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GAME 13:  ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE vs. HAWAI'I WARRIORS
November 30, 2002    Aloha Stadium   Honolulu, Hawai'i
6:47 p.m. (CST)/2:47 p.m. (HST) ESPN

Alabama Quick Notes: Alabama plays its first-ever regular season game in the state of Hawai'i this weekend at Aloha Stadium...Alabama is the first SEC team to play at UH since Tennessee in 1975...The Crimson Tide leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation with 41 sacks this season...UA averages one sack every 7.9 pass attempts...Hawai'i has given up the fewest sacks in the WAC, allowing 12 sacks in 572 pass attempts...UH allows one sack evert 47.7 pass attempts...Bama is 13-3 (.813) in its last 16 games, tying Georgia and LSU for the best record in the SEC since Nov. 10, 2001...Alabama seeks its NCAA-leading 27th, 10-win nseason this weekend...UA has not won 10 games since 1999 (10-3)...UH has won six consecutive games and has not won seven straight games since 1984...Hawai'i has not won 10 games in a season since 1992 (11-2).

ALOHA!

The Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3, 6-2 SEC) makes its first-ever, regular-season trip to the island of Ohau to face the Hawai'i Warriors (9-2, 7-1 WAC) in the final game of the 2002 season.  The 2002 season will go down as one of the most successful ones in Crimson Tide annals.  Alabama, just two years removed from a 3-8 season (2000), seeks its NCAA-leading 27th 10-win.  UA was denied that chance last week with a 17-7 loss at home to arch-rival Auburn. Hawai'i won its sixth straight game, with a come-from-behind win over Cincinnati (20-19) last Saturday at home.  This weekend's game will be televised by ESPN, the Crimson Tide's fourth prime-time appearance on the all-sports cable network this season.  Handling the announcing duties for ESPN will be Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (analyst) and Adrain 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.

UA IN 108th FOOTBALL SEASON

The University of Alabama is in its 108th football season and has compiled a 753-284-43 (.717) all-time record in 1,080 games. The Crimson Tide played its first football game on Nov. 11, 1892 with a 56-0 win over Birmingham High School in Birmingham. Alabama and Penn State are tied for fifth place on the all-time victory list for Division I leaders. The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 SEC championships.  UA has also logged 26, 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 appearances (51) and bowl victories (29).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione (16-8, .667) is in his second season with the Crimson Tide and is part of an elite college coaching group with 150 or more career wins.  Currently, there are only seven active coaches with 150 or more career wins and Franchione joined that group following a 42-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 19.  In his first season, Coach Fran led Alabama to a 7-5 record, including a win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl.  Overall, Franchione is in his 20th season as a head coach and has compiled a 154-73-2 (.677) lifetime ledger at Southwestern (Kansas) College, Pittsburg State, Southwest Texas State, New Mexico, TCU and Alabama.  Hawai'i head coach June Jones (29-18, .617) is in his fourth season with the Warriors.  Prior to taking over the Hawai'i program, Jones spent the previous 15 seasons in professional football, including stints in the USFL, CFL and NFL.  From 1993-96, Jones served as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. In 1998, he was the interim head coach of the San Diego Chargers.  A native of Portland, Ore., the 49-year old Jones was named the 1999 WAC 'Coach of the Year' after leading the Warriors to a 9-4 record and win over Oregon State in the Jeep Ohau Bowl.

THE SERIES

This is the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Hawai'i.

GAME CAPTAINS

Alabama's permanent captains will serve as game captains at Hawai'i.

BAMA SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH 13th REGULAR SEASON GAME

This Hawai'i game will mark Alabama's 13th regular-season game, establishing a single-season school record.  The previous mark was 12 regular season games set in 1986.

*The 1986 season marked Alabama's first 12-game regular-season.  The Crimson Tide opened that year on Aug. 27 and posted a 16-10 win over Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

*The 13-game season will also tie the school record for most games in a single-season, including post-season games.

