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Alabama Football Game Nine Notes: Tennessee


One of Southern Football's Greatest Rivalries Takes Center Stage
Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Brodie Croyle
Brodie Croyle

Helmet Alabama

Helmet Tennessee

Alabama Crimson Tide (3-5, 1-3) vs.
Tennessee Volunteers (4-2, 2-2)

October 25, 2003 • 2:34 p.m. CDT (CBS Sports)
Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL



  • The Tennessee series is the second-most played series in the UA record book.
  • Bama and Tennessee are meeting for just the sixth time here in Tuscaloosa, with UT holding 3-2 series lead.
  • The Vols have won the last two Tuscaloosa meetings and look to become the first team ever to win three straight games against Alabama here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • The Crimson Tide has not beaten the Vols in the state of Alabama since 1991.
  • UA has not won back-to-back games in the series since 1991-92.
  • Shaud Williams is 115 rushing yards shy of 1,000 yards for the 2003 season.
  • Williams leads the SEC in rushing attempts (168), yards (885) and TDs (10).
  • Dre Fulgham is 67 yards shy of 1,000 career receiving yards.
  • Triandos Luke is 42 yards shy of 1,000 receiving yards.
  • Bo Freelend has averaged 47.8 yards per punt in his last three games.
  • DeMeco Ryans leads the SEC with 90 tackles this season.


One of Southern football's greatest and most colorful rivalries takes place this Saturday in Tuscaloosa when the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-5, 1-3 SEC) hosts the No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (4-2, 2-2 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The annual Tennessee-Alabama game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports with kickoff slated for 2:34 p.m. (CDT) on the Alabama campus.  The Crimson Tide is coming off a 43-28 loss at Ole Miss last Saturday, while Tennessee had its second open date of the 2003 season. Alabama and Tennessee have met on a yearly basis since 1928, with the exception of 1943.  This will be just the sixth meeting on the Alabama campus, with UT holding a 3-2 series lead, including wins in its last two trips to Tuscaloosa.  Handling the announcing duties for CBS Sports are Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Jill Arrington (sideline). The game will also be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (color analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action.  


The University of Alabama is in its 109th football season and has compiled a 757-289-43 (.716) all-time record in 1,089 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 (3-5, .375) 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.  Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer (107-26, .805) is in his 12th season at the helm of the Volunteers football program.  A 1972 UT graduate, Fulmer's career record rank second nationally among active head coaches.  Fulmer has guided the Vols to three SEC Championship game appearances, winning the league title in 1997 and 1998.  Fulmer also led the Vols to the 1998 national championship, following a win over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl. 


Alabama leads the all-time series with Tennessee, 43-35-7 (.547), dating back to a 6-6 tie here in Tuscaloosa during the 1901 season.  The Crimson Tide snapped a seven-game series losing streak last year with 34-13 win in Knoxville.  Bama has not beaten Tennessee in the state of Alabama since a 24-19 victory at Legion Field on Oct. 19, 1991.


After nine consecutive games, Alabama finally has an open date next week (Nov. 1).  The Crimson Tide returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Mississippi State.  The game time has yet to be announced for the UA-MSU game in Starkville.


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

*One of the Crimson Tide's great football families will be presenting the game ball on Saturday against Tennessee, as Herb Hannah will run out the game ball.   Mr.  Hannah will also be signing autographs in the legends tent between Noon and 12:45 p.m. on the Quad.

*The Alabama men's (12:45-1:30 PM) and women's (Noon-12:45 PM) basketball teams will sign autographs in the Mayfield Dairy Tent this weekend.

*The Alabama men's and women's basketball team will host "Fan Jam, 2003" at Coleman Coliseum from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

*The Alabama women's softball team will host the Alabama Softball Alumni game at 10 a.m. at the UA Softball Complex.

*The men's and women's swimming and diving teams open the 2003-04 season Friday, Oct. 24 at home against LSU.


