide’s punter and holder.
Fitzgerald has punted 28 times for 000 yards (38.6 average), including a career-high 58-yard punt at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
He had a career-high 10 punts in the loss to Florida State, including two that traveled more than 50 yards.
Fitzgerald leads the SEC with 11 punts inside the 20-yard line. He has dropped 11 of his 28 punts inside the 20-yard line and owns the fourth-best percentage (39.3 percent) in the SEC.
In 17 career games, Fitzgerald has 85 punts for 3,261 yards (38.4 average). He has 27 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line.
He punted 57 times for 2,176 yards (38.2 average) last year.
The Crimson Tide is breaking in its third long snapper in as many years this season as they replace last year’s snapper Luke Spaulding.
Junior Brian Selman (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) has handled all snapping duties this year.
Alabama has compiled a 322-100-16 (.753) all-time record in 438 games in the month of October.
The Crimson Tide has won seven of its last eight games in the month of October, dating back to the 2005 season.
Alabama played its first-ever October game on Oct. 14, 1893, losing 4-0 to Birmingham Athletic Club here in Tuscaloosa.
In 1909, Alabama posted a 4-0-1 record in October and shutout all five opponents. The Crimson Tide and Ole Miss played to a scoreless tie.
Alabama posted an impressive 16 consecutive shutouts from Oct. 21, 1916 through Oct. 30, 1920.
Coach Xen Scott’s 1920 squad shutout all five opponents in the month of October by a composite 205-0 score.
Alabama posted a 26-game winning streak in the month from Oct. 31, 1914 through Oct. 22, 1921.
The Crimson Tide also posted a 14-game winning streak during the 1924-26 seasons.
Alabama had three significant winning streaks in the month of October during Coach Paul Bryant’s 25-year tenure.
The Crimson posted 28-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 9, 1976 through Oct. 16, 1982.
Alabama had a 23-game winning streak from Oct. 24, 1970 through Oct. 25, 1975.
During those same two periods (Oct. 24, 1970 through Oct. 16, 1982), Alabama lost only one football game in the month of October and posted an incredible 50-1-1 (.971) record over a 12-year period in the month.
The Crimson Tide’s only loss in that 12-year period was a 21-0 shutout loss at Georgia on Oct. 2, 1976, snapping Alabama’s 69-game scoring streak.
SABAN’S OCTOBER RECORD
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has compiled a 27-15 (.643) record in the month of October.
His best record in the month is a 3-1 record which he has achieved five times (1990, 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2004).
He was 12-6 (.667) in October games at LSU.
ON THIS DATE
Alabama has compiled a 9-3 (.750) record in games played on Oct. 6.
The Crimson Tide has not played on this date since a 56- 7 win over UTEP at Legion Field during the 2001 season.
Alabama’s first-ever game on Sept. 29 took place in 1906 when J.W.H. Pollard’s squad banked Maryville College 6-0 in Tuscaloosa.
The Crimson Tide has not played in Tuscaloosa on this date since a 38-0 win over Wichita State in 1979.
Alabama is 5-0 all-time in games played in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 6.
GAMES PLAYED ON OCTOBER 6
Result of Game
Alabama 6, Maryville 0
Alabama 56, Ole Miss 0
Alabama 27, Ole Miss 0
Alabama 28, LSU 7
Vanderbilt 22, Alabama 20
Vanderbilt 32, Alabama 6
Alabama 17, Vanderbilt 7
Alabama 28, Georgia 14
Alabama 38, Wichita State 0
Georgia 24, Alabama 14
Alabama 25, UL Lafayette 7
Alabama 56, UTEP 7
SABAN ON THIS DATE
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 1-1 (.500) all-time on Oct. 6.
SABAN GAMES COACHED ON OCTOBER 6
Result of GameYear Toledo 37, Eastern Michigan 23 1990 Florida 44, LSU 15 2001
Alabama plays its third road game of the season, and second in three weeks, next Saturday, Oct. 13, when the Crimson Tide travels to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.