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GAME 12:  ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE VS. Auburn TIGERS
November 18, 2006 -- Bryant -Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2:30 p.m. (CST) ?? CBS
 

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES: This Saturday could be a record-breaking day for the Crimson Tide. DJ Hall needs two yards to become the second 1,000-yard receiver in a single-season and break the single season record. He is also nine catches shy of tying the single-season receptions record. John Parker Wilson is 212 passing yards away from setting a new single-season record. He is also two touchdown passes away from setting a single-season mark. Alabama will be looking to break a four-game losing streak against in-state rival Auburn. The last victory was a 31-7 win in 2001. Alabama will face its fourth ranked opponent this year. The Tigers will be the first ranked opponent to come to Tuscaloosa in 2006. The Crimson Tide is 6-1 at home with the lone loss coming two weeks ago against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs snapped the Tide’s six-game home winning streak with a 24-16 victory.    

ALABAMA PLAYS FINAL HOME GAME

The University of Alabama football team plays its final regular season game of the 2006 season as the Crimson Tide host the No. 15 Auburn Tigers at Bryant Denny Stadium. Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) calling the action.  Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (CST).  The game will also be carried on the 65-station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Tom Roberts (sideline reporter). The game will also be carried nationally on Westwood One Radio with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Terry Bowden (analyst).  Alabama (6-5, 2-5 SEC) is coming off a 28-14 loss to LSU in its final road game of the regular last weekend in Baton Rouge.  Junior DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) caught eight passes for 142 yards in the loss.  It was his seventh 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career, both school records. John Parker Wilson (Hoover) passed for a career-high 291 yards. Auburn (9-2, 5-2 SEC) is coming off its second loss of the season. They suffered a 37-15 loss at home against Georgia last Saturday. The Bulldogs out gained the Tigers 446 to 171 in total yards.

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 26-22 (.542) record. After a 4-9 mark in his rookie campaign in 2003, Alabama went 6-6 in 2004 and finished with a No. 8 national ranking after last year’s 10-2 mark and Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech.  Shula was named Alabama’s 26th head coach just 114 days prior to the start of the 2003 season and did not have a spring practice session.  He 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 the Crimson Tide to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn. Shula is 0-3 in his coaching career against the Tigers. Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, 1976) is 66-28 (.702) in eight years as head coach of the Tigers.  He guided Auburn to a perfect 13-0 record and the SEC Championship in 2004.  Tuberville, who has the third-longest tenure of any current SEC coach, is the fourth-winningest coach in Auburn history.  He has guided the Tigers to four SEC Western Division titles and eight bowl games.  Overall, Tuberville is 94-47 (.646) in 11 seasons, including a 25-20 (.556) record at Ole Miss from 1995-99.  Tuberville is 5-6 in his career against the Crimson Tide, including a 5-2 mark on the Plains.

SENIORS PLAY FINAL HOME GAME

*The Auburn game will mark the final home game for 19 Crimson Tide seniors.  

*The Alabama senior class has endured NCAA probation and three football coaching changes since its arrival in 2003. 

*Coach Mike Shula’s first senior class has compiled a 26-22 overall record, but has restored prominence to one of college football’s most storied programs.

*Alabama has qualified for post-season play for the third consecutive year for the first time in more than a decade. 

*Prior to this season, the last time Alabama played in three straight bowl games was 1991-93.

*This year’s senior class was also a part of a 10-win season in 2005.  The 10-2 record was Alabama’s NCAA-leading 29th 10-win campaign.           

2006 ALABAMA SENIOR CLASS

Player, Position                       Hometown

J.P. Adams, DL                        Tuscaloosa

Danny Barger, WR                   Tuscaloosa

Tim Castille, FB                       Birmingham

Jeremy Clark, DL                    Daphne

Kenneth Darby, RB                  Huntsville

Jeffrey Dukes, DB                   Oxford, Miss.

Barrett Earnest, TE                  Loretto, Tenn.

Chris Harris, DL                       Tuscaloosa

Justin Johnson, DL                 Tuscaloosa

Terrence Jones, LB                                Fosters

Bryan Kilpatrick, DB               Monroeville

Dominic Lee, DL                     Birmingham

Le’Ron McClain, FB                Northport

Forress Rayford, DB                Mobile

Ramzee Robinson, DB            Huntsville

Juwan Simpson, LB                Decatur

Luke Spaulding, SN                Mobile

Kyle Tatum, OL                        Prattville

Kenneth Vandervoort, LB        Anniston

THE ALABAMA-AUBURN SERIES

*The battle for bragging rights in the state of Alabama takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at Bryant-Denny Stadium as the Alabama Crimson Tide meets the Auburn Tigers in the annual battle for state bragging rights.

