Bama looks to rebound back at home against the GamecocksTuesday, September 28, 2004
Alabama Crimson Tide (3-1, 1-1) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1)
October 2, 2004 5:00 p.m. CST (ESPN2)
Bryant-Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa, Alabama
COMPLETE GAME NOTES:
ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:
- Senior left guard Evan Mathis (Homewood, Ala.) will make his 40th consecutive start against South Carolina, the longest active streak on the team ...
- Ironically, Mathis' first career start came Sept. 29, 2001 at South Carolina and thus the streak began ...
- Senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla.) is second in the SEC in rushing (116.2) and third in all-purpose yards (130.5) ...
- Hudson's three rushing touchdowns have averaged 52 yards this season, with a long of 63 yards at Arkansas ...
- South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz will be coaching against his sixth different Alabama head coach this Saturday ...
- Holtz has coached against Alabama with three different schools (Arkansas, Notre Dame and South Carolina) ...
- Alabama leads the SEC with a 31.1 kickoff return average this season ...
- Alabama seeks its fourth straight win at Bryant-Denny Stadium ...
BAMA BACK HOME; HOSTS USC
Looking to rebound from its first loss of the 2004 season, the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-1, 1-1 SEC) returns home for the fourth time in five games as they meet the South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 SEC) at Bryant-Denny Stadium here in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised nationally by espn2 beginning at 5:01 p.m. (CT). Alabama saw its three-game season opening winning streak come to an end with a 27-10 loss at Arkansas last weekend in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks scored a pair of touchdowns in the final three minutes to break open a close game. South Carolina won for the second week in a row with a 21-7 win over Troy in Columbia last Saturday night. The Crimson Tide posted its highest rushing total (271 yards) of the season in the loss at Arkansas. Senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla.) accounted for the bulk of the rushing total with 170 yards and one TD on 20 rushing attempts. South Carolina is coming off a solid defensive performance as the Gamecocks held Troy to 207 total yards in last week's win. South Carolina is headed to Tuscaloosa for the just the third time since joining the SEC in 1992 ... Handling the broadcast duties for the espn2 broadcast will be Gary Bender (play-by-play), Bill Curry (analyst), David Norrie (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sidelines). The game will also be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network with David Crane (play-by-play) and Chris Stewart (color). Fans can also tune to the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action.
THE HEAD COACHES
Coach Mike Shula (7-10, .412) is 3-1 in his sophomore season as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Shula compiled a 4-9 (.308) record in his rookie season at Alabama last year against the nation's most difficult schedule. The Crimson Tide lost to both teams (Oklahoma and LSU) that played in the BCS National Championship game last 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. South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz is 28-32 (.467) in his sixth season in Columbia. After an 0-11 mark in his initial season (1999) at USC, Holtz won a school-record 17 games over the next two seasons (2000-01) and led the Gamecocks to consecutive New Year's Day bowl games. His overall record is 247-128-1 (.658), which ranks third on the active list for coaching wins. Holtz is eighth all-time with 247 career victories.
Alabama hits the road for the second time in three weeks to face the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports with kickoff set for 11:30 a.m. (CT).
GAME DAY ACTIVITIES
*Here are the game day activities surrounding the Alabama-South Carolina football game this weekend.
*The Coca-Cola Kickoff on the Quad begins this Saturday at 2 p.m.
*The Coca-Cola inflatables will again be present on the Quad at 2 p.m. with their usual activities of throwing a football, kicking at mock goal posts and diving for the goal line with bungees attached. In addition to sampling of Coke products, free temporary, stick-on Big Al tattoos and shakers will be distributed while supplies last.
*Eli Gold, Ken Stabler and Tom Roberts host the Jeep pre-game radio show on the Crimson Tide Sports Network from the stage in the shadow of Denny Chimes starting at 3 p.m.
*David Palmer (1991-93) will be on campus this weekend and will run out the game ball prior to Saturday's game.
*A first-team All-America selection in 1993, Palmer finished third in the Heisman Trophy ballotting. As a junior (1993), Palmer set UA records for most yards in a season (1,000) and most career receptions (61). He also had 217 receiving yards against Vanderbilt to set the single-game mark.
*An all-around player, Palmer was a threat to line up at quarterback, reciever, taliback and returned punts and kickoffs.
*Palmer will not be available at the Alabama Power Company Legends Autograph on Saturday.
*The Crimson Tide gymnastics team will appear in the Mayfield Dairy team tent from 4:15-5:00 p.m.
*At halftime, Alabama will honor its 2002-03 individual national champions. The winners are Lane Bassham (swimming, 3-meter diving), Ashley Miles (gymnastics (vault and floor exercise) and Jeana Rice (gymnastics, all-around).
*Rice will also receive the 2002-03 Honda Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate gymnast.