*Alabama also played 13 games in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999. 

*The Crimson Tide played in the SEC Championship Game and a bowl game in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999, in addition to its 11 regular-season games.

*The 1986 season included 12 regular-season games, plus a Sun Bowl win over SMU.

*All 13 games this year will take place in the regular season as the Hawai'i game will wrap up the Crimson Tide's season.

BAMA SEEKS NCAA RECORD 27th 10-WIN SEASON

Alabama has compiled a 9-3 record in its first 12 games of the 2002 season and with a win over Hawai'i this weekend in Tuscaloosa will extend the Crimson Tide's NCAA record for 10-win seasons.  Alabama has 26, 10-win seasons, but has not posted double-figure wins since its 1999 SEC Championship season (10-3). 

Below is a look at the Crimson Tide's 10-win seasons.

1920    10-1     1925    10-0
1930    10-0     1934    10-0
1945    10-0     1952    10-2
1961    11-0     1962    10-2
1964    10-1     1966    11-0
1971    11-1     1972    10-2
1973    11-1     1974    11-1
1975    11-1     1977    11-1
1978    11-1     1979    12-0
1980    10-2     1986    10-3
1989    10-2     1991    11-1
1992    13-0     1994    12-1
1996    10-3     1999    10-3
 
*Every Alabama coach since 1920 has had at least one 10-win season with the exception of J.B. 'Ears' Whitworth.

*With a win over Hawai'i, Coach Fran can match Xen Scott and Gene Stallings as the fastest Alabama coaches to record their first 10-win season.  Both Scott and Stallings posted double-figure wins in their second year with the Crimson Tide.

*Below is a look at the fastest Alabama coaches to their first 10-win season.

Xen Scott         2nd       10-1 (1920)
Gene Stallings    2nd       11-1 (1991)
Wallace Wade      3rd       10-0 (1925)
Mike DuBose       3rd       10-3 (1999)
Frank Thomas      4th       10-0 (1934)
Paul Bryant       4th       11-0 (1961)
Ray Perkins       4th       10-3 (1986)
Red Drew          6th       10-2 (1952)

 
NCAA LEADERS FOR 10-WIN SEASONS

Alabama leads all NCAA Division I school's with 26, 10-win seasons.  The Crimson Tide leads second-place Oklahoma (24) by two in the all-time list of 10-game winners.  Michigan (22) and Nebraska (20) are the only other schools with 20, 10-win seasons in college football history.  The Sooners notched their 24th, 10-win season this past weekend with a 60-15 rout of No. 24 Texas Tech in Norman.

*In addition to Oklahoma, four other teams have also added to the list of 10-win seasons in 2002. 

*The list of 10-game winners in 2002 includes Ohio State (13-0), Georgia (10-1), Miami (10-0) and Notre Dame (10-1).

*Georgia beat Auburn for its 10th win and SEC Eastern Division title on Nov. 16th.

*Miami and Notre Dame earned their 10th win last week, as the Hurricanes beat Pitt (28-21) and the Irish crushed Rutgers (42-0).

School                    10-Win Seasons
Alabama                   26
Oklahoma                  24
Michigan                  22
Nebraska                  20
Southern California       19
Penn State                18
Tennessee                 17
Florida State             17
Notre Dame                14
Texas                     14
Ohio State                13
Georgia                   13
Miami, Fla.               13

 
*Alabama and Texas can add to those totals this weekend by earning their 10th win of the season.

*USC, Michigan and Penn State can add one more 10-win season to their totals with a win in a post-season bowl game.

*In terms of SEC play, Alabama holds an overwhelming lead over second-place Tennessee (17) and third-place Georgia (13).

*Alabama also has more 10-win seasons than LSU (4), Ole Miss (4), Kentucky (2), Miss. State (2), South Carolina (1) and Vanderbilt (0) combined.

