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Game 11: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE vs. LSU TIGERS
November 16, 2002 - Tiger Stadium - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
8:10 p.m. (CST) ESPN

Alabama Quick Notes: Alabama is 12-2 (.857) in its last 14 games and 7-1 (.875) in its last eight SEC games...The Crimson Tide enters the LSU with a four-game winning streak and four-game SEC road winning streak...During UA's four-game winning streak, UA's quarterbacks, Tyler Watts and Broide Croyle, have thrown for 884 yards, an average of 221 yards per game...In addition, the two QBs have the exact same number of passing yadrs (442) in the last four games...Alabama leads the SEC in sacks (34), while LSU has given up the fewest sacks (9) in the league this season...Bama is 13-2-1 all-time in night games at Tiger Stadium...The LSU game marks Alabama's fifth night game this season, including three SEC road games at Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU...WR Triandos Luke seeks his school-record tying third straight 100-yard receiving game against LSU.

ALABAMA VISITS LSU

The Alabama Crimson Tide (8-2, 5-1 SEC) football team hits the road again this weekend, this time meeting the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.  The Tide is coming off a workman-like, 28-14 win over Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 8:10 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPN.  LSU (8-2, 4-1 SEC) is coming off last week's "Miracle in the Bluegrass" victory at Kentucky (33-30).  Of interest, too, this Saturday's game pits two of the nation's top three defenses.  LSU (246.4) is ranked first, while Alabama (249.1) is ranked third in the national stats. The Crimson Tide is playing its third SEC road game on ESPN this season.  UA also played on the all-sports cable network at Arkansas and Tennessee.  Handling the announcing duties for ESPN will be 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) 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 752-283-44 (.717) all-time record in 1,079 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 15-7 (.682) in his tenure with the Crimson Tide.  Overall, Franchione is in his 20th season as a head coach and has compiled a 153-72-2 (.678) lifetime ledger at Southwestern (Kansas) College, Pittsburg State, Southwest Texas State, New Mexico, TCU and Alabama.  LSU head coach Nick Saban is in his 3rd season as head coach at LSU and 9th overall.  He is 25-9 (.734) with the Tigers and 68-35-1 (.668) in his head coaching career.  He had previous head coaching stints at Toledo (9-2) and Michigan State (34-24-1).

THE SERIES

Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU,  42-18-5  (.685) in a series that dates back to 1895.  Saturday's game will mark the 66th meeting between the two schools.  The home team has struggled over the past three decades, winning just nine times in 31 meetings.  Alabama has lost only one game in Baton Rouge (30-28, 2000) since 1969.  LSU currently has a two-game winning streak over the Tide, winning 30-28 in 2000 and 35-21 in 2001.

GAME CAPTAINS

Game captains for the LSU game are Sam Collins (split end),  Lane Bearden (punter), Gerald Dixon (cornerback) and Waine Bacon (strong safety).

NEXT WEEK

Alabama returns home to face its arch-rival Auburn in a nationally televised game by CBS Sports.  Kickoff for the annual Alabama-Auburn game is set for 2:30 p.m. (CST).  This will be the Crimson Tide's final SEC game and the final game on the mainland for the 2002 season.  Alabama will close out the season at Hawai'i on Saturday, Nov. 30 in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

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 four opponents ranked in this week's football polls. 

Opponent      AP        USA Today
Oklahoma      6th       T4th
Georgia       7th       7th
LSU           12th      14th
Auburn        24th      NR

*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)

BAMA SURPASSES 2001 WIN TOTAL

The Crimson Tide has posted an 8-2 record after 10 games of the 2002 season, surpassing its win total from the 2001 year.  Coach Fran inherited an Alabama team that had gone 3-8 and suffered its second losing season in four years.  After a slow start last year (3-5), the Crimson Tide won its last four games, including a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl, to finish the season with a 7-5 ledger. 

*Below is a look at the all-time record of Alabama coaches in their first and second years with the Crimson Tide.

