Alabama Football Game Notes: Mississippi State

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Tuesday, November 05, 2002

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Game 10: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE at MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
November 9, 2002     Bryant-Denny Stadium    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1:00 p.m. (CST)

Alabama Quick Notes: Alabama is 11-2 (.846) in its last 13 games...In addition, UA has won six of its last seven SEC games...QB Tyler Watts is 67 passing yards shy of 3,000 career passing yards...Alabama is 12-for-13 (.923) in the red zone in its last three games, scoring 62 points in those 13 opportunities...Opponents are just 3-of-9 (.333), scoring 22 points in the last three games...UA leads the SEC in sacks (31) and TFLs (80) this year...Bama also leads the SEC in interception return yards (228) and fumble return yards (75) through nine games...DE Antwan Odom is second in the SEC with six sacks...UA is 39-5 (.886) in its last 44 games with MSU...State has more wins at Bryant-Denny (7) than any other opponent in stadium history...MSU has won four of the last six meetings with Alabama, dating back to 1996.

ALABAMA HOSTS MISSISSIPPI STATE

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team (7-2, 4-1 SEC) returns home this weekend to meet the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  The Tide has been on the road the last two games, at Tennessee and Vanderbilt, winning both games by a combined 64-22 score.  Alabama beat Vanderbilt, 30-8, last weekend and moved to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll.  Miss. State (3-5, 0-4 SEC) is unranked.  State had its two-game winning streak snapped this past weekend, suffering a 45-24 home loss to Kentucky.  Kickoff for this  weekend’s game is set for 1 p.m. (CST) and there will be no television for this game.  This will mark the first time since the 1995 Ole Miss game that an Alabama football game will not be carried on live television.  The game will be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play) and Kenny Stabler (color analyst) describing the action.  Tom Roberts will once again work the sidelines for the network broadcasts. 

UA IN 108th FOOTBALL SEASON

The University of Alabama is in its 108th football season and has compiled a 751-283-44 (.717) all-time record in 1,078 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 and Penn State are tied for fifth place on the all-time victory list for Division I leaders. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 Southeastern Conference championships.  Alabama has also logged 26, 10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school. The Crimson Tide also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl appearances (51) and bowl victories (29).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione is in  his second season with the Crimson Tide and is part of an elite college coaching group with 150 or more career wins.  Currently, there are only seven active coaches with 150 or more career wins and Franchione joined that group following a 42-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 19.  In his first season, Coach Fran led Alabama to a 7-5 record, including a win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl.  He is 14-7 (.667) in his tenure with the Crimson Tide.  Overall, Franchione is in his 20th season as a head coach and has compiled a 152-72-2 (.677) lifetime ledger at Southwestern (Kansas) College, Pittsburg State, Southwest Texas State, New Mexico, TCU and Alabama.  Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill is in his 25th season as a head coach, compiling a 178-106-4 (.625) record.  In 12 seasons at Miss. State, Sherrill is 73-61-2 (.544), making him the winningest coach in MSU football lore.  Sherill has previous coaching stints at Texas A&M, Pittsburgh and Washington State.

THE SERIES

Alabama leads the all-time series with  Mississippi State, 68-15-3 (.808) in a series that dates back to 1896.  This is the longest running series in Alabama football history.  The Crimson Tide has won 39 of the last 45 meetings with the Bulldogs with four of those losses coming in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000.

GAME CAPTAINS

Game captains for the Mississippi State game are Lane Bearden (punter),  Alonzo Ephraim (center), Kenny King (defensive tackle) and Gerald Dixon (cornerback).

NEXT WEEK

Alabama will play its third road game in four weeks when it travels to Baton Rouge for a Nov. 16 date with the LSU Fighting Tigers.  Alabama and LSU enter this weekend with the best two records in the SEC Western Division.  The game time for the Alabama-LSU game will not be announced until Sunday, Nov. 10 when the networks chose their slate of games for broadcast on Nov. 16.  LSU (6-2,  3-1 SEC) is on the road this weekend, facing Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

CRIMSON TIDE LEGENDS

Three members of the 1992 National Championship team will be signing autographs prior to the Alabama-Miss. State game this Saturday.  The trio will also deliver the game ball to the referee prior to kickoff.  All-American and first-round draft pick George Teague, team captain Derrick Oden and Prince Wimbley will sign autographs on Saturday, Nov. from 11:15 a.m. until Noon in the Waste Management/Fuelman Legends Tent on the University quad.   In addition, the 2002-03 Alabama softball team will also be signing autographs his Saturday from 10:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Mayfield Dairy Team Tent.  Alabama’s “Kickoff at the Quad” will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, three hours prior to the UA-MSU kickoff.