School             10-Win Seasons
Alabama            26
Tennessee          17
Georgia            13
Auburn              9
Arkansas            9
Florida             9
LSU                 4
Ole Miss            4
Miss. State         2
Kentucky            2
South Carolina      1
Vanderbilt          0

 
THE SCHEDULE

Playing the toughest teams in the nation is nothing new to the Alabama football program and the 2002 schedule looks to be another challenging 13-week grind.

*Alabama has five opponents ranked in this week's football polls. 

Opponent        AP       USA Today
Oklahoma        3rd      4th
Georgia         5th      5th
LSU             18th     17th
Auburn          20th     25th
Hawai'i         NR       24th

*Alabama is 3-2 (.600) against ranked teams this season, beating No. 21 Ole Miss (42-7), No. 15 Tennessee and No. 14 LSU (31-0), while losing at No. 2 Oklahoma (37-27) on Sept. 7 and to No. 6 Georgia (27-25) on Oct. 5.

*The Hawai'i game will mark Alabama's sixth game of the 2002 season against a Top 25 team.  The six ranked opponents are the most since Alabama faced seven Top 25 teams in 1999, which included No. 5 Florida (SEC Championship Game) and No. 8 Michigan (Orange Bowl).

*The Hawai'i game will also mark Alabama's fourth road game of the season against a Top 25 opponent, having already played at Oklahoma, Tennessee and LSU.

*The 2002 season marks the first time ever the Crimson Tide has played four Top 25 teams on the road in the same season. 

*In 1987, Alabama was the road team in four games against ranked teams, but the Alabama-Auburn game was played a neutral site Legion Field and the ticket allocation was split evenly among the two schools.  During that season, Alabama played at No. 11 Penn State, No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 10 Auburn (Legion Field).

*Alabama opened its 2002 road schedule at No. 2 Oklahoma and will close its road schedule at No. 24 Hawai'i, marking the first time since 1987 that UA has played two road game against ranked non-conference opponents in the same season.

*In 1987, Alabama defeated No. 11 Penn State (24-13) and lost at No. 7 Notre Dame (37-6).

*Alabama's schedule also features three defending conference champions, including Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt co-champs), North Texas (Sun Belt co-champs) and LSU (SEC).

*ESPN.com put together a listing of the Top 10 Mid Major teams in the country and Alabama will play three of those 10 teams as part of its non-conference schedule this season. The poll lists Southern Miss (4), Hawaii (5) and Middle Tennessee (8) among the 10-best teams.  The complete poll includes Marshall, Louisville, Colorado State, Southern Miss, Hawaii, Utah, Fresno State, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State and South Florida.

*Alabama's 2002 schedule featured home games against all three Division I teams from the state of Mississippi, including Southern Miss (Sept. 21), Ole Miss (Oct. 19) and Miss. State (Nov. 9).  The last time Alabama played all three Mississippi teams at home during the same season was 1981.

*The 2002 schedule contained seven teams that participated in bowl games in 2001, including Oklahoma (Cotton), North Texas (New Orleans), Arkansas (Cotton), Georgia (Music City), Tennessee (Citrus), LSU (Sugar) and Auburn (Peach).

*Four other teams were bowl eligible in 2001, but did not participate in post-season play.  The other bowl eligible teams were Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Hawaii.

BAMA NOTCHES 750th ALL-TIME WIN

Alabama's 34-14 win at Tennessee on Oct. 26 was the school's 750th all-time victory.  Presently, Alabama ranks fifth on the all-time win list and is third in all-time winning percentage. 

BAMA SURPASSES 2001 WIN TOTAL

The Crimson Tide has posted an 9-3 record after 12 games of the 2002 season, surpassing its win total from the 2001 year.  Coach Fran inherited an Alabama team that had gone 3-8 and suffered its second losing season in four years.  After a slow start last year (3-5), the Crimson Tide won its last four games, including a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl, to finish the season with a 7-5 ledger. 