Coach                 1st Year       2nd Year
Eli Abbott            0-3 (1893)     3-1 (1894)
W.B. Blount           3-4 (1903)     7-3 (1904)
J.W.H. Pollard        5-1 (1906)     5-1-2 (1907)
D.V. Graves           5-2-2 (1911)   5-3-1 (1912)
Thomas Kelley         6-2 (1915)     6-3 (1916)
Xen Scott             8-1 (1919)     10-1 (1920)
Wallace Wade          7-2-1 (1923)   8-1 (1924)
Frank Thomas          9-1 (1931)     8-2 (1932)
Red Drew              8-3 (1947)     6-4-1 (1948)
J.B. Whitworth        0-10 (1955)    2-7-1 (1956)
Paul Bryant           5-4-1 (1958)   7-2-2 (1959)
Ray Perkins           8-4 (1983)     5-6 (1984)
Bill Curry            7-5 (1987)     9-3 (1988)
Gene Stallings        7-5 (1999)     11-1 (1991)
Mike DuBose           4-7 (1997)     7-5 (1998)
Dennis Franchione     7-5 (2001)     8-2 (2002)

*Below is a look at the improved win totals of Alabama coaches from their first season with the Crimson Tide to the second season.

Coach                    Improvement
Gene Stallings           +4
W.B. Blount              +4
Mike DuBose              +3
Eli Abbott               +3
Xen Scott                +2
J.B. Whitworth           +2
Paul Bryant              +2
Dennis Franchione        +1
Wallace Wade             +1
J.W.H. Pollard            0
D.V. Graves               0
Thomas Kelley             0
Frank Thomas             -1
Red Drew                 -2
Ray Perkins              -3

ALABAMA-LSU SERIES

Alabama and LSU meet for the 66th time this Saturday when the two SEC Western Division rivals meet at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.  Alabama and LSU have the best two records in the SEC Western Division and both are one-half game behind Georgia for the league's overall best record heading into Saturday's game.  The Crimson Tide holds a 42-18-5 (.685) lead in a series that dates back to the 1895 season.  The Fighting Tigers won the inaugural meeting (12-6) played here in Baton Rouge on Nov. 18, 1895.  The two teams did not meet again until the 1902 season, with LSU prevailing once again.  Bama's  first series win came on Nov. 9, 1903 here 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 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 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 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 11-8-1 series lead with the Tigers.  Included in that stretch was a four-game winning streak by Alabama from 1989-92.  LSU enters the 2002 season having won four of the last six meetings in the series, including a two-game winning streak.  Alabama had its 15-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 30-28 loss to LSU on Nov. 4,  2000.  It marked LSU's first win in Baton Rouge since a 20-15 victory on Nov. 8, 1969.  LSU won last year's meeting in Tuscaloosa (Nov. 1),  35-21. 

