Alabama 31, LSU 0: Postgame Notes and Quotes

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Saturday, November 16, 2002

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*Alabama is now riding a five game winning streak. This is the second five-game winning streak of Dennis Franchione's career at Alabama. Alabama won the last four games of the 2001 season and the first game of the 2002.

*Alabama is 4-0 on the road against the SEC this season and they have not trailed in any of those games. Alabama is riding a five game road winning streak against SEC opponents, stretching back to the 31-7 win at Auburn in 2001. Alabama has not trailed in any of those games.

*Alabama snapped it's 67 game streak without a shutout against LSU. The TIde's last shutout was against Vanderbilt in 1997. Alabama's last shutout at LSU was the 1996 26-0.

*Santonio Beard and Shaud Williams both rushed for over 100 yards for the second time this season when they went 131 and 109 respectively. The last both runners went over 100 yards each was against Arkansas game.

*Sam Collins caught 5 catches for 115 yards, a season best.

*Kindall Moorehead's sack in the fourth quarter moved him up to second all-time on the career list for the Tide at 23. Moorehead moved passed Eric Curry who had 22 1/2 for his career.

*Alabama led LSU 14-0 at halftime in Tiger Stadium.  The LSU game marks the third time this season the Crimson Tide did not allow a first half score.  Alabama also shutout Southern Miss and Vanderbilt in the first half.  Alabama has pitched first half shutouts in each of its last two SEC road games (vs. Vandy, Nov. 2).

*Sophomore Antwan Odom recorded his second blocked kick of the season when he blocked John Corbello's 44-yard field goal attempt with 10:49 left in the first quarter.  Odom was credited with a blocked field goal attempt in the in the Crimson Tide's win over North Texas (Sept. 14) earlier this season.  In all, Alabama has blocked five kicks in 11 games this season.

*UA quarterback Tyler Watts threw an interception in the LSU end zone on the Crimson Tide's first possession of the game snapped a couple of impressive streaks for the Crimson Tide offense.  The interception was the first turnover by Alabama since the second quarter of the Tennessee game (Oct. 26), a span of 194 plays from scrimmage for the UA offense.  The turnover also came in the "red zone", snapping a streak of 11 consecutive scores in the red zone, dating back to the Tennessee game.

*With the interception, Alabama did not score on its opening possession against LSU for only the third time this season in 11 games.  The Crimson Tide also failed to score on its first possession against Georgia (punt) and Tennessee (punt).  The LSU game marked the first turnover of the season on the first possession.

*Alabama did not score in the first quarter against LSU for the first time this season.  The last time Alabama did not score in the first quarter was the final three games of the 2001 season against Auburn, Southern Miss and Iowa State.  UA won all three of those games.

*Alabama scored on its final two possessions of the second half to take a 14-0 halftime lead.  Alabama broke a scoreless tie when junior TB Santonio Beard scored on six-yard run with 3:52 left in the second quarter to give the Crimson Tide a 6-0 lead.  Junior kicker Kyle Robinson missed the extra point, his first of the season, as the score remained 6-0. 

*Robinson's misses extra point was the first of his Alabama career and second of the 2002 season by Alabama.  Sophomore kicker Brian Bostick missed an extra point in a 27-25 loss to Georgia on Oct. 5.

*The Crimson Tide offense scored its final TD of the half, moving 96 yards on nine plays (1:41 TOP) to take a 12-0 lead on Watts two-yard TD run.  Triandos Luke's two-point conversion run gave the Crimson Tide a 14-0 lead with 12 seconds left in the half.  The Crimson Tide ran seven times for 96 yards on the drive and the only two passes attempted were spiked balls that killed the clock. 

*The 96-yard TD drive is the second longest of the season by Alabama.  The longest drive of the season was a 98-yard TD drive in a 42-7 win over Ole Miss (Oct. 19).

*Luke's two-point conversion run was the second successful two-point attempt by Alabama this season in four attempts.  Senior punter/holder Lane Bearden completed a pass to Dre Fulgham for two points against Middle Tennessee in the season opener.  Alabama had two unsuccessful attempts against North Texas and Georgia.

*Kyle Robinson's 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter is his career long and the second longest for the Crimson Tide this season. Michael Ziifle kicked a 47-yard field goal against Georgia. Robinson's was a 42 yarder against Vanderbilt.

