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Alabama Football Game Eight Notes: Ole Miss


Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Helmet Ole Miss

Helmet Alabama

Ole Miss Rebels (4-2, 2-0)
vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-4, 1-2)

October 18, 2003 • 11:33 a.m. CST (JP Sports)
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS



  • Alabama is playing its 350th all-time road game this Saturday in Oxford.
  • The Ole Miss game also marks Alabama's 200th all-time regular-season televised game.
  • Alabama's offense has generated a season-low number of plays in each of its last four games.
  • Senior RB Shaud Williams has all nine rushing TDs this season for Alabama and the last 10 dating back to last season.
  • Williams needs 106 all-purpose yards for 4,000 career all-purpose yards.
  • Williams is 178 yards shy of becoming the 10th player in UA history with 1,000 rushing yards in a single-season.
  • The Alabama defense has not allowed a touchdown in the last six quarters.
  • The Tide defense has held five of seven opponents this year to less than 100 rushing yards.
  • Junior punter Bo Freelend averaged 45.5 yards per kick against Southern Miss, including a 43.3 yard net average.
  • UA is the least penalized team in the SEC (43.1 yards/gm).


Playing just its second road game of the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-4, 1-2 SEC) travels to Oxford, Miss., this Saturday, Oct. 18 to face the Ole Miss Rebels (4-2, 2-0 SEC) in an SEC Western Division matchup at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field on the Ole Miss campus.  The game will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports and the kickoff is set for  11:33 a.m. (CST).  Alabama snapped a three-game losing streak last week with a 17-3 win over Southern Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Alabama ran the ball 50 times in the win over USM, led by Shaud Williams 170 rushing yards and two TDs.  Ole Miss is coming off an impressive 55-0 win over Arkansas State last weekend  in Oxford.  Handling the announcing duties for the Jefferson Pilot Sports telecast are Dave Neal (play-by-play), Dave Rowe (analyst) and Dave Baker (sideline). The game will also be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (color analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action.  


The University of Alabama is in its 109th football season and has compiled a 756-288-43 (.716) all-time record in 1,087 games. The Crimson Tide played its first football game on Nov. 11, 1892 with a 56-0 win over Birmingham High School in Birmingham. Alabama is fifth on the all-time victory list for Division I. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 SEC championships.  UA has also logged 27 10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school. UA also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl games (51) and wins (29).


Alabama head coach Mike Shula (3-4, .429) is making his head coaching debut during the 2003 season.  Shula previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami.  A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading Alabama to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn.  Ole Miss head coach David Cutcliffe (34-21, .618) is in his fifth season as the Rebels head coach.  He is the only coach in Ole Miss history to lead the Rebels to seven wins in each of his first four seasons.  Ole Miss is Cutcliffe's only head coaching position.  A native of Birmingham, Cutcliffe graduated from Banks HS and The University of Alabama (1976). 


Alabama leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 40-8-2 (.820) since the first meeting in 1894.  The Ole Miss series is the second-oldest series in the UA record books against active SEC teams.  Alabama has posted a 16-2 (.889) on-the-field record against Ole Miss since 1977, including last year's 42-7 win in Tuscaloosa.


Alabama returns home next Saturday, Oct. 25 to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The game will be televised by CBS Sports and kickof is set for 2:34 p.m. (CST).


Alabama will be playing just its second road game of the 2003 season as it travels to Ole Miss this weekend. 

*The Crimson Tide will hold a brief workout in Tuscaloosa on Friday afternoon before taking a chartered flight to Memphis.  The team will bus from Memphis to its road headquarters in Olive Branch, Miss.

*The Crimson Tide will stay at the Whispering Wood Hotel and Conference Center (662-895-2941) in Olive Branch.

*Alabama will bus back to Tuscaloosa immediately following Saturday's game with Ole Miss.


Alabama leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 40-8-2 (.820) since the first meeting in 1894.

*The Ole Miss series is the second-longest running series in the Alabama record book among active SEC teams.  The Alabama-Auburn series is the oldest series and was first contested in 1892, the first-year of football at the Capstone.

*The Crimson Tide and Rebels first met on Oct. 27, 1894 with Ole Miss taking a 6-0 win in Jackson.

*The 1894 game with Ole Miss was the ninth game in the history of Alabama football.

*Since 1977, Alabama has won 16 of the last 18 meetings with Ole Miss, including last year's 42-7 win in Tuscaloosa.

*In the last meeting here in Oxford (Oct. 13, 2001), Ole Miss snapped a 10-game series losing streak with a 27-24 win over Alabama. 