ALL-TIME SCORES

1895        LSU 12, Alabama 6 (Baton Rouge)
1902        LSU 11, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1903        Alabama 18, LSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
1904        Alabama 11, LSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
1907        Alabama 6, LSU 4 (Mobile)
1909        LSU 12, Alabama 6 (Birmingham)
1919        Alabama 21, LSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
1920        Alabama 21, LSU 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1921        Alabama 7, LSU 7 (New Orleans)
1922        Alabama 47, LSU 3 (Tuscaloosa)
1923        Alabama 30, LSU 3 (Montgomery)
1925        Alabama 32, LSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
1926        Alabama 24, LSU 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1927        Alabama 0, LSU 0 (Birmingham)
1928        Alabama 13, LSU 0 (Birmingham)
1930        Alabama 33, LSU 0 (Montgomery)
1944        Alabama 27, LSU 27 (Baton Rouge)
1945        Alabama 26, LSU 7 (Baton Rouge)
1946        LSU 31, Alabama 21 (Baton Rouge)
1947        Alabama 31, LSU 12 (Tuscaloosa)
1948        LSU 26, Alabama 6 (Baton Rouge)
1951        LSU 13, Alabama 7 (Mobile)
1952        Alabama 21, LSU 20 (Baton Rouge)
1953        Alabama 7, LSU 7 (Mobile)
1954        Alabama 12, LSU 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1957        LSU 28, Alabama 0 (Baton Rouge)
1958        LSU 13, Alabama 3 (Mobile)
1964        Alabama 17, LSU 9 (Birmingham)
1965        Alabama 31, LSU 7 (Baton Rouge)
1966        Alabama 21, LSU 0 (Birmingham)
1967        Alabama 7, LSU 6 (Baton Rouge)
1968        Alabama 16, LSU 7 (Birmingham)
1969        LSU 20, Alabama 15 (Baton Rouge)
1970        LSU 14, Alabama 9 (Birmingham)
1971        Alabama 14, LSU 7 (Baton Rouge)
1972        Alabama 35, LSU 21 (Birmingham)
1973        Alabama 21, LSU 7 (Baton Rouge)
1974        Alabama 30, LSU 0 (Birmingham)
1975        Alabama 23, LSU 10 (Baton Rouge)
1976        Alabama 28, LSU 17 (Birmingham)
1977        Alabama 24, LSU 3 (Baton Rouge)
1978        Alabama 31, LSU 10 (Birmingham)
1979        Alabama 3, LSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
1980        Alabama 28, LSU 7 (Tuscaloosa)
1981        Alabama 24, LSU 7 (Baton Rouge)
1982        LSU 20, Alabama 10 (Birmingham)
1983        Alabama 32, LSU 26 (Baton Rouge)
1984        LSU 16, Alabama 14 (Birmingham)
1985        Alabama 14, LSU 14 (Baton Rouge)
1986        LSU 14, Alabama 10 (Birmingham)
1987        Alabama 22, LSU 10 (Baton Rouge)
1988        LSU 19, Alabama 18 (Tuscaloosa)
1989        Alabama 32, LSU 16 (Baton Rouge)
1990        Alabama 24, LSU 3 (Tuscaloosa)
1991        Alabama 20, LSU 17 (Baton Rouge)
1992        Alabama 31, LSU 11 (Baton Rouge)
1993        LSU 17, Alabama 13 (Tuscaloosa)
1994        Alabama 35, LSU 17 (Baton Rouge)
1995        Alabama 10, LSU 3 (Tuscaloosa)
1996        Alabama 26, LSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
1997        LSU 27, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1998        Alabama 22, LSU 16 (Baton Rouge)
1999        Alabama 23, LSU 17 (Tuscaloosa)
2000        LSU 30, Alabama 28 (Baton Rouge)
2001        LSU 35, Alabama 21 (Tuscaloosa)
 
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 42-18-5 series lead over the Tigers in a series that has been recently dominated by the road team.  The road team has won 19 of the last 31 meetings, dating back to 1970.  Prior to the 2000 season, Alabama had not lost in Baton Rouge since the 1969 (LSU 20-15) season.  With the loss in 2000, Alabama is 14-1-1 record at Tiger Stadium since 1969.  On the flip side, LSU has won seven of the last 10 games played in the state of Alabama, including four straight road wins in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.  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.  The Crimson Tide's only home wins over the Tigers in the last 15 years came in 1990 (24-3), 1995 (10-3) and 1999 (23-17). 

Recent Games at Tiger Stadium

Year     Result     
1971     Alabama 14, LSU  7               
1973     Alabama 21, LSU  7               
1975     Alabama 23, LSU 10
1977     Alabama 24, LSU  3
1979     Alabama  3, LSU  0
1981     Alabama 24, LSU  7
1983     Alabama 32, LSU 26
1985     Alabama 14, LSU 14
1987     Alabama 22, LSU 10
1989     Alabama 32, LSU 16
1991     Alabama 20, LSU 17
1992     Alabama 31, LSU 11
1994     Alabama 35, LSU 17
1996     Alabama 26, LSU  0
1998     Alabama 22, LSU 16
2000     LSU 30, Alabama 28
 
Recent Games at Legion Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium

Year     Result     
1982     LSU 20, Alabama 10 (Legion Field)
1984     LSU 16, Alabama 14 (Legion Field)
1986     LSU 14, Alabama 10 (Legion Field)
1988     LSU 19, Alabama 18 (Tuscaloosa)
1990     Alabama 24, LSU  3 (Tuscaloosa)
1993     LSU 17, Alabama 13 (Tuscaloosa)
1995     Alabama 10, LSU  3 (Tuscaloosa)
1997     LSU 27, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1999     Alabama 23, LSU 17 (Tuscaloosa)
2001     LSU 35, Alabama 21 (Tuscaloosa)
 
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 (30), with Alabama posting a 22-6-2 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.