2004 ROSTER BREAKDOWN
*Here is a breakdown by class of the Crimson Tide's 105-man reporting roster for the 2004 football season.
UA Roster By Class
Class Number of Players
5th Year Senior 12
Redshirt Freshmen 16
*Heading into the 2004 season, Alabama has six players who have earned their undergraduate degree. They are Carlos Andrews (Management), Antonio Carter (Human Environmental Sciences), Wesley Britt (Management), Danny Martz (Criminal Justice), Evan Mathis (Management) and Cornelius Wortham (Human Environmental Sciences).
CROYLE OUT WITH TORN ACL
*Junior quarterback Brodie Croyle suffered a season-ending injury against Western Carolina on Sept. 18.
*Croyle tore his ACL (right knee) on the Crimson Tide's first offensive possession of the third quarter. He had successful surgery on Monday, Sept. 20, according to surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Larry Lemak.
*According to Dr. Lemak, recovery time for Croyle will be about five months, which should put him on target to return to spring practice.
*Croyle missed all of 2004 spring practice as he underwent successful surgery on Dec. 11, 2003 to repair a partially dislocated shoulder (non-throwing).
*He missed two games last season against Georgia and Southern Miss as a result of the shoulder injury and played hurt the remainder of the year.
*Croyle missed his senior year at Westbrook Christian High School when he tore the ACL (left knee) in the first quarter of his first game of the year.
*In three games this season, Croyle completed 44 of 66 passes for 534 yards and six touchdowns. He also did not have an interception this season.
*Marc Guillon made his first career start on Sept. 25 at Arkansas to become the 13th different starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide since the 1991 season.
*Since 1991, Alabama's starting quarterbacks have gone 9-4 (.692) in their first career start for the Crimson Tide.
*The three losses were charged to Spencer Pennington (at Georgia, 2003), Lance Tucker (Miss. State, 1997) and David Palmer (LSU, 1993) and Guillon (Arkansas, 2004).
*Guillon's start under center marked the third consecutive season that Alabama has started a first-time quarterback in its first SEC road game.
*Then redshirt freshman Brodie Croyle made his first career start in Fayetteville on Sept. 28, 2002 as the Crimson Tide posted a 30-12 win.
*In the win, Croyle completed 12 of 24 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns and was named the National Freshman of the Week.
*In the 2003 SEC road opener, then sophomore Spencer Pennington completed nine of 20 passes for 109 yards in a 37-23 loss. Pennington suffered a shoulder injury in the second half and missed the next four games.
GUILLON GETS THE NOD
*With the loss of Croyle at quarterback, sophomore transfer Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) will now take over the starting role under center for the Crimson Tide.
*Guillon made his first career start on Sept. 25, 2004 in a 27-10 loss at Arkansas.
*Guillon took all 64 snaps under center in his debut with the Crimson Tide.
*The redshirt sophomore completed just six of 18 passes for 54 yards and threw one interception in the loss. He also had one rushing attempt for minus one yard.
*Prior to the Arkansas game, Guillon had taken just 18 snaps this season in games against Utah State and Western Carolina.
*He took 15 snaps under center against the Catamounts, leading the Crimson Tide to a pair of second-half touchdowns.
*Guillon was 5-for-7 for 71 yards and one TD in the 52-0 win.
*He made his Crimson Tide debut against Utah State on Sept. 3 and took three snaps at the end of the game, handing the ball off all three times to freshman tailback Aaron Johns.
*According to the Alabama letterman's list, sophomore quarterback Marc Guillon is the 23rd player from the state of California to play football for the Crimson Tide.
*The last California natives to play for Alabama were defensive backs Connie Brown and Milo Lewis, who both played in the Tide secondary during the 2000 season.
*Guillon is just the second quarterback from California to ever play at Alabama, joining Al Sabo (1940-42).
UA PLAYERS FROM CALIFORNIA
William Amelong (LB), 1988-89
Albert Bell (WR), 1985-86
Steve Bisceglia (FB), 1971-72
Jon Brock (PK), 1996
Connie Brown (DB), 2000
Michael Coleman (SE), 1978
Chris Costigan (SE), 1989
John David Crow, Jr. (HB), 1975-76-77
Dennis Dixon (TE), 1967-68
Leon Fichman (T), 1941-42
Charles Gardner (DB), 1988-91
David Germasimchuk (OG), 1975-76
Ed Hickerson (G), 1938-40
Milo Lewis (CB), 1999-00
Kenny Martin (FB), 1966-67
Mark McMillian (CB), 1990-91
Mike Ramil (DT), 1988-89
Steve Root (LB), 1971
Al Sabo (QB), 1940-41-42
Russ Schamun (SE), 1974-76
Efrum Thomas (CB), 1989-90
Ed Tuck (SE), 1984
ALABAMA PLAYER PARTICIPATION
*Alabama has played 75 different players in its first four games this season.
