Tuesday, November 11, 2003
#3 LSU Fighting Tigers (8-1, 4-1) vs.
Alabama Crimson Tide (4-6, 2-4)
November 15, 2003 6:45 p.m. CDT (ESPN)
Bryant-Denny Stadium Tuscaloosa, AL
COMPLETE GAME NOTES:
ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:
- This is the first LSU-Alabama game to be played at night in Tuscaloosa.
- Alabama is 0-3-1 (.000) in night games with LSU in the state of Alabama, with the last one coming on Nov. 8, 1986 (LSU 14, UA 10) at Legion Field.
- Overall, Alabama is 14-5-2 (.714) in series night games.
- The home team has struggled in this series since the 1970 season, posting a 9-23-1 (.288) record.
- Saturday's game will feature the SECs leading rusher in Alabama's Shaud Williams (114.0 yds) against the nation's top-ranked rushing defense in LSU (60.3 yds).
- Williams needs 55 rushing yards for 3,000 career yards at Texas Tech and Alabama.
- LSU (6) and Alabama (5) lead the SEC in non-offensive touchdowns this season.
- LSU (28) and Alabama (25) rank first and second in the SEC in quarterback sacks this season.
- Dre Fulgham needs three yards for 1,000 career receiving yards at UA.
- Zach Fletcher has 169 receiving yards in last 2 games.
BAMA HOSTS LSU IN 2003 HOME FINALE
Coming off its most impressive win of the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-6, 1-4 SEC) will close out its 2003 home football schedule with a nationally televised game against the third-ranked LSU Fighting Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) this Saturday, Nov. 15 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be broadcast to a national cable audience by ESPN and ESPN HD beginning at 6:47 p.m. (CST) from the Alabama campus. The LSU game is Alabama's school record seventh game in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. The previous record was six games here at Bryant-Denny Stadium set in 1920 and 2002. LSU is the third Top 10 team to play in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season, joining No. 1 Oklahoma (Sept. 6) and No. 9 Arkansas (Sept. 27). Overall, LSU is the fourth Top 25 team to play in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. Both are school records. Handling the announcing duties for ESPN are Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (analyst) and Adrian Karsten (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.
UA IN 109th FOOTBALL SEASON
The University of Alabama is in its 109th football season and has compiled a 758-290-43 (.715) all-time record in 1,091 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).
THE HEAD COACHES
Alabama head coach Mike Shula (4-6, .400) 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. LSU head coach Nick Saban has compiled a 34-13 (.723) record in his fourth season at LSU. He led the Tigers to the 2001 SEC Championship with a win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. Overall, Saban has posted a 77-39 (.664) in 10 seasons as a Division I head coach. He had previous head coaching stints at Toledo (9-2) and Michigan State (34-24-1).
Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU, 43-18-5 (.685) in a series that dates back to 1895. The home team has posted a 9-23-1 (.288) record in the series in the last 33 meetings. Alabama beat LSU 31-0 last year in Baton Rouge, while LSU won the last meeting here in Tuscaloosa (35-21), with a record-setting passing day from quarterback Rohan Davey.
Alabama closes out the 2003 season with two straight road games, beginning Saturday, Nov. 22 at Auburn. The game time has not been determined at this time.
*Kickoff on the Quad begins at 11:30 a.m. at the UA Quad with food, entertainment, autograph guests and more.
*The LSU game marks the final home game for Alabama seniors, who will be recognized in a ceremony prior to kickoff.
*Former Alabama middle linebacker and Tuscaloosa native Marvin Constant will be signing autographs in the legends tent from 4-4:45 p.m. on the Quad.
*Constant will also present the game ball at midfield prior to the Alabama-LSU game. Constant's career was cut short when he tore ligaments in his knee after making a game-saving tackle against LSU QB Josh Booty at the goal-line in a 23-17 win in 1999.
*The Alabama baseball team (4:45-5:30 PM) will sign autographs in the Mayfield Dairy Tent this weekend.
Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU 43-18-5 (.689) in a series that dates back to the 1895 season.
*The Fighting Tigers won the inaugural meeting (12-6) played in Baton Rouge on Nov. 18, 1895. The two teams did not meet again until the 1902 season, with LSU prevailing once again. Alabama's first series win came on Nov. 9, 1903 in Baton Rouge as the Crimson Tide scored a 10-0 victory.