City               Series Record
Baton Rouge        UA leads, 22-6-2
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.  The two teams met in odd-numbered years at Tiger Stadium until the SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992.  Alabama played in Baton Rouge in both 1991 and 1992 and since then have traveled to Tiger Stadium in even-numbered years.

*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.

*Alabama played two straight years at Vanderbilt (2001-02) and hosted Miss. State (2001-02) for two consecutive seasons.  The last time Alabama played an opponent at the same venue in consecutive seasons was against LSU in Baton Rouge in 1991-92.

*LSU has won the last two meetings with Alabama, but has never had a three-game winning streak over the Crimson Tide.  The current two-game series winning streak is the fifth in series history by the Tigers. 

LSU's Back-to-Back Wins over Alabama

1895  LSU 12, Alabama 6 (Baton Rouge)
1902  LSU 11, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)

1948  LSU 26, Alabama 6 (Baton Rouge)
1951  LSU 13, Alabama 7 (Mobile)

1957  LSU 28, Alabama 0 (Baton Rouge)
1958  LSU 13, Alabama 3 (Mobile)

1969  LSU 20, Alabama 15 (Baton Rouge)
1970  LSU 14, Alabama 9 (Birmingham)

2000  LSU 30, Alabama 28 (Baton Rouge)
2001  LSU 35, Alabama 21 (Tuscaloosa)

*Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione is 0-1 in his head coaching career against LSU.

*LSU coach Nick Saban is 2-0 in his head coaching career against Alabama.

*The are no players on the Alabama roster from the state of Louisiana.

*LSU has three players on its football roster from the state of Alabama, including Chris McCauley (LB, Homewood), Melvin Oliver (DT, Opelika) and Brandon Washington (DE, Central-Tuscaloosa).

*Alabama offensive coordinator Les Koenning and LSU offensive line coach George Yarno worked together for one season at Houston (1999).  Koenning served as the Cougars offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Yarno was the o-line coach.  Alabama defeated Houston 37-10 that season at Legion Field.

*LSU defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison served in the same capacity at Alabama under Mike DuBose from 1998-2000.

*LSU defensive line coach Lance Thompson served in the same capacity at Alabama under Mike DuBose from 1999-2000.

*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.

*LSU wide receiver Jerel Myers has played in three career games against Alabama and has 12 catches for 126 yards (10.5 avg) and two TDs. In last year's game at Tuscaloosa, Myers had five catches for 64 yards and one TD.

*LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton was one of two Tiger receivers to have 100 receiving yards last year against Alabama.  Clayton caught seven passes for 126 yards in the Tigers 35-21 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*LSU return specialist Domanick Davis has been held in check by Alabama on punt returns during his three career, but kickoff returns have been a much different story.  Davis has two career punt returns against Alabama for minus 14 yards.  Davis has six KO returns for 207 yards (34.5 avg), including a long of 51 yards.

2001 RECAP - LSU 35, Alabama 21

LSU snapped 21-21 tie late in the third quarter en route to a 35-21 win over Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Here are some notes from last year's game.  

*The Tigers offense had 611 total yards, the most ever allowed by an Alabama defense.

*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 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.

BAMA-LSU AT NIGHT IN BATON ROUGE           

The Crimson Tide and Tigers will play this Saturday night in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1996.  The 2002 game marks the 16th time the Crimson Tide and Fighting Tigers have met under the lights in Baton Rouge.  

*Alabama is 13-2-1 (.843) in night games at Tiger Stadium. 

