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Oct. 21, 2008

How many Alabama football coaches led the Crimson Tide to victory in their first meeting with Tennessee?

Coach Nick Saban became the eighth Alabama head coach to beat Tennessee in his first game, leading the Tide to a 41-17 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the 2007 season. The other UA head coaches to beat Tennessee in their first attempt were W.B. Blount (1903), Jack Leavenworth (1905), J.W.H. Pollard (1906), D.V. Graves (1912), Red Drew (1947), Bill Curry (1987) and Gene Stallings (1990).

How many ties have there been in the Alabama-Tennessee series?

Alabama and Tennessee have played to eight ties in the series 90-game history, the most with any UA opponent.  The Tide and Vols played to a tie in 1901 (6-6), 1936 (0-0), 1944 (0-0), 1949 (7-7), 1953 (0-0), 1959 (7-7), 1965 (7-7) and 1993 (17-17).

Alabama and Tennessee have traditionally met on the Third Saturday in October. This year’s game marks the first time since 2005 the teams will not be played on the traditional third Saturday.  How many times have the Tide and Vols met on a date other than the Third Saturday in October?

Alabama and Tennessee have met 18 times when the game was not played on the third Saturday in October. Alabama owns a 9-8-1 (.527) record in games not played on the third Saturday in October. 

What rare occurrences took place in the Alabama-Tennessee game in 1935?

 In 1935, Alabama’s Paul Bryant played against Tennessee with a broken leg and help set up two first half scores in the Tide’s 25-0 win in Knoxville.

Who holds the Alabama record for most rushing yards in a game against Tennessee?

Bobby Humphrey ran 17 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns as the second-ranked Crimson Tide beat Tennessee 56-28 on Oct. 18, 1986 at Neyland Stadium.  Humphrey’s performance helped the Tide snap a four-game losing streak to the Vols.