*It marked the Rebels first-ever win over the Crimson Tide in Oxford and first win in the state of Mississippi since Hoppy Langley booted a fourth-quarter field goal to give Ole Miss a 10-7 win in Jackson on Sept. 11, 1976.

*These two SEC rivals became permanent opponents in 1992 when the league split into two divisions.

*This will be the 12th consecutive year the Crimson Tide and Rebels have met in football.

*Prior to 1992, Alabama and Ole Miss played only 10 times in 20-year period. 

*The Crimson Tide's 19-14 win in Oxford during the 1993 season was later forfeited due to NCAA sanctions. 

*In 12 games from 1901-28, Alabama held Ole Miss to 25 total points, including 10 shutouts. The Crimson Tide defense pitched seven straight shutouts from 1915-28, outscoring the Rebels, 337-0. 


Alabama and Ole Miss have played at nine different sites in the series 51-game history, with the majority of those games coming in Tuscaloosa. 

*The two teams have played at four different sites in both Alabama and Mississippi, plus one neutral site.

* The Alabama sites include Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Mobile. 

*The Mississippi sites include Jackson, Columbus, Greenville and Oxford. 

*In addition, Alabama and Ole Miss met in the Jan. 1, 1963 Sugar Bowl at Tulane Stadium.


Site         Record        
Tuscaloosa   UA leads, 19-1
Birmingham   UA leads 7-0-1
Mobile       UA leads 1-0
Montgomery   UA leads 1-0

Jackson      UA leads 5-4-1
Columbus     UA leads 1-0
Oxford       UA leads 4-1
Greenville   UM leads 1-0

New Orleans  UA leads 1-0

*In games played in the state of Alabama, the Crimson Tide owns a 28-1-1 (.950) all-time series lead. 

*Ole Miss' only win in the state of Alabama was a 22-12 victory over the Crimson Tide on Oct. 8,  1988. 

*The Rebels spoiled Homecoming at the Capstone with that win as well as the dedication of the Paul W. Bryant Museum, which opened to the public that day for the first time.

*In games played in the state of Mississippi, the Crimson Tide owns a 10-6-1 (.618) lead.

*The Rebels 27-24 win over the Crimson Tide last season in Oxford was their first win in the state of Mississippi since Hoppy Langley kicked a game-winning field goal to lift the Rebels to a 10-7 win in Jackson in the 1976 season opener.


*Alabama defeated Ole Miss 22-7 on Oct. 5, 1929 in the first-ever game at what is now known as Bryant-Denny Stadium.   Denny Stadium opened in 1929 and has seen many renovation projects in its 74-year history.

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is making his head coaching coaching debut against Ole Miss.

*Shula's first game as an Alabama quarterback came in the Crimson Tide's 40-0 win over Ole Miss at Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 17, 1983.

*In his Alabama debut, Shula completed one of four passes for six yards and threw one interception in the shutout win over Ole Miss.

*Alabama recorded nine TFLs (-51), three sacks (-38) and 15 quarterback pressures in last year's win over Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa.

*Alabama also had seven pass deflections, including four by senior Gerald Dixon.

*Subbing for the injured Tyler Watts (left game in first quarter with an injury), Brodie Croyle completed 6 of 11 passes for 179 yards and one TD last year against Ole Miss.

*Split end Dre Fulgham had three catches for 87 yards, including a 51-yard TD reception, helping UA to a 42-7 win over Ole Miss in 2002.

*Linebacker Derrick Pope had six tackles and one TFL (-3) in last year's win.

*In his first game for the Crimson Tide, place kicker Kyle Robinson made all six extra point attempts in last year's win over Ole Miss.

*Safety Charles Jones led Alabama with nine tackles in last year's win over Ole Miss, including eight solo stops.

*Defensive end Nautyn McKay-Loescher had two tackles and one sack (-19) last year against Ole Miss.

*The Alabama roster contains four players from the state of Mississippi, including freshman receiver Arturo McDowell (Jackson), redshirt sophomore kicker Mike McLaughlin (Gautier), junior cornerback Thurman Ward (Starkville) and senior Cornelius Wortham (Calhoun City).

*Ole Miss Head Coach David Cutcliffe is an Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama.  A 1972 graduate of Banks High School in Birmingham, Cutcliffe came to the Capstone to play football but an injury kept him from participating in the sport. He earned his B.S. degree from Alabama in 1976.  Born Sept. 16, 1954, Cutcliffe spent three years as an assistant at Banks HS (1976-79), before taking over as head coach for the 1980-81 seasons.  Cutcliffe left Banks HS for a 17-year career as assistant coach under Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer at Tennessee.  He was named head coach at Ole Miss on Dec. 2, 1998, prior to the Rebels game with Texas Tech in the Independence Bowl.

