PetroSun Independence Bowl: Alabama vs. Colorado Game Notes

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GAME 13: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE vs. COLORADO BUFFALOES
December 30, 2007 - Independence Bowl Stadium (49,182) - Shreveport, La.
7 p.m. (CST) ?? ESPN

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES: 

Alabama holds the NCAA record for most bowl appearances (55) and bowl victories (30) ... The Tide placed nine players on the 2007 Coaches All-SEC team, including first-teamers Andre Smith (LT), Simeon Castille (CB) and Rashad Johnson (S), second-teamers Antoine Caldwell (OL),, DJ Hall (WR) and Wallace Gilberry (DE), and freshmen Terry Grant (RB), Kareem Jackson (CB) and Rolando McClain (LB) ... Sophomore left tackle Andre Smith won the Jacobs Trophy, given annually to the SEC’s most outstanding blocker ... Smith is the 19th Alabama player to win the award since its inception in 1935 ... Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Johnson and Darren Mustin were elected permanent team captains for the 2007 season ... Matt Caddell and Wallace Gilberry will play their 50th career game at the Independence Bowl ... They are the only two current seniors to play every game in their UA career ... Alabama has set school records for first downs (274), first down by penalty (33), pass attempts (440), completions (244) and kickoff return yards (920) ... The Tide is closing in on school records for first downs passing (131), field goals made (22) and kickoff returns (43) ... Alabama’s Independence Bowl roster contains 12 graduates, including Matt Caddell, Antoine Caldwell, Chris Capps, Jamie Christensen, Joshua Curry, Matt Collins, Wallace Gilberry, Eric Gray, Darren Mustin, Forress Rayford, Keith Saunders and Nikita Stover

ALABAMA EARNS NCAA-BEST 55TH BOWL BERTH

The University of Alabama football team makes its NCAA-leading 55th bowl appearance as the Crimson Tide is set to face the Colorado Buffaloes in the 2007 PetroSun Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. The game will be played on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m (CST) and will be televised by ESPN. Mark Jones (play-by-play), Bob Davie (analyst) and Stacey Dales (sideline reporter) will call the action to a national audience. The Independence Bowl will also be aired nationally by Sports USA Radio Network with Tony Roberts (play-by-play), Charles Arbuckle (analyst) and Rich Herrera (sideline reporter).The 62-station Crimson Tide Sports Network will also air the game with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Ken Stabler (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter). Alabama has played in more bowl games (55) and earned more bowl wins (30) than any team in college football history. Alabama is bowling for the fourth consecutive season, something that has not happened since the Crimson Tide played in 10 straight bowl games from 1985-94. Alabama will also be making its third appearance in the PetroSun Independence Bowl. The Crimson Tide defeated Iowa State, 14-13, in the 2001 I-Bowl and lost to Oklahoma State, 34-31, last year.  Alabama has not played in the same bowl game in consecutive years since making back-to-back Cotton Bowl appearances in 1981 and 1982.  Alabama beat Baylor, 30-2, in the 1981 Cotton Bowl and then lost to Texas, 14-12, in the 1982 Cotton Bowl. The 2007 Independence Bowl will mark the Tide’s third straight bowl appearance against a Big 12 opponent.  The Crimson Tide played Texas Tech in the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and faced Oklahoma State in the 2006 Petro Sun Independence Bowl.  The Tide has not played three straight bowl games against teams from the same conference since the playing three straight Southwestern Conference teams in New Year’s Day bowls from 1980-82 when UA faced Arkansas (1980 Sugar), Baylor (1981 Cotton) and Texas (1982 Cotton).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) was named the school’s 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007.  Saban has compiled a 97-48-1 (.668) record as a college head coach.  He led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003.  He was 48-16 (.750) in his five years at LSU, including two SEC championships.  Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and eight of his 11 teams have played in post-season bowl games.  Saban also has a wealth of coaching experience in the National Football League, serving as secondary coach (Houston, 1988-89), defensive coordinator (Cleveland, 1991-94) and head coach Miami Dolphins (2005-06).  Saban is 3-5 (.375) in his eight previous bowl games, including a 3-2 mark at LSU.  This will be his first meeting against Colorado. Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins (UC Davis, 1984) is in his second season as head coach of the Buffaloes, which is also his seventh year as a Division I-A head coach and 12th season as a collegiate head coach.  Hawkins has compiled a 100-39-1 (.718) overall record.  He earned his 100th career coaching victory with a 65-51 win over Nebraska on Nov. 23, 2007.  Hawkins is 61-27 (.693) at the Division I level, which includes an 8-16 (.333) mark at Colorado.  His first head coaching job came at Willamette (Ore.) College (1993-97), where he compiled a  39-12 (.765) record and three trips to the NAIA Playoffs.  In 1997, he led Willamette to a 13-1 overall record and the NAIA National Championship game.  He then moved to Boise State (1998-2000), where he served as assistant head coach under Dirk Koetter.  Hawkins replaced Koetter as head coach following the 2000 season and led the Broncos to a 53-11 (.828) record and four straight Western Athletic Conference titles.  This is his first meeting with Alabama.