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

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

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

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

BAMA SPORTS SEC'S BEST RECORD IN LAST 15 GAMES

Since Nov. 10, 2001, Alabama has posted a 13-3 (.813) record in its last 16 games, sharing the best record in the Southeastern Conference with LSU (13-3, .813) and Georgia (13-3, .813).

*Alabama posted a 6-2 record in the SEC this season, the best record in the SEC Western Division and second-best overall record to Georgia (7-1).

School            Record    Pct.
Alabama           13-3     .813
Georgia           13-3     .813
LSU               13-3     .813
Florida           11-4     .733
Tennessee         12-5     .706
Arkansas          10-5     .667
Kentucky           8-6     .571
Auburn             9-7     .563
South Carolina     7-8     .467
Ole Miss           6-7     .461
Miss. State        4-11    .267
Vanderbilt         2-13    .133

SENIORS PLAY FINAL GAME

The Hawai'i game marks the final game for 25 Alabama seniors.  Coach Fran has mentioned numerous times that this is a "special groups of seniors that is laying the foundation for the future of Crimson Tide football."

Here are some notes on the 2002 Senior Class:

*Compiled a 29-19 (.604) record.

*1999 SEC Champions with a 10-3 record.

*Beat Florida twice during 1999 season, including 40-39 win at the Swamp to snap Gators 31-game home winning streak.

*Only senior class in school history to win twice at Auburn, winning in 1999 (28-17) and 2001 (31-7).

*The 2002 Alabama senior class includes:

Player, Position             Hometown
Joel Babb, WR                Phenix City
Waine Bacon, SS              Fort Washington, Md
Lannis Baxley, OT            Waynesboro, Ga
Lane Bearden, P              Pelham
Brad Biel, ROV               Orlando, Fla.
Hirchel Bolden, CB           Dothan
Sam Collins, WR              Fayette
Gerald Dixon, CB             Burtonsville, Md
Alonzo Ephraim, C            Birmingham
Corey Ferguson, DB           Montgomery
Ahmaad Galloway, TB          Millington, Tenn.
Hamid Haaq, DB               Huntsville
Zac Holt, FS                 Scottsboro
Jarret Johnson, DT           Chiefland, Fla.
Kenny King, DE               Daphne
Carl McInnish, LB            Brewton
Marc Miller, FS              Gadsden
Eric Moore, SS               Mobile
Kindal Moorehead, DE         Memphis, Tenn.
Marico Portis, OL            Prichard
Bart Raulston, DL            Sylvania
Derek Sanders, DT            Sandersville, Ga.
Theo Sanders, TE             Birmingham
Tyler Watts, QB              Pelham
Kip Williams, FL             Chatom

AUBURN GAME IS NOT FINALE

For only the fourth time since the series was renewed in 1948, Alabama will not end its regular season with its arch-rival Auburn.  The Crimson Tide closes out its regular season this weekend in Honolulu against the University of Hawai'i. 

*The 2002 season also marks the second consecutive year the Crimson Tide will not end its season with the Tigers. 

Alabama closed out the 2001 season with a makeup game against Southern Miss (Nov. 29) at Legion Field.  The UA-USM game was scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. 

*The 1988 season ended with a makeup game with Texas A&M (Dec. 1) in College Station, Texas.  That was was postponed due to Hurricane Gilbert on Sept. 15th.

*The Alabama-Miami game was rescheduled twice in 1963.  The game was moved in the summer to accomodatae television and was later postponed until Dec. 14 due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

ALABAMA-HAWAI'I SERIES

This will be the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Hawai'i. 

TRAVEL PLANS

The Crimson Tide will depart Tuscaloosa on Thanksgiving morning and arrive in Honolulu that afternoon.  The travel party will depart Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 2 and arrive back to Tuscaloosa early Tuesday morning (Dec. 3).