THE SCHEDULE

Playing the toughest teams in the nation is nothing new to the Alabama football program and the 2002 schedule looks to be another challenging 13-week grind.

*Alabama has three opponents ranked in this week’s football polls. 

Opponent      AP        USA Today
Oklahoma      1st       2nd
Georgia       7th       8th
LSU           16th      14th

 
*Alabama is 2-2 against ranked teams this season, beating No. 21 Ole Miss (42-7) and No. 15 Tennessee and losing at No. 2 Oklahoma (37-27) on Sept. 7 and to No. 6 Georgia (27-25) on Oct. 5.

*Alabama’s schedule also features three defending conference champions, including Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt co-champs), North Texas (Sun Belt co-champs) and LSU (SEC).

*ESPN.com put together a listing of the Top 10 Mid Major teams in the country and Alabama will play three of those 10 teams as part of its non-conference schedule this season. The poll lists Southern Miss (4), Hawaii (5) and Middle Tennessee (8) among the 10-best teams.  The complete poll includes Marshall, Louisville, Colorado State, Southern Miss, Hawaii, Utah, Fresno State, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State and South Florida.

*Alabama's 2002 schedule features home games against all three Division I teams from the state of Mississippi.  The Crimson Tide played Southern Miss (Sept. 21) and Ole Miss (Oct. 19) and hosts Miss. State (Nov. 9) at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season.  The last time Alabama played all three Mississippi teams at home during the same season was 1981.

*The 2002 schedule contains seven teams that participated in bowl games last year, including Oklahoma (Cotton), North Texas (New Orleans), Arkansas (Cotton), Georgia (Music City), Tennessee (Citrus), LSU (Sugar) and Auburn (Peach).

*Four other teams were bowl eligible in 2001, but did not participate in post-season play.  The other bowl eligible teams were Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Hawaii.

BAMA NOTCHES 750th ALL-TIME WIN

Alabama’s 34-14 win at Tennessee on Oct. 26 was the school’s 750th all-time victory.  Presently, Alabama ranks fifth on the all-time win list and is third in all-time winning percentage. 

    1    Alabama 56, Birmingham HS 0     (Nov. 11, 1892) (Bham)
100   Alabama 49, Ole Miss 0       (Oct. 11, 1919) (Tuscaloosa)
150   Alabama 34, Florida 0       (Nov. 14, 1925 (Montgomery)
200   Alabama 28, George Washington 6       (Oct. 8, 1932 (Washington DC)
250   Alabama 26, Kentucky 6       (Oct 29, 1938) (Lexington)
300   Alabama 54, SW Louisiana 0       (Oct. 12, 1946 (Tuscaloosa)
350   Alabama 33, Georgia 12       (Oct. 31, 1953) (Athens)
400   Alabama 36, Miami, Fla., 3      (Nov. 10, 1962) (Tuscaloosa)
450   Alabama 17, Southern Miss 14       (Sept. 28, 1968) (Mobile)
500   Alabama 35, Auburn 0       (Dec. 1, 1973) (Bham)
550   Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 0       (Oct. 28, 1978) (Tuscaloosa)
600   Alabama 28, Southern Miss 16       (Nov. 12, 1983) (Bham)
650   Alabama 32, LSU 16       (Nov. 11, 1989) (Baton Rouge)
700   Alabama 23, Ole Miss 9       (Oct. 21, 1995) (Oxford)
750   Alabama 34, Tennessee 14       (Oct. 26, 2002) (Knoxville)
 