Alabama and Tennessee are meeting for the 86th time this Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide holds a 43-35-7 (.562) all-time series lead over the Volunteers in a series that dates back to the 1901 season.  The Crimson Tide snapped a seven-game series losing streak with last year's 34-13 win over the Volunteers in Knoxville. 

*The 2003 Alabama-Tennessee will mark just the sixth all-time meeting between these two Southern football powers in Tuscaloosa. 

*UT holds a narrow 3-2 (.600) series lead on the UA campus, including a two-game winning streak. 

Alabama-Tennessee Scores (Tuscaloosa)

Year   Results                 
1913   Alabama 6, Tuscaloosa 0
1928   Tennessee 15, Alabama 13
1930   Alabama 18, Tennessee 6
1999   Tennessee 21, Alabama 7
2001   Tennessee 35, Alabama 24

*The Crimson Tide has not beaten the Vols in the state of Alabama since a 24-19 win on Oct. 19,  1991 at Legion Field.


One of college football's most colorful series celebrates its 86th renewal this Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide hosts the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

*Alabama and Tennessee have met every year since 1928, with the exception of the 1943 season when neither school fielded a football team due to World War II. 

*Alabama leads the all-time series with Tennessee 43-33-7 (.562), including last year's 34-13 win at Neyland Stadium, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Vols.

*The Vols' seven-game winning streak was  the longest in series history against the Crimson Tide.  Tennessee also had a six-game unbeaten streak against Alabama from 1955-60, posting a 5-0-1 ledger.  

*The Vols seven-game winning streak (1995-2001) was also the longest by any opponent against Alabama.

*The very first meeting took place Nov. 28, 1901 in Birmingham, when the two schools played to a 6-6 deadlock. 

*Alabama posted a 9-1-1 record in the first 11 meetings with Tennessee, including seven shutouts, before the series was halted from 1915-27. 

*The series resumed on Oct. 20, 1928, the first of 66 consecutive meetings on the third Saturday in October, with Tennessee claiming a 15-13 win in Tuscaloosa. 

*Over the next 20 years (1928-48), the two teams would split 20 meetings, with both teams winning nine times and playing to a pair of ties. 

*The Big Orange, however, dominated the next decade, as UT posted an 8-3-1 record from 1949-60.  During that stretch, the Vols won four straight games (1955-58) and posted five shutouts in six years.

*Alabama ended Tennessee's six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) with a 34-3 win over the Vols in Birmingham during the 1961 season, Coach Paul Bryant's first national championship at Alabama.

*Since the 1950s, the series has been nothing but streaks.  After Tennessee's 8-3-1 record over a 12-year period, Alabama answered with a 5-0-1 mark from 1961-66. 

*Following Alabama's dramatic 11-10 win in Knoxville during the 1966 season, the Volunteers reeled off four straight wins from 1967-70. 

*Entering the 1971 game at Legion Field, the series was tied 23-23-7.  Alabama then won 11 consecutive games (1971-81) over Tennessee to gain the upper hand in the series.  The 11-game winning streak included a 27-0 win over the Vols in Knoxville marking the first shutout since a 35-0 over Tennessee in 1963. 

*The Vols snapped Bama's streak with a 35-28 win in Knoxville in 1982 and then won four consecutive games (1982-85) in the series. 

*Alabama ended that streak with a 56-28 win in Knoxville behind Bobby Humphrey's 217 rushing yards. 

*The 1986 victory was the first in the Tide's nine-game unbeaten streak from 1986-94.  The two teams played to a 17-17 tie at Legion Field in 1993 (but was later forfeited to Tennessee due to NCAA sanctions). 

*Bama quarterback Jay Barker directed the team on a last-minute drive and David Palmer, who ran the ball in from three yards out, clinched the tie on a two-point conversion. 

*The nine-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt in 1995 as Tennessee handed Alabama a sound 41-14 thrashing at Legion Field.  UT set the tempo on the game's first play as Peyton Manning threw an 80-yard TD pass to Huntsville, Ala., native Joey Kent.  The Vols extended their lead to 21-0 before claiming their largest margin of victory over Alabama in a quarter-century. 

