Alabama Football Game Twelve Notes: at Auburn

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Brodie Croyle
Brodie Croyle



Helmet Alabama

Helmet Auburn

Alabama Crimson Tide (4-7, 2-5) at
Auburn Tigers (6-5, 4-3)

November 22, 2003 • 6:45 p.m. CDT (ESPN)
Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

COMPLETE GAME NOTES:

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:

  • The 2003 Alabama-Auburn features the SECs only two 1,000-yard rushers in Bama's Shaud Williams (1,169) and the Tigers' Carnell Williams (1,035).
  • The duo has also combined for 27 total TDs this season, including 25 rushing TDs.
  • S. Williams leads the league with 14 total TDs, while C. Williams is the leader with 13 rushing TDs.
  • Alabama (7) and Auburn (5) enter the game with 12 combined losses the most in series history.
  • Alabama and Auburn have never had a losing record in the same season.
  • Alabama has won the last two meetings at Jordan-Hare Stadium (28-17 in 1999 and 31-7 in 2001) and looks to join Georgia and Florida as the only teams to beat AU three in-a-row in Auburn.
  • S. Williams is 26 rushing yards shy of 3,000 career yards.
  • Croyle is 78 passing yards shy of 3,000 career yards.
  • He is also 124 yards shy of 2,000 yards this season.
  • Ryans needs 21 tackles for UA record.

BATTLE FOR BRAGGIN' RIGHTS

The annual battle for braggin' rights takes place this weekend when the Alabama Crimson Tide (4-7, 2-5 SEC) travels across the state to face its arch-rival the Auburn Tigers (6-5, 4-3 SEC) this Saturday, Nov. 22 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn campus.  The game will be broadcast to a national cable audience by ESPN and ESPN HD beginning at 6:47 p.m. (CST).  Alabama is coming off a 27-3 loss to No. 3 LSU last weekend in Tuscaloosa, clinching its third losing season in the past seven years.  Auburn dropped its third straight SEC game with a 26-7 loss to No. 7 Georgia (26-7) in Athens.  Neither team is ranked entering the game for just the seventh time in history and for just the third time since 1957.  The last time Alabama and Auburn met as unranked teams was 1998, a 31-17 win by the Crimson Tide at Legion Field.  The 2003 season also marks the first time since 1996 that Alabama and Auburn both lost the week prior to the annual battle for bragging rights.  Handling the announcing duties for ESPN are Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (analyst) and Adrian Karsten (sideline). The game will also be aired on the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (color analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action.  Sports USA Radio will also broadcast the game with Larry Kahn (play-by-play), 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta (color analyst) and Troy West (sidelines) calling the action to a national audience.

UA IN 109th FOOTBALL SEASON

The University of Alabama is in its 109th football season and has compiled a 758-291-43 (.715) all-time record in 1,092 games. The Crimson Tide played its first football game on Nov. 11, 1892 with a 56-0 win over Birmingham High School in Birmingham. Alabama is fifth on the all-time victory list for Division I. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 SEC championships.  UA has also logged 27 10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school. UA also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl games (51) and wins (29).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head coach Mike Shula (4-7, .363) is making his head coaching debut during the 2003 season.  Shula previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami.  A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading Alabama to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn.  As a player, Mike Shula was 2-1 (.667) against Auburn, including an upset win in 1984 (17-15) and the thrilling comeback win in 1985 (25-23).  Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is 36-23 (.611) in his fifth season as head coach of the Tigers, including the 2000 SEC Western Division championship.  The Alabama game will be Tuberville's 60th as head coach at AU. Tuberville is 2-6 (.250) in his career against Alabama, including a 2-2 mark at Auburn.  Overall, Tuberville is 61-43 (.587) in nine years at the Division I level. 

THE SERIES

The Crimson Tide and Tigers square off for the 69th time this season, with Alabama holding a 38-28-1  series lead.  The road team has won the last four meetings, including wins by Alabama here in Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1999 (28-17) and 2001 (31-7). 

NEXT WEEK

Alabama closes out the 2003 season with a road game at Hawai'i in Honolulu.  The game will be televised by ESPN beginning at 2:47 p.m. (HST).  That translates into a 6:47 p.m. kickoff in Alabama. 

ROAD TRIPPING, Part IV

*Alabama will depart for its game with Auburn on Friday, Nov. 21 via chartered bus.