Thursday, Nov. 28

 *Depart Tuscaloosa at 3:45 AM for Bham
 *Take charter flight from Bham to Honolulu
 *Practice at Aloha Stadium (3:30 PM, HST)

Friday, Nov. 29

 *Alabama visits Pearl Harbor (1:30 PM, HST)
 *Practice (TBA) is closed to all media

Saturday, Nov. 30

 *Alabama at Hawai'i (6:47 PM, CST) (2:47 HST)

Sunday, Dec. 1

 *Alabama in Hawai'i
 *No Interviews with players or coaches
 *No Sunday Teleconference

Monday, Dec. 2

 *Depart Honolulu for Tuscaloosa
 *No Interviews with players or coaches

Tuesday, Dec. 3

 *Arrive in Tuscaloosa (AM)

NEW FOES

Alabama plays two teams this season for the first time in its 108-year football history.  The Crimson Tide opened the 2002 season against first-time foe Middle Tennessee and closes its 13-game slate on the island of Ohau against another first-time foe, Hawaii. 

The last time Alabama played two first-time opponents in the same season was 1998 when the Crimson Tide faced BYU and East Carolina.  The 1998 season was also the last time UA opened a season against a first-time opponent, handing BYU a 38-31 loss in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

ALABAMA-HAWAI'I NOTEBOOK

*Alabama will be making its second trip to the island of Ohau for the college football game.  In 1985, the Crimson Tide defeated the Southern California Trojans, 24-3, in the Aloha Bowl at Aloha Stadium.  Gene Jelks (offense) and Cornelius Bennett (defense) were named the Aloha Bowl's most valuable players.

*Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione is 5-0 (1.000) in his head coaching career against Hawai'i.  He was 3-0 while at New Mexcio and then posted a 2-0 record while at TCU. 

1993    New Mexico 41, Hawaii 14
1994    New Mexico 38, Hawaii 21 (at Honolulu)
1995    New Mexico 24, Hawaii 10
1999    TCU 34, Hawaii 14 (at Honolulu)
2000    TCU 41, Hawaii 21

*This will be Coach Fran's third trip to Honolulu as a head coach.  He is 2-0 in his two previous games at Aloha Stadium, winning in 1994 and 1999.

*Alabama will be the third different team Coach Fran has brought to Hawai'i in his head coaching career.

*Coach Fran has served as head coach for two different teams in the WAC, working at New Mexico (1992-97) and TCU (1998-2000).

*In 1997, Coach Fran was named the WAC Mountain Division Coach of the Year.

*UH head coach June Jones has never faced Alabama.

*However, Jones does have several ties with the Crimson Tide football program. In 1998, he served as interim head coach for the San Diego Chargers.  When Jones left the NFL to become head coach at UH, he was replaced at San Diego by former UA player Mike Reilly, who played on the defensive line for Coach Paul Bryant from 1966-68.

*Jones other tie with Alabama came in 1996, his final year as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, where he coached former UA great Cornelius Bennett.  The 1996 season was Bennett's first in Atlanta, after 10 years with the Buffalo Bills.

*UH Director of Athletics Herman Frazier is the former AD at UAB.

*UH defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa was the linebackers coach and special teams coach at Boston College during the Doug Flutie era.

*UH offensive assistant coach Tyson Helton, is the son of former University of Houston head coach Kim Helton. 

*The younger Helton played quarterback for his father at Houston and lists his first collegiate start for the Cougars against the Crimson Tide.  "I had some great experiences as Houston, but my most memorable was my first start at Alabama in front of about 90,000 fans dressed in red and white," Helton said. 

*Helton's start against the Crimson Tide came in the coaching debut of former UA head coach Mike DuBose on Aug. 30, 1997 at Legion Field.  Alabama won 42-17.

*Alabama offensive coordinator Les Koenning was Houston's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Helton's senior year (1999).  The Cougars also lost to Alabama on Sept. 11, 1999 (37-10) at Legion Field.

ALABAMA VS. THE WAC

Alabama has compiled an 8-6 (.571) all-time record against the current schools that comprise the Western Athletic Conference. 