*The 1995 victory was the first in UT's seven-game winning streak over Alabama.  The Vols also posted wins in 1996 (20-13), 1997 (38-21), 1998 (31-18), 1999 (21-7), 2000 (20-10) and 2001 (35-24).

*The 1999 Alabama-Tennessee game was the first to be played in Tuscaloosa since the 1930 season.  The 5th-ranked Vols beat 10th-ranked Alabama 21-7 in a game that saw Alabama lose its starting quarterback (Andrew Zow) and running back (Shaun Alexander) to injuries. 

*The Crimson Tide won last year in Knoxville snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Volunteers.  Santonio Beard ran for 65 yards and two TDs for the Crimson Tide, while Brodie Croyle a 5-for-7 for 128 yards through the air.

*Alabama also forced a season-high six turnovers (three INTs and three fumbles) in the win over Tennessee. 


*Alabama head coach Mike Shula will be making his coaching debut against Tennessee this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*As the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback (1984-86), Shula was 1-2 (.333) against the Vols, winning 56-28 in Knoxville in 1986.

*Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has a 7-2-1 (.750) on-the-field record with Alabama, but is actually 8-2 (.800) overall as the result of a forfeit by Alabama in 1993.

*The Crimson Tide and Volunteers have also combined to win 34 SEC Championships.  Alabama heads the list with 21 crowns, including 15 outright titles.  Tennessee is second with 13 league titles, including nine outright.

*The Tennessee game is the longest current running series in the UA record books.  Tennessee and Alabama are meeting for the 74th consecutive year (neither team fielded a football team in 1943). 

*Here is a look at the Crimson Tide's longest current series with SEC teams.


Opponent         Streak    Series Began
Tennessee        74        1928
Auburn           55        1948
Miss. State      55        1948
*Vanderbilt      50        1953

*Alabama and Vanderbilt do not play this season, thus ending 50 consecutive football seasons between the Crimson Tide and Commodores.

*Alabama's 86 games with Tennessee is the second-most in school history against one team.  The Crimson Tide has played Miss. State 87 times and the two teams will meet for the 88th time on Nov. 8, 2003 in Starkville.


Opponent         Games     1st Meeting
Miss. State      87        1896
Tennessee        86        1901
Vanderbilt       79        1903
Auburn           66        1892
LSU              66        1895

*Tennessee is one of six schools to play Alabama at all three Tuscaloosa sites, including the Quad, Denny Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Tennessee is looking to become the first opponent to win three straight games against Alabama here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Vols posted wins in 1999 (21-7)  and 2001 (35-24).

*Tennessee is currently one of six schools to win back-to-back games against Alabama here in Bryant-Denny Stadium. 


Opponent              Years     
Mississippi State     1940, 1941
Florida               1951, 1963
TCU                   1955, 1956
Florida               1990, 1998
Arkansas              1995, 1997
Tennessee             1999, 2001
Auburn                2000, 2002

*Alabama has two players on its roster from the state of Tennessee and both will be in the starting lineup this Saturday.  The two Tennessee natives are Dennis Alexander (OG, Memphis) and Ahmad Childress (DT, Nashville).

*The Tennessee roster lists four Alabama natives, including Jason Allen (DB, Muscle Shoals), Corey Larkins (TB, Opelika), Aaron Sears (OL, Russellville) and Jason Swain (WR, Huntsville).

*Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods' son, Casey, is a walk-on quarterback at Tennessee. 

*Tennessee assistant head coach and defensive coordinator John Chavis is a former assistant coach at Alabama A&M (1980-83, 1986-88) and Alabama State (1984-85).

*Tennessee running backs coach Woody McCorvey is a former assistant coach at Alabama under Gene Stallings (1990-96) and Mike DuBose (1997).  While at Alabama, McCorvey served as receivers coach, offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. 

*Among McCorvey's pupils was Alabama All-American David Palmer (1991-93), who set several school records, including most receiving yards in a game and season.