ALABAMA PLAYING IN THIRD I-BOWL

  • The Crimson Tide is making its third appearance at the PetroSun Independence Bowl, with all three berths coming since the 2001 season.
  • Colorado will be the third different Independence Bowl opponent for Alabama in the current SEC-Big 12 Conference deal.
  • The Crimson Tide made its I-Bowl debut during the 2001 season and pulled out a 14-13 win over Iowa State. 
  • Marc Miller and Waine Bacon blocked a punt in the fourth quarter to set up Andrew Zow’s game-winning 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Terry Jones.
  • Iowa State drove from its 9-yard line to the Tide 30 in the final minutes, but kicker Tony Yelk missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired giving the Tide the one-point win.  Yelk also missed a 40-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter.
  • Iowa State racked up 456 yards of offense, led by quarterback Seneca Wallace, who completed 25 of 42 passes for 282 yards. 
  • Enis Hayward had 20 carries for 125 yards for the Cyclones.
  • Zow completed 11 of 19 passes for 119 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
  • The Crimson Tide made a return trip to Shreveport last year, losing 34-31 to Oklahoma State.
  • Alabama trailed 31-17 early in the fourth quarter, but scored two quick touchdowns thanks to a couple of big plays on special teams to tie the game
  • Javier Arenas set an Alabama bowl record and Independence Bowl record with an 86-yard punt return with 10:50 left in the fourth quarter.
  • On the ensuing kickoff, Eric Gray forced a fumble and Chris Rogers recovered the all at the OSU 21-yard line
  • Five plays later, Andre Smith scored on a 2-yard lateral and Jamie Christensen’s extra point tied the game at 31-31 with 8:41 left in the game.
  • Following an exchange pf punts, OSU took at its own 16 with 3:41 left in the game and drive to the Alabama 10-yard line where Jason Ricks booted the game-winning 27-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the game.
  • The Cowboys rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  Dantrell Savage had 19 carries for 112 yards and one TD, while Keith Toston added nine carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
  • OSU quarterback Bobby Reid completed 15 of 29 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception
  • Alabama managed only 108 rushing yards on 34 rushing attempts in the loss, led by Jimmy Johns seven carries for 39 yards.
  • Wilson completed 18 of 33 passes for 168 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
  • Wilson’s 18 completions and 33 pass attempts were the ninth most by Alabama in a bowl game. 
  • Seniors Juwan Simpson (13) and Jeffrey Dukes (12) combined for 25 tackles in the 2006 I-Bowl.