The Crimson Tide has faced only five of the current 10-team field.  The last time Alabama faced a team from the WAC was Oct. 6, 2001 when the Crimson Tide defeated UTEP 56-7 at Legion Field.  The results are as follows.

Louisiana Tech        Tech leads, 3-2
Rice                  Rice leads, 3-0
SMU                   UA leads 3-0
Tulsa                 UA leads, 1-0
UTEP                  UA leads, 1-0

HAWAI'I VS. THE SEC

Hawai'i has compiled a 2-4 (.333) record against the current SEC field, dating back to its meeting with Kentucky in 1958.  UH has played only three teams while in the SEC and Alabama will be the fourth this Saturday at Aloha Stadium. 

Hawai'i hosted South Carolina in 1977 and 1981 while an independent.  Arkansas played in Honolulu in 1987 while a member of the Southwest Conference.

*Alabama will become the first SEC team to face Hawai'i since Dec. 4, 1975 when Tennessee travelled to the islands and posted a 28-6 win. 

*In addition, Alabama and Tennessee are the only two SEC teams to ever play Hawai'i in Honolulu. 

Here is UH's record breakdown vs. the SEC.

1958    Kentucky 58, Hawai'i 0 (Lexington)
1972    Tennessee 34, Hawai'i 2 (Knoxville)
1975    Tennessee 28, Hawai'i 6 (Honolulu)
1977    Hawai'i 24, South Carolina 7 (Honolulu)
1981    Hawai'i 33, South Carolina 10 (Honolulu)
1987    Arkansas 30, Hawai'i 28 (Honolulu)
 
SEC VS. WAC

The Alabama-Hawai'i game will mark the third meeting of the 2002 season between the SEC and WAC.  The SEC has won both of the previous two games.  Also, both games were played on the same date (Sept. 7).

SEC vs. WAC (2002 Results)

9-7-02  Kentucky 77, UTEP 17 (Lexington)
9-7-02  Arkansas 41, Boise State 14 (Fayetteville)

PETER KIM

Former Alabama kicker Peter Kim currently resides in Honolulu and serves as the CEO of the Yummy Management Company.  Kim opened his Yummy Korean BarBQ in 1987 and now has 32 restaurants with licensing operations spread over eight concept lines from Korean and Italian food to chicken, ribs and pizza.  He was selected Hawaii Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.  He had the contract for concessions at Aloha Stadium for a couple of years.  While he had the contract, he called some of his concession stands "Bear's Drive-In plate lunch stands" in honor of Coach Bryant. 

*As a freshmen in 1978, Kim kicked for the University of Hawai'i.  His last appearance at Aloha Stadium saw him kick a 37-yard FG that gave UH the early lead over Southern California.  

*Kim lettered at UA in 1978 for former coach Dick Tomey, who will serve as the color analyst for Monarch Radio Sports on Saturday night in Honolulu.  Tomey, a former head coach at Arizona, currently resides in Honolulu.

*Kim transferred to Alabama in 1979 and played for the Crimson Tide from 1980-82 under Coach Paul Bryant.  

*He lettered all three years with Alabama, making him the only player in history to letter for both Alabama and Hawai'i.

*Kim will be in attendance this Saturday at Aloha Stadium to watch the Crimson Tide.

Kim's career stats at Alabama:

Year     PAT     FGs    Points
1980    35-37   12-18   71
1981    25-26   15-20   70
1982    36-36   10-15   66
Totals  96-99   37-53   207

GOOD AGAINST GOOD

The Alabama-Hawai'i game will feature the nation's third-best offense (UH) against the nation's third-best defense (UA).

*UH averages 503.7 yards per game this season.  Only Boise State (516.8) and Marshall (508.4) have piled up more yardage than the Warriors.

*UA allows only 248.8 yards per game this season.  Only Kansas State (243.9) and TCU (245.9) have held the opposition to fewer yards this season.

Alabama has compiled an 8-6 (.571) all-time record against the current schools that comprise the Western Athletic Conference. 