*McCorvey is a native of Grove Hill, Ala., and played quarterback at Escambia County Training School and Alabama State (1968-72).  He also coached at Alabama A&M from 1979-82.

*Tennessee quarterbacks coach Pat Washington played collegiately at Auburn under former head coach Pat Dye from 1982-85. 

*Washington is a native of Mobile, Ala., and prepped at Murphy High School before signing with Auburn.

*Tennessee sophomore offensive tackle Michael Munoz (Mason, Ohio) is the son of NFL Hall of Famer, Anthony Munoz.  The elder Munoz played at Southern California and went head-to-head with Alabama twice, losing in 1977 (21-20) in Los Angeles and winning in 1978 (24-14) at Legion Field.


Here is a look at some the memorable games in the Alabama-Tennessee series, which began in 1901.

Alabama 6, Tennessee 6
(Nov. 28, 1901 - Birmingham)

First-ever meeting between Alabama and Tennessee...Two teams battled to a 6-6 tie in front of 2,000 spectators in Birmingham...The game was stopped due to darkness and angry fans charged the field in a protest of the decision by Umpire Payne...Police could not cope with the situation...Tennessee left tackle J.L. Broug (playing off the line of scrimmage) scored the first touchdown in series history with one-yard plunge...

Alabama 24, Tennessee 0
(Nov. 26, 1903 - Birmingham)

A undersized Alabama team posted a hard-fought 24-0 win over Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day, the Crimson Tide's first-ever win over the Vols.  Bama built a 24-0 halftime lead on TD runs by Auxford Burks, McMahon and Peavey.  The second half was scoreless.  Tennessee drove to the Alabama two-yard line in the final minute, but did not score.

Tennessee 5, Alabama 0
(Nov. 24, 1904 - Birmingham)

Sam McAllester scored the game's only touchdown in the first half, giving Tennessee its first-ever win over Alabama.  McAllester would receive the ball from center, run forward, plant his foot on the back of one of the guards. 

The Caldwell brothers, Tennessee backs, would then come forward and hurl McAllester through the air and, before he would be stopped, considerable yardage would be gained.  Through the use of such play, McAllester scored.  The Crimson Tide drive to the Vols 10-yard line in each half but failed to score.

Tennessee 15, Alabama 13
(October 20, 1928 - Tuscaloosa)

Tennessee defeated highly favored Alabama 15-13 on Homecoming in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in Tuscaloosa.  Gene McEver returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Bobby Dodd added the extra point.   Dodd also threw a three-yard TD pass to McEver in the Vols win.  The Crimson Tide was mired all day penalties and turnovers.  Dodd was also an effective punter, pinning Alabama deep most of the day, with one punt later resulting in a safety.  The 1928 game was the last game ever played at Denny-Field and was one of only two losses by Alabama at Denny Field.

Alabama 18, Tennessee 6
(Nov. 18, 1930 - Tuscaloosa)

One of the Crimson Tide's greatest wins came with an 18-6 win over the Volunteers in front of 18,000 Homecoming fans at Denny Stadium. 

Quarterback Albert Elmore, Sr., and halfback John Henry Suther were more than the Vols could handle on this day.  The significance of this win is great in the annals of Alabama football.  The 1930 loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa would be the only loss by a Tennessee football over a period of 64 games from 1926-1933.  During that stretch, Coach Robert Neyland's Vol squads compiled an impressive 57-1-6 record, making this one of the Tide's greatest wins in history (See Page 7).

Tennessee 7, Alabama 3
(October 15, 1932 - Birmingham)

The 1932 Alabama-Tennessee game was a punting exhibition between UA's Johnny Cain and UT's Beattie Feathers.  Cain punted an Alabama record 19 times for 914 yards and a 48.1 yard average.  Feathers punted 21 times for a 48-yard average.  What made this even more impressive was the game was played in a driving rain storm with heavy winds on a very, soggy field.   Cain's punts, punting yards and average are the oldest existing records in the UA record books.  Tennessee won the game when Cain got off a short punt from his end zone to the Alabama 12-yard line and Feathers scored the go-ahead TD three plays later in the late in fourth quarter.