*The Crimson Tide will have a closed practice at the UA practice facility before leaving for the team headquarters in Montgomery, Ala.

*The team will be housed at the Embassy Suites (300 Tallapoosa Street) prior to the Auburn game.  The hotel number is (334) 239-5055.

*The team will return to Tuscaloosa immediately after the game via chartered bus.

FINAL SEC GAME FOR UA SENIORS

The Auburn game will mark the final SEC football game for 28 seniors.  The list of seniors includes:

Player               Hometown                   
Dennis Alexander     Memphis, Tennessee
John Paul Bevel      Homewood
Jonathan Brunson     Samson
Donald Clarke        Boca Raton, Florida
Nathan Cox           Spanish Fort, Alabama
Brandon Dean         Mobile
Zach Fletcher        Moulton
Will Fountain        Brewton
Dre' Fulgham         Montevallo, Alabama
Gabe Giardina        Center Hall, Pennsylvania
Brandon Greer        Gadsden
Mitch Grissett       Red Level
Ted Gryska           Northport
Atlas Herrion        Daphne
Charles Jones        Waynesboro
Matt Lomax           Saraland
Triandos Luke        Phenix City
Roberto McBride      Lakeland
N. McKay-Loescher    Scarborough Ontario, Canada
Derrick Pope         Galveston, Texas
Nick Ridings         Roswell, Georgia
Kyle Robinson        Cleburne, Texas
David Scott          Tuscaloosa
David Simmons        Geneva
Josh Smith           Birmingham
Lance Taylor         Calvert
Leslie Williams      Stone Mountain, Georgia
Shaud Williams       Andrews, Texas

 
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S GREATEST RIVALRY

The Alabama-Auburn football game has been named the best college rivalry by Sports Illustrated On Campus. 

SI On Campus writes: "There are rivals and there are "He Hate Me" rivals, bitter foes whose very identities are marked by there acrimony for each other. Sports Illustrated On Campus takes a look at this phenomenon and names the best college rivalries in this week's issue.  What makes these rivalries so special is their ability to exhibit a distinctive sense of enmity that stretches beyond the finish of the game.

Here are the best college rivalries according to Sports Illustrated On Campus:

Top Collegiate Rivalries:

1. Alabama vs. Auburn
2. Duke vs. North Carolina
3. UCLA vs. USC
4. Army vs. Navy
5. Cal vs. Stanford
6. Harvard vs. Yale

Alabama vs. Auburn:

"The best rivalry in the land, bar none,for the year-round passion it generates in Dixie.  This rivalry is so heated that a local TV station decided no to interrupt the 2000 Iron Bowl for the results of the presidential election recount announcement."

In addition, SI On Campus ranks the Top 3 football rivalries and the Alabama-Auburn football game tops the list.

Great Football Rivalries:

1. Alabama vs. Auburn
2. Michigan vs. Ohio State
3. Florida vs. Florida State

THE ALABAMA-AUBURN SERIES

The battle for bragging rights in the state of Alabama takes place this Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium, when the University of Alabama meets arch-rival Auburn University. 

*The 2003 game in Auburn is the 68th  meeting between these two bitter rivals, with Alabama holding a 38-28-1 series lead. 

*The road team has won the last four meetings, with Alabama claiming two of those wins in 1999 and 2001. Prior to 1999, the Crimson Tide had fallen short in its first four trips to the Plains (1989, 1993, 1995 and 1997), but have won two straight on the Plains. 

*In all, Alabama has won eight of the last 13 meetings with the Tigers, dating back to 1990.

*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 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. (See details later on why the series was halted).

*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, Bama rebounded to win the next four meetings from 1950-53. 

*From 1950-53, Alabama and Auburn met a total of 11 times, with the Crimson Tide posting an 8-2-1 record against its cross-state rival.  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' 60-game 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 arch-rival.  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 1968, 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 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.  Musso was named Associated Press' National Back of the Week for his efforts against the Tigers.  In 1972, Auburn got back on track with a stunning 17-16 win over the second-ranked Crimson Tide.  Alabama outgained 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 monumental 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.

*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 form 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.  The following year, 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 ever 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.  Three years ago (1995), Auburn won 31-27 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, as Alabama's fourth quarter drive ended on 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) team played its most inspired game of the season and if not for a third-down 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 a 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 win 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 its two in-a-row at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 31-7 victory last season.  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.