*LSU won four of the first six meetings in the series, before Alabama began to take control at the conclusion of World War I. From 1919-45, Alabama posted a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) against LSU.
*The Fighting Tigers would gain a slight advantage over the next nine meetings, posting a 5-3-1 record from 1946-58.
*In 1964, the series became one-sided in favor of the Crimson Tide. Alabama would go 16-2 (.889) against LSU from 1964-81, including a series-long 11-game winning streak from 1971-81.
*During Paul Bryant's era as head coach (1958-82), UA posted a 16-4 (.800) mark against LSU, which included a five-game winning streak (1964-68) and a 11-game winning streak (1971-81). LSU's four wins over Bryant's teams came in 1958, 1969, 1970 and 1982.
*Since 1982, the Crimson Tide holds a narrow 12-8-1 (.595) series lead with the Tigers. Included in that stretch was a four-game winning streak by Alabama from 1989-92.
*LSU also ended UA's school record 31-game (30-0-1) unbeaten streak with a 17-13 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1993.
*LSU enters the 2003 season having won four of the last seven meetings in the series, including a 35-21 win in the last meeting at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*The Tigers also snapped a 15-game winless streak to the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium with a 30-28 win in Baton Rouge on Nov. 4, 2000.
*Alabama posted a 31-0 win last year in Baton Rouge.
*LSU has won three of the last five meetings here in Tuscaloosa.
*The LSU series is the fourth oldest series in the UA record books. The series dates back to 1895.
*LSU and Southern Miss are the only two teams to play Alabama at all four home sites -- Crampton Bowl, Ladd Stadium, Legion Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*This will be the 35th Alabama-LSU game here in the state of Alabama.
*Alabama has shutout LSU 15 times, including last year's 31-0 win in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide's biggest shutout win was a 42-0 decision in 1925.
*LSU has shutout Alabama three times and not since 1997 here in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers' biggest shutout win came in 1957 (28-0).
*Alabama's longest series winning streak is 11 games from 1971-82.
*LSU has never won more than two straight games against Alabama.
*The first meeting between Alabama and LSU took place on Monday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The game had originally been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15th. This is believed to be the only Monday game in UA football history.
*Alabama defeated LSU 6-4 in Mobile during the 1907 season on a 75-yard TD run by Thomas Reidy.
*The Crimson Tide's 21-0 win in Baton Rouge during the 1919 season was the first win of a then school record 12-game winning streak for Alabama.
*This was also the start of the first 10-game winning streak in school history.
*Alabama and LSU played to 27-27 tie in Baton Rouge on Sept. 30, 1944, marking the first Alabama football game since the Jan. 1, 1943 Orange Bowl win over Boston College (37-21). The Crimson Tide did not field a football team in 1943 due to World War II.
*Legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's first game as head coach of the Crimson Tide was against LSU. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 13-3 on Sept. 27, 1958 at Mobile's Ladd Stadium.
*Also, the bleachers collapsed as Ladd Stadium that night due to the overflow crowd attracted by Bryant's debut.
*Alabama recorded its 500th all-time win with a 21-7 victory over LSU on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22) in 1973.
*LSU beat Alabama 19-18 in a classic game here in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5, 1988, marking the Tigers' first win on the UA campus since 1902 and first-ever in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*Alabama's 650th win (32-16) came against LSU on Nov. 11, 1989 in Baton rouge as UA clinched a share of its first SEC Championship since 1981
*Alabama's 700th on-the-field win also came in Baton Rouge on Nov. 5, 1994 as the Tide claimed a 35-17 win.
*LSU shutout Alabama 27-0 on Nov. 8, 1997, marking just the sixth time the Crimson Tide had ever been shutout in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
There's no place like home, unless you play in the Alabama-LSU football series.
*A streaky series at best, this matchup between Alabama and LSU has produced some interesting results.
*The Crimson Tide holds a 43-18-5 series lead over the Tigers in a series that has been dominated by the road team.
*The road team has compiled a 9-23-1 (.288) since the 1970 season.
*The road team won every game in the Alabama-LSU series from 1981-89, with the exception of a 14-14 tie in Baton Rouge in 1985.
*Alabama snapped the nine-game unbeaten streak by the road team with a 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa during the 1990 season.