*This will be the 71st meeting between these two state rivals.  Alabama owns a 38-31-1 (.550) all-time lead.

*Auburn brings a four-game series winning streak into Saturday’s game.  The Tigers have not won five in-a-row since 1954-58.  The five-game winning streak in the longest for the Tigers in series lore.

*Alabama’s last win in the series was a 31-7 victory in Auburn in 2001.

*Alabama will also be seeking its first series win in Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide is 0-5 against the Tigers in its on campus stadium.

*Alabama and Auburn first met in 1893 with the Tigers claiming a 32-22 win in Birmingham. The game was actually played Feb. 22, 1893 at Birmingham's Lakeview Park.

*The Crimson Tide earned its first series win in 1894, claiming an 18-0 victory over the Tigers. 

*Auburn built a 6-1 series lead after a four-game winning streak from 1895-1902, in which the Tigers outscored the Crimson Tide, 141-5. 

*Alabama answered the Tigers winning streak with a 3-1-1 mark over the next five meetings, ending with a 6-6 tie in 1907.  The Crimson Tide posted victories in 1903 (18-6), 1905 (30-0) and 1906 (10-0), while Auburn won in 1904 (29-5). 

*Following a 6-6 tie after the 1907 season, Alabama and Auburn would not play football again for 41 seasons.

*When the series finally resumed in 1948, the Tide emerged as a 55-0 winner at Birmingham's Legion Field.  After the Tigers eked out a 14-13 victory in 1949, Bema rebounded to win the next four meetings from 1950-53. 

*The next five years (1954-58) momentum swung to Auburn's side of the state as the Tigers put together a five-game winning streak, its longest in the series history.

*Auburn posted easy wins over the Tide in 1954 (28-0), 1955 (26-0), 1956 (34-7) and 1957 (40-0) before "Mama called" and Paul Bryant took over the coaching reigns at Alabama. 

*After losing by an average of 30 points per game from 1954-57, the Tide lost by only six points (14-8) in Bryant's first meeting with the Tigers. If not for a fourth quarter interception on the Tide's potential winning touchdown drive in 1958, Bryant's team may have pulled off the upset. 

*Following that narrow loss, Bryant directed Alabama to four straight wins over the Tigers (1959-62), outscoring its arch-rival, 85-0.  

*Alabama dominated the series from 1959-68, winning nine of 10 games, including five in a row from 1964-68.  A 10-8 Auburn upset of Alabama during the 1963 season kept the Tide from reeling off 10 straight wins over its in-state nemesis.  In 1963, reserve quarterback Mailon Kent came off the bench to lead Auburn to victory.

*The Pat Sullivan-to-Terry Beasley combination proved costly to the Tide in 1969-70, snapping Alabama's five-game winning streak. In 1969, Auburn defeated Alabama 49-26, and followed with a 33-28 win in 1970.  In 1969, Bama signal caller Scott Hunter out dueled Sullivan, but the Tiger star won the game.  Hunter completed 30 of 55 passes for 469 yards in a losing effort for the Tide.  Hunter's marks all remain in the Alabama record books as single-game records. 

*In 1970, Alabama halfback Johnny Musso carried the ball a school-record 42 times for 221 yards in a loss to the Tigers.

*The following year, Sullivan brought his Heisman Trophy award to Legion Field, but lost to the Crimson Tide before a national television audience, 31-7. 

*Musso, who came to the game on crutches with a sore big toe, ran the ball 31 times for 167 yards and two TDs as Alabama beat Auburn, 31-7.  He was named Associated Press' National Back of the Week for his efforts against the Tigers. 

*In 1972, Auburn pulled off a stunning 17-16 win over the second-ranked Crimson Tide.  Alabama out gained Auburn (the Tigers had only 57 yards of offense) in total offense and led 16-3 late in the game, when lightning struck not once, but twice. Bill Newton blocked two consecutive Gregg Gantt punts and David Langer scooped them both up and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns as Auburn pulled off the upset. 

*Alabama got revenge in 1973, winning 35-0, and beginning a decade of domination over the Tigers.  In addition to its 35-0 win over the Tigers, the UA defense limited Auburn to one first down.

*The Crimson Tide would win the next nine games with Auburn, the longest winning streak in series history.  Alabama won all nine games by an average of 16.5 points per game.  Alabama also posted shutout wins in 1973 (35-0) and 1975 (28-0). The 1975 game marked the final Alabama-Auburn game for Tiger coaching legend Ralph “Shug” Jordan.