Year        Result
1944        Alabama 27, LSU 27
1945        Alabama 26, LSU 7
1952        Alabama 21, LSU 20
1954        Alabama 12, LSU 0
1957        LSU 26, Alabama 0
1967        Alabama 7, LSU 6
1969        LSU 20, Alabama 15
1971        Alabama 14, LSU 7
1973        Alabama 21, LSU 7
1975        Alabama 23, LSU 10
1979        Alabama 3, LSU 0
1981        Alabama 24, LSU 7
1987        Alabama 22, LSU 10
1989        Alabama 32, LSU 16
1994        Alabama 35, LSU 17
1996        Alabama 26, LSU 0
 
NIGHT GAMES

The LSU game also marks Alabama's fifth night game of the 2002 season, the second-most in the SEC.  LSU and Florida are playing their sixth night game of the season this Saturday.  In addition, the Crimson Tide has played three of its four SEC road games under the lights and all three games were televised by ESPN.  The Alabama-Arkansas game started at 6:47 p.m. (CT), while the Alabama-Tennessee game was a 7:47 p.m. (ET) kickoff.  The LSU game is set to begin at 8:10 p.m. (CT), the latest kickoff of the 2002 season.

*The five night games this year are the most by Alabama since 1987 when UA played Penn State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Miss. State and LSU under the lights.  The Penn State, Vanderbilt and LSU games were all on the road.

*The last time Alabama played three SEC night games in the same season was 1997, when UA faced Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn.  The Vanderbilt and Kentucky games were played on the road.

*The last time Alabama played three SEC road night games in the same season was 1971 when UA played at Vanderbilt, Miss. State and LSU.

CHARLES JONES NAMED SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Alabama junior free safety Charles Jones has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, in an announcement Monday morning by the league office.

*A native of Waynesboro, Ga. (Burke County High School), Jones recorded 10 tackles in the Crimson Tide's 28-14 win over Miss. State this past Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  In addition, Jones added one interception (30 yard return), two forced fumbles and two PBUs.

*The 10 tackles against Miss. State marked the second time this season Jones has posted a double-figure tackle game.  He also added 10 stops and his first career interception in the Crimson Tide's 34-14 win at Tennessee on Oct. 26, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Vols. 

*The 10 tackles against UT and MSU this season fell one short of his career high of 11 tackles set against Tennessee during the 2001 season.  He has three double-digit tackle games in his UA career.

*A 10-game starter this season, Jones is Alabama's third-leading tackler with 75 (50 solos) total stops.  He has added one TFL (-10), two interceptions (30 return yards), three PBUs and one blocked kick.  Last year, Jones had only 32 tackles in 10 games for the Crimson Tide.  He has more than doubled that total this year.

*Jones has recorded 50 of his 75 tackles this season in his last six games, averaging 8.33 stops per game during that span.  He has eight or more tackles in five of those six games against Arkansas (8), Georgia (9), Ole Miss (9), Tennessee (10) and Miss. State (10).

*During Alabama's current four-game winning streak, Jones is the Crimson Tide's second-leading tackler with 33 total stops. 

LUKE LOOKS TO MATCH SCHOOL RECORD AGAINST LSU

Alabama junior wide receiver Triandos Luke can tie an Alabama single-season record this Saturday night at LSU.  Luke enters the game with two straight 100-yard receiving games for the Crimson Tide and looking to match Freddie Milons single-season record of three straight 100-yard games during the 1999 season. 

*Milons posted consecutive 100-yard games against Arkansas (9-109-1), Florida (10-119) and Ole Miss (9-133) to become the only player in school history with three straight 100-yard receiving games. 

*Milons averaged 9.3 receptions and 120.3 yards per game against Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss.

*Prior to Milons feat in 1999, Ozzie Newsome was the last UA receiver to post back-to-back 100 yards games against Miami (4-106) and Auburn (4-123-1) in 1977.

*Newsome averaged four catches and 113.5 yards against Miami, Fla., and Auburn.