*Last year, Auburn built a 17-0 hafltime lead en route to a 17-7 win in Tuscaloosa.  QB Jason Campbell threw two TD passes in the win over Alabama.

GAME-BY-GAME SCORES

Alabama leads series, 38-28-1

1892        Auburn 32, Alabama 22 (Birmingham)
1893        Auburn 40, Alabama 16 (Montgomery)
1894        Alabama 18, Auburn 0 (Montgomery)
1895        Auburn 48, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1900        Auburn 53, Alabama 5 (Montgomery)
1901        Auburn 17, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
1902        Auburn 23, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1903        Alabama 18, Auburn 6 (Montgomery)
1904        Auburn 29, Alabama 5 (Birmingham)
1905        Alabama 30, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1906        Alabama 10, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1907        Alabama 6, Auburn 6 (Birmingham)
1948        Alabama 55, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1949        Auburn 14, Alabama 13 (Birmingham)
1950        Alabama 34, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1951        Alabama 25, Auburn 7 (Birmingham)
1952        Alabama 21, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1953        Alabama 10, Auburn 7 (Birmingham)
1954        Auburn 28, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1955        Auburn 26, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1956        Auburn 34, Alabama 7 (Birmingham)
1957        Auburn 40, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1958        Auburn 14, Alabama 8 (Birmingham)
1959        Alabama 10, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1960        Alabama 3, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1961        Alabama 34, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1962        Alabama 38, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1963        Auburn 10, Alabama 8 (Birmingham)
1964        Alabama 21, Auburn 14 (Birmingham)
1965        Alabama 30, Auburn 3 (Birmingham)
1966        Alabama 31, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1967        Alabama 7, Auburn 3 (Birmingham)
1968        Alabama 24, Auburn 16 (Birmingham)
1969        Auburn 49, Alabama 26 (Birmingham)
1970        Auburn 33, Alabama 28 (Birmingham)
1971        Alabama 31, Auburn 7 (Birmingham)
1972        Auburn 17, Alabama 16 (Birmingham)
1973        Alabama 35, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1974        Alabama 17, Auburn 13 (Birmingham)
1975        Alabama 28, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1976        Alabama 38, Auburn 7 (Birmingham)
1977        Alabama 48, Auburn 21 (Birmingham)
1978        Alabama 34, Auburn 16 (Birmingham)
1979        Alabama 25, Auburn 18 (Birmingham)
1980        Alabama 34, Auburn 18 (Birmingham)
1981        Alabama 28, Auburn 17 (Birmingham)
1982        Auburn 23, Alabama 22 (Birmingham)
1983        Auburn 23, Alabama 20 (Birmingham)
1984        Alabama 17, Auburn 15 (Birmingham)
1985        Alabama 25, Auburn 23 (Birmingham)
1986        Auburn 21, Alabama 17 (Birmingham)
1987        Auburn 10, Alabama 0 (Birmingham)
1988        Auburn 15, Alabama 10 (Birmingham)
1989        Auburn 30, Alabama 20 (Auburn)
1990        Alabama 16, Auburn 7 (Birmingham)
1991        Alabama 13, Auburn 6 (Birmingham)
1992        Alabama 17, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1993        Auburn 22, Alabama 14 (Auburn)
1994        Alabama 21, Auburn 14 (Birmingham)
1995        Auburn 31, Alabama 27 (Auburn)
1996        Alabama 24, Auburn 23 (Birmingham)
1997        Auburn 18, Alabama 17 (Auburn)
1998        Alabama 31, Auburn 17 (Birmingham)
1999        Alabama 28, Auburn 17 (Auburn)
2000        Auburn 9, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
2001        Alabama 31, Auburn 7 (Auburn)
2002        Auburn 17, Alabama 7 (Tuscaloosa)

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 and 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 the two teams have played annually since then.

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.

*Alabama clinched its first losing season since 2000 and third in the last seven years with last week's 27-3 loss to No. 3 LSU in Tuscaloosa.

*Auburn needs one more win this season to avoid its first losing mark since 1999.

*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 67 meetings, Alabama has outscored Auburn, 1,304 to 1,101.

*The average score of the Alabama-Auburn game is 19.5 to 16.4 in favor of the Crimson Tide.

*The team leading at halftime has won 72.3 percent (49 of 67) of the games in this series.