ALABAMA PLAYING IN 55TH BOWL GAME

  • Alabama has college football’s most storied bowl history.  The Crimson Tide has  posted a 30-21-3 (.583) all-time record in its previous 54 bowl appearances.
  • Alabama owns the NCAA record for most bowl games (55) and most victories (30).
  • Alabama is bowling for the fourth year in a row after playing in the Music City Bowl (2004), Cotton Bowl (2006) and Independence Bowl (2006) the last two seasons.
  • The 2007 PetroSun Independence Bowl marks the first time since 1991-94 that Alabama had gone bowling in four consecutive seasons.
  • Alabama’s bowl history dates back to the Jan. 1, 1926 Rose Bowl where coach Wallace Wade’s team upset the Washington Huskies 20-19 to finish with the school’s first perfect 10-0 season.
  • The landmark win over the Huskies also secured the Crimson Tide the 1925 national championship, the first of 12 titles won by the school.
  • Alabama overcame a 12-0 halftime deficit with 20 third-quarter points en route to the 20-19 win. Pooley Hubert’s one-yard run marked the first post-season touchdown in school history.
  • Alabama has played in 16 different bowl games in its storied history and is making its third appearance in the Independence Bowl.
  • The Crimson Tide has played in more Sugar Bowls (12) than any other bowl.
  • The Orange Bowl (8) is second, followed by the Cotton Bowl (7) and Rose Bowl (6).
  • Alabama has played bowl games in 10 different states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Hawai’i, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas
  • Alabama has played bowl games in 19 different stadiums.
  • Alabama players have garnered 41 “Most Valuable Player” awards in its 54 previous bowl games.
  • Another 19 players and coaches have been selected to various all-time bowl teams.

ALABAMA’S BOWL BREAKDOWN

  • Alabama has played in 16 different bowl games since its first bowl game in 1925. 
  • Overall, Alabama has made 33 of its 55 bowl appearances in either the Cotton, Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowl.
  • The Crimson Tide has made 12 Sugar Bowl appearances, the most among its 16 different bowls.
  • Alabama has more Sugar Bowl wins (8) than any other bowl in which it has participated.  The Crimson Tide has four wins each at the Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl.
  • The Tide .500 or better winning percentage in 12 of the 16 different bowls.  The Tide has a winning record in eight different bowls.
  • Alabama has at least one win in 13 of its 16 different bowl games.  The Crimson Tide has never won at the AstroBluebonnet Bowl (0-0-2), Music City Bowl (0-2) or Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (0-1).

Here is the record breakdown at each game in which the Crimson Tide has played.

BAMA’S BOWL BREAKDOWN

Bowl (Games)  UA Record 
Sugar Bowl (12)  8-4 (.667) 
Orange Bowl (8)  4-4 (.500) 
Cotton Bowl (7)  3-4 (.429) 
Rose Bowl (6)  4-1-1 (.750) 
Liberty Bowl (4)  2-2 (.500) 
Sun Bowl (3)  3-0 (1.000) 
Gator Bowl (2)  1-1 (.500) 
Independence Bowl (2)  1-1 (.500) 
Bluebonnet Bowl (2)  0-0-2 (.000) 
Music City Bowl (2)  0-2 (.000) 
Aloha Bowl (1)  1-0 (.000) 
Blockbuster Bowl (1)  1-0 (1.000) 
Citrus Bowl (1)  1-0 (1.000) 
Outback Bowl (1)  1-0 (1.000) 
Fiesta Bowl (1)  0-1 (.000) 


ALL-TIME BOWL OPPONENTS

  • The Crimson Tide has faced 33 different bowl opponents in its storied bowl history.
  • The 2007 PetroSun Independence Bowl will mark the third post-season meeting between Alabama and Colorado.
  • The Crimson Tide and Buffaloes first met in the 1969 Liberty Bowl with Colorado posting a 47-30 win over the Tide. 
  • The two teams met against at the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl with the Crimson Tide posting a 30-25 win.  David Palmer earned bowl MVP honors for his performance against the Buffaloes.
  • Alabama’s most common bowl opponent is Texas, as the Crimson Tide and Longhorns have met five times in bowl games.  UA is 0-4-1 in those games.

ALL-TIME BOWL OPPONENTS

Opponent  Bowl Record 
Arkansas 

2-0 

Army 

1-0 

Baylor 

1-0 

Boston College 

1-0 

California 

0-1 

Colorado 

1-1 

Duke 

0-1 

Illinois 

1-0 

Iowa State 

1-0 

Louisville 

0-1 

Miami (Fla) 