*The list includes 34 first-time players, including 11 "true" freshmen.
*Alabama played 57 of the 70 players that dressed out for the Arkansas game on Sept. 25.
*The Crimson Tide dressed 101 players for the 2004 season opener with Utah State and 65 players saw action in 48-17 win.
*Of the 101 players that dressed for the Utah State game, a total of 57 had never played in a game for the Crimson Tide.
*Alabama's opening day depth chart showed that 23 of the 44 players listed had never played in a game before the season opener.
*A total of 27 players made their debut against Utah State, including 10 "true" freshmen.
*Alabama used 58 players in its win over Ole Miss, but none were first-time players.
*Alabama dressed more than 100 players for the Western Carolina game and played a season-high 74 players in the 52-0 win.
*The Crimson Tide used seven first-time players, including one "true" freshman in the win over the Catamounts bringing the season total to 34 first-time players.
*The most notable first-players to see action against Western Carolina were true freshman Curtis Dawson and redshirt sophomore Marcus McKnight.
*Dawson played last year at Hoover High School and came to Alabama as a linebacker. He moved to the defensive line prior to the Ole Miss game and made his debut at defensive tackle in the win over WCU.
*McKnight came to Alabama as a true freshman in 2002 and had not played in a game until his debut against Western Carolina on Sept. 18, 2004. McKnight also hauled in a 14-yard pass reception from Marc Guillon, his first career reception with the Tide.
*Other first-timers to play against Western Carolina included Kyle Bennett, Bryan Kilpatrick, Allen Long, Forress Rayford and Travis West.
*Through four games, Alabama has already played 11 "true" freshmen this season.
*That is a contrast to last season, when only five `"true freshmen" played for the Crimson Tide.
START ME UP
*The Crimson Tide has used nine first-time starters in the first four games of the 2004 season.
*The newest addition to the list of first-time starters is redshirt sophomore quarterback Marc Guillon, who made his first career start at Arkansas on Sept. 25.
*Another first-time starter, freshman wide receiver Matt Caddell, made his first collegiate start in the win over Western Carolina on Sept. 18.
*Alabama used three first-time starters in its 28-7 win over Ole Miss in its Southeastern Conference opener on Sept. 11.
*All three were on offense and included senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla) and freshmen wide receivers DJ Hall (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) and Keith Brown (Gulfport, Miss.).
*Hudson snapped a streak of 37 consecutive games without a start in the win over Ole Miss.
*In the Sept. 4 season opener with Utah State, Alabama used four first-time starters, including two on offense and two on defense.
*On offense, Alabama employed two first-time starters, including Kyle Tatum (RT) and Tyrone Prothro (WR).
*On defense two more players made their first career starts, including junior Rudy Griffin (LDT) and junior Juke King (SLB).
*King subbed for the injured preseason All-American DeMeco Ryans, who saw limited action while still trying to completely heal from a preseason ankle sprain.
*Ryans and Anthony Bryant were not in the starting lineup in the 2004 season opener to snap their lengthy starting streaks with the Crimson Tide.
*Ryans suffered an ankle injury on Aug. 21 and saw limited action as a backup linebacker in the Utah State, which ended his streak of 14 consecutive starts for the Tide.
*Bryant lost his starting job to Griffin in the preseason and saw his streak end at 13 consecutive starts.
*Another streak will ended Sept. 25 as Brodie Croyle's modest eight-game streak will be snapped due to a season-ending injury.
*Only four current UA players have started 10 or more consecutive games entering Saturday's game against South Carolina.
*Senior Evan Mathis has now made 39 consecutive starts for Alabama, the longest active streak on the team.
*Mathis' first career start came at South Carolina on Sept. 29, 2001 and he started 35 straight games at the right tackle position.
*He moved to left guard in this spring and has started all four games this season to extend his streak to 39 consecutive starts.
*Mathis' right tackle position is now anchored by sophomore Kyle Tatum, who switched from the defensive line to the offensive line this spring.
*Junior free safety Roman Harper and junior strong safety Charlie Peprah have logged 18 straight starts, while senior cornerback Anthony Madison has started 17 consecutive games.
*Senior Chris James (LCB) has played more games (41) than anyone on the Alabama team without at least one career start.
*Senior Carlos Andrews (FS) has also played in 41 games in his Alabama career, but has started only once.
ALABAMA GAME RECAPS:
Here is a brief notebook from each of the Crimson Tide's football games this season.