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES

In the longest running series in Crimson Tide football history, Alabama and Mississippi State meet for the 87th time this Saturday with the Crimson Tide holding a 68-15-3 series lead.  The two teams first met in 1896 with the Crimson Tide posting a 20-0 win in Tuscaloosa.  In fact, the first six meetings were all shutouts, including five by Alabama.  Miss. State did not post its first win until an 11-0  victory in Columbus, Miss. during the 1903 season.  The 2002 season will mark the 55th consecutive year these two teams have met on the gridiron, having played every year since 1948.  For the most part, the series has been dominated by Alabama.  The Crimson Tide recorded a 12-game unbeaten streak from 1919-34, posting an 11-0-1 record during that span.  UA followed that up with a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) from 1942-53.  Beginning in 1958,  Alabama posted a 22-game winning streak over Miss. State.  The streak ended on Nov. 1, 1980 when the Bulldogs upset the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide 6-3 at Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson.  The loss also snapped Alabama’s school and SEC record 28-game winning streak.  Following the 1980 season, Alabama reeled off 15 consecutive wins (1981-95) over MSU, before dropping a 17-16 decision on Nov. 16, 1996 at Scott Field in Starkville.  The one-point win was MSU’s first-ever on-campus win over the Crimson Tide and first in the state of Mississippi since the upset win in 1980.  MSU followed up that victory with two more wins in 1997 and 1998, giving the Bulldogs three straight wins over Alabama.  The three-game winning streak from 1996-98 equaled the longest in series history by the Bulldogs.   MSU also won three straight games from 1912-14.  Since 1996, MSU has won four of the last six meetings with Alabama, but has lost the last two here at Bryant-Denny Stadium, including last year’s 24-17 decision on Nov. 8.

SERIES SCORES

1896        Alabama 20, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1901        Alabama 45, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1902        Alabama 27, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1903        Miss. State 11, Alabama 0 (Columbus)
1904        Alabama 6, Miss. State 0 (Columbus)
1905        Alabama 34, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1906        Alabama 16, Miss. State 4 (Starkville)
1911        Alabama 6, Miss. State 6 (Columbus)
1912        Miss. State 7, Alabama 0 (Aberdeen)
1913        Miss. State 7, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1914        Miss. State 9, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1919        Alabama 14, Miss. State 6 (Birmingham)
1920        Alabama 24, Miss. State 7 (Birmingham)
1921        Alabama 7, Miss. State 7  (Birmingham)
1922        Alabama 59, Miss. State 0 (Birmingham)
1925        Alabama 6, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1926        Alabama 26, Miss. State 7 (Meridian)
1927        Alabama 13, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1928        Alabama 46, Miss. State 0  (Starkville)
1922        Alabama 59, Miss. State 0 (Birmingham)
1931        Alabama 53, Miss. State 0 (Meridian)
1932        Alabama 53, Miss. State 0 (Montgomery)
1933        Alabama 18, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1934        Alabama 41, Miss. State 0 (Tusacloosa)
1935        Miss. State 20, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1936        Alabama 7, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1939        Alabama 7, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1940        Miss. State 13, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1941        Miss. State 14, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1942        Alabama 21, Miss. State 6 (Tuscaloosa)
1944        Alabama 19, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1945        Alabama 55, Miss. State 13 (Meridian)
1946        Alabama 24, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1948        Alabama 10, Miss. State 7  (Starkville)
1949        Alabama 35, Miss. State 6 (Tuscaloosa)
1950        Alabama 14, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1951        Alabama 7, Miss. State 0 (Starkville)
1952        Alabama 42, Miss. State 19 (Tuscaloosa)
1953        Alabama 7, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1954        Miss. State 12, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1955        Miss. State 26, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1956        Alabama 13, Miss. State 12 (Tuscaloosa)
1957        Miss. State 25, Alabama 13 (Tuscaloosa)
1958        Alabama 9, Miss. State 7 (Starkville)
1959        Alabama 10, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1960        Alabama 7, Miss. State 0 (Starkville)
1961        Alabama 24, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1962        Alabama 20, Miss. State 0 (Starkville)
1963        Alabama 20, Miss. State 19 (Tuscaloosa)
1964        Alabama 23, Miss. State 16 (Jackson)
1965        Alabama 10, Miss. State 7 (Jackson)
1966        Alabama 27, Miss. State 14 (Tuscaloosa)
1967        Alabama 13, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1968        Alabama 20, Miss. State 13 (Tuscaloosa)
1969        Alabama 23, Miss. State 19 (Jackson)
1970        Alabama 35, Miss. State 6 (Tuscaloosa)
1971        Alabama 41, Miss. State 10 (Jackson)
1972        Alabama 58, Miss. State 14 (Tuscaloosa)
1973        Alabama 35, Miss. State 0 (Jackson)
1974        Alabama 35, Miss. State 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1975        Alabama 21, Miss. State 10 (Jackson)
1976        Alabama 34, Miss. State 17 (Tuscaloosa)
1977        Alabama 37, Miss. State 7 (Jackson)
1978        Alabama 35, Miss. State 14 (Birmingham)
1979        Alabama 24, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1980        Miss. State 6, Alabama 3 (Jackson)
1981        Alabama 13, Miss. State 10 (Tuscaloosa)
1982        Alabama 20, Miss. State 12 (Jackson)
1983        Alabama 35, Miss. State 18 (Tuscaloosa)
1984        Alabama 24, Miss. State 20 (Jackson)
1985        Alabama 44, Miss. State 28 (Tuscaloosa)
1986        Alabama 38, Miss. State 3 (Starkville)
1987        Alabama 21, Miss. State 18 (Birmingham)
1988        Alabama 53, Miss. State 34 (Starkville)
1989        Alabama 23, Miss. State 10 (Birmingham)
1990        Alabama 22, Miss. State 0 (Starkville)
1991        Alabama 13, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1992        Alabama 30, Miss. State 21 (Starkville)
1993        Alabama 36, Miss. State 25 (Tuscaloosa)
1994        Alabama 29, Miss. State 25 (Starkville)
1995        Alabama 14, Miss. State 9 (Tuscaloosa)
1996        Miss. State 17, Alabama 16 (Starkville)
1997        Miss. State 32, Alabama 20 (Tuscaloosa)
1998        Miss. State 26, Alabama 14 (Starkville)
1999        Alabama 19, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
2000        Miss. State 26, Alabama 7 (Starkville)
2001        Alabama 24, Miss. State 17 (Tuscaloosa) 