Alabama 13, Tennessee 6
(October 20, 1934 - Birmingham)

This one was a classic and the outcome was not decided until the finale whistle.  The running, passing and punting of Alabama's Millard "Dixie" Howell prompted Coach Neyland of Tennessee to rate him as the finest back in the South.  Joe Demyanovich scored on a eight-yard run to give Alabama a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.   UT tied the game three possessions later with a two-yard TD run by George Craig.  Like Alabama, Tennessee missed the extra point.  Future NFL Hall of Famer Don Hutson scored on a seven-yard end around in the third quarter for the winning points for Alabama.  Howell later made a game-saving tackle on a punt return in the final minutes to preserve the win for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama 25, Tennessee 0
(October 19, 1935 - Knoxville)

Alabama dominated Tennessee in Knoxville and posted a 25-0 win.  The Crimson Tide made 17 first downs and 265 yards, while the Vols managed only three first downs and 40 total yards.  Alabama's Paul Bryant played the game with the broken leg, proving to the nation how important the Tennessee game really was to Alabama football.  Bryant set up two first half touchdowns in the win over Tennessee.  He caught a pass to set up the first touchdown and then later was the middle man in a forward lateral razzle-dazzle that sent Riley Smith into the end zone.

Alabama 34, Tennessee 3
(October 21, 1961 - Birmingham)

Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant earned his first win over Tennessee with a resounding 34-3 victory at Legion Field.  The win was Alabama's first over Tennessee since 1954.  The 31-point win over the Vols also catapulted the Tide in the national rankings as UA finished the season with an 11-0 record and the first of six national championships in the Bryant era.

Alabama 11, Tennessee 10
(October 15, 1966)

Senior quarterback Kenny Stabler led Alabama to one of its greatest comebacks with an improbable 11-10 win in Knoxville.  The Volunteers led 10-0 in the fourth quarter only to see the Crimson Tide rally for a field goal, touchdown and eventual game-winning two-point conversion for the comeback win.

Tennessee 41, Alabama 14
(Oct. 18, 1969 - Birmingham)

Tennessee jumped out to a quick 21-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back in winning its third of four straight games against Alabama.

Alabama 17, Tennessee 10
(October 21, 1972 - Knoxville)

Alabama scored two touchdowns in the final 36 seconds of the game to post an improbable 17-10 win over Tennessee in Knoxville.  The Vols led 10-3 in the fourth quarter before quarterback Terry Davis led the the Crimson Tide two quick touchdowns for the come-from-behind win. 

Alabama 42, Tennessee 21
(October 20, 1973 - Birmingham)

Alabama scored on the first play from scrimmage as Gary Rutledge fired an 80-yard TD pass to Wayne Wheeler setting the stage for the Tide's three touchdown win.

Alabama 27, Tennessee 17
(October 20, 1979 - Birmingham)

Tennessee stunned No. 1 ranked Alabama and a packed Legion Field by scoring the first 17 points en route to a 17-0 lead.  The Crimson Tide rallied, however, scoring a late second quarter TD and adding three more in the second half, one the strength of Major Ogilive's running, for the comeback win.

Tennessee 35, Alabama 28
(October 16, 1982 - Knoxville)

Tennessee ended 11 years of frustration with a 35-28 upset win over Alabama in Knoxville.  The Crimson Tide rally came up short when Walter Lewis' pass attempt was intercepted in the end zone late in the fourth quarter.

Alabama 56, Tennessee 28
(October 18, 1986 - Knoxville)

The Crimson Tide broke a four-game losing streak to the Volunteers with a 56-28 win in Knoxville.  Bobby Humphrey ran 00 times for 217 yards in the win as Alabama built a 42-14 halftime lead.  Alabama quarterback Mike Shula earned his first win over the Vols as the Tide's starter.