ALABAMA 48, Utah State 17 (Sept. 4)
Alabama improves to 85-21-3 all-time in season openers ... Alabama has won three straight season openers ... The 48 points against Utah State are the most points in a season opener since Alabama beat Cal 66-0 on Sept. 15, 1973 at Legion Field ... Alabama has scored 40 or more points in back-to-back season openers for the first time since 1941-42 ... During those two years, Alabama whipped Southwestern Louisiana 47-6 in 1941 and 54-0 in 1942 ... Utah State was the Crimson Tide's 117th different opponent ... The win over Utah State snaps a five-game losing streak to first-time opponents at Bryant-Denny Stadium ... The streak included losses to Central Florida (2000), UCLA (2001), Auburn (2002), Oklahoma (2003) and Northern Illinois (2003) ... Alabama posted its 150th all-time win in the month of September ... The win over Utah State improved Alabama to 3-0 all-time on Sept. 4th ...
ALABAMA 28, Ole Miss 7 (Sept. 11)
The Crimson Tide improved to 46-20-2 (.691) all-time record in SEC openers since the league was formed in 1933 ... Alabama has now won 13 consecutive SEC openers, dating back to 1992 ... The current 13-game winning streak in SEC openers, includes 10 wins over Vanderbilt (1992-2001) and one win over Arkansas (2002), Kentucky (2003) and Ole Miss (2004) ... Alabama is now 9-2 (.818) in SEC openers against Ole Miss ... Alabama earned its sixth straight home win against Ole Miss, dating back to 1992 ... In its last three home wins, Alabama has beaten Ole Miss by a combined 115-21 score ... In addition to this year's 28-7 win, the Crimson Tide also posted a 42-7 win in 2002 and a 45-7 win in 2000 ... The three losses to Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium are the only three times a David Cutcliffe-coached team has lost by 20 or more points ...
ALABAMA 52, Western Carolina 0 (Sept. 18)
This was the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Western Carolina... Western Carolina was Alabama's 118th different football opponent and second this season ... Alabama opened the 2004 season against another first-time foe Utah State ... The 2004 season marks the fifth consecutive year that Alabama has played two teams for the first time in its history ... Bama has compiled an 87-29-2 (.746) all-time record against first-time opponents, including a 73-21-1 (.774) mark in regular season games ... Alabama improved to 4-0 (1.000) all-time against I-AA teams since the division of football was formed in 1978 ... The Western Carolina game was Alabama's first against a I-AA opponent in 10 years ... The last meeting with a I-AA school took place on Sept. 3, 1994 as the Crimson Tide opened the season with a 42-13 win over UT Chattanooga ... Alexander City native and current NFL star Terrell Owens played in the game for the Mocs ... Alabama is now 9-1 (.900) all-time against teams from the state of North Carolina ... Alabama is 7-0 at home against teams from the Tar Heel state ... In games played on Sept. 18th, UA is now 5-3 (.625) ...
Arkansas 27, ALABAMA 10 (Sept. 25)
Alabama saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at Arkansas ... The Alabama game captains were senior guard Danny Martz (Gaithersburg, Md.), junior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (Bessemer) and sophomore linebacker Terrence Jones (Northport) ... Redshirt sophomore quarterback Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) made his first start at quarterback, subbing for the injured Brodie Croyle (season-ending ACL surgery) ... Arkansas was penalized once for five yards in the win over Alabama ... Arkansas has now won back-to-back games with Alabama for only the second time (1997-98 and 2003-04) in series history ... Alabama falls to 1-5 (.167) in road games under coach Shula ... Alabama closed out the month of September with a 3-1 record ... Bama is also 18-13 (.580) in its last 31 games in the month ... In games played on Sept. 25, Alabama is now 10-2 (.833), including a 5-1 mark in SEC games ... The 27-10 loss at Arkansas snapped a seven-game winning streak on Sept. 25 ... Senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla.) had 20 carries for 170 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Arkansas ... The 20 rushing attempts and 170 yards are both career highs for the senior ... Bama threw its first interception of the 2004 season (78 pass attempts) when Guillon was picked off by Michael Coe at the Arkansas 47-yard line ... Junior free safety Roman Harper (Prattville) recorded his second interception of the season and third of his career when he picked off a Matt Jones pass at the Alabama 48-yard line with seven minutes left in the first quarter ... Alabama recorded three sacks in the loss at Arkansas, marking the first time in four games this season that Jones had been sacked ... Freshman cornerback Simeon Castille (Birmingham) did not play against Arkansas ...