*Bama’s most narrow margin of victory was a 17-13 win in 1974.  After four straight double-digit wins (1975-78), the Crimson Tide rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to defeat Auburn, 25-18, in 1979.  Steadman Shealy's run with eight minutes left in the game, preserved Alabama's first undefeated regular-season since 1971.

*The 1981 game will go down as the most memorable day in this state's sports history.  Saturday, Nov. 28, 1981, Alabama defeated Auburn 28-17 to make legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant the winningest coach in major college football history.  The Tide's fourth quarter rally gave the "Bear" his 315th coaching victory moving him ahead of Amos Alonzo Stagg as the winningest coach in college football.  The game also marked the first meeting between Coach Bryant and former assistant coach Pat Dye, the first-year Auburn coach.

*The 2006 season marks the 25th anniversary of that historic game.  CBS play-by-play announced Verne Lundquist on the ABC Sports crew that afternoon as the sideline reporter and interviewed college football’s winningest coach following the historic win.

*Auburn ended Alabama's winning streak with a 23-23 win in 1982.  Despite out-gaining the Tigers, Alabama lost to its arch-rival for the first time since 1972.  AU freshman halfback Bo Jackson scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal from the Bama one.  Jackson and Auburn made it two in a row the following year, 23-20.  Jackson rushed for 258 yards and scored two touchdowns before heavy rains and the threat of a tornado hovered over Legion Field for the final quarter. 

*In 1984 and 1985, Alabama gained the upper-hand winning two games decided by field goals on the final play.  In 1984, Auburn's Robert McGinty missed a 35-yarder in the final 30 seconds as Alabama upset Auburn, 17-15. 

*In 1988, junior Van Tiffin nailed a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Alabama a dramatic 25-23 win.  The lead changed hands four times in the final 15 minutes with Tiffin's field goal providing the winning margin.

*Auburn won four straight games over Alabama from 1986-89, including a 30-20 decision in the first meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  AU's four-game winning streak was the school's longest since winning five in a row from 1954-58. 

*In Gene Stallings' first year as head coach (1990), Alabama ended Auburn's run with a 16-7 win.  The victory made Stallings the first coach to win his Alabama-Auburn debut since Harold "Red" Drew directed the Tide to a 55-0 rout in 1948, the first meeting between the two schools since 1907.

*The 1992 game marked the final game for Auburn coach Pat Dye, who announced his retirement from coaching.  The former assistant coach at Alabama under Paul Bryant, suffered his only career shutout (17-0) in the final game of his career.

 

*In 1993, Auburn capped a perfect season with a 22-14 win over the Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Trailing 14-8 in the third quarter, Patrick Nix, subbing for the injured Stan White, completed a 35-yard TD pass on fourth down, cutting Alabama's lead to 14-12 with six minutes left in the third quarter.  Auburn won the game with 10 fourth quarter points, including a 70-yard run by James Bostic with just over two minutes to play.

*In 1994, Bama jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and held the Tigers on a fourth-down play in the final period to win 21-14. In 1995, the Tigers won 31-27 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, as Alabama's fourth quarter drive ended on a fourth down near the Tigers’ 20-yard line.

*In 1996, Alabama defeated the Tigers in Coach Gene Stallings’ final regular-season game as the Tide’s head coach. The seven-year Tide mentor announced his retirement after the Tide's emotional 24-23 win over the Tigers.  Freddie Kitchens' six-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Riddle with 32 seconds to play provided the winning margin. 

*In 1997, Alabama (4-6 record) played its most inspired game of the season, and if not for a fumble in the final minute of the game, would have pulled off the series’ biggest upset since 1972.  After the Ed Scissum fumble, Auburn moved into field goal range when Jaret Holmes nailed the game-winner giving the Tigers an 18-17 win and sending the home crowd into a frenzy.  

*In 1998,  Auburn, playing its most inspired game of the season, jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead over the Crimson Tide, but could not hold on to the lead. Alabama cut the deficit to 17-14 at halftime and cruised in the second half to an easy 31-17 win.  The 31 points scored by Alabama were the most in the series since the Tide scored a 34-18 win in 1980.

*Alabama registered its first-ever win in Jordan Hare Stadium with 28-17 to clinch the SEC Western Division title in 1999.  Kindal Moorehead’s sack, which resulted in a safety, ignited the Crimson Tide. Shaun Alexander rushed for over 100 yards in the final quarter and added three TDs for the Crimson Tide.

