Saturday, October 25, 2003
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA POST-GAME NOTES
Tennessee 51, Alabama 43
*In another Tennessee-Alabama epic, the No. 22 Volunteers outlasted the Crimson Tide 51-43 in five overtimes in front of 83,018 fans here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*Alabama drops to 2-4 all-time in overtime games, including an 0-2 mark this season. In addition to the loss to Tennessee, Alabama also suffered a 34-31 double-overtime loss to Arkansas on Sept. 28 here in Tuscaloosa. The five overtime game is the longest in Alabama history. The Crimson Tide's two overtime game this season ties the single-season school record for most overtime games played. Alabama also played two OTs in 1999, beating Florida (40-39) in the Swamp and losing to Michigan (35-34) in the Jan. 1, 2000 Orange Bowl.
*Tennessee improves to 4-1 all-time in overtime, including a 1-1 record in overtime road games. The five overtimes against Alabama are the second-most for Vols, who beat Arkansas 41-38 in six overtimes on Oct. 5, 2002 in Knoxville. That six OT game is the second-longest in NCAA history.
*Tennessee's 51-43 (5 overtime) win today is the highest scoring game in the 86-game series between these two Southern rivals. The two teams combined for 94 points in another UT-UA classic here this afternoon. The previous high was 84 points in the 1986 game, won by Alabama 56-28 in Knoxville.
*Tennessee's 51 points are the most the Vols have ever scored against Alabama. The previous high was 41 points in 1970, 1983 and 1995, both at Legion Field.
*The Vols 51 points tie for the second-most scored by a team in the Tennessee-Alabama series. The Crimson Tide holds the record with 56 points in that 1986 win in Knoxville. Alabama also scored 51 points in 51-0 win in Birmingham in 1906.
*The 51 points scored by Tennessee are third-most points ever scored on an Alabama team and the most since the 1907 season. The last time Alabama surrendered 50 or more points in a game was a 54-4 loss to Sewanee on Oct. 21, 1907 here in Tuscaloosa. The most points ever allowed by Alabama came in a 78-0 loss to Vanderbilt on Oct. 20, 1906 in Nashville.
*Alabama ran 99 offensive plays in today's loss to Tennessee, falling three plays shy of the single-game school record most plays in a game. The UA single-game record for most offensive plays is 102 snaps in a 42-6 win over Miami on Nov. 15, 1969 here in Tuscaloosa.
*Alabama (99) and Tennessee (84) combined for 183 total plays in today's five overtime game.
*The two teams also combined for 965 yards in total offense. The Volunteers had 492 yards (239 rushing, 283 passing) while the Crimson Tide had 473 yards (258 rushing, 215 passing).
*Alabama had 36:09 in time of possession in the loss to Tennessee.
*Alabama (27) and Tennessee (24) combined for 51 first downs in the game.
*Senior running back Shaud Williams (Andrews, Texas) became the 10th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season. Williams ran a career-high 40 times for 166 yards and one TD in the loss to Tennessee. For the season, Williams has 208 rushing attempts for 1,051 yards and 11 rushing TDs.
*Williams is the first Alabama player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season was Shaun Alexander, who did in back-to-back seasons in 1998 (1,178 yards) and 1999 (1,383 yards).
*Williams is just the second player in Alabama history to have 40 or more rushing attempts in a single-game, joining Johnny Musso, who ran 42 times for 221 yards in a 33-28 loss to Auburn on Nov. 28, 1970.
*Junior place kicker Brian Bostick (Cullman) matched his career high with a 48-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the first half to give Alabama a 6-3 halftime lead. Bostick also had a 48-yarder in the Crimson Tide's 34-31 double-overtime loss to Arkansas. Bostick made three of five FG attempts in the loss to Tennessee, including a potential game-winner (45 yds) with four seconds left in regulation.
*Senior Triandos Luke (Phenix City) caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Brodie Croyle with 4:42 remaining in the third quarter, tying the game at 13-13 and putting Luke over 1,000 career receiving yards at Alabama. Luke's ninth career TD catch grab gave him 1,005 career yards.
*Luke finished the game with two catches for 45 yards and one TD. For his career, Luke has 85 catches for 1,005 yards and nine TDs. Luke also had caught at least one pass in 16 straight games for Alabama.
*Junior running back Ray Hudson's (Bonifay, Fla.) two-yard touchdown with 4:47 left in the game gave Alabama a 20-13 lead over Tennessee. Hudson's two-yard TD run was the first rushing touchdown by someone other the Shaud Williams this season for the Crimson Tide.
*Hudson ran the ball 14 times for 71 yards, including the one touchdown run for Alabama.
*Freshman fullback Tim Castille (Birmingham) scored his first collegiate touchdown with a 12-yard run for the Crimson Tide in the second overtime. Castille had two rushing attempts in the game for 15 yards. He also added a career-high five catches for 31 yards in the loss.
*Freshmen receiver Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) accounted for 69 all-purpose yards against Tennessee. Prothro had three catches for 21 yards in the loss and ran once for nine yards. Prothro also had a 39-yard kickoff return that set up Alabama with a chance at a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, but the kicked was missed.