Alabama is tied for first in the SEC in turnover margin (+4) and ranks second in the SEC in rushing offense (248.5), second in time of possession (34:05), third in scoring offense (34.5) and third in total offense (414.0) ... Dating back to last season, Alabama's last four wins have been by an average of 35.5 points ... Those four wins have come against Miss. State (38-0), Utah State (48-17), Ole Miss (28-7) and Western Carolina (52-0) ... In the Shula era, the Crimson Tide's average margin of victory in its seven wins is 28.0 points per game ... Alabama seeks its fourth straight win at Bryant-Denny Stadium ... Alabama is 7-for-12 (.583) on third down conversions in the third quarter this season ... Alabama has scored 48 second-quarter points, the most in any quarter this year ... The Crimson Tide has averaged more than 10 minutes time of possession in the second quarter this season ... Alabama has scored in 12 of 16 quarters this season ... UA was shutout in the second half last week at Arkansas ... Alabama is 14-for-16 (.875) in the "red zone" this season, with 10 touchdowns ... Alabama has 15 plays this season of 25 or more yards and seven plays of 40 or more yards ... Bama ranks second in the SEC with 18 touchdowns this season ... Arkansas leads the league with 22 TDs ...
Bama is second to Arkansas in rushing TDs (9) this year ... Alabama has scored via the rush, pass, interception return and punt return ... Alabama's 98-yard scoring drive against Ole Miss (10 plays, 5:24 TOP) is the longest in the SEC this season ... Alabama had two scoring drive of 85 yards or more in the Ole Miss game ... Alabama has four scoring drives over five minutes this season and nine scoring drives under two minutes ... UA has only five turnovers in four games thus far ... Alabama has thrown just one interception in 97 pass attempts ... Alabama's first interception of the season did not come until the Arkansas (Sept. 25) game, to snap a string of 78 passes without an interception ... UA opponents have not converted a turnover into points this season ... Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina are the only three SEC teams not to allow a score following its own turnover ...
Alabama ranks second in the SEC in total defense (245.5), third in rushing defense (107.5), third in pass defense (138.0), third in sacks (9) and fourth in scoring defense (12.8) ... The Crimson Tide is also among the NCAA leaders in total defense (8th), rushing defense (10th), scoring defense (12th) and pass efficiency defense (13th) ... UA has allowed only 29 total passing yards during the second half of its last two games ... Western Carolina managed only 23 passing yards in the second half and did not complete a pass in the third quarter in a 52-0 loss ... Arkansas managed only six passing yards in the second half, all in the third quarter, in its 27-10 win over Alabama ... Alabama has forced nine turnovers this season ... UA has scored on six of those turnovers, resulting in 38 points, including a 31-yard interception return by Simeon Castille in the season opener against Utah State ... Bama has allowed only eight plays this season of 25 or more yards ... UA opponents are 5-for-7 (.714) in the "red zone", including five TDs ... Arkansas was a perfect 4-for-4 in the "red zone", with four TDs ... The UA defense has pitched a shutout in 10 of 16 quarters this season ... In a three-game stretch with Ole Miss, Western Carolina and Arkansas, the Alabama defense allowed only 14 points in 11 quarters ... Alabama is the only team in the SEC with at least one shutout in each of the last three seasons ... Alabama has forced 31 three-and-outs this season, second-best in the SEC (LSU, 32) ...
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTEBOOK:
Alabama leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally in kickoff returns (31.1) this season ... Senior kicker Brian Bostick has made all 22 kicks (18 PATs, 4 FGs) this season ... Bostick is fifth in the SEC in scoring with 7.5 points per game and third among kickers ... Bostick is tied for third in field goals per game (1.0) and tied for first in highest PAT percentage ... Senior punter Bo Freelend (Eutaw) is second in the SEC in punting average (41.8) and net punting (40.2) ... Redshirt freshman Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) handles the kickoffs for the Tide ... Christensen has eight touchbacks in 26 kickoffs this season ... Freshman Marcel Stamps (Brantley) had a blocked punt return (29 yards) for a touchdown against Western Carolina ...
THE ALABAMA-SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES
*Alabama leads the overall series with South Carolina 9-2 (.818) since the first meeting in 1937.
*The Crimson Tide has actually won 10 games against the Gamecocks, but the 17-6 win in 1993 was later forfeited by NCAA sanctions.
*The Crimson Tide reeled off 10 straight on-the-field wins in the series before the Gamecocks claimed their first series win in the last meeting.
*In that game, South Carolina scored a pair of touchdowns in the final eight minutes to post a 37-36 come-from-behind win over Alabama on Sept. 29, 2001. The Gamecocks first win in series history brought down the goal posts at Williams-Brice Stadium.
*The two teams first met on Oct. 9, 1937 here in Tuscaloosa with Alabama posting a 20-0 win.
*The Crimson Tide scored in each of the first three quarters on a wet Denny Stadium field en route to the win over the Gamecocks.
*Joe Kilgrow scored the first touchdown and kicked the extra point for the first quarter lead.
*Kilgrow hooked up with Silas Beard on a 41-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 13-0 lead.
*Hal Hughes capped the scoring with a one-yard plunge following a Carolina fumble and Kilgrow made the extra point for the 20-0 win.