BAMA-MSU SITES

The Alabama-Miss. State series has been hosted at eight different sites, with the majority of the games taking place in Tuscaloosa.  The two teams have met 44 times in Tuscaloosa, with UA holding a 36-7-1 lead.   

*Alabama and Miss. State are playing in Tuscaloosa for the second consecutive year.  The two teams met in Tuscaloosa last year on Nov. 8, with UA claiming a 24-17 come-from-behind win.

*Alabama and  MSU are meeting in Tuscaloosa in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1950s when UA hosted MSU six consecutive years at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

1952        Alabama 42, Miss. State 19 (Tuscaloosa)
1953        Alabama 7, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1954        Miss. State 12, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1955        Miss. State 26, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1956        Alabama 13, Miss. State 12 (Tuscaloosa)
1957        Miss. State 25, Alabama 13 (Tuscaloosa)

*The last time Miss. State played Alabama on the road in consecutive years was 1978-79 when the Bulldogs travelled to Birmingham (1978) and Tuscaloosa (1979) in back-to-back seasons.

1978        Alabama 35, Miss. State 14 (Birmingham)
1979        Alabama 24, Miss. State 7 (Tuscaloosa)

*Here is a look at the series record at various sites.

Site              Series Record
Tuscaloosa        UA leads, 36-7-1
Birmingham        UA leads,  6-2-1
Montgomery        UA leads,  1-0
Starkville        UA leads, 12-3
Jackson           UA leads,  9-1
Columbus          Series Tied, 1-1-1
Aberdeen          MSU leads, 2-0
Meridian          UA leads 3-0

*In games played in the state of Alabama, the Crimson Tide holds a 43-9-2 (.815) series lead.

*In games played in the state of Mississippi, the Crimson Tide holds a 25-7-1 (.773) series lead.

ALABAMA-MSU NOTEBOOK

*The Alabama roster contains three players from the state of Mississippi, including redshirt freshman kicker Mike McLaughlin (Gauiter), sophomore receiver Thurman Ward (Starkville) and junior linebacker Cornelius Wortham (Calhoun City).

*The Miss. State roster lists six players from the state of Alabama, including defensive tackle Lennie Day (Baker HS, Mobile), offensive tackle Avery House (Springville HS), center Blake Jones (Athens HS), offensive tackle David Stewart (Moulton, Ala. - Lawrence Co. HS),  linebacker Glenn Thompson (Birmingham - Midfield HS),  flanker Darius Tubbs (Bessemer - Jess Lanier HS).

*Coach Fran is 1-0 (1.000) in his coaching career against Miss. State, leading Alabama to a 24-17 win in Tuscaloosa last year.

*Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill is a graduate of the University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1966.  While at Alabama, Sherrill played seven different positions for the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1962-65.  He lettered three years at Alabama and played on the Tide’s 1964 and 1965 National Championship teams.  In 1966, Sherrill served as a graduate assistant coach on Bryant’s staff.

*Sherrill is 5-8 (.385) in his career against his alma mater, including a 5-6 (.455) record at Miss. State.  Sherrill was also 0-2 (.000) as head coach against Alabama while coaching at Texas A&M, losing in 1985 (23-10, Legion Field) and 1988 (30-10, College Station, Hurricane Bowl).

*Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Les Koenning, Jr., served as quarterbacks coach and receivers coach at Miss. State in the 1980s.  Koenning worked for coach Rockey Felker from 1986-89, before taking a position as receivers coach at Rice in 1990.

*Alabama receivers coach Kenith Pope served as linebackers coach at Miss. State under coach Jackie Sherrill from 1991-94.  Pope was on Sherrill’s first MSU staff during the 1991 season.

*First-year Alabama assistant coach Melvin Smith (safeties) spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Miss. State.  Smith coached the wide receivers in 1995 and then moved to defensive backs coach (1996-2001), where he spent the last six seasons under Jackie Sherrill.

*MSU defensive backs coach Curley Hallman is a former Alabama assistant coach under Paul Bryant (1973-76) and Gene Stallings (1996-97).  A native of Northport, Ala., Hallman graduated from Tuscaloosa County HS and later played for Stallings at Texas A&M.

*MSU coordinator of football operations Rockey Felker is also a former assistant coach at Alabama under Ray Perkins (1983-86).

*MSU offensive tackles and tight end coach Terry Lewis worked on Carl Torbush’s staff at North Carolina.  Lewis was the offensive line coach at UNC during Torbush’s three-year tenure (1998-2000) as head coach.  In fact, Lewis was the first assistant coach hired by Torbush at North Carolina.

*MSU receivers coach Craig Stump played collegiately at Texas A&M and faced the Crimson Tide as a player during the 1986 season at Legion Field.  Alabama won the game 23-10.

*Alabama Chancellor Dr. Malcom Portera is the former President at Miss. State University.  Portera was named MSU’s 16th president on Jan. 1, 1999 and remained in that position until accepting the post as UA’s Chancellor this past summer.  Prior to his tenure at Miss. State, Portera spent more than two decades of his administrative life at the University of Alabama, where he worked in Alabama’s offices of academic affairs and research and served as executive assistant to two president’s before being named vice president. 

Following his tenure at the University of Alabama, Portera served as Vice Chancellor of the UA system, representing the interests of three campuses in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Birmingham. Portera also earned his Ph.D. in political science from the Capstone.

*Alabama kicker Mike McLaughlin played on the same high school football team (Gautier HS) as MSU split end Ray Ray Bivens and flanker Antonio Hargro.

*Alabama receiver Thurman Ward and MSU defensive lineman Jason Clark were high school teammates at Starkville HS.

*Miss. State freshman split end Tee Milons is the younger brother of former Alabama receiver Freddie Milons (1998-2001). 

*Alabama wide receiver Zach Fletcher and MSU offensive lineman David Stewart played high school football together at Lawrence County High School in Moulton.

*Alabama offensive lineman Mark Sanders and MSU offensive tackle Avery House played on the same high school team at Springville HS.

NO TV

Alabama is playing its first non-televised since a 23-9 win at Ole Miss on Oct. 21, 1995.  That is a streak of 84 consecutive games televised dating back to the 1995 season.  In addition, the Alabama-Miss. State is not being televised for the first time since Oct. 29, 1988 when David Casteal scored four rushing touchdowns to lead Alabama to a 53-34 win at Scott Field in Starkville.

ALABAMA PLAYER STATS (vs. Miss. State)

Here is how the current Crimson Tide roster has fared in their careers against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

*Free safety Waine Bacon had seven tackles for the Crimson Tide in last year’s win over Miss. State.

*Tailback Santonio Beard was the Crimson Tide’s leading rusher in last year’s win over Miss. State.  As a sophomore, Beard ran 15 times for 95 yards and scored two TDs, helping Alabama to its 24-17 win.

*Beard scored the game’s first touchdown last season, scoring on a six-yard run with 6:44 left in the first quarter to give Bama a 7-0 lead. 

*Beard capped the Crimson Tide’s 14 point fourth quarter with a 14-yard run to give Alabama a 24-17 lead with 5:44 left in the game.  Beard’s 14-yard run resulted in the game-winning TD last year for the Crimson Tide.

*Defensive tackle Kenny King had a monster game against MSU in 1999, recording six tackles, four TFLs and four quarterback pressures.  King missed the 2000 game with an injury and recorded only one tackle in last year’s UA win.