LSU POST-GAME FOOTBALL NOTES

LSU's captains for the game were permanent captains Bradie James and Domanick Davis as well as Kenderick Allen and LaBrandon Toefield.

Alabama won the toss and elected to defer. LSU received to start the game and defended the South endzone.

Alabama's Kenny King was injured with 2:45 remaining in the first half and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

The attendance for the game was 92,012, which is the largest crowd this year and the second largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history. It is the 18th consecutive game the attendance has been more than 85,000 and the 12th time the crowd has exceeded 90,000.

Team Notes

LSU had a field goal blocked for the second straight week. The Tigers have now had five kicks blocked this year (3 punts, 2 FGs).

LSU intercepted its 13th pass of the year.

This was the longest an LSU game has gone scoreless since the LSU-Alabama contest in 1998. In that game, LSU finally broke through with a touchdown with 3:30 remaining in the first half.

LSU's opponent scored first for the fourth straight game.

LSU was held scoreless in the first half at home for the first time since the trailing UAB, 10-0, at intermission in 2000.

The Tigers fumble in the third quarter ended a string of seven straight quarters without a turnover.

LSU's eight-game home win streak was snapped.

LSU's school-record string of 72 consecutive games without being shutout was snapped.

LSU lost for just the second time under Nick Saban after Halloween. The other loss came to Arkansas in 2000.

The 30-point margin of defeat was the largest for LSU since falling 41-9 to No. 12 Florida in 2000. It was the largest home loss since a 41-7 loss to Auburn in 1999.

This was the worst shutout loss for LSU since falling 32-0 at Ole Miss in 1992. It's the worst shutout loss at home for the Tigers since falling to Tulane 46-0 in 1948.

LSU allowed two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Duece McAlister and Joe Gunn ran for 140 and 135, respectively, in an Ole Miss win in 1999.

LSU allowed less than 200 yards passing for the ninth time in 10 games. Only Kentucky has thrown for better than 200 yards against the Tigers this year.

The 196 total yards was the fewest by LSU since the 14-3 loss to Arkansas in 2000 when the Tigers posted just 149 yards.

Individual Notes

Running back LaBrandon Toefield played for the first time since being injured against UL-Lafayette on Oct. 5. He entered the game with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter and got his first carry early in the second quarter.

Jerel Myers started for the 35th consecutive game, the longest streak on the team. Rodney Reed is next at 31 games while Bradie James pushed his streak to 18. Norman LeJuene and Stephen Peterman each started for the 16th straight game.

Eric Edwards caught his first pass since the South Carolina game on a 5-yard grab in the first quarter.

Demetrius Hookfin's interception in the first quarter was his fourth of the season and the sixth of his career.

Michael Clayton caught a pass for the 23rd straight game, every game of his careeer.

Domanick Davis moved into sixth in LSU history for all-purpose yards in a season. He finished the game with 1,543 yards on the year.

On his first rush of the game, LaBrandon Toefield became just the ninth LSU player to crack the 2,000 career yards barrier.

Bradie James rushed the ball for the first time in his career on a fake punt in the third quarter. The run went for 29 yards.

Freshman Rick Clausen threw his first career pass in the fourth quarter and later completed his first pass.

Domanick Davis moved into second in SEC history for career kickoff return yards. He finished the game with 2,022.

Domanick Davis took over ninth place in SEC history for punt return yards in a season.

With 47 yards rushing, Domanick Davis passed Eddie Fuller for 11th place in Tiger history for career rushing yards.

LSU HEAD COACH Nick Saban

"Well guys I just think we just got beat by a good football team tonight. We could not stop the run and we could not play with any consistency on offense. They are a very good team and they are a very good defensive team. I think the real key turning point in the game was when we had fourth and two right before the half with 1:42 to go and we punt the ball down to the four yard line and they go 96 yards and score right before the half. I think that was a real momentum change in the game. We were trying to avoid just what happened, to give them the ball at midfield in that situation, which is probably not what you want to do in terms of taking a chance in that situation. To that point we had played pretty well on defense and I did not think they would even get out of the hole, and they ran the ball basically with five draw plays. That was a play they beat us with pretty much all night.