*Auburn has led at halftime in each of the last four seasons, winning in 2000 and 2002 in Tuscaloosa. In 1999, the Tigers led 14-6 at the half, but lost 28-17 after a 20-point fourth-quarter by the Crimson Tide.  In 1998, the Tigers took a 17-14 lead into the dressing room, but lost 31-17. 

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

*There have been 22 shutouts in the series, with Alabama winning 14 of those games, the most recent 17-0 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

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

*Alabama has not won back-to-back games since 1998-99.

*Auburn has not won back-to-back games since 1988-89.

*There have been four different winners in the Alabama-Auburn game in each of the last four years, the longest stretch without back-to-back wins since 1992-98, which at seven games is the longest in series history.

*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 19-22-1 (.464) against Auburn in non-Bryant coached games.

*With a win Saturday,  Alabama will join Georgia (1966, 1968 and 1970) and Florida (1995, 1997 and 1999) as the only teams to beat Auburn three consecutive times in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*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

 
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.

TIDE AND TIGERS ON THE TUBE

The 2003 Alabama-Auburn game will be the 29th televised game in the series, dating back to the very first televised game in 1964. 

*Alabama owns a 17-11 (.607) record in those previous 28 games.

*In addition, the Alabama-Auburn game has been televised 23 times in the last 24 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.

SERIES AT VARIOUS SITES

The Alabama-Auburn football rivalry as had only four homes in its 68-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 seven times in Auburn, four in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.

*This will be the seventh Alabama-Auburn game played on the Plains, with the Tigers holding a slim 4-2 lead.

*Alabama has won the last two meetings in Auburn, winning 28-17 in 1999 and 31-7 in 2001. 

*Auburn has won all four meetings with Alabama in Tuscaloosa, claiming wins in 1895 (40-0), 1901 (17-0), 2000 (9-0) and 2002 (17-7).

*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, 4-2
Tuscaloosa            AU leads, 4-0
 
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 47 times in the Magic City, including Lakeview Park, West End Park, Birmingham Fairgrounds and Legion Field.

IRON BOWL RANKINGS

For just the seventh time since the series was renewed in 1948, neither Alabama nor Auburn are ranked entering the season-ending game.

*In addition, the 2003 season marks just the third time since 1957 that neither team is ranked.

*The last time neither team was ranked was in 1998 with Alabama claiming a 31-17 win at Legion Field.

*Alabama has won three of the previous six games when both teams were unranked, winning in 1948, 1951 and 1998. 

*Auburn's three wins came in 1949, 1956 and 1982.

Series Scores When Neither Team Ranked

1948        Alabama 55, Auburn 0 (Birmingham)
1949        Auburn 14, Alabama 13 (Birmingham)
1951        Alabama 25, Auburn 7 (Birmingham)
1956        Auburn 34, Alabama 7 (Birmingham)
1982        Auburn 23, Alabama 22 (Birmingham)
1998        Alabama 31, Auburn 17 (Birmingham)

*Alabama (4-7) has its first losing record entering the Auburn game since 2000.

*The Crimson Tide has not beaten the Tigers with a losing record since sophomore quarterback Mike Shula engineered a 17-15 upset of the Tigers at Legion Field in 1984, knocking Auburn out of the SEC Championship race and berth in the Sugar Bowl.

*In that game, Rory Turner stopped Auburn fullback Brent Fullwood on a fourth-and-goal from the Bama one-yard line to preserve the win.  The Tigers Robert McGinty missed a game-winning FG in the final seconds to preserve the Tide's two-point lead.

*After the game when asked about the goal-line stand Turner's replay was simply "I just waxed the dude." 

*Alabama has been ranked 34 times entering the game. Bama is 24-10 (.706) in those previous 34 games.

*Auburn has been ranked 22 times entering the Alabama game. The Tigers are 14-8 (.636) against Alabama when ranked in the Top 25.

*The highest ranked team has posted a 35-10 (.778) record in the series since 1955.

COMBINED LOSSES IS RECORD

Alabama and Auburn have combined for 12 losses this season, the most in the history of the rivalry.

*Alabama enters the annual battle for bragging rights with seven losses, its most since 2000.

*Auburn enters the game with five losses, its most since 1999.

*The previous high for most combined losses was 11 set in 1948, 1950 and 1998.