*Ole Miss punter Cody Ridgeway (Jackson, Tenn.) is the son of former Alabama place kicker Danny Ridgeway.  The elder Ridgeway played at Alabama from 1973-75, winning three SEC championships and one national title.  The elder Ridgeway converted 71-of-75 PATs and 7-of-9 FGs in his career for a total of 92 points.

*Cutcliffe is 1-3 (.250) as head coach against Alabama, leading the Rebels to a 27-24 win during the 2001 season in Oxford.


Alabama and Ole Miss have had many memorable moments since the series began during the 1894 season.  Here are some of the highlights.

*Alabama posted an 18-game unbeaten streak against the Rebels from 1912-67, a span of 55 years.  The Tide won 12 consecutive games during the streak, including nine shutouts. 

Alabama 12, Ole Miss 7
Jan. 1, 1964 (Sugar Bowl)

Tim Davis kicked four field goals to lead Alabama to a 12-7 win over SEC rival Ole Miss at the 1964 Sugar Bowl at Tulane Stadium.  Davis kicked field goals of 31, 46,  22 and 48 yards to earn MVP honors on a snow-covered field.

Ole Miss 10, Alabama 8 (Oct. 5, 1968)
(Mississippi Memorial Stadium)

Sophomore quarterback Archie Manning led Ole Miss to its first win over Alabama in 58 years with a 10-8 victory in Jackson.  Manning completed 11 of 26 passes for 129 yards in the win. Manning's 6-yard TD pass to Shows in the second quarter was the game's only offensive TD.  Alabama cut the lead to 10-8 in the fourth quarter when Mike Reilly recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.  Prior to 1968, Ole Miss had not beaten Alabama since a 16-0 win in Greenville in 1910, although the teams had played only 19 times.

Alabama 33, Ole Miss 32
Oct. 4, 1969 (Legion Field, Birmingham)

In one of the greatest games in college football history, Alabama out-dueled Ole Miss 33-32 at Birmingham's Legion Field and a national TV (ABC) audience.  Alabama's Scott Hunter led the Crimson Tide to a thrilling one-point win over Ole Miss junior Archie Manning.  Hunter completed 22 of 29 passes for 300 yards, including the game-winning 14-yard TD pass to Meridian, Miss., native George Ranager with 3:42 left in the game.  Manning was less than disappointing in defeat, completing 33 of 52 passes for a then school-record 436 yards in the loss.  The 33 completions, 436 passing yards and 609 yards of total offense all stood as records against the Alabama defense until the 2001 season against LSU.

Ole Miss 10, Alabama 7 (Sept. 11, 1976)
(Mississippi Memorial Stadium)

Ole Miss' Hoppy Langley drilled a game-winning FG in the fourth quarter to lead the Rebels to a 10-7 win in the 1976 season opener.  The loss was the first SEC loss by the Crimson Tide since a 17-16 setback to Auburn to close the 1972 season.  The Crimson Tide had won 20 consecutive SEC games. 

Ole Miss 22, Alabama 12 (Oct. 8, 1988)
(Bryant-Denny Stadium) (HC)

Ole Miss shocked a Homecoming crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 22-12 win over the Crimson Tide.  It was the Rebels first-ever win in the state of Alabama.  The game also came on the dedication and grand opening of the Paul W. Bryant Museum.

Alabama 62, Ole Miss 27 (Oct. 7, 1989)
(Mississippi Memorial Stadium)

In one of the most bizarre turnarounds ever, Alabama spotted Ole Miss a 21-0 lead before pulling out a 62-27 win.  The Crimson Tide scored 41 second quarter points en route to 62 unanswered points en route to the win over the Rebels at Jackson's Mississippi Memorial Stadium. 

Alabama 20, Ole Miss 17 (Oct. 10, 1998)
(Bryant-Denny Stadium) (OT)

Ryan Pflugner's overtime FG gave the Crimson Tide a 20-17 win over Ole Miss in 1998, the first overtime win in school history.

Ole Miss 27, Alabama 24 (Oct. 13, 2001)
(Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium)

Sophomore quarterback Eli Manning directed two fourth-quarter scoring drive to led Ole Miss to a 27-24 come-from-behind win over Alabama.  It was the Rebels first-ever win over the Crimson Tide in Oxford and first win in the state of  Mississippi since 1976.  Manning completed 22 of 41 passes for 325 yards for the win. Manning's three-yard TD pass to Joe Gunn with 46 seconds left in the game capped a fourth quarter comeback that saw Ole Miss erase a 24-14 deficit. 