1-1 

Michigan 

1-2 

Missouri 

0-1 

Minnesota 

0-1 

Nebraska 

2-1 

North Carolina 

1-0 

Notre Dame 

0-2 

Ohio State 

2-0 

Oklahoma 

1-0-1 

Oklahoma State 

0-1 

Ole Miss 

1-0 

Penn State 

2-1 

Rice 

0-1 

SMU 

1-0 

Southern California 

2-0 

Stanford 

1-0-1 

Syracuse 

1-0 

Texas 

0-4-1 

Texas A&M 

1-1 

Texas Tech 

1-0 

Washington 

2-0 

Washington State 

1-0 

UCLA 

1-0 

Virginia Tech 

0-1 


CONFERENCE BOWL BREAKDOWN

  • Alabama has have faced teams from eight different conferences and six independents in its bowl history.
  • Taking into consideration all of the expansion and conference realignment, the Crimson Tide has played more bowl games against the current members of the Big 12 Conference than any other league.
  • When you take into account games against former Southwest Conference (SWC) and Big 8 schools, Alabama has played 23 bowl games against those teams.
  • Overall, Alabama is 8-9-1 (.472) all-time against the teams that currently make up the Big 12 field.
  • The Crimson Tide’s most success has come against the Pac 10 Conference, where Alabama has compiled a 7-1-1 (.833) all-time bowl record.
  • Alabama is 4-3 (.571) in bowl games against the Big 10 Conference.

BOWL RECORD VS. CONFERENCES

Conference  UA Record 
ACC 

1-1 (.500) 

Big East 

1-2 (.333) 

Big Ten 

4-3 (.571) 

Big 12 

8-9-1 (.472) 

Pac 10 

7-1-1 (.833) 

SEC 

1-0 (1.000) 

Indepedents 

5-4 (.556) 


ALABAMA COACHES IN BOWL DEBUTS

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be making his Crimson Tide bowl debut at the 2007 PetroSun Independence Bowl.
  • Saban has taken three different teams to post-season bowl games, including Michigan State, LSU and Alabama.
  • He has compiled a 3-5 (.375) record in his previous eight bowl games.
  • Saban’s first bowl game as a head coach came on Dec. 29, 1995 when he led Michigan State to a berth in the Independence Bowl.  The Spartans lost to LSU, 45-36, in Shreveport.
  • He was 0-3 in bowl games at Michigan State.  He also led the Spartans to the 2000 Capital One Bowl, but did not coach the game after taking the head coaching position at LSU
  • Saban was 3-2 (.600) in bowl games at LSU, including a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the 2003 BCS National Championship Game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
  • Saban is the 12th different Alabama coach to participate in a post-season bowl game.
  • Alabama football coaches are 4-7 (.364) in their bowl debuts with the Crimson Tide, dating back to coach Wallace Wade’s first bowl game in the 1926 Rose Bowl.
  • Ray Perkins and Dennis Franchione are the only two Alabama coaches to win their bowl debuts in the post World War II era.
  • Perkins led Alabama to a 28-7 win over SMU in the 1983 Sun Bowl, while Franchione led the Tide to a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the 2001 Independence Bowl.

UA COACHES BOWL DEBUTS

Year  Results (Coach) 
1926  Alabama 20, Washington 19 (Wallace Wade) 
1935  Alabama 29, Stanford 13 (Frank Thomas) 
1948  Texas 27, Alabama 7 (Red Drew) 
1959  Penn State 7, Alabama 0 (Paul Bryant) 
1983  Alabama 28, SMU 7 (Ray Perkins) 
1987  Michigan 28, Alabama 24 (Bill Curry) 
1991  Louisville 34, Alabama 7 (Gene Stallings) 
1998  Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7 (Mike Dubose) 
2001  Alabama 14, Iowa State 13 (D. Franchione) 
2004  Minnesota 20, Alabama 16 (Mike Shula) 
2006  Oklahoma State 34, Alabama 31 (Joe Kines) 
2007  Colorado vs. Alabama (Nick Saban) 