*For the second week in a row, Luke recorded 100 receiving yards for the Crimson Tide.  Against MSU, Luke had seven catches for 128 yards and a career high two TDs.  Luke had nine catches for 102 yards in UA's 30-8 win at Vanderbilt.

*In his last two games, Luke has 16 pass receptions for 230 yards and two TDs.

BAMA HAS FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK

The Crimson Tide has won four straight games, its longest winning streak of the 2002 season and second-longest under Coach Fran.  The longest winning streak over the last two seasons was a five-game winning streak, which included the final four games of 2001 and the first game of 2002.   The Crimson Tide can match that five-game winning streak with a win at LSU this Saturday night.

Stats        Bama        Opponent
Points       33.25       10.75
Rush         182.0       54.0
Pass         216.2       159.2
Total        398.2       213.2

*During its current four-game winning streak, Alabama has outscored the opposition 65-15 in the second half.

*Beard is Alabama's leading rusher over the last four games, rushing 51 times for 278 yards (69.5 per game) and seven TDs.

*Watts has completed 37-of-54 passes (.685) for 442 yards and three TDs en route to a 151.90 quarterback rating.

*Croyle is 18-of-29 (.621) also for 442 yards and two TDs, while posting a phenomenal 207.06 quarterback rating. 

*Croyle is averaging 24.6 yards per completion during the Tide's four-game winning streak.

*Both Watts and Croyle have thrown for the exact number of passing yards in the last four games.  Croyle has 18 completions for 442 yards and Watts has 37 completions for 442 passing yards.

*Luke (18-257-2) and Fulgham (11-199-2) have combined to catch 29 passes for 456 yards and four TDs in the last four games.

*Daniels (35), Jones (33) and Wortham (32) are UA's leading tacklers during the four-game winning streak.

SEC SUCCESS

Alabama is 5-1 in SEC play this season and boasts the best record in the Western Division.  The Crimson Tide is also one-half game behind Georgia (6-1) for the overall best record in the league.  LSU (4-1) is one-half game behind Alabama and one-game behind Georgia with three league games to play (Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas).  Bama has two SEC games remaining (LSU and Auburn), while Georgia has only one league game (Auburn).  Georgia also defeated Alabama earlier this season (Oct. 5), 27-25, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama's five SEC wins are the most since the 1999 team won the SEC Championship with a 7-1 SEC slate. 

*The Crimson Tide won only six SEC games in the last two seasons combined, posting a 2-6 record in 2000 and a 4-4 league mark last year. 

*With a win at LSU this weekend, Alabama would have as many conference wins this season as the last two years combined.

*Dating back to last year, Alabama is 7-1 in its last eight SEC games.

*En route to its 5-1 conference record, Alabama is averaging 408.5 yards per game this season.  The Crimson Tide is averaging 184 rushing yards (13 TDs) and 224.5 passing yards (8 TDs) per game in SEC play.

*Beard and Williams have accounted for a majority of the Crimson Tide's rushing offense in SEC play this season.  Beard has 87 carries for 435 yards and seven TDs, while Williams has 54 carries for 347 yards and three TDs. 

*The duo has accounted for 70.8 percent of the Crimson Tide's rushing offense in six league games this season.  Beard and Williams also have 10 of UA's 13 rushing TDs in SEC play.

*Both quarterbacks have played well in the Crimson Tide's six league games thus far.  Watts has completed 37-of-54 (.685) passes for 442 yards and three TDs, while Croyle is 46-of-82 (.561) for 904 yards and five TDs.  Both have thrown just one interception.

*Watts has compiled a 151.90 efficiency rating this year, while Croyle's rating is 166.99 in six league games. 

*Croyle is averaging 19.65 yards per completion this season and 11.02 yards per attempt in six SEC games.

*Alabama receivers Dre Fulgham (18-336-3) and Triandos Luke (18-257-2) have combined for 36 receptions for 593 yards and five TDs.

*Brooks Daniels (53 tackles) and Charles Jones (50 tackles) are the Crimson Tide's top defenders in SEC play, while Derrick Pope leads the way with four TFLs (-4).