Alabama 42, Ole Miss 7 (Oct. 12, 2002)
(Bryant-Denny Stadium)

Junior Santonio Beard ran 13 times for 138 yards and tied an Alabama record with five rushing touchdowns as the Crimson Tide posted a lopsided 42-7 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Tuscaloosa.  Beard scored on runs of 25 and 35 yards to stake the Crimson Tide to a 14-7 first quarter lead.  Brodie Croyle's 51-yard pass to Dre Fuglham made a 21-7 game at halftime.  Beard scored three more times in the second half, including a pair of fourth quarter runs.


Here is the statistical comparison between Alabama and Ole Miss entering Saturday's game.


Category               BAMA         MISS
Points Scored          167          237
 Average               23.9         39.5
Points Allowed         147          145
 Average               21.0         24.2

Rushing Yards          168.0        170.0
Passing Yards          175.0        335.8
Total Offense          343.0        505.8

Rushing Defense        95.9         82.5
Passing Defense        217.7        345.5
Total Defense          313.6        427.5

Turnovers              10           11
 Fumbles               4            5
 Interceptions         6            6

Penalties Per Game     5.1          7.3
 Average Yards         43.1         59.2

Punting (No-Avg)       38-1416      21-881
Punting Avg            37.3         42.0
Net Punting            33.7         37.9

Time of Possession     30:18        31:05
Third Down Conv.       37-103 (36%) 37-80 (46%)
Fourth Down Conv.      8-13 (.62%)  4-5 (80%)
Sacks By               18-122       9-60

Shaud Williams (UA)     150-822-9
Ray Hudson (UA)         52-229-0

Tremaine Turner (UM)    58-278-1
Ronald McClendon (UM)   33-225-1
Vashon Pearson (UM)     44-220-4

PASSING LEADERS         Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD
Brodie Croyle (UA)      86-161-4-1076-6
Brandon Avalos (UA)     5-15-1-18-0

Eli Manning (UM)        138-221-6-1897-14

Triandos Luke (UA)      23-295-3
Dre Fulgham (UA)        16-287-3

Chris Collins (UM)      38-535-3
Mike Espy (UM)          20-367-2

PUNTING                 No-Yds-Avg-Blk
Bo Freelend (UA)        36-1416-39.3-2

Cody Ridgeway (UM)      21-881-42.0-0

PUNT RETURNS            No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)     15-107-7.1-1

Mike Espy (UM)          18-111-6.2-0

KICKOFF RETURNS         No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Ray Hudson (UA)         8-162-20.2-0
Ramzee Robinson (UA)    7-130-18.6-0

Ronald McClendon (UM)   15-364-24.3-0

LEADING TACKLERS        Solo-Ast-Total
DeMeco Ryans (UA)       47-38-85
Roman Harper (UA)       50-22-72
Freddie Roach (UA)      34-26-60

Eric Oliver (UM)        35-11-46
Jesse Mitchell (UM)     17-15-32
Travis Blanchard (UM)   26-6-32

SACKS LEADERS           Sacks-Yds Lost
Antwan Odom (UA)        5 (-36)
N. McKay-Loescher (UA)  3 (-29)
Derrick Pope (UA)       3 (-23)

Charlie Anderson (UM)   3- (-27)


Alabama has compiled a 148-88-5 (.624) all-time record on television in since its first televised game in 1951. 

*The Crimson Tide has made 241 television appearances since 1951. 

*The Ole Miss game will be Alabama's 200th televised regular-season game.  The Crimson Tide has compiled a 124-72-3 (.631) in those previous 199 regular-season TV games.

*The Ole Miss game is being televised regionally by SEC syndicator Jefferson Pilot Sports. 

*This is Alabama's first appearance on JP Sports since a 39-24 win over Middle Tennessee in the 2002 season opener at Legion Field.

*Alabama is 18-9 (.667) all-time in games televised by JP Sports, including a 5-4 (.556) road record.

*The Ole Miss game is Alabama's sixth televised game of the season. 

*Alabama first three games were all televised by ESPN, with the Oklahoma and Kentucky games aired in primetime.

*Alabama has also had two games -- Arkansas and Georgia -- shown nationally by CBS Sports.

*The Crimson Tide has also had two pay-per-view telecasts this season, including Northern Illinois and Southern Miss.

*The Alabama-Tennessee game (Oct. 25) will also be televised by CBS Sports.

*The 2003 season opener with South Florida (2:07 pm kickoff) drew a 26.9 rating in the Birmingham market.

*On a national scale, Coach Mike Shula's debut was the highest rated sporting event on network or cable television during the Labor Day weekend holiday.

*Alabama made nine television appearances last season.

*Following its win over South Florida, Alabama is 12-5 (.706) in televised season openers since 1960.

*The South Florida game marked the seventh straight year the season opener has been televised.