*The 2000 game was played in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1901 as Auburn posted a 9-0 win.  Three Damon Duval field goals were all the scoring the two teams could muster on a cold, dreary day in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*It was the first shutout since 1992 when Alabama blanked Auburn, 17-0.  It marked the Tigers’ first shutout of the Crimson Tide since a 10-0 win in 1987.  In addition, the 2000 game marked the first time since 1960 that neither team scored a touchdown.  Alabama posted a 3-0 win in that 1960 clash.

*Alabama made it two in a row at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 31-7 victory in 2001.   Andrew Zow led the Crimson Tide offense in the air, while Ahmaad Galloway and Santonio Beard ran for more than 100 yards each in the Crimson Tide’s most-lopsided win since a 48-21 victory at Legion Field in 1977. For his efforts, Zow was named the SEC Player of the Week.

*Auburn has won the last four meetings, including last year’s 28-18 win on the Plains.  The Tigers jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead and recorded 11 sacks in the win.

IRON BOWL RANKINGS

*Alabama has been ranked 35 times entering it annual year-end clash with Auburn. 

*The Crimson Tide (6-5) is not ranked this season. 

*Overall, Alabama is 24-10 (.706) against Auburn when ranked in the polls.

*Auburn is ranked for the 26th time in series history as the Tigers enter their 2006 game with Alabama ranked 15th in the Associated Press poll.

*Auburn is 16-8 (.652) against Alabama when ranked in the Top 25.

*The highest ranked team has posted a 37-10 (.787) record in the series since 1955.

*Last year’s game marked the first time since 1995 that both teams were ranked entering the annual game.

MORE SERIES LORE

*Just about everyone knows of the rich history and tradition associated with the Alabama-Auburn series, but some people may not be aware that the rivalry was discontinued for more than 40 years in the first half of the century.  A few seemingly minor disagreements between the teams resulted in the series being cancelled in 1908.  It was not resumed until the 1948 season.

*Though there are myths about fighting and other violence necessitating a dismissal of the series, the truth is that only problems between the two teams emerged over the referee and per diem money for the players.

*In winning the 1906 game, Alabama used an offensive formation that Auburn head coach Mike Donahue declared illegal.  After Alabama implemented a similar formation in 1907, Auburn insisted that their next meeting be officiated by an umpire from outside the South.  Alabama thought this request to be ludicrous, and that became the first matter of disagreement between the two schools.

*The second conflict, which was over per diem, essentially amounted to $33.  Each team was allowed 22 players on its roster.  Auburn wanted each player to receive $3.50, while Alabama thought the amount should be only two dollars.

*After arguing for several months over these two matters, the teams finally reached a compromise and decided not to play in 1908.  By this point, however, their schedules had been set for the season, and neither team's opponents were willing to move.

*Alabama suggested playing the game after Thanksgiving, but Auburn's Board of Trustees would not allow them to play beyond the holiday.

*Thus, the game was not played in 1908, and it was not placed on the schedule the following year.  Attempts to revive the game in 1911, 1919, 1932 and 1944 all failed.  Finally, in the spring of 1948, behind the initiative of Alabama President John Galilee, an agreement was reached to resume the series in Birmingham that fall.

*Prior to the game, student body presidents Gilis Cammock of Alabama and Willie Johns of Auburn participated in a symbolic "burying of the hatchet" ceremony at Woodrow Wilson Park in Birmingham. 

*The two teams rekindled their rivalry at Legion Field on Dec. 4, 1948 and have played annually since then.

UA-AU WINNER GETS "FOY TROPHY"

*On July 13, 1948, the two circles of Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society from the University of Alabama and Auburn University joined together to sponsor a trophy devoted to sportsmanship between the two universities. 

*The ODK-James E. Foy V Sportsmanship Trophy is a tradition which symbolizes the good relationship between the two schools.  Originally the trophy was displayed in Birmingham in Loveman's store window the week prior to the football game between the two universities.  Then, in a parade preceding the game, the trophy would be carried in a convertible with the Omicron Delta Kappa presidents from each school on either side. 

*The parade was stopped in the 1960s but the trophy has continued to be awarded every year. The trophy is now awarded to the winner at halftime of the Alabama-Auburn basketball game on their home court.  The trophy remains in their care until next year's presentation takes place.

*In January 1978, the trophy was dedicated to Dean James E. Foy, V upon his retirement as the Dean of Student Affairs at Auburn University.  He began serving in that position in 1950 after serving as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Alabama.