Alabama 17, Tennessee 17
(October 16, 1993 - Birmingham)

Trailing 17-9 late in the fourth quarter, Alabama scored on David Palmer's TD run and then watched the "little man" tie the with a rush around right end for the two-point conversion with 21 seconds left in the game.  This game is the last on-the-field tie in Alabama football annals.

Tennessee 41, Alabama 14
(October 14, 1995 - Birmingham)

Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning led the Vols to three first-quarter touchdowns, including an 80-yard TD pass to Joey Kent on the first play of the game as the Vols beat Alabama for the first time since 1985.

Tennessee 35, Alabama 24
(October 23, 1999 - Tuscaloosa)

In the first meeting on the Alabama campus since the 1930 season, No. 10 Tennessee posted a 21-7 win over No. 5 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  UT quarterback Tee Martin led the Vols to a pair of second-half TDs as the Vols snapped a 7-7 tie.

Alabama 34, Tennessee 14
(October 26, 2002 - Knoxville)

Alabama snapped its longest losing streak in series history with a sound 34-14 win over Tennessee.  The UA defense forced six turnovers in the win, including three fumbles and three interceptions (C. Jones, Childress and Peprah).  Santonio Beard ran 16 times for 65 yards and scored two TDs as UA beat UT for the first time since 1994.


*Alabama and Tennessee have both been ranked 13 times in the series history, with the Crimson Tide winning seven of those 13 meetings, including last year's 34-14 win in Knoxville.

*Last year's game marked the first time the 1999 season that both Alabama and Tennessee were ranked in playing each other.  On Oct. 23, 1999, No. 5 Tennessee posted a 21-7 win over No. 10 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

*At least one team has been ranked every year since 1959 with the exception of 1968, 1984 and 2000. 

*In addition, the 2000 season marked the first time since 1955 that neither team entered the game with a winning record.  The Crimson Tide posted a 3-3 record entering the game, while the Vols were 2-3.

*Since 1939, the highest ranked team has compiled a 40-8-2 (.820) record in the Alabama-Tennessee series.

*No. 19 Alabama handed No. 16 Tennessee a 34-14 loss last year in Knoxville marking the first time since 1991 the lowest ranked team had won in the series.  In 1991, No. 14 Alabama posted a 24-19 win over No. 8 Tennessee at Legion Field.


For the 16th consecutive year, the Alabama-Tennessee game will be televised to a national audience.

*CBS Sports will televise this year's game from Bryant-Denny Stadium beginning at 2:34 p.m. (CDT) this Saturday.

*The last time the Alabama-Tennessee game was not televised was 1988.

*This will also be the 25th Alabama-Tennessee game shown on television.

*Alabama holds a 13-10-1 (.563) series lead in those 24 previous televised meetings, including a 34-14 win last year in Knoxville.

*The first Alabama-Tennessee game to be televised was Oct. 20, 1951 at Legion Field.

*The 1951 Tennessee just happened to be the first televised game in Alabama's storied football history.

*NBC Sports aired the game from Birmingham's Legion Field and used a pair of veteran and future Hall of Fame broadcasters for the telecast.

*Alabama alum Mel Allen and Tennessee alum Lindsey Nelson teamed up to call a 27-13 win by the Volunteers.


For 66 years the annual Alabama-Tennessee game was simply referred to as "The Third Saturday in October."  Alabama and Tennessee first played on the traditional third Saturday date Oct. 28, 1928.  The tradition continued through the 1994 season.  In 1995, the Southeastern Conference Office realigned its conference football schedule, putting an end to the 66-year third Saturday tradition that had become Alabama-Tennessee football.  The Oct. 14, 1995 game was played on the second Saturday in October and the teams have played only three times (1997, 2000 and 2001) on the third Saturday in October over the last eight years, including each of the last two seasons. The series became so popular that the late Al Browning, former sports editor of The Tuscaloosa News and Knoxville News- Sentinel, wrote a book entitled Third Saturday in October, recapping each game in this tradition-rich  football series.