*In fact, the first three Alabama wins in the series were shutouts as the Crimson Tide won by a combined 104-0 count.
*Overall, Alabama has recorded five shutouts in the series.
*Alabama and South Carolina are meeting for just the third time since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992.
*This is the first meeting between the two schools at Bryant-Denny Stadium since a 27-17 Alabama win on Sept. 30, 2000.
*Alabama has never lost at home to South Carolina, posting an 8-0 record here in the state of Alabama.
*The Crimson Tide also owns a 7-0 record against the Gamecocks here in Tuscaloosa, with all seven games taking place here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
South Carolina 37, Alabama 36 (2001)
*South Carolina scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the game for a 37-36 come-from-behind win over Alabama, its first win in the series 12-game history.
*Phil Petty's seven-yard touchdown pass to Rod Trafford with 2:18 left in the game put the Gamecocks ahead for the first time in the game.
*The winning drive covered 56 yards in four plays following Alabama's second consecutive three-and-out on offense.
*USC had pulled to within 36-30 at the 6:28 mark when Derek Watson capped a six-play, 65-yard drive with a two-yard run.
*Alabama settled for a pair of first quarter field goals to take a 6-0 lead. Senior kicker Neal Thomas connected on kicks of 19 and 29 yards as Bama took a 6-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game.
*USC's Daniel Weaver cut the lead in half with a 43-yard field goal with 14:42 left in second quarter.
*Tyler Watts, who ran for 162 yards in the loss, threw a 31-yard TD pass to Jason McAddley as Alabama built a 13-3 lead.
*Carolina pulled back to within three when Petty connected with Brian Scott on a 41-yard strike with 9:49 left in the half.
*Alabama scored the next 10 points and took a 23-10 lead into the dressing room.
*Watts scored on an eight-yard run and Thomas booted a 24-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
*South Carolina then rallied for 27 second-half points for the comeback win.
*Petty opened the scoring with a nine-yard pass to Ryan Brewer to pull USC to within six points at 23-17.
*Alabama answered on its next possession and took a 29-17 lead with 8:39 left in the third quarter as Ahmaad Galloway capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a three-yard TD run.
*Alabama coach Dennis Franchione opted for a two-point conversion, but Tyler Watts' pass fell incomplete. The decision to go for two loomed large in the one-point loss.
*Andrew Pinnock's one-yard run with 1:40 left in the third quarter closed the gap to 29-24, but Alabama again answered and built its second 12-point lead of the second half.
*Watts' nine-yard run capped a five-play, 48-yard drive as UA took a 36-24 lead with just over nine minutes to play.
*Petty then engineered the Gamecocks first-ever win over Alabama with two late scoring drives.
*The USC quarterback finished the game by completing 19 of 33 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
*His counterpart, UA's Watts completed 20 of 25 passes for 231 yards and one TD. Watts also added 162 rushing yards and two TDs in the loss. He finished the day with 393 yards of total offense and three scores.
ALABAMA-CAROLINA SERIES NOTES
*There are no players on the Alabama roster from the state of South Carolina.
*South Carolina has twin brothers on its roster from the state of Alabama. Dustin (6-5, 255) and Jordin (6-4, 228) Lindsey from Mobile's Davidson High School.
*South Carolina president Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen is the former president of The University of Alabama (1996-2002).
*Arkansas head coach Lou Holtz is 2-3 (.400) in his head coaching career against Alabama.
*Including two years as an assistant coach at South Carolina (1966-67), Holtz is 2-5 (.286) all-time against the Crimson Tide.
LOU HOLTZ VERSUS ALABAMA
Year Result School
1966 Alabama 24, S. Carolina 0 USC Asst.
1967 Alabama 17, S. Carolina 0 USC Asst.
1980 Alabama 24, Arkansas 9 Ark HC
1986 Alabama 28, Notre Dame 10 ND HC
1987 Notre Dame 37, Alabama 6 ND HC
2000 Alabama 27, S. Carolina 17 USC HC
2001 S. Carolina 37, Alabama 36 USC HC
*Alabama head coach Mike Shula will be the sixth different Alabama head coach to go up against Holtz in his 38-year head coaching career.
*Bama coaches are 3-2 (.600) against the legendary coach.
LOU HOLTZ VERSUS ALABAMA COACHES
Year UA Head Coach Result
1979 Paul Bryant L, 24-9 (Sugar Bowl)
1986 Ray Perkins L, 28-10
1987 Bill Curry W, 37-6
2000 Mike DuBose L, 27-17
2001 Dennis Franchione W, 37-36
2004 Mike Shula TBA
*This will be the first head-to-head meeting between Shula and Holtz as head coaches.
*However, Shula is the only Alabama quarterback to beat Notre Dame as he led Bama to a 28-10 win over the Holtz-coached Fighting Irish on Oct. 4, 1986 at Legion Field.