The Crimson Tide has faced only five of the current 10-team field.  The last time Alabama faced a team from the WAC was Oct. 6, 2001 when the Crimson Tide defeated UTEP 56-7 at Legion Field.  The results are as follows.

Louisiana Tech        Tech leads, 3-2
Rice                  Rice leads, 3-0
SMU                   UA leads 3-0
Tulsa                 UA leads, 1-0
UTEP                  UA leads, 1-0

HAWAI'I VS. THE SEC

Hawai'i has compiled a 2-4 (.333) record against the current SEC field, dating back to its meeting with Kentucky in 1958.  UH has played only three teams while in the SEC and Alabama will be the fourth this Saturday at Aloha Stadium. 

Hawai'i hosted South Carolina in 1977 and 1981 while an independent.  Arkansas played in Honolulu in 1987 while a member of the Southwest Conference.

*Alabama will become the first SEC team to face Hawai'i since Dec. 4, 1975 when Tennessee travelled to the islands and posted a 28-6 win. 

*In addition, Alabama and Tennessee are the only two SEC teams to ever play Hawai'i in Honolulu. 

Here is UH's record breakdown vs. the SEC.

1958    Kentucky 58, Hawai'i 0 (Lexington)
1972    Tennessee 34, Hawai'i 2 (Knoxville)
1975    Tennessee 28, Hawai'i 6 (Honolulu)
1977    Hawai'i 24, South Carolina 7 (Honolulu)
1981    Hawai'i 33, South Carolina 10 (Honolulu)
1987    Arkansas 30, Hawai'i 28 (Honolulu)
 
SEC VS. WAC

The Alabama-Hawai'i game will mark the third meeting of the 2002 season between the SEC and WAC.  The SEC has won both of the previous two games.  Also, both games were played on the same date (Sept. 7).

SEC vs. WAC (2002 Results)

9-7-02  Kentucky 77, UTEP 17 (Lexington)
9-7-02  Arkansas 41, Boise State 14 (Fayetteville)

PETER KIM

Former Alabama kicker Peter Kim currently resides in Honolulu and serves as the CEO of the Yummy Management Company.  Kim opened his Yummy Korean BarBQ in 1987 and now has 32 restaurants with licensing operations spread over eight concept lines from Korean and Italian food to chicken, ribs and pizza.  He was selected Hawaii Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.  He had the contract for concessions at Aloha Stadium for a couple of years.  While he had the contract, he called some of his concession stands "Bear's Drive-In plate lunch stands" in honor of Coach Bryant. 

*As a freshmen in 1978, Kim kicked for the University of Hawai'i.  His last appearance at Aloha Stadium saw him kick a 37-yard FG that gave UH the early lead over Southern California.  

*Kim lettered at UA in 1978 for former coach Dick Tomey, who will serve as the color analyst for Monarch Radio Sports on Saturday night in Honolulu.  Tomey, a former head coach at Arizona, currently resides in Honolulu.

*Kim transferred to Alabama in 1979 and played for the Crimson Tide from 1980-82 under Coach Paul Bryant.  

*He lettered all three years with Alabama, making him the only player in history to letter for both Alabama and Hawai'i.

*Kim will be in attendance this Saturday at Aloha Stadium to watch the Crimson Tide.

Kim's career stats at Alabama:

Year     PAT     FGs    Points
1980    35-37   12-18   71
1981    25-26   15-20   70
1982    36-36   10-15   66
Totals  96-99   37-53   207

GOOD AGAINST GOOD

The Alabama-Hawai'i game will feature the nation's third-best offense (UH) against the nation's third-best defense (UA).

*UH averages 503.7 yards per game this season.  Only Boise State (516.8) and Marshall (508.4) have piled up more yardage than the Warriors.

*UA allows only 248.8 yards per game this season.  Only Kansas State (243.9) and TCU (245.9) have held the opposition to fewer yards this season.


 

 

     
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