*The Alabama captains for the Tennessee game were senior running back Shaud Williams (offense), senior linebacker Derrick Pope (defense) and senior receiver Lance Taylor (special teams).
*There were five changes in the Alabama starting lineup against Tennessee, including center Matt Lomax (Sr., Mobile), tight end David Cavan (Jr., Tuscaloosa), left defensive end Mark Anderson (Jr., Tulsa, Oklahoma), defensive tackle Jeremy Clark (Fr., Mobile) and strong linebacker Derrick Pope (Sr., Galveston, Texas).
*Lomax, a fifth-year senior, made his first career start in the game against Tennessee, replacing JB Closner. Closner had started the first eight games of the season for the Crimson Tide.
*Anderson made his second start of the 2003 season, replacing Nautyn McKay-Loescher at the left defensive end spot. Anderson's only other career start came two weeks ago against Southern Miss.
*Pope returned to the starting lineup after not starting the last three games with Georgia, Southern Miss and Ole Miss. Pope was injured against Arkansas (Sept. 28) and played only 12 snaps in the loss at Georgia and missed the USM game completely. He played in back-up role last week at Ole Miss.
*Alabama forced three turnovers in the first quarter (three fumbles), but scored only three points off the three UT miscues. UT did not have another turnover the remainder of the game. Alabama had only one turnover, a Brodie Croyle interception in the third quarter. UT did tally three points after the interception.
*Alabama will have its first and only open date of the 2003 season next week before returning to action on Saturday, Nov. 8 against Miss. State in Starkville. Tennessee is home next Saturday to host the Duke Blue Devils for Homecoming in a 4 p.m. (ET) game.
University of Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula Post-Game Quotes
"There have been a lot of firsts throughout this year. Just when you think you've seen it all there's another unbelievable game. Our guys played hard. And you hurt for them because this group deserves better. We still made some big plays in some crucial situations. But we just came up short. We just have to believe that all the hard work is going to pay off."
On the offensive line, after losing Wesley Britt:
"They did a nice job up front. We were out of rhythm early on but we came back and actually took the lead in the fourth quarter. We kept our poise. We made the plays when we had to."
On the running backs:
"They're (Tennessee) is tough against the run. As the game went on both of our guys got better. They broke some tackles and made the plays. Again, you have to give them credit."
"DeMeco Ryans was outstanding again. But so many guys are doing well, and it makes me fell good about the future of this team."
"We'll use this game as a positive and we saw a lot of young guys grow up today."
On the bye week:
"We're finally getting a rest after eight straight games and we need it. A lot of these guys have spent a lot of energy laying it on the line week in and week out and they need the rest. I told them never to let anybody to tell them that they are not mentally or physically tough enough or up to the challenge. Hopefully we can use this game and finish up strong."
Alabama Player Quotes:
LB Derrick Pope:
"It hurts. It's a tough loss and that's about all I can say."
(About week off)
"I'm not thinking about that right now. I'm just thinking about this game. It is just tough."
CB Charlie Peprah:
"It's a tough loss and that's about all you can say. Five overtimes, no one deserves to lose. Nobody wants to lose. That's about all I can say. It's a tough loss but there is nothing we can do about that now. We have an off week and we have to get better. It was a hard fought game. It was just a tough loss."
WR Triandos Luke:
"It's a tough loss. We gave great effort the whole game. We got some good situations but we just couldn't finish them. That's just something we have to work on and learn from.
(About surpassing 1,000 career receiving yards)
"I didn't even know that I went over 1,000 yards, but it is a blessing and I give all the honor and glory to God."
University of Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer Post Game Quotes
"I take my hat off to Alabama; it was a heck of an effort on their part. It was a great win for us."
"Our coaches and players showed a lot of character. These kids have been through a lot and I think it's something we can build on."
"James Banks made some good plays tonight. He's growing as a receiver. He's quite a football player."
On the time of game:
"I don't know why we wait so long to get it done. We didn't play so well on offense at some points tonight."
On QB Casey Clausen:
"There's not a tougher-minded quarterback in the country than Casey Clausen."
"I take my hat off to Brodie Croyle with his shoulder hurting. That was a great exhibition on his part as well."
On the players they brought:
"We brought 70 and I think we played most of them."
"Shaud Williams is a tough son of a gun, hard to tackle and Ray Hudson is too."
Tennessee Players Quotes
Robert Peace, #41, LB
"We were exhausted. This was a Tennessee-Alabama classic game. It was a clean, hard fought game on both sides. I'm glad we were on the winning side."
"I can't give the defensive line enough credit; they made a big step tonight."
"You can tell both teams wanted it and that we were both exhausted."
"In the SEC you have to win games like this and that's all this team needed, a good win against a good team."
Jason Allen, #18, DB
"This was definitely the longest game I've ever played in."
On final play:
"I was expecting a fade route; I never thought we'd lose this game."
"It feels good to come home to your home state and win a game like this. I had to hear about losing all year, I'm glad this year I don't have to hear about it."
Casey Clausen, #7, QB
"This was a great game in the second half. They made great plays and we made great plays. Luckily we came out on top. I'm glad to get out of here with a win."
"It seems when the game's on the line, the players seem to focus more."
"I'm always confident and that's part of being a quarterback."