Most Combined Losses

Rank    Losses                     Year
 1.     12 (UA 7, AU 5)            2003
 2.     11 (UA 7, AU 4)            1998
        11 (AU 9, UA 2)            1950
        11 (AU 7, UA 4)            1948
 5.     10 (AU 7, UA 3)            1976

FOLLOWING A LOSS

Alabama and Auburn both enter this year battle for bragging rights following a loss. 

*The Crimson Tide suffered a 27-3 loss to No.3 LSU at home, while the Tigers fell 26-7 at No. 7 Georgia last week.

*The 2003 season marks just the seventh time in series history since the renewal in 1948.

*Both teams entered the game following a loss in 1951, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 1998 and 2003.

Both Teams Lose Prior to Iron Bowl

Year        Previous Game Result

1951        Florida 30, Alabama 21
            Clemson 34, Auburn 0

1976        Notre Dame 21, Alabama 18
            Georgia 28, Auburn 0

1980        Notre Dame 7, Alabama 0
            Georgia 31, Auburn 21

1982        Southern Miss 38, Alabama 29
            Georgia 19, Auburn 14

1996        Miss. State 17, Alabama 16
            Georgia 56, Auburn 49 (4 OT)

1998        Miss. State 26, Alabama 7
            Georgia 28, Auburn 17

2003        LSU 27, Alabama 3
            Georgia 26, Auburn 7

*In the previous six years in which both teams suffered a loss prior to the Alabama-Auburn game, the Crimson Tide has won five of the six meetings with the Tigers.

*Alabama won games in 1951, 1976, 1980, 1996 and 1998.

*Auburn's lone win came in 1982 when the Tigers stopped the Crimson Tide's nine-game winning streak with a 23-22 win at Legion Field.

*Here are the year-by-year results of the Alabama-Auburn series after both teams lost their previous game.

Scores After Both Teams Lose Previous Game

1951        Alabama 25, Auburn 7
1976        Alabama 38, Auburn 7
1980        Alabama 34, Auburn 18
1982        Auburn 23, Alabama 22
1996        Alabama 24, Auburn 23
1998        Alabama 31, Auburn 17
2003        Alabama at Auburn
 
TUBERVILLE VS. ALABAMA

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is 2-6 (.250) in his head coaching career against Alabama.

*Tuberville is 2-2 (.500) against Alabama as head coach at Auburn.

*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 3-8 (.273) 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.   

SHULA VS. AUBURN

Alabama head coach Mike Shula will be making his Alabama-Auburn coaching debut this Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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

*In 1984, Shula led a 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 will be 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)   0-0 (.000)

*Alabama alums are a combined 13-11 (.542) against Auburn. 

SUCCESSFUL DEBUTS

Alabama head coach Mike Shula will make his Alabama-Auburn coaching debut this Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*Alabama head coaches are 6-9 (.400) in their first game against Auburn. 

*The winning coaches in their first Alabama-Auburn game includes W.B. Blount, Jack Leavenworth, JWH Pollard, Red Drew, Gene Stallings and Dennis Franchione.

*Only Drew and Stallings won their first and last Alabama-Auburn game.

*Shula is the fifth coach in the last seven years to make his Alabama-Auburn coaching debut.

*Since 1997 the list includes DuBose (1997), Bill Oliver (1998), Tuberville (1999), Franchione (2001) and Shula (2003).

*Shula becomes the third straight coach to make his Alabama-Auburn debut here at Jordan-Hare Stadium, joining Tuberville (1999) and Franchione (2001).

*Former UA head coach Dennis Franchione became only the sixth coach in Alabama history to win his first Alabama-Auburn game when he beat the Tigers 31-7 here in Auburn in 2001.

*In addition, Franchione became just the third Alabama coach to win his first Alabama-Auburn game since World War II as he joined Harold "Red" Drew (1948) and Gene Stallings (1990).

*Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville lost his first Alabama-Auburn game, falling 28-17 here at Jordan Hare Stadium in 1999.

*Auburn coaches have compiled a 6-8-1 (.433) record in their first Alabama game.

*Auburn coaches have lost their last two Alabama-Auburn debuts and six of the last seven,dating back to 1948.

*Former AU coach Terry Bowden (1993) is the only Auburn coach since World War II to beat Alabama in his first game.

*Alabama and Auburn both made coaching debuts in 1997 (DuBose) and 1998 (Oliver) in this series. The last time coaches debuted in back-to-back seasons was Auburn's Ralph "Shug" Jordan in 1957 and Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant in 1958.