*Against SEC Western Division teams, Alabama has averaged 472.3 total yards against Arkansas, Ole Miss and Miss. State.  The Crimson Tide has a decided advantage on the ground, outrushing the opposition 222.0 yards to 94.3 yards per game.

*The Crimson Tide has a 22.3 scoring margin against SEC Western Division teams.  In the second half, UA has outscored the opposition 41-5.

EAST AND WEST

Since the SEC split into two divisions prior to the 1992 season, Alabama has compiled a 59-30-1 (.661) record in regular-season conference games.  Factor in the Tide's four appearances in the SEC Championship game and UA's record is 60-32-1 (.651), after splitting four championship game tilts with Florida.

*Alabama has compiled a 36-17 (.679) record against SEC Western Division teams.

SEC WESTERN DIVISION RECORD (Since 1992)

 vs. Auburn          7-4
 vs. Arkansas        6-4
 vs. LSU             6-4
 vs. Ole Miss        10-1
 vs. Miss. State     7-4

*Alabama has compiled a 25-15-1 (.622) record against SEC Eastern Division teams.

SEC EASTERN DIVISION RECORD (Since 1992)

 vs. Florida         3-3
 vs. Georgia         2-1
 vs. Kentucky        1-1
 vs. USC             3-1
 vs. Tennessee       3-7-1
 vs. Vanderbilt      11-0

UA HAS WON FOUR STRAIGHT SEC ROAD GAMES

Alabama puts its four-game SEC road winning streak on the line this Saturday night at Tiger Stadium when facing the No. 14 ranked LSU Tigers on ESPN.  Alabama has not lost an SEC road game since dropping a 27-24 decision at Ole Miss on Oct. 13,  2001.  In that game, Alabama held a 10-point lead with less than 10 minutes to play, but lost the lead and the game in the final minute.

Stats         Bama        Opponent
Record        4-0         0-4
Points        125         41
 Avg.         31.25       10.25
Rush Yds      183-924     115-318
 Avg.         231.0       79.5
 TDs          8           3
Pass Yds      63-97-905   46-98-637
 Avg          226.5       159.25
 TD           5           1
 INTS         1           6

*Alabama's average margin of victory during its four-game SEC road winning streak is 21 points per game.

*Alabama has shutout all four opponents in the first quarter, for a 28-0 scoring advantage.

*In those four games, Alabama has outscored the opposition 67-20 in the second half, including 40-10 in the fourth quarter.

*Alabama has not trailed in any of those four games against Auburn (2001), Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. 

*The Crimson Tide and Tigers were tied 7-7 in the second quarter last year on the Plains before UA reeled off 24 unanswered points en route to the 31-7 win. 

*Alabama also led from start to finish in all three SEC road games this season. 

*UA scored in the very first play from scrimmage at Arkansas (Shaud Williams 80-yard run) and led 17-0 early in the second quarter.  Arkansas closed the gap to 17-10 on its first possession of the third quarter, but Alabama would score the next 13 points en route to the 30-12 win.

*Gerald Dixon's 66-yard fumble return on Tennessee's first possession of the game put the Crimson Tide up 7-0.  A late TD run by Santonio Beard in the second quarter upped the lead to 14-0.  UT ran back the ensuing kickoff to narrow the margin to seven points at halftime, but quickly fell behind 24-7 in the third quarter and eventually lost to Alabama 34-14.

*The Crimson Tide scored on its very first possession and led the Commodores 30-0 with less than five minutes to play before Vandy avoided the shutout with a a touchdown and two-point conversion.

*Tailback Santonio Beard has 65 rushing attempts for 405 yards (6.23 per carry) and four TDs during the four-game SEC road winning streak.  He is averaging 100.8 yards and one touchdown per game. 

*In the first two games against Auburn (20-199-2) and Arkansas (21-134), Beard had 41 carries for 233 yards and two TDs.  He averaged 116.5 yards per game.  Against Tennessee (16-65-2) and Vanderbilt (8-7), the junior has 24 carries for 72 yards and two TDs for an average of 36 yards per game.