*Since 1991, the road team is 9-3 (.750) in the last 12 games, including a two-game winning streak.
*Since 1969, Alabama is 15-1-1 (.912) in Baton Rouge.
*On the flip side, LSU has won seven of the last 10 games played in the state of Alabama, including four straight wins in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.
BAMA-LSU SERIES AT VARIOUS SITES
The Alabama-LSU series has been played at six different sites since the initial meeting in 1895.
*The city of Baton Rouge has hosted the most games in the series (31), with Alabama posting a 23-6-2 (.774) record on the LSU campus.
*Only one other Louisiana city has hosted this series, with Alabama and LSU playing to a 7-7 tie in New Orleans in 1921.
*Four Alabama cities have played host to this rivalry, including Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham.
*The 2003 meeting will be the 14th game between Alabama and LSU in Tuscaloosa, making the UA campus the most frequent host of this game. Birmingham has hosted the Alabama-LSU game 13 times.
ALABAMA-LSU SERIES RECORD BY SITES
Site Series Record
Baton Rouge UA leads, 23-6-2
New Orleans Series Tied, 0-0-1
Tuscaloosa UA leads 9-5
Birmingham UA leads 8-5-1
Montgomery UA leads 2-0
Mobile LSU leads 2-1-1
BAMA-LSU SERIES NOTEBOOK
*Alabama and LSU have met every year since 1964.
*Alabama head coach Mike Shula will be facing LSU for the first time in his head coaching career.
*As an Alabama player, Shula was 0-2-1 against the Tigers.
*LSU coach Nick Saban is 2-1 (.667) in his head coaching career against Alabama.
*The are no players on the Alabama roster from the state of Louisiana.
*LSU has five players on its football roster from the state of Alabama, including LB Kenneth Hollis (Adamsville), QB JaMarcus Russell (Mobile), DT Melvin Oliver (Opelika), DT Brandon Washington (Tuscaloosa) and LB Chris McCauley (Homewood).
*Alabama receivers coach Charlie Harbison served as the defensive backs coach at LSU each of the last two seasons (2001-02).
*LSU tight ends coach Lance Thompson served as the defensive line coach at Alabama under Mike DuBose during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
*LSU offensive coordinator and QB coach Jimbo Fisher served as quarterbacks coach at Auburn under Terry Bowden from 1993-98. The Tigers posted a 3-3 record against the Crimson Tide during that six-year period.
*LSU's Director of Athletic Training, Jack Marucci, earned his master's degree from Alabama in 1988. He spent two years with the Crimson Tide football and baseball teams as a graduate assistant trainer.
*This Saturday's game will feature the SECs leading rusher in Alabama's Shaud Williams (114.0 yards) against the nation's top-ranked rushing defense in LSU (60.3 yards).
*In addition, Alabama ranks third in the SEC with 174.0 rushing yards per game.
*LSU has allowed only one opponent (Louisiana Tech) to rush for 100 yards this season.
*LSU (6) and Alabama (5) lead the SEC in non-offensive touchdowns this season.
*LSU (28) and Alabama (25) rank first and second in the SEC in quarterback sacks this season.
*LSU is 5-9 (.357) against Alabama here in Tuscaloosa, but four of those wins have come since 1988. The Fighting Tigers wins have come in 1902, 1988, 1993, 1997 and 2001.
*This is the highest ranked LSU team ever to play against Alabama. The previous high was 5th in 1987.
*This Saturday's game marks just the fifth time that Alabama plays LSU when the Tigers are ranked in the Top 10.
LSU's Top 10 Rankings vs. Alabama
Year Ranking Result
1964 8th Alabama 17, LSU 9
1972 6th Alabama 35, LSU 21
1973 7th Alabama 21, LSU 7
1987 5th Alabama 22, LSU 10
2003 3rd LSU at Alabama
2002 RECAP - ALABAMA 31, LSU 0
The 10th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide posted its first shutout since the 1997 season with a 31-0 win over the 12th ranked LSU Fighting Tigers in Baton Rouge.
*Prior to last year's LSU game the last time Alabama recorded a shutout was a 20-0 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 11, 1997.
*The 67 games between shutouts is the longest such streak in school history.
*Alabama took a 14-0 lead just before halftime with a nine-play, 96 yard drive in less than two minutes (1:41).
