ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE FOOTBALL NOTES
The LSU Game - Saturday, November 11, 2006 Tiger Stadium
PREGAME NOTES: The Alabama captains for the LSU game were center Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery), defensive back Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville) and fullback Le’Ron McClain (Northport) ... Alabama won the toss and deferred to the second half ... LSU received and defended the east goal ... The actual kickoff time was 6:47 p.m. (ET) ... Attendance was 92,588, the second largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history.
GAME PARTICIPATION: Alabama dressed 70 players for its game with LSU with 54 playing at least one snap in the first half. On defense, Bobby Greenwood (Prattville) and Eric Gray (Trinity) earned their first starts of the season. Marcus Carter (Fort Payne) also drew a start for the first time since the Ole Miss game on Oct. 14 as Rashad Johnson (Sulligent) started the previous three games. It was his eighth start of the season. Keith Brown (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) returned to the starting lineup after a three-game absence since he was injured against Ole Miss. Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) made his second start of the season and third time in his career. He also started against Florida International two weeks ago. Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery), Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) and Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) each extended their Alabama longest start streaks to 23 straight games. Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) has played in more games (41) than any other Alabama player without a career start.
LSU SERIES: Alabama and LSU met for the 70th time on Saturday with Alabama holding a 43-22-5 lead in the series after the Tigers earned a 28-14 victory.
* Mike Shula, now in his fourth season as the head coach at Alabama, has a 26-22 career record. He is 13-18 in SEC games.
* John Parker Wilson (Hoover) became the seventh quarterback in Alabama history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season. He moved passed Mike Shula, Freddie Kitchens and Scott Hunter in to fourth on the single season list with 2,287 yards. He is 16 yards shy of Brodie Croyle for third on the charts.
* Wilson finished the game with career highs of 22 completions (35 att.) and 291 yards. He threw two touchdowns and one interception. He completed passes to eight different receivers in the game.
* Wilson also moved into fourth on the single season list with 313 pass attempts, fourth with 180 completions and tied for third with 14 touchdown passes. He already holds the single season record with seven straight 200 yard passing games to begin the season.
* The 200-yard game for Wilson was his eighth 200-yard passing game of the season. The mark is tied for the most in a single season by an Alabama quarterback. Gary Hollingsworth also tallied eight 200-yard games in 1989. Wilson set a school record with seven-straight 200-yard passing games to start the season. The eight games with over 200 yards puts Wilson in fifth on the career charts. Brodie Croyle and Andrew Zow are tied for the record with 14 200-yard games.
* Two Alabama wide receivers rank among the top-10 all-time in receptions and receiving yards in school history. DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) is third with 121 receptions and second with 1,861 yards. Keith Brown is eighth with 1,481 yards and 10th with 91 receptions.
* Hall finished the game with eight catches for 142 yards. He extended his school records to seven 100-yard receiving games in a season and 10 in his career.
* Will Oakley (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.) set career highs with four catches for 51 yards. His previous best was 33 yards earlier this season against Ole Miss.
* Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) recorded his second career touchdown reception in the first quarter on a 29-yard pass from Wilson. It was his longest career reception. His previous long was 17 yards against Florida in 2005. The 29 yards also matched his career high for total receiving yards in a single game.
* Nikita Stover (Hartselle) caught a six-yard pass in the second quarter for his first career touchdown. The touchdown came on his sixth career catch.
* Following Stover’s touchdown reception, Alabama’s Jeffrey Dukes recovered an onside kick, the first for the Crimson Tide since Oct. 18, 2003, when Thurman Ward recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss.
* Matt Collins (Clay) recorded his first career sack in the third quarter when he brought down JaMarcus Russell for a 17-yard loss.
* Wilson’s fumble on the last play of the first half was the first fumble Alabama has lost since the Arkansas game, spanning 363 offensive snaps.
* Keiland Williams’ 38-yard touchdown run on the Tiger’s opening drive was the longest touchdown run of the season allowed by Alabama. It was the second longest run allowed after a 45-yard scamper by Florida’s Chris Leak on Sept. 30.
* The touchdown run was only the second time in 11 games this season that the Crimson Tide allowed a touchdown on its opponents opening drive. Mississippi State scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass last weekend. It was the third time an opponent scored on its opening drive. Hawai’i posted a field goal in the season opener on Sept. 2.
* The Tigers scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions in the game. The three drives totaled 20 plays for 221 yards, an average of 11 yards per play. LSU scored 14 points in the first quarter while Alabama had only allowed 23 points in the opening stanza in the first 10 games.
* LSU had two plays of 30 or more yards against the Crimson Tide. Alabama had only allowed 11 offensive plays of over 30 yards in its first 10 games. Hawai’i, Duke and Mississippi State each had two plays of over 30 yards against the Crimson Tide.
NEXT GAME: Alabama will play conclude its regular season next Saturday, November 18 at 2:34 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium when they host in-state rival Auburn ... The game will be televised by CBS, marking the eighth television appearance this season for the Crimson Tide and fifth time on CBS.