ALABAMA POST-GAME NOTES
CRIMSON TIDE AT AUBURN TIGERS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2007
JORDAN-HARE STADIUM AUBURN, ALA.
FAMILIAR FACES IN NEW PLACES
A shift in the offensive line, along with injuries at tailback, dictated a somewhat different Alabama offensive look in the starting lineup against Auburn. The return from suspension of guard Marlon Davis and center/guard Antoine Caldwell bolstered the Tide’s depth upfront tonight. Davis started tonight’s game at left guard while Caldwell started at right tackle, his first career start at the spot for the Tide giving Alabama its sixth offensive line lineup this season. Another suspended player that returned tonight, tailback Glen Coffee, started at tailback in place of the injured Terry Grant.
CAPTAINS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME
Alabama’s game captains tonight were senior safety Marcus Carter, senior offensive guard Justin Britt and senior linebacker Darren Mustin. Auburn won the toss and deferred its choice to the second half. Alabama chose to receive the opening kickoff.
SLOW START FOR THE TIDE
Alabama has scored on its opening possession in nine games this season, but started tonight with an atypical three-and-out possession. The other games Alabama failed to score on its first possession were the Georgia and Florida State contests, both losses. Conversely, Auburn joined Georgia and Ole Miss as the only Tide opponents who have taken their opening possession to a score this season, the Tigers doing so with a 66-yard, 12-play march to a touchdown for a 7-0 lead with 8:08 left in the first quarter. Auburn eventually lengthened its lead to 10-0 later in the period. Alabama’s scoreless first quarter was only its third of the season (Georgia and Florida State were the others).
McCLAIN MAKES FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION
Freshman linebacker Rolando McClain intercepted an Auburn pass late in the second quarter to set up Alabama at the Tiger 19-yard line but did not lead to a score. The interception is the first of McClain’s Alabama career and the 17th by the Tide defense this season.
SEASON-LOW NIGHT FOR TIDE OFFENSE
The Alabama offense was held to season lows for total yards (225), passing yards (113) and points (10) tonight. The seven points is the fewest by the Tide since Tennessee held Bama to six points in a UA win on October 22, 2005. The total yards is the lowest output since Auburn held the Tide to 188 total yards in a loss on November 19, 2005. The passing yardage is Bama’s lowest since gaining 116 against Mississippi State on Nov. 5, 2005. Alabama’s previous 2007 offensive lows were: 12 points (at Mississippi State on Nov. 10), 254 total yards (vs. LSU on Nov. 3) and 121 passing yards (at Mississippi State on Nov. 10).
TIFFIN CONVERTS 22ND FIELD GOAL TIES MARK FOR FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
Sophomore placekicker Leigh Tiffin converted a 49-yard field goal with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter tonight, his 22nd successful field goal of the season. That total ranks tied for second on the Alabama single-season list for field goals made with Philip Doyle (1989) and Michael Proctor (1993). Tiffin is now 22-of-31 on the season, tying the UA single-season record for field goals attempted originally set by Philip Doyle in 1993.