ALABAMA-AUBURN HISTORY BOOKS

One of the nation's most storied football series, the Alabama-Auburn series has had two books written about its great rivalry.  Bill Cromartie (Atlanta, Ga.) has written a book entitled Braggin' Rights, a game-by-game history of one of the nation's greatest rivalries.  The book is now in its fourth printing.  In addition, Scott Brown and Will Collier co-authored the book The Uncivil War, a look at the rivalry that divides family, friends and the entire state.  The book was published in 1995.  Most recently, Sports Illustrated’s Ivan Maisel and Kelly Whitseide co-authored a book, War in Dixie, on the Alabama-Auburn rivalry.

TIDE-TIGER FAST FACTS

*Alabama and Auburn have never had losing records in the same season since the series renewed in 1948.

*There has been one close call over the years.  In 1951, Alabama concluded the year with a 5-6 record, while Auburn was 5-5. 

*The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 25-7 at Legion Field to deny AU of a winning record, but the Tigers did escape with a .500 ledger.

*In the previous 70 meetings, Alabama has outscored Auburn, 1,358 to 1,178.

*The average score of the Alabama-Auburn game is 19.4 to 16.8 in favor of the Crimson Tide.

*The team leading at halftime has won 72.8 percent (51 of 70) of the games in this series.

*The game has been tied at halftime seven times, with Alabama winning six of those games.

*There have been 22 shutouts in the series.

*Alabama has 14 shutout wins, most recently a 17-0 win in 1992.

*Auburn’s last shutout was a 9-0 win in the 2000 finale in Tuscaloosa.

*From 1958-62, Alabama shutout Auburn five years in a row.

*The two teams have played five one-point games. Auburn is 4-1 (.800) in those games.

SERIES GAMES DECIDED BY ONE POINT

Year                                         Result

1949                                        Auburn 14, Alabama 13         

1972                                        Auburn 17, Alabama 16

1982                                        Auburn 23, Alabama 22         

1996                                        Alabama 24, Auburn 23

1997                                        Auburn 18, Alabama 17

*Former Alabama coach Paul W. Bryant posted a 19-6 (.760) record against Auburn in his 25-year career.

*Bryant’s 19 wins are as many as all the other Alabama coaches combined against the Tigers. 

*Alabama is 19-25-1 (.443) against Auburn in non-Bryant coached games.

*Alabama beat both of Auburn’s Heisman Trophy winners -- beating Pat Sullivan (1971) and Bo Jackson (1985).  Sullivan lost to Alabama 31-7 in 1971, while Jackson lost 25-23 in 1985.

*Alabama is 3-4 (.429) all-time against teams with Heisman Trophy winners.

ALABAMA VERSUS HEISMAN WINNERS

Player (Year)                            Result of Game

Danny Wuerffel (1996)             Florida 45, Alabama 30

Gino Torretta (1992)                Alabama 34, Miami 13

Tim Brown (1987)                    N. Dame 37, Alabama 6

Bo Jackson (1985)                  Alabama 25, Auburn 23

Doug Flutie (1984)                   B. College 38, Alabama 31

Pat Sullivan (1971)                  Alabama 31, Auburn 7

Frank Sinkwich (1942)            Georgia 21, Alabama 10

TIDE AND TIGERS ON THE TUBE

*The 2006 Alabama-Auburn game will be the 32nd televised game in the series, dating back to the very first televised game in 1964. 

*Alabama owns a 17-14 (.548) record in those previous 31 games.

*In addition, the Alabama-Auburn game has been televised 26 times in the last 27 years, with the 1993 game being the exception. 

*The first televised game in this historic series was aired by NBC Sports in 1964.  Since then the game has also been televised by ABC, ESPN and CBS.