FAMILY TIDES      

Three current Alabama players have had fathers, who have played in the annual Alabama-Auburn game. 

*Freshman QB Brodie Croyle's father, John, played for Alabama in 1971-73 and posted a 2-1 record against the Tigers.  John Croyle had 10 tackles and two TFLs (-26) in his career against Auburn.

*Sophomore tight end David Cavan's father, Pete, played in two Iron Bowl's in 1975 and 1977.  The elder Cavan ran four times for four yards in those two games.  He missed the 1976 game with a knee injury.

*Junior wide receiver Lance Taylor's father, James, played against Auburn in 1973, 1974 and 1975.  He had five carries for 35 yards and one TD in his career against the Tigers.  His lone TD was an eight-yard run with 1:49 left in the game to give the Crimson Tide a 35-0 win. 

*The 1973 game was totally dominated by Alabama, who held Auburn to just one first down and less than 60 total yards.

*Croyle and Taylor were teammates in the 1973 Iron Bowl, won by Alabama 35-0.

THE STATS

Here is the statistical comparison between Alabama and Auburn entering Saturday's game.

BAMA-AUBURN STATS BREAKDOWN

Category               BAMA         AUBURN
Points Scored          279          286
 Average               25.4         26.0
Points Allowed         268          175
 Average               24.2         15.9

Rushing Yards         164.1         176.9
Passing Yards         186.6         188.4
Total Offense         350.7         365.3

Rushing Defense       121.7         94.1
Passing Defense       219.6         188.5
Total Defense         341.4         282.6

Turnovers             16            16
 Fumbles              5             10
 Interceptions        11            6

Penalties Per Game    5.8           5.6
 Average Yards        48.4          48.7
Punting (No-Avg)      61-2371       59-2479
Punting Avg           38.9          42.0
Net Punting           33.8          38.4

Time of Possession    30:40         31:17
Third Down Conv.      57-164        55/155
 Percentage           .348          .355
Fourth Down Conv.     12-21         13-20
 Percentage           .571          .640
Sacks By              25 (-180)     25 (-174)

RUSHING LEADERS               Att-Yds-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)           244-1,169-12
Ray Hudson (UA)               83-405-1
Kenneth Darby (UA)            32-189-0

Carnell Williams (AU)         197-1,035-5.3-13
Brandon Jacobs (AU)           72-446-6.2-3
Ronnie Brown (AU)             74-341-4.6-3

PASSING LEADERS               Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD
Brodie Croyle (UA)            149-275-8-1,876-13
Spencer Pennington (UA)       13-29-1-159-1

Jason Campbell (AU)           153-244-5-1,859-9
Josh Sullivan (AU)            20-28-1-213-0

RECEIVING LEADERS             Rec-Yds-TD
Triandos Luke (UA)            31-423-4
Dre Fulgham (UA)              27-417-4

Jeris McIntyre (AU)           36-523-14.5-3
Courtney Taylor (AU)          26-283-10.9-0
Anthony Mix (AU)              21-235-11.2-1

PUNTING                       No-Yds-Avg-Blk
Bo Freelend (UA)              59-2,371-40.2-2

Kody Bliss (AU)               55-2,348-42.7-0

PUNT RETURNS                  No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Shaud Williams (UA)           19-133-7.0-1
Brandon Brooks (UA)           6-58-9.7-0

Tre Smith (AU)                35-320-9.1-0

KICKOFF RETURNS               No.-Yds-Avg-TD
Ramzee Robinson (UA)          10-166-16.6-0
Ray Hudson (UA)               10-202-20.2-0

Carnell Williams (AU)         11-229-20.8-0
Devin Aromashodu (AU)         11-224-20.4-0

LEADING TACKLERS              Solo-Ast-Total
DeMeco Ryans (UA)             62-46-108
Roman Harper (UA)             64-28-92
Charles Jones (UA)            43-35-78

Karlos Dansby (AU)            41-27-68
Dontarrious Thomas (AU)       29-34-63
Travis Wiliams (AU)           21-34-55

SACKS LEADERS                 Sacks-Yds Lost
Antwan Odom (UA)              7.5 (-53)
N. McKay-Loescher (UA)        5 (-48)
Derrick Pope (UA)             4 (-27)

Reggie Torbor (AU)            6 (-44)
DeMarco McNeil (AU)           5 (-42)
Karlos Dansby (AU)            4 (22)

 


 

 

     
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