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.  The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

*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. 

*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 also played six road games in 1946.  The Crimson Tide posted a 2-4 (.333) record 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.

ROAD WARRIORS II

Alabama is 3-1 on the road this season, winning all three SEC games against Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. 

*Croyle has completed 23-of-43 (.535) passes for 514 yards and three TDs.  His QB efficiency rating in four road games is 176.92 rating.  Watts has completed 33-of-58 (.569) for 361 yards. 

FOURTH QUARTER SUCCESS           

Alabama has dominated the opposition during the fourth quarter in each of its last four games, allowing only eight points in wins over Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Miss. State.

*The Alabama defense has pitched fourth quarter shutouts in three of its last four games, blanking Ole Miss, Tennessee and Miss. State.

The Crimson Tide defense shutout Ole Miss, Tennessee and Miss. State in the fourth quarter. 

*Alabama also shutout Ole Miss and Miss. State during the second half of the game.

*In its last four games, Alabama has outscored the opposition 34-8 in the fourth quarter.

*In its last four games, Alabama has 48 rushing attempts for 266 yards (66.5 per game) in the fourth quarter.  The Crimson Tide has also completed 7-of-16 passes for 111 yards in its last four games.

*Overall, Alabama is averaging 94.25 yards per game in the fourth quarter.

*Opponents have rushed for minus 13 yards (27 attempts) in the fourth quarter in the last four games, an average of minus 3.25 yards per game since Oct. 19.  UA opponents have completed 15-of-33 passes for 182 yards and one TD in the fourth quarter since Oct. 19.

*Overall, the Alabama defense has limited the opposition to 42.25 yards per game in the fourth quarter over the last four games.

PROTECTING THE BALL

Alabama's offense has not committed a turnover in its last 10 quarters, dating back to the second quarter of the Tennessee game in Knoxville on Oct. 26.  The Crimson Tide offense has run 186 plays from scrimmage without a turnover during that time. 

*In addition, Alabama has not committed a turnover in its last two games with Vanderbilt (Nov. 2) and Miss. State (Nov. 9), marking the first time since 1999 the Crimson Tide has gone consecutive games without a turnover.  In 1999, Alabama was turnover free against Ole Miss and Tennessee in consecutive games.

*The 2002 season marked the second straight year Alabama did not have a turnover against Vanderbilt. In the last three meetings (2000-02), Alabama has only one turnover against the Commodores.

*Alabama has a plus eight turnover margin in its last three games, compared to a plus two turnover margin in its first seven games.

*The Crimson Tide has played three games this season without a turnover against Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Miss. State.

*Through 10 games this season, Alabama has a plus 10 turnover margin compared to a plus four turnover margin in 11 games last season.

BAMA SHOWS MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN RED ZONE

While the Crimson Tide has been pretty effective in the red zone this season, Alabama has been almost perfect over its last four games. 

*For the season, Alabama is 32-of-41 (.780) in the red zone, scoring 20 TDs and 12 field goals.  It's red zone touchdown percentage  is .487 (20-of-41) this season.

*Opponents are 20-of-32 (.625) in the red zone this year, scoring 13 TDs and seven field goals. 

*During its current four-game winning streak, Alabama is 14-of-15 (.933) in the red zone, scoring 10 TDs. 

*Alabama has also scored on its last 11 trips into the red zone, dating back to the second quarter of the Tennessee game on Oct. 26.  Those 11 trips into the red zone have resulted in seven TDs and four field goals.

*The Crimson Tide's red zone defense in those four games has limited the opposition to 6-of-13 (.462) in the red zone, including four TDs.

*On the flip side, the Alabama defense has allowed only six  touchdowns in the last 21 trips into the red zone.

*In its first six games of the 2002 season, the Alabama red zone offense was 18-of-26 (.692) with only 10 TDs.

*In SEC play this season, Alabama's red zone offense is 19-of-22 (.864), resulting in 11 touchdowns.  UA opponents are just 10-of-21 (.476) in the red zone in six SEC games, resulting in six TDs.