IRON BOWL TV RESULTS

Year         Result of Game                        Network

1964        Alabama 21, Auburn 14          NBC

1966        Alabama 31, Auburn 0           ABC

1971        Alabama 31, Auburn 7           ABC

1973        Alabama 35, Auburn 0           ABC

1974        Alabama 17, Auburn 13          ABC

1975        Alabama 28, Auburn 0           ABC

1981        Alabama 28, Auburn 17          ABC

1982        Auburn 23, Alabama 22          ABC

1983        Auburn 23, Alabama 20          ABC

1984        Alabama 17, Auburn 15          ABC

1985        Alabama 25, Auburn 23          ABC

1986        Auburn 21, Alabama 17          ABC

1987        Auburn 10, Alabama 0           CBS

1988        Auburn 15, Alabama 10          CBS

1989        Auburn 30, Alabama 20          CBS

1990        Alabama 16, Auburn 7           CBS

1991        Alabama 13, Auburn 7           ESPN

1992        Alabama 17, Auburn 0           ABC

1994        Alabama 21, Auburn 14          ABC

1995        Auburn 31, Alabama 27          ESPN

1996        Alabama 24, Auburn 23          ESPN

1997        Auburn 18, Alabama 17          ESPN

1998        Alabama 31, Auburn 17          ESPN

1999        Alabama 28, Auburn 17          ESPN

2000        Auburn 9, Alabama 0             CBS

2001        Alabama 31, Auburn 7            CBS

2002        Auburn 17, Alabama 7            CBS

2003        Auburn 28, Alabama 23          ESPN

2004        Auburn 21, Alabama 13          CBS

2005        Auburn 28, Alabama 18          CBS

SERIES AT VARIOUS SITES

*The Alabama-Auburn football rivalry has had only four homes in its 71-year existence, including Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Auburn. 

*The city of Birmingham, the state's largest city, has served as host for the annual showdown 53 times, including every year from 1904-88.

*The Alabama-Auburn game has been played eight times in Auburn, five times in Tuscaloosa and four times in Montgomery.

*This will be the sixth meeting in Tuscaloosa.  Auburn has won all five of the previous meetings, including a 21-13 decision in 2004.

*The first meeting in Montgomery took place during the 1893 season, with Auburn winning 40-16.  The two teams last played in the state capital in 1903, with the Tide claiming an 18-6 victory. 

*Below is a breakdown of the series at various sites.

RECORD BY SITES

Site                                          Record

Birmingham                            UA leads, 33-18-1

Montgomery                            Series Tied, 2-2

Auburn                                    AU leads, 6-2

Tuscaloosa                              AU leads, 5-0

MORE SITE BREAKDOWNS

*When the Crimson Tide hosted the Tigers in Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2000, it marked the ninth different stadium to host this great rivalry.

*The city of Birmingham, the state’s largest city, has hosted the most Alabama-Auburn games. 

*The two teams met 53 times in the Magic City, including Lakeview Park, West End Park, Birmingham Fairgrounds and Legion Field.

STADIA TO HOST ALABAMA-AUBURN GAME

Stadium                                                   Years

Lakeview Park (Bham)                            1893

                                                 *Auburn leads, 1-0

Riverside Park (Mtgy)                              1893-94-1900

                                                *Auburn leads 2-1

West End Park (Bham)                             1902, 1904

                                                 *Auburn leads, 2-0

Highland Park (Mtgy)                               1903

                                                *Alabama leads, 1-0

Fairgrounds (Bham)                                1905-06-07

                                                 *Alabama leads, 2-0-1

Legion Field (Bham)                                1948-88; 90-92; 94; 96; 98 

                                                 *Alabama leads, 32-15

UA Quad (Tuscaloosa)                           1895, 1901

                                                *Auburn leads, 2-0

Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tusc) 2000, 02, 04

                                                 *Auburn leads, 2-0

Jordan-Hare Stadium (Aub)                    1989-93-95-97-99-01

                                                                2003-05

                                                 *Auburn leads, 6-2

SHULA VS. AUBURN

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is 0-3 (.000) in his head coaching career against Auburn, following last year’s 28-18 loss in Auburn.

*As an Alabama player (1984-86), Shula was 2-1 (.667) against the Crimson Tide’s arch-rival. 

*In 1984, Shula led a 4-6 Alabama team to a 17-15 upset win over Auburn at Legion Field, knocking the Tigers out of the SEC Championship and berth in the Sugar Bowl. 

*In the 1985 classic, still regarded as the best Alabama-Auburn game, Shula led the Crimson Tide to game-winning field goal in the final 50 seconds to give the Tide a 25-23 win.  Van Tiffin’s 52-yard FG as time expired provided the winning margin.

*The Crimson Tide lost a heartbreaker in 1986 as Lawyer Tillman’s reverse in the final minutes gave the Tigers a 21-17 come-from-behind win in Shula’s final regular-season game as the UA quarterback.

*Alabama coach Mike Shula is the fourth Alabama alum to play and coach against the Auburn Tigers.

Alabama Alums vs. Auburn

Name                       Player                    Coach

Eli Abbott                 1-2 (.333)                1-3 (.250)

Ray Perkins             3-0 (1.000)              2-2 (.500)

Mike DuBose           2-1 (.667)                2-2 (.500)

Mike Shula              2-1 (.667)                0-3 (.000)

*Alabama alums are a combined 13-14 (.482) against Auburn. 

TUBERVILLE VS. ALABAMA

*Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is 5-6 (.455) in his head coaching career against Alabama.