"We did not have any consistency on offense. We didn't throw the ball effectively and we did not make any big plays. We also did not run the ball very consistently and we just got beat by a better football team. I think we are a better football team than what we played but we got beat by a better team tonight. We did not capitalize and take advantage of opportunities that we had. We got a field goal blocked on the first drive and that is a good football team and we could not overcome it. We did not make enough plays in the game to have a chance to win."

LSU Player Quotes

CB Randall Gay

"They (Alabama) came out and just beat us. On offense, they basically just run the same play over and over and we didn't do a good job of stopping anything they were doing. We ended up getting beat really bad."

"This game is over. We have two games left. If we win the two games, we still go to Atlanta. So that's all we need to be worried about right now. We need to forget about this game after tomorrow and get ready to go to work for Ole Miss. If we win those games, we're still in no matter what. We just have to stay positive and go to work next week."

LB Bradie James

"Alabama played awesome. I credit their team because they came out and played real well. To do what they did, on the road, after what we did last year, my hat is off to them. We just have to execute and play together as a team. I don't think we played together as a team tonight. We can't do anything but learn from this and we still control our own destiny. We still have ball to play. It's a two game season and all we can do is go out and take one game at a time."

"We've been working on that fake punt for a while. I had to talk coach into calling it, but I finally got some rushing yards."

"The key now is going out and doing what we do. We have a 24-hour rule and we have to learn from this one. We still have things to play for and that's motivation. We can't get too down. We have to find a way to win and that's just it. Right now, we just have to learn from our mistakes and get together and learn how to execute a little bit better and we'll be okay."

Offensive Tackle Rodney Reed

"To take something positive from this game, we still control our own destiny. If we win the next two games, we still win the SEC West. Every game from here on out is a one game season. We are going to play Ole Miss like it is the final game of the season. When you are in the SEC, you just have to forget about games like this and move on. Otherwise, you will get beat the following week."

"I thought we prepared well for the game. It just didn't happen tonight. I give most of the credit to Alabama. They physically dominated us. A play here and a play there really hurt us. That is football. Not doing the really little things really changes the complexion of the game."

Quarterback Marcus Randall

"Penalties killed us tonight. We came out the first drive and moved the ball well and things just went downhill from there. We looked really bad as an offense tonight. It was just one of those games."

"Coach Saban told me he was going to sit me down and bring Rick Clausen into the game in the fourth quarter. He wanted to see if we could get a little change-up."

"I am still confident because I know we have a lot of talented guys on this offense. We are just not clicking right now as a unit. You can't win if you don't put up points. I take most of the responsibility on this loss. I need to lead these guys in the right direction."

ALABAMA HEAD COACH DENNIS FRANCHIONE

"I'm really proud of this team and the way that they played together and as a team. They played very impressively, defensively tonight and someone told me that they broke a streak of 67 games between times that Alabama's had a shutout. It was the longest streak in Alabama football history. We've had an opportunity to, but we didn't get it, so tonight we did."

"I thought that our defense did really well. We held them to under 200 yards and got some turnovers. I thought Antwan Odom had a big game for us. He was really machine-like out there. We didn't give them much. I mean our whole defense played very well. Coach Torbush and all of the other coaches have done a great job with the guys and have really built that to where it is right now."

"Offensively, we had almost 500 yards and that's pretty good considering that they (LSU) had the No. 1-ranked defense in the nation coming into the football game. We had two backs over 100 yards in Santonio (Beard) and Shaud (Williams) both and both played very well. I thought that Tyler Watts played an excellent football game. I just can't say enough about Tyler and the way that he's played as a senior right now."

"Our offensive line did an outstanding job tonight. We rushed for 300 yards and I don't know if they've (LSU) given up 300 yards in the last four football games. It's not happened much with them, so it was an excellent performance from that standpoint."

"There were two big parts in the game that stick out in my mind. The score right before the half. I think we went 96 yards in less than two minutes and it was big to get it to a two touchdown lead. Then, I think that someone told me that we had close to 11 minutes of possession time in the third quarter and when your defense is forcing them to go three and out, you can do that. But again, our offense did their share too."

"I'm really happy for our kids and our coaches especially with everything they've been through and everything they've had to deal with."