*Junior quarterback Tyler Watts started last year’s game with Miss. State, but was injured in the first quarter and missed the remainder of the 2001 season.  Watts suffered a pulled groin on the Crimson Tide’s 10th play from scrimmage.  Watts was replaced by Andrew Zow, who completed 12 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one TD, leading Alabama to a 24-17 win.

*Linebacker Cornelius Wortham was Alabama’s leading tackler last year against Miss. State.  The Calhoun City, Miss., native recorded 10 tackles, including one TFL (-1) in the 24-17 win. 

TUSCALOOSA HISTORY LESSON

Mississippi State is the only team to have played Alabama at all three Tuscaloosa home sites.  The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs have played on the Quad (1893-1914), Denny Field (1915-28) and Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-present). 

*In addition, Mississippi State has won more games at Bryant-Denny Stadium (7) than any other Alabama opponent since the stadium opened in 1929.  MSU’s seven wins at Bryant-Denny Stadium accounts for 15.9 percent of UA’s losses in this stadium since 1929.

*The Bulldogs have recorded victories here at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1935, 1940, 1941, 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1997.

*Florida (4) and LSU (4) are the only other teams to win more than two games against Alabama here in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Team             Wins (Years)
Miss. State      7  (1935, 1940, 1941, 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1997)
Florida          4 (1951, 1963, 1990, 1998)
LSU              4 (1988, 1993, 1997, 2001)
TCU              2 (1955, 1956)
Penn State       2 (1986, 1990)
Arkansas         2 (1995, 1997)
Tennessee        2 (1999, 2001)
Villanova        1 (1951)
Southern Miss    1 (1982)
Vanderbilt       1 (1984)
Ole Miss         1 (1988)
La. Tech         1 (1997)
Central Florida  1 (2000)
Auburn           1 (2000)
UCLA             1 (2001)

BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM

Alabama’s on campus home since 1929, Bryant-Denny Stadium is one of college football’s most scenic venues. The Crimson Tide has compiled an all-time record of 185-31-3 (.852) in 219 games.

BRYANT-DENNY SIX-PACK

Alabama will match the school record with six games in Tuscaloosa this season.  The only other time in school history to see six Tuscaloosa games was in 1920, when the Crimson Tide posted a 6-0 Tuscaloosa record, including six shutouts under Xen Scott. Alabama played five games in Tuscaloosa last year and will set a new standard next year by playing seven games in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama posted a 10-1 record in 1920 under Coach Scott and shutout all six Tuscaloosa opponents by an combined 264-0.   The Crimson Tide averaged 44 points per game in Tuscaloosa that season.

*The shutouts included wins over Southern Military Academy (59-0), Marion Institute (49-0), Birmingham Southern (45-0), Mississippi College (57-0), Howard (33-0) and LSU (21-0).

SELLOUT STRING BROKEN

Entering the 2002 season, Alabama had a streak of 56 consecutive sellouts at Bryant-Denny Stadium, since the stadium was expanded after the Nov. 15, 1986 game with Temple.   That string was broken against North Texas when the Tide had a paid attendance of 79,818.  A new streak began when 83,818 faithful Tide fans watched Alabama beat Southern Miss 20-7 here on Sept. 21st.

ALL-TIME TUSCALOOSA RECORD

In addition to its impressive record at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-Present), Alabama has made Tuscaloosa a very difficult place to play for opposing football teams.  Alabama has compiled a 271-45-3 (.855) record in 319 all-time games in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama is 3-1 in Tuscaloosa this season after wins over North Texas, Southern Miss and nationally-ranked Ole Miss and a loss to top-ten ranked Georgia.

Site                  Record     Pct.
Quad                  42-11      .794
Denny Field           43-2       .956
Bryant-Denny          186-32-3   .851
Total                 271-45-3   .855

*Alabama’s first game on campus was a 4-0 loss to Birmingham Athletic Club on Oct. 14, 1893.

*From 1911-28, Alabama posted a 55-2 (.965) record in Tuscaloosa.  The 1929 season marked the opening of what is now known as Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant posted a remarkable 72-2 (.973) record in Tuscaloosa, losing only to Florida (1963) and Southern Miss (1982).  The USM game was the last game he ever coached at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*From 1963-82, Alabama posted an NCAA record 57-game home winning streak.  Miami has since broken that record with a 58-game home winning streak, but the Hurricanes record also includes three wins in the post-season Orange Bowl game.  All of UA’s 57 wins were in the regular-season.