The 2003 Alabama-Tennessee game marks the 16th time in the 84-game history of the series that the game has not been played on the traditional third Saturday in October. 

*The Crimson Tide has compiled an 8-6-1 (.567) record in those non third Saturday games.

*Alabama's 34-14 win last year in Knoxville snapped UT's five-game winning streak in non third Saturday meetings.


For more than a half century, the Alabama-Tennessee series has been one of the most streaky series in all of college football.  The shortest winning streak in the series by either team since the 1995 season is four games, posted by Tennessee from 1955-58, 1967-71 and 1982-85.

*Since 1955, the series has been filled with streaks, both good and bad.  Here is a quick Alabama-Tennessee history lesson on the various streaks.

*From 1955-60, Tennessee posted a 5-0-1 record against Alabama, the second-most successful stretch for the Vols in the 85-game series.

1955         Tennessee 20, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1956         Tennessee 24, Alabama 0 (Knoxville)
1957         Tennessee 14, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1958         Tennessee 14, Alabama 7 (Knoxville)
1959         Alabama 7, Tennessee 7 (Birmingham) (TIE)
1960         Tennessee 20, Alabama 7 (Knoxville)

*From 1961-66, Alabama followed with a 5-0-1 streak of its own, winning four straight games from 1961-64.  The 34-3 win in 1961 was the first by Alabama over Tennessee since 1954.

1961         Alabama 34, Tennessee 3 (Birmingham)
1962         Alabama 27, Tennessee 7 (Knoxville)
1963         Alabama 35, Tennessee 0 (Birmingham)
1964         Alabama 19, Tennessee 8 (Knoxville)
1965         Alabama 7, Tennessee 7 (Birmingham) (TIE)
1966         Alabama 11, Tennessee 10 (Knoxville)

*Tennessee regained momentum in the late 1960s, winning four straight games from 1967-70. 

1967         Tennessee 24, Alabama 13 (Birmingham)
1968         Tennessee 10, Alabama 9 (Knoxville)
1969         Tennessee 41, Alabama 14 (Birmingham)
1970         Tennessee 24, Alabama 0 (Knoxville)

*After the 1970 season, Alabama totally dominated the series, winning 11 consecutive games from 1971-81, the longest winning streak by either team in this colorful series.

1971         Alabama 32, Tennessee 15 (Birmingham)
1972         Alabama 17, Tennessee 10 (Knoxville)
1973         Alabama 42, Tennessee 21 (Birmingham)
1974         Alabama 28, Tennessee 6 (Knoxville)
1975         Alabama 30, Tennessee 7 (Birmingham)
1976         Alabama 20, Tennessee 13 (Knoxville)
1977         Alabama 24, Tennessee 10 (Birmingham)
1978         Alabama 30, Tennessee 17 (Knoxville)
1979         Alabama 27, Tennessee 17 (Birmingham)
1980         Alabama 27, Tennessee 0 (Knoxville)
1981         Alabama 38, Tennessee 19 (Birmingham)

*Tennessee ended 11 years of frustration in 1982 and started another four-game winning streak over the Crimson Tide with a 35-28 win at Neyland Stadium.

1982         Tennessee 35, Alabama 28 (Knoxville)
1983         Tennessee 41, Alabama 34 (Birmingham)
1984         Tennessee 28, Alabama 27 (Knoxville)
1985         Tennessee 16, Alabama 14 (Birmingham)

*The series momentum shifted back to the Alabama camp beginning in 1986 as the Crimson Tide posted an 8-0-1 on-the-field record over the next nine seasons.
1986         Alabama 56, Tennessee 28 (Knoxville)
1987         Alabama 41, Tennessee 22 (Birmingham)
1988         Alabama 28, Tennessee 20 (Knoxville)
1989         Alabama 47, Tennessee 30 (Birmingham)
1990         Alabama 9, Tennessee 6 (Knoxville)
1991         Alabama 24, Tennessee 19 (Birmingham)
1992         Alabama 17, Tennessee 10 (Knoxville)
1993         Alabama 17, Tennessee 17 (Birmingham)
1994         Alabama 17, Tennessee 13 (Knoxville)

*The Vols posted a seven-game winning streak from 1995-2001, their longest in series history.  UT also became the first team to ever beat the Crimson Tide seven straight times.