*All 96 yards came on the ground and the only pass attempt came on a "spike" to kill the clock by quarterback Tyler Watts, who capped the drive with a two-yard TD run.
*Shaud Williams (16-131) and Santonio Beard (18-109-2) both ran for 100 yards in the win over LSU.
*In addition, Sam Collins (5-115) had over 100 yards receiving, giving Alabama two 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver in the same game for only the second time in school history.
*Zach Fletcher caught a 27-yard TD pass from Watts in the fourth quarter.
*The 31-0 win at LSU marked the fifth time in school history the Crimson Tide posted a shutout against a Top 25 team.
Alabama Shutouts vs. Ranked Teams
Nov. 28, 1959 Bama 10, (11) Auburn 0
Jan. 1, 1963 Bama 17, (8)) Oklahoma 0
Nov. 2, 1974 Bama 35, (17) Miss. St 0
Nov. 9, 1996 Bama 26, (12) LSU 0
Nov. 16, 2003 Bama 31, (12) LSU 0
*Alabama's 31-0 win at LSU was also the the second-largest margin of victory over a Top 25 club.
Largest Margin of Victory (vs. Top 25)
Margin Result of Game
35 Alabama 38, Miss. State 3 (1986)
35 Alabama 35, Miss. State 0 (1974)
31 Alabama 31, LSU 0 (2002)
30 Alabama 36, UCLA 6 (1976)
29 Alabama 35, Ohio State 6 (1978)
28 Alabama 30, Baylor 2 (1981)
27 Alabama 34, Nebraska 7 (1967)
26 Alabama 26, LSU 0 (1996)
24 Alabama 31, Auburn 7 (2001)
24 Alabama 31, Auburn 7 (1971)
2001 RECAP - LSU 35, Alabama 21
LSU posted 611 yards of total offense, the most ever generated against the Alabama defense en route to a 35-21 win in 2001. Here are some notes from the last meeting here in Tuscaloosa.
*The Tigers offense had 611 total yards, the most ever allowed by an Alabama defense.
*The previous record was 609 yards by Ole Miss in the Crimson Tide's 33-32 win over the Rebels in 1969.
*LSU QB Rohan Davey completed 35 of 44 passes for 528 yards and two TDs. The 35 completions and 528 passing yards were also the most ever allowed by Alabama.
*Davey's marks bettered those of Archie Manning set in a 33-32 loss to Alabama in 1969.
*Davey also accounted for 540 total yards in last year's game, tying Archie Manning's record set in a 33-32 loss to Alabama on Oct. 4, 1969.
*Wide receiver Josh Reed had 19 catches for 293 yards and one TD, setting SEC and LSU single-game records for receptions and receiving yards.
*LSU tailback LaBrandon Toefield had 23 rushing attempts for 73 yards and scored three TDs in the in last year.
Alabama has compiled a 118-36-7 (.755) all-time record in its previous 161 night games.
*The Crimson Tide's first-ever night game was a 26-0 win over Spring Hill College at Murphy High School in Mobile on Sept. 27, 1940.
*The first-ever Tuscaloosa night game was a 48-6 win over Duquesne on Oct. 8, 1948.
*The LSU game is the fourth night game of the season for the Crimson Tide.
*Earlier this year, Alabama played a school record three consective night games here in Bryant-Denny Stadium against No. 1 Oklahoma (Sept. 6), Kentucky (Sept. 13) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 20).
*Prior to this year, the last time Alabama played three consecutive night games was last season against North Texas, Southern Miss and at Arkansas.
*The four night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season are also a school record for the Crimson Tide.
The LSU game will mark just the 22nd night game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the fifth in the last 10 games played on campus.
*The LSU game is set for a 6:47 p.m. kickoff and will establish a school record for most night games (4) in a season here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
*The Crimson Tide played two night games here last year for the first time in school history.
*Overall, Alabama has compiled a 17-4 (.810) record in Bryant-Denny Stadium night games.
SERIES NIGHT GAMES
The 2003 Alabama-LSU game will mark the 22nd night game in series history, but the first in the state of Alabama since 1986.
*Alabama holds a 14-5-2 (.714) lead in night games against LSU.
*The 2003 game also marks the second straight night game in the series, marking the first time the two schools have played back-to-back night games since 1986-87.