*The 57-game winning streak is one of seven winning streaks longer than 15 games for the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

All-Time Tuscaloosa Winning Streaks

Strk       Dates
57         Oct. 26, 1963-Nov. 13, 1982
37         Nov. 18, 1911-Oct. 15, 1921
20         Nov. 1, 1941-Nov. 11, 1950
18*        Sept. 28, 1928-Sept. 28, 1935
18         Sept. 30, 1922-Oct. 6, 1928
16         Nov. 23, 1957-Oct. 12, 1963
15         Nov. 9, 1935-Oct. 12, 1940

*Alabama posted a 19-game unbeaten streak in Tuscaloosa from 1928-35.

*Here is a look at the all-time coaching records here at Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1929.

Coach (Years)          Record     Pct.
Wade (1929-30)         6-0       1.000
Thomas (1931-46)       37-3-1     .915
Drew (1947-54)         18-3-1     .841
Whitworth (1955-57)    2-4-1      .357
Bryant (1958-82)       72-2       .973
Perkins (1983-86)      11-2       .846
Curry (1987-89)        4-2        .667
Stallings (1990-96)    22-4       .846
DuBose (1997-2000)     9-8        .529
Franchione (2001-Pres) 5-4        .556

TUSCALOOSA OPENERS

Alabama made its 2002 Bryant-Denny Stadium debut on Sept. 14 with a 33-7 win over the North Texas Mean Green. The  Crimson Tide has compiled a 93-11-1 (.891) all-time record in Tuscaloosa openers, dating back to first opener in 1893.  The Crimson Tide did not play games in Tuscaloosa in 1892, 1894 and 1987 (stadium expansion).  UA also did not field a football team 1918 and 1943 as a result of World War I and World War II.

*From 1896-1950,  Alabama posted a 56-game unbeaten streak in Tuscaloosa openers, going 55-0-1 during that 56-year span.

*From 1964-89, Alabama won 25 consecutive Tuscaloosa openers.

*Since the 1991 season, Alabama is 9-3 (.750) in its Tuscaloosa debut.

TIDE ROAD RECORD

Following the 30-8 win over Vanderbilt  on Nov. 2, Alabama has compiled a 221-112-12 (.658) all-time record in 345 road games.  Under Coach Fran, Alabama is 5-3 (.625) in road games, winning at Vanderbilt and Auburn last year and at Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt  in 2002.  The Crimson Tide is 3-1 on the road this season, dropping a 37-27 decision at No. 2 Oklahoma on Sept. 7 and then picking up wins at Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.  The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

*Historically Alabama has been a strong road team.  From 1970-75, Alabama won a school record 21 consecutive road games.  From 1970-82, Alabama was 35-6 (.854) in road games.

*Since 1982, Alabama is 57-27-1 (.676) on the road.

*Coach Fran is the only coach in the history of Alabama football to record his first career win on the road.  Coach Fran’s first win at Alabama was a 12-9 victory at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8, 2001.

Road Records of UA Coaches

Coach (Years)                    Record
Wallace Wade (1923-30)           12-5-1 (.694)
Frank Thomas (1931-46)           37-13-3 (.726)
Red Drew (1947-54)               18-13-1 (.578)
J.B. Whitworth (1955-57)         2-9 (.222)
Paul Bryant (1958-82)            73-18-2 (.796)
Ray Perkins (1983-86)            9-5-1 (.594)
Bill Curry (1987-89)             12-3 (.800)
Gene Stallings (1990-96)         24-6 (.800)
Mike DuBose (1997-2000)          7-10 (.412)
Dennis Franchione (2001-Pres)    5-3 (.625)

*Since 1992, Alabama is 28-15 (.651) in SEC road games, compiling the third-best winning percentage in the league. 

*Only Florida (38-9, .808) and Tennessee (32-10, .762) have a better road record in SEC games than Alabama since the 1992 season.

*With wins over Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the Crimson Tide has won three consecutive road games in the same season for the first time since 1999. 

*Alabama travels to LSU on Nov. 16 seeking to win its fourth consecutive SEC road game, the Tide’s first four-game road streak since 1999 when beating Vanderbilt, Florida, Ole Miss and Auburn.

*Dating back to last year, Alabama has won its last four SEC road games, its longest road winning streak since a five-game winning streak in 1999.

*During the 2000-01 seasons, Alabama went 2-6 (.250) in SEC road games.

*Alabama’s last road win over a ranked opponent was a 34-14 win over Tennessee (16th AP/15th USA Today/Coaches) on Oct. 26, 2002 at Neyland Stadium.