1995         Tennessee 41, Alabama 14 (Birmingham)
1996         Tennessee 20, Alabama 13 (Knoxville)
1997         Tennessee 38, Alabama 21 (Birmingham)
1998         Tennessee 35, Alabama 18 (Knoxville)
1999         Tennessee 21, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)
2000         Tennessee 20, Alabama 10 (Knoxville)
2001         Tennessee 35, Alabama 24 (Tuscaloosa)

*Alabama is hoping its 2002 win in Knoxville is no one-year wonder and hopes to add to that streak this weekend in Tuscaloosa.

2002         Alabama 34, Tennessee 14 (Knoxville)


Alabama is looking for back-to-back wins over Tennessee for the first time since 1991-92.  Tennessee, however, is looking to do something that has not happened in the series since the late 1940s.

*A Tennessee win over Alabama would mark the first time since 1946-48 that the series has seen three different winners in three consecutive years.

*Tennessee posted series wins in 1946 (12-0) and 1948 (21-6), while Alabama won the 1947 (10-0) meeting.

*The series featured an Alabama win, Tennessee win and a tie in 1953-54-55, 1959-60-61, 1965-66-67 and 1993-94-95.


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


Category               BAMA         TENN
Points Scored          195          140
 Average               24.4         23.3
Points Allowed         190          129
 Average               23.8         21.5

Rushing Yards          161.5        136.3
Passing Yards          184.1        220.0
Total Offense          345.6        356.3

Rushing Defense        110.9        137.8
Passing Defense        219.2        205.3
Total Defense          330.1        343.2

Turnovers              13           12
 Fumbles               5            5
 Interceptions         8            7

Penalties Per Game     5.3          8.0
 Average Yards         46.0         71.1
Punting (No-Avg)       43-1678      35-1599
Punting Avg            39.0         45.7
Net Punting            34.2         41.9
Time of Possession     30:06        29:55
Third Down Conv.       40-112 (36%) 34-85 (40%)
Fourth Down Conv.      8-13 (62%)   2-3 (67%)
Sacks By               19-132       16-125

Shaud Williams (UA)     168-885-10
Ray Hudson (UA)         57-260-0

Cedric Houston (UT)     97-490-1
Jabari Davis (UT)       51-243-5

PASSING LEADERS         Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD
Brodie Croyle (UA)      107-190-6-1324-8
Brandon Avalos (UA)     5-15-1-18-0

Casey Clausen (UT)      105-179-7-1298-11

Triandos Luke (UA)      25-318-3
Dre Fulgham (UA)        19-340-3

James Banks (UT)        23-309-4
Mark Jones (UT)         15-247-2

PUNTING                 No-Yds-Avg-Blk
Bo Freelend (UA)        41-1678-40.9-2

Dustin Colquitt (UT)    34-1567-46.1-1

PUNT RETURNS            No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)     16-125-7.8-1

Rashad Baker (UT)       11-122-11.1-0

KICKOFF RETURNS         No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Ramzee Robinson (UA)    10-166-16.6-0
Ray Hudson (UA)         10-202-20.2-0

Corey Larkins (UT)      10-199-19.9-0         

LEADING TACKLERS        Solo-Ast-Total
DeMeco Ryans (UA)       50-40-90
Roman Harper (UA)       59-24-83
Freddie Roach (UA)      39-29-68

Kevin Simon (UT)        43-17-60
Robert Peace (UT)       38-13-51
Rashad Baker (UT)       34-12-46

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

Kevin Simon (UT)        3.5 (-30)
C. Ritzman (UT)         3 (-31)
Parys Haralson (UT)     3 (-21)