HISTORIC NIGHT GAME
This is the first Alabama-LSU game to be played under the lights in Tuscaloosa.
*The Crimson Tide has played only four home night games in series history with LSU, with the last one taking place on Nov. 8, 1986 at Legion Field.
*The Tigers claimed a hard-fought 14-10 win over the Crimson Tide in front of a packed house and national ESPN cable audience.
*Overall, Alabama is 0-3-1 (.000) in home night games against LSU. The two teams met three times in the 1950s at Mobile's Ladd Stadium.
*Night games are synonomous with LSU football in Tiger Stadium. In fact, Alabama and LSU have played 17 night games on the LSU campus since the initial game under the lights in 1944.
*Alabama is 14-2-1 (.853) in night games at Tiger Stadium.
Here is the statistical comparison between Alabama and LSU entering Saturday's game.
BAMA-LSU STATS BREAKDOWN
Category BAMA MSU
Points Scored 276 321
Average 27.6 35.7
Points Allowed 241 86
Average 24.1 9.6
Rushing Yards 174.0 169.7
Passing Yards 189.9 258.6
Total Offense 363.9 428.2
Rushing Defense 112.0 60.3
Passing Defense 216.5 203.9
Total Defense 328.5 264.2
Turnovers 15 18
Fumbles 5 8
Interceptions 10 10
Penalties Per Game 5.9 7.4
Average Yards 49.7 62.0
Punting (No-Avg) 52-2044 38-1629
Punting Avg 39.3 42.9
Net Punting 34.7 40.3
Time of Possession 31:11 32:42
Third Down Conv. 55-148 53-121
Percentage .371 .438
Fourth Down Conv. 11-18 8-14
Percentage .611 .571
Sacks By 25 (-180) 28 (-234)
RUSHING LEADERS Att-Yds-TD
Shaud Williams (UA) 233-1,140-12
Ray Hudson (UA) 83-405-1
Justin Vincent (LSU) 64-383-5
Joseph Addai (LSU) 84-369-2
Shyrone Casey (LSU) 65-307-6
PASSING LEADERS Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD
Brodie Croyle (UA) 137-242-8-1,722-13
Spencer Pennington (UA) 13-29-1-159-1
Matt Mauck (LSU) 150-230-7-1924-19
Marcus Randall (LSU) 25-39-1-403-2
RECEIVING LEADERS Rec-Yds-TD
Triandos Luke (UA) 27-363-4
Dre Fulgham (UA) 25-404-4
Michael Clayton (LSU) 45-705-6
D. Henderson (LSU) 38-626-9
Skyler Green (LSU) 33-396-4
Bo Freelend (UA) 50-2044-40.9-2
Donnie Jones (LSU) 38-1629-42.9-0
PUNT RETURNS No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Brandon Brooks (UA) 4-56-14.0-0
Shaud Williams (UA) 19-133-7.0-1
KICKOFF RETURNS No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Ramzee Robinson (UA) 10-166-16.6-0
Ray Hudson (UA) 10-202-20.2-0
D. Henderson (LSU) 8-206-25.8-0
LEADING TACKLERS Solo-Ast-Total
DeMeco Ryans (UA) 62-46-108
Roman Harper (UA) 64-28-92
Charles Jones (UA) 43-35-78
LaRon Landry (LSU) 35-16-51
Lionel Turner (LSU) 30-19-49
Jack Hunt (LSU) 31-16-47
SACKS LEADERS Sacks-Yds Lost
Antwan Odom (UA) 7.5 (-53)
N. McKay-Loescher (UA) 5 (-48)
Derrick Pope (UA) 4 (-27)
Chad Lavalais (LSU) 6 (-48)
LSU SERIES IS A LONG ONE
For now, the Alabama-LSU series ranks as the fourth-longest in Crimson Tide history. The two teams will be meeting for the 67th time on Saturday.
*The Alabama-Auburn game next weekend will also be the 67th meeting in the series, tying the UA-LSU series for the fourth-longest in school history.
MOST GAMES VS. OPPONENT (All-Time)
Opponent Games 1st Meeting
Miss. State 88 1896
Tennessee 86 1901
Vanderbilt 79 1903
LSU 67 1895
Auburn 66 1892
*In addition, the LSU game is the third oldest series in the UA record books as the two teams first met in 1895.