*Tuberville is 5-2 (.714) against Alabama as head coach at Auburn, including a three-game winning streak.

*He lost his Alabama-Auburn debut in 1999, suffering a 28-17 loss to the Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*He was 0-4 (.000) against the Crimson Tide while serving as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels from 1995-98.

*Tuberville was also 0-4 (.000) against Auburn while coaching at Ole Miss.

*Overall, Tuberville is 6-8 (.429) in his career against Alabama.

*He was an assistant to Larry Lacewell at Arkansas State when the Crimson Tide beat the Indians 34-7 in 1982. 

*As an assistant at Miami under Dennis Erickson, Tuberville split two meetings with Alabama. 

*In the 1990 Sugar Bowl, Miami beat Alabama 33-25 to claim the national championship. 

*In the 1993 Sugar Bowl, No. 2 Alabama beat No. 1 Miami 34-13 to win the national title.   

WILSON SETS TOTAL OFFENSE RECORD

*Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) has set the Alabama single-season record for total offense with 2,344 yards through 11 games.

*The previous record was 2,343 yards set by Brodie Croyle during the 2005 season. 

*Wilson has passed for 2,287 yards this year and has added an additional 57 yards rushing for his school record total.

*He is the eighth quarterback in Alabama history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark in total offense.

WILSON SETS TWO UA RECORDS; EYES ONE MORE PASSING STANDARD

*Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) set the Alabama single-season record by throwing for 200 or more yards in seven consecutive games to start the season.

*The previous record was five consecutive 200-yard games by Gary Hollingsworth in 1989-90.

*Wilson threw for 200 or more yards in each of his first seven starts for the Crimson Tide, including a career-high 243 yards in a 24-23 double-overtime loss at Arkansas on Sept. 23.

*Wilson’s streak ended when he threw for 158 yards in a 16-13 loss at No. 7 Tennessee on Oct. 21 in Knoxville.

*Against LSU he recorded a career-high 291 yards to tie the UA single-season mark of eight set by Hollingsworth in 1989.

*He is currently tied for fifth all-time at Alabama with eight career 200-yard games. 

*The UA career record is 14, 200-yard games by Brodie Croyle (2002-2005) and Andrew Zow (1998-2001).

CONSECUTIVE 200-YARD PASSING GAMES

Player, Year                                       Total

John Parker Wilson, 2006                       8

Gary Hollingsworth, 1989-90                  5

Mike Shula, 1985                                    4

MOST 200-YARD PASSING GAMES (Season)

Player, Year                                        Total

John Parker Wilson, 2006                       8

Gary Hollingsworth, 1989                        8

Scott Hunter, 1969                                  6

Andrew Zow, 1998                                  6

Brodie Croyle, 2003                                6

Brodie Croyle, 2005                                6

MOST 200-YARD PASSING GAMES (Career)

Player, Year                                         Total

Brodie Croyle, 2002-05                          14

Andrew Zow, 1998-2001                        14

Scott Hunter, 1968-70                              9

Gary Hollingsworth, 1989-90                    9

John Parker Wilson, 2006-                       8

Freddie Kitchens, 1993, 1995-97             8

Jay Barker, 1991-94                                 7

Walter Lewis, 1980-83                              7

WILSON BECOMES 7TH QB WITH OVER 2,000 PASSING YARDS IN SEASON

*Wilson’s 291 passing yards against LSU made him the seventh Alabama quarterback to throw for over 2,000 yards in a single season. He now has 2,287 yards, the fourth highest single season total in school history. He is 212 yards shy of the school record of 2,499 set by Croyle last season.

*Wilson has also moved up several other charts in single season passing records, including pass attempts, pass completions and touchdown passes.

*On the season Wilson has completed 180 passes, the fourth highest total in UA history. He is two completions behind Croyle for third on the list and 25 away from the school record of 205 held by Hollingsworth from the 1989 season.

*Wilson’s 313 pass attempts also rank fourth on the all-time single season list. He is 26 attempts behind Hollingsworth’s 339 attempts in 1989 and 28 away from Croyle’s top mark set in 2003.

*So far this year Wilson has thrown 14 touchdown passes. His two TD strikes against LSU moved him into a tie with five Crimson Tide quarterbacks for third on the single season list. Croyle (2003) and Mike Shula (1985) are tied for the record with 16 TD’s.

HALL SETS UA RECORDS FOR 100-YARD GAMES

*DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) has already eclipsed the Alabama single-season and career marks for 100-yard games.