*The last time Alabama defeated a Top 10 team on the road was a 40-39 overtime win over No. 3 Florida on Oct. 2, 1999 in Gainesville.

ROAD WARRIORS

In addition to seven home games this season, the Crimson Tide will also play six road games in 2002, matching the school record for most road games.  Alabama played six road games in 1946.  The Crimson Tide posted a 2-4 (.333) away from home that year, including losses at Tennessee (12-0), Georgia (14-0), LSU (31-21) and Boston College (13-7).  Alabama’s Nov. 23 trip to Boston marked the first time the Crimson Tide football team traveled by plane.  The game was also contested at historic Braves Field.

*The 2002 season marks the first time since 1941 that Alabama will play at Vanderbilt and Tennessee in the same season.  The Crimson Tide played at Knoxville on Oct. 26  and at Nashville on Nov. 2.

*The 2002 season also marks the first time since 1991 that Alabama will not play at least one game in the state of Mississippi. 

*Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU and Hawaii were a combined 26-8 (.765) at home last year.

*Oklahoma entered the 2002 season with a 17-1 (.944) record at home under Bob Stoops.  The Sooners’ 17-game winning streak was snapped with a 16-13 loss to rival Oklahoma State on Nov. 24, 2001.

*Arkansas entered to the Alabama game with a 25-3 record at home under Houston Nutt.  The Crimson Tide’s 30-12 win over the Razorbacks snapped Arkansas’ eight-game home winning streak.

*Alabama also had a three-game losing streak at Tennessee prior to this year’s 34-14 victory.  The Tide had not beaten the Vols in Knoxville since 1994.

*The Crimson Tide lost at LSU in 2000, snapping a 15-game unbeaten streak against the Tigers in Baton Rouge.  Prior to the 2000 season, Alabama had not lost in Tiger Stadium since 1969.

FRAN AFTER 20 GAMES

Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione has compiled a 13-7 (.650) record through his first 20 games, making him one of the school’s winningest coaches at that point in his UA career.

*In terms of total wins, Coach Fran is the school’s fourth winningest coach after 20 games with his 13-7 ledger.  Since 1923, only Frank Thomas, Wallace Wade and Gene Stallings had more wins than Coach Fran after 20 career games at Alabama.

*In terms of winning percentage, Coach Fran’s 20-game mark (13-7, .650) ranks fifth all-time at Alabama, trailing Thomas, Wade, Bryant and Stallings since the 1923 season.

ALL-TIME COACHING WINS AFTER 20 GAMES

Coach                  20-Game Record
Frank Thomas           17-3 (.850)
Wallace Wade           16-3-1 (.825)
Gene Stallings         14-6 (.700)
Dennis Franchione      13-7 (.650)
Bill Curry             13-7 (.650)
Paul Bryant            12-5-3 (.675)
Red Drew               12-7-1 (.625)
Ray Perkins            11-9 (.550)
Mike DuBose            10-10 (.500)
J.B. Whitworth         2-18-1 (.125)

ALL-TIME COACHING WINS AFTER 10 GAMES

Coach                  10-Game Record
Frank Thomas           9-1 (.900)
Red Drew               8-2 (.800)
Wallace Wade           7-2-1 (.750)
Ray Perkins            7-3 (.700)
Bill Curry             7-3 (.700)
Gene Stallings         6-4 (.600)
Paul Bryant            5-4-1 (.550)
Dennis Franchione      5-5 (.500)
Mike DuBose            4-6 (.400)
J.B. Whitworth         0-10 (.000)

*Coach Fran was 5-5 (.500) following his first 10 games as head coach of the Crimson Tide. He then won eight of his next 10 games, which is the second most wins in Alabama history for a head coach between games 11 through 20 of his UA coaching career.  Only Wallace Wade had a better record than Coach Fran from games 11 through 20, posting a 9-1 mark during the 1924-25 seasons.  In addition to Coach Fran, Stallings and Thomas also posted 8-2 records at Alabama.

ALABAMA’S WINNINGEST COACHES (Games 11-20)

Coach                  Best Record
Wallace Wade           9-1 (.900)
Dennis Franchione      8-2 (.800)
Gene Stallings         8-2 (.800)
Frank Thomas           8-2 (.800)
Paul Bryant            7-3 (.700)
Mike DuBose            6-4 (.600)
Bill Curry             6-4 (.600)
Red Drew               4-5-1 (.450)
Ray Perkins            4-6 (.400)
J.B. Whitworth         2-8 (.200)


 

 

     
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