*In the Crimson Tide's only series win over the Fighting Irish, Shula completed 15 of 23 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns. He threw touchdown passes to Al Bell (52 and 22 yards) and Howard Cross (11 yards) in the win.
*In 1976, Holtz was the head coach of the New York Jets and lost both games to the Miami Dolphins, coached by Mike's father and the NFL's all-time winningest head coach Don Shula.
*The Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 16-0 on Sept. 26 in Miami and 27-7 on Nov. 7 in New York.
*The Jets rookie quarterback that season was former Alabama great Richard Todd (1973-75).
*Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods is a former head coach (1989-93) at South Carolina.
*Woods posted a 24-28-3 (.463) record with the Gamecocks and twice lost to Alabama in his career.
*Alabama handed USC a 48-7 loss on Oct. 3, 1992 here in Tuscaloosa, the first season of SEC football for the Gamecocks.
*The two teams met again the next season in Columbia (Oct. 2, 1993) with Alabama winning 17-6.
*Alabama graduate assistant and former All-SEC center Paul Hogan's older brother Ben played for coach Sparky Woods at South Carolina from 1990-92.
*Alabama's 17-6 win over South Carolina on Oct. 2, 1993 tied the school record 28-game winning streak. The streak was snapped in the next game with a 17-17 tie against Tennessee at Legion Field.
*Alabama's 27-17 win over South Carolina on Sept. 30, 2000 was the school's 1,000th all-time regular-season win.
*In the Crimson Tide's 37-36 loss at South Carolina, UA quarterback Tyler Watts recorded 393 total yards (162 rushing, 231 passing) against the Gamecocks.
*Watts' 393 total yards are the second-most in school history behind Scott Hunter's 457 yards (484 passing, -27 rushing) against Auburn in 1969.
*Alabama has had four 100-yard rushers against South Carolina, including Watts (162 yards, 2001), Chris Anderson (120 yards, 1992), Sherman Williams (106 yards, 1993) and Derrick Lassic (100 yards, 1992).
*Alabama has never had a 100-yard receiver against the Gamecocks,
HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE
*The Alabama-South Carolina football game this Saturday night will feature 89 years of head coaching experience on the sidelines.
*Obviously, South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz owns the bulk of those years with 33 seasons as head coach at the collegiate level.
*Holtz has served as head coach at William and Mary (1969-71), North Carolina State (1972-75), Arkansas (1977-83), Minnesota (1984-85), Notre Dame (1986-96) and South Carolina (1999-present).
*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is in his second year as head coach of the Crimson Tide after a lengthy career as an NFL assistant coach and coordinator.
*Both Alabama and South Carolina have three assistant coaches that have been head coaches at one time or another in their careers.
*The three South Carolina assistants have a combined 30 years of head coaching experience.
CAROLINA ASSISTANTS AS HEAD COACHES
Coach School Years
Ron Cooper Eastern Michigan 1993-94
Alabama A&M 1995-97
Rick Minter Cincinnati 1994-2003
Dave Roberts Western Kentucky 1984-88
Northeast Louisiana 1989-93
*The three Alabama assistants have a combined 24 years of head coaching experience, including Spark Woods' five-year tenure as head coach at South Carolina.
ALABAMA ASSISTANTS AS HEAD COACHES
Coach School Years
Joe Kines Arkansas 1992
Dave Rader Tulsa 1988-99
Sparky Woods Appalachian State 1983-88
South Carolina 1989-93
*Alabama's on campus home since 1929, Bryant-Denny Stadium is one of college football's most scenic venues.
*The 2004 season marks the 75th anniversary of Bryant-Denny Stadium and Denny Chimes, two of the campus' more famous landmarks.
*The Crimson Tide has compiled an all-time record of 192-38-3 (.830) in 233 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*The stadium was originally named for former University of Alabama President Dr. George H. Denny. Denny, who was named UA President on Jan. 1, 1912, began an extraordinary career that spanned almost a quarter of a century.
*Bryant-Denny Stadium and Denny Chimes (located on the UA quadrangle) stand as reminders to Denny's legacy to the Capstone.
*In 1976, the State of Alabama Legislature and the UA Board of Trustees added coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's name to the stadium, thus calling Alabama's football home Bryant-Denny Stadium.
ALL-TIME TUSCALOOSA RECORD
In addition to its impressive record at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-present), Alabama has made Tuscaloosa a very difficult place to play for opposing football teams.
*Alabama has compiled a 277-51-3 (.841) record in 331 all-time games in Tuscaloosa.
*Alabama is 3-0 this season here at Bryant Denny Stadium and seeks its first four-game Tuscaloosa winning streak since the 1999-2000 seasons when UA won five straight games.
