Saturday, November 02, 2002
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*Alabama's 30-8 win over Vanderbilt marks the 18th consecutive on-the-field victory in the series by the Crimson Tide. Vanderbilt has not beaten Alabama since a 30-21 win on Sept. 29, 1984 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Commodores nine-point win snapped the Crimson Tide's school record 26-game Homecoming winning streak. Vanderbilt's last win over Alabama here in Nashville was a 14-10 victory on Oct. 11, 1969.
*Alabama and Vanderbilt have met for 50 consecutive seasons in football, but that streak will come to and end after today's game. The Crimson Tide and Commodores will not meet again until the 2007 season.
*Alabama and Vanderbilt met in the month of November for the first time since 1946 this afternoon. The Crimson Tide is 15-6 against the Commodores in 21 November meetings. Prior to today, Vanderbilt had won the only meeting between the two schools on Nov. 2, posting a 13-0 win here in Nashville in 1929.
*Alabama improves to 11-4 all-time in games played on Nov. 2, including a seven-game winning streak on this date.
*With the win at Vanderbilt, Alabama has now won four straight SEC road games, dating back to last season. Alabama is 3-0 in league road games this season. The three wins in a season and the four-game road winning streak are the most by Alabama since 1999 (4-0 SEC road record). Alabama and Georgia are the only two SEC teams with undefeated SEC road records this season.
*Alabama is 5-3 under Coach Fran on the road and has posted a 57-27-1 road record since 1983.
*Alabama scored on its opening possession for the seventh time in nine games this season. The Crimson Tide's opening TD drive covered 10 plays and 77 yards, while using 4:56 off the clock. Senior QB Tyler Watts capped the drive with a nine-yard TD run, his second rushing touchdown of the season. In those seven opening possessions, UA scoring drives resulted in five touchdowns (Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt) and two field goals (Oklahoma and North Texas). The Crimson Tide was forced to punt after its opening drive against Georiga and Tennessee.
*Senior Hirchel Bolden returned to the starting lineup against Vanderbilt, replacing Charlie Peprah at the right cornerback position. It was Bolden's third start of the 2002 season and his first since the Oklahoma game (Sept. 7). In fact, Bolden started the first two games of the year for the Crimson Tide before being replaced by Peprah against North Texas (Sept. 14).
*Watts completed his first six passes in the game against Vanderbilt, totaling 57 yards through the air. Junior wide receiver Triandos Luke caught four of those passes for 39 yards in the first quarter. On the Crimson Tide's opening scoring drive, Watts completed all five passes for 48 yards.
*Luke finished the first half with seven catches for a career-high 87 yards. The Phenix City, Ala., native's previous best was nine catches for 85 yards in the season opener against Middle Tennessee. Prior to the Vanderbilt game, Luke had only seven total catches for 69 yards in the Crimson Tide's last seven games. He had only two catches in his last four games for Alabama, including one each against Ole Miss (13 yds) and Tennessee (14 yds). He did not have a reception against Arkansas or Georgia.
*Luke added two more catches in the second half and he finished the game with 9 catches for 102 yards. Luke is the first Alabama receiver to gain 100 yards in a single game since Freddie Milons (124 yds) and Antonio Carter (102 yds) both had 100 receiving yards in the 2001 season opener against UCLA.
*Senior free safety Waine Bacon recorded his second interception of the 2002 season, picking off a Jay Cutler pass at the Vanderbilt 43-yard line. Five plays later, Alabama's Kyle Robinson gave UA a 10-0 lead with 11:29 left in the first half as a result of the turnover. Bacon's interception is the 11th this season by Alabama.
*Redshirt freshman Juke King made his Alabama debut in the second half today against Vanderbilt. A native of Theodore, Ala., King began the 2002 season as a middle linebacker but moved to fullback during Alabama's open week. King did not see action on defense or special teams prior to the Vanderbilt game. King is the 26th first-time played used by the Crimson Tide this season.
*Watts surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his Alabama career in today's game at Vanderbilt. He is the 45th player in school history to rush for 1,000 or more career yards and the third this season to make that list. Watts had 14 carries for 55 yards and one TD in the win over Vandy. The Pelham, Ala., native eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with a nine-yard run on a fourth-and-eight from the Vandy 26-yard line on the opening possession of the third quarter.