*Hall owns the single-season standard with seven this year, breaking the old mark of four set by NFL Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome in 1977.

*He broke Newsome’s single-season standard when he caught seven passes for 102 yards in a 16-13 loss at Tennessee on Oct. 21 for his fifth 100-yard game of the season.

*Hall also owns the Alabama career record with 10, 100-yard games.  The previous record was six 100-yard games held by Newsome from 1974-77.

*Hall broke the all-time record with his sixth career 100-yard game against Ole Miss (5-119-1) on Oct. 14, 2006, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

MOST 100-YARD GAMES (Career)

Total        Player (Years)

 10           DJ Hall (2004-06)

 6             Ozzie Newsome (1974-77)

 5             David Bailey (1969-71)

 5             Dennis Homan (1965-67)

 4             Freddie Milons (1998-01)

 4             Wayne Wheeler (1971-73)

 4             David Palmer (1991-93)

MOST 100-YARD GAMES (Season)

Total        Player (Year)

 7             DJ Hall (2006)

 4             Ozzie Newsome (1977)

 3             Freddie Milons (1999)

 3             David Palmer (1993)

 3             David Bailey (1969)

DJ HALL CAREER 100-YARD GAMES

Yards       Opponent (Year)

130          Southern Miss (2005)

139          Tennessee (2005)

157          Utah State (2005)

144          Arkansas (2006)

117          Florida (2006)

124          Duke (2006)

119          Ole Miss (2006)

102          Tennessee (2006)

125          Mississippi State (2006)

142          LSU (2006)

OZZIE NEWSOME CAREER 100-YARD GAMES

Yards       Opponent (Year)

112          Southern Miss (1975)

145          Notre Dame (1976)

132          Nebraska (1977)

124          Louisville (1977)

106          Miami (1977)

119          Auburn (1977)

HALL POSTS FIVE STRAIGHT 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES

*DJ Hall recorded an Alabama single-season record five consecutive 100-yard receiving games during the 2006 season.

*Hall’s streak began with a 144 yards in a 24-23 double overtime loss at Arkansas on Sept. 23.

*The streak ended with two catches for 27 yards in a 38-3 homecoming win over Florida International on Oct. 28.  Hall played 36 snaps in the win over the Golden Panthers and saw little action in the second half.

*Hall set the Alabama standard on Oct. 14, 2006 against Ole Miss when he caught five passes for 119 yards and one touchdown for his fourth straight 100-yard game.

*The previous record for consecutive 100-yard games was held by Freddie Milons, who had three in-a-row against Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss in 1999.

*During his five-game streak, Hall caught 31 passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns.

*He averaged 6.2 catches and 121.2 yards per game during those five games.

* Hall is currently on a two-game streak of 100-yard receiving games. He had 10 catches for 125 yards against Mississippi State and eight grabs for 142 yards at LSU.

DJ Hall’s Consecutive 100-Yard Games

Yards       Opponent                 Date

144          at Arkansas             Sept. 23, 2006

117          at Florida                 Sept. 30, 2006

124          Duke                        Oct. 7, 2006

119          Ole Miss                  Oct. 14, 2006

102          at Tennessee           Oct. 21, 2006

Freddie Milons’ Consecutive 100-Yard Games

Yards       Opponent               Date

109          Arkansas                 Sept. 25, 1999

119          at Florida                 Oct. 2, 1999

133          at Ole Miss              Oct. 16, 1999

ALABAMA ALL-TIME RECEIVING DUOS

*Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) and Hall have quickly moved up the single-season charts to become the best receiving tandem in Alabama history.

*The duo has combined for a school record 1,543 yards this season, the most combined yards of any duo in school history. Their 173 combined yards against LSU broke the previous record of 1,510 yards held by David Palmer (1,000) and Kevin Lee (510) in 1993.

*Hall (676) and Brown (642) also own the third-highest total in school history with 1,318 combined receiving yards in 2005.

*Hall and Brown average 140 yards per game, and based on a 13-game season (including bowl game), would finish the year with 1,823 combined yards.

*Both players have missed playing time this season.

*Hall missed the season opener against Hawai’i (Sept. 2) due to a suspension.

*Brown missed two games with Tennessee (Oct. 21) and Florida International (Oct.  28) and played just one series against Mississippi State (Nov. 4) due to a knee injury. He was also injured midway through the LSU contest.

*Here is a look at Alabama’s all-time receiving tandems.

ALABAMA’S TOP RECEIVING DUOS (Yards)

Rank        Player                                                   Yards

 1.            DJ Hall and Keith Brown          &nb

 

 

     
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