*Alabama has not won four straight games here at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the same season since the 1996 team won all four games here in Tuscaloosa.
*Alabama was 2-5 (.286) here in Tuscaloosa last season and is 6-7 (.462) here during the 2002-03 seasons.
*Since 1997, Alabama is just 20-18 (.526) here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*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 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 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 in Tuscaloosa.
*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.
EAST AND WEST
Since the SEC split into two divisions prior to the 1992 season, Alabama has compiled a 61-35-1 (.634) record in regular-season conference games.
*Factor in the Tide's five appearances in the SEC Championship game and UA's record is 63-38-1 (.623) against SEC teams.
*Alabama has compiled a 39-22 (.639) regular season record against SEC Western Division teams since 1992.
*Alabama has compiled a 22-13-1 (.625) regular season record against SEC Eastern Division teams since 1992.
ALABAMA ON THE TUBE
*Alabama has compiled a 150-94-5 (.612) all-time record on television since its first televised game in 1951.
*The South Carolina game will be Alabama's 250th all-time television appearance since 1951.
*The South Carolina game will also be Alabama's third television appearance of the season.
*Bama will make its fourth appearance next week (Oct. 9) when they visit the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. The game will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports beginning at 11:30 a.m. (CT).
*Last year's Ole Miss game (Oct. 18, 2003) marked Alabama's 200th televised regular-season game.
*The Crimson Tide has compiled a 125-78-3 (.614) record in 206 regular-season TV games.
*Alabama has compiled a 312-97-16 (.753) all-time record in 425 games in the month of October.
*Since 1983, Alabama is 42-27 (.609) in the month of October.
*Alabama has posted a 12-13 (.480) in the month of October since the 1997 season.
*The Crimson Tide has lost nine of its last 14 games in the month of October, including a three-game losing streak.
*The Crimson Tide has had a losing record in the month of October in four (1997, 2001, 2001 and 2003) of the last seven years.
*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.
ON THIS DATE
*Alabama has compiled a 12-1-1 (.893) all-time record in games played on October 2nd.
*The South Carolina game is the first game played on this date since Alabama posted a thrilling 40-39 overtime over No. 3 ranked Florida in the swamp in 1999.
*Alabama is 10-0-1 (.945) at home on this date.
*Alabama defeated South Carolina 17-6 on Oct. 2, 1993 in Columbia.
*The Crimson Tide has a three-game winning streak on this date.
*Alabama has not lost a game on this date since suffering a 21-0 loss at Georgia in 1976.
Games Played on Oct. 2nd
Year Result Site
1909 Alabama 16, Union 0 Tuscaloosa
1915 Alabama 44, Howard 0 Tuscaloosa
1920 Alabama 49, Marion 0 Tuscaloosa
1925 Alabama 50, Bham Southern 7 Tuscaloosa
1926 Alabama 54, Millsaps 0 Tuscaloosa
1937 Alabama 65, Sewanee 0 Tuscaloosa
1948 Alabama 14, Vanderbilt 14 Mobile
1954 Alabama 28, Vanderbilt 14 Mobile
1965 Alabama 17, Ole Miss 16 Birmingham
1971 Alabama 40, Ole Miss 6 Birmingham
1976 Georgia 21, Alabama 0 Athens
1982 Alabama 34, Arkansas State 7 Birmingham
1993 Alabama 17, South Carolina 6 Columbia
1999 Alabama 40, Florida 39 (ot) Gainesville
BAMA COACHES IN OCTOBER
*Here is the all-time coaching records in the month of October.
*Coach Thomas Kelley posted a perfect 13-0 (1.000) record in October during his three seasons as head coach of the Crimson Tide.
*To no surprise, legendary coach Paul Bryant has the school's best October record posting a 92-12-5 (.867) slate in 109 games in
*Bryant directed Alabama to a 28-game unbeaten streak in the month of October from Oct. 9, 1976 through Oct. 16, 1982.
*In fact, Bryant posted a phenomenal 50-1-1 (.971) record in his last 52 games in October as Bama's head coach.
All-Time October Coaching Record
Eli Abbott 3-2
Otto Waggonhurst 1-1
W.A. Martin 1-0
M. Griffin 2-0
M.H. Harvey 1-0
W.B. Blount 4-3
Jack Leavenworth 2-3
J.W.H. Pollard 12-3-1
Guy Lowman 2-2
D.V. Graves 10-6-1
Thomas Kelley 13-0
Xen Scott 13-3-2
Wallace Wade 29-4-1
Frank Thomas 52-11-3
Red Drew 20-11-5
J.B. Whitworth 1-11-1
Paul Bryant 92-12-5
Ray Perkins 9-7
Bill Curry 11-2
Gene Stallings 9-5
Mike DuBose 8-7
Dennis Franchione 3-3
Mike Shula 1-3