UA COACHES BOWL RECORDS

Coach  Bowl Record 
Wallace Wade 

2-0-1 

Frank Thomas 

4-2 

Red Drew 

1-2 

Paul Bryant 

12-10-2 

Ray Perkins 

3-0 

Bill Curry 

1-2 

Gene Stallings 

5-1 

Mike Dubose 

0-2 

Dennis Franchione 

1-0 

Mike Shula 

1-1 

Joe Kines 

0-1 


ALABAMA COACHES BOWL EXPERIENCE

  • Alabama’s on-the-field coaching staff have combined to work 89 bowl games, including this year’s Petro Sun Independence Bowl.
  • Five Alabama assistant coaches have been directly involved in bowl games that decided the national championship. 
  • The list includes Burton Burns (Nebraska, 1971), Bo Davis (LSU, 2003), Kirby Smart  (LSU, 1993), Kevin Steele (1994-95 Nebraska) and Lance Thompson (1990 Georgia Tech and 2003 LSU)
  • Applewhite played in four games during his career at Texas (1998-2001) and earned MVP honors at the 2001 Holiday Bowl after leading the Longhorns to a 43-41 come-from-behind win over Washington.
  • Applewhite was the offensive coordinator last season at Rice and led the Owls to the 2006 New Orleans Bowl, their first bowl appearance since the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl.
  • Burns played in four straight New Year’s Day bowls under Tom Osborne at Nebraska.  In 1971, Nebraska won the national championship with a 38-6 win over Alabama in the Jan. 1, 1972 Orange Bowl. 
  • Burns was on four Nebraska teams that outscored Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas and LSU, 110-25.
  • Burns also coached under Tommy Bowden at Tulane and Clemson and was on the Green Wave’s only undefeated 12-0 team that beat BYU in the 1998 Liberty Bowl.
  • Davis, Smart and Thompson were all on Saban’s LSU staff that won the 2003 BCS National Championship with a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
  • Thompson also won a national championship at Georgia Tech in 1990 and capped an 11-0-1 season with a 45-21 win over Nebraska in the Florida Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 1991.
  • Kevin Steele has been involved in four bowl games that have affected the national championship race, going 2-2 in those games.
  • In 1990, Steele and Nebraska lost to national champion Georgia Tech, 45-21, in the Jan. 1, 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl.
  • In 1993, Steele the Cornhuskers lost to Florida State, 18-16, in the Jan. 1, 1994 Orange Bowl that clinched Bobby Bowden’s first national title with the Seminoles.
  • In 1994-95, Steele and the Cornhuskers were on the winning side of back-to-back national championship games. 
  • Nebraska won the first national title in the Tom Osborne era with a 24-17 win over Miami in the Jan. 1, 1995 Orange Bowl. 
  • The Huskers made it two straight with a convincing 62-24 win over Florida in the Jan. 1, 1996 Fiesta Bowl. 
  • Davis will be coaching in his third Independence Bowl.  He was at LSU for the  Tigers 1995 and 1997 I-Bowl wins over Michigan State (45-20) and Notre Dame (27-9) respectively.  Coach Saban was the Spartans head coach in the 1995 I-Bowl loss to LSU.
  • Middleton will also be coaching in his third Independence Bowl as well.  He was at Ole Miss when the Rebels beat Oklahoma (W, 27-25) and Nebraska (W, 27-23).

ALABAMA’S BOWL EXPERIENCE

  • Alabama has 43 players on its current football roster with previous bowl experience.
  • That number is up from 36 players with previous bowl experience that participated in last year’s PetroSun Independence Bowl.

UA PLAYERS WITH BOWL EXPERIENCE

Player  G-GS 
Eryk Anders  1-0 
Javier Arenas  1-0 
Justin Britt  2-1 
Keith Brown  3-1 
Sam Burnthall  1-0 
Matt Caddell  3-2 
Antoine Caldwell  2-2 
Chris Capps  2-2 
Evan Cardwell  1-0 
Marcus Carter  3-1 
Simeon Castille  2-1 
Jamie Christensen  3-0 
Matt Collins  2-0 
Marlon Davis  2-1 
Brandon Deaderick  1-0 
P.J. Fitzgerald  1-0 
Wallace Gilberry  3-2 
Eric Gray  3-0 
Bobby Greenwood  2-1 
DJ Hall  2-1 
Charles Hoke  1-0 
Jimmy Johns  2-0 
Marquis Johnson  1-0 
Mike Johnson  1-0 
Rashad Johnson  2-0 
Prince Hall  1-1 
Ezekial Knight  2-0 
Travis McCall  2-2 
Darren Mustin  1-0 
Will Oakley  2-1 
Forress Rayford  1-0 
Chris Rogers  1-0 
Keith Saunders  3-0 
Ali Sharrief  1-0 
Andre Smith  1-1 
B.J. Stabler  2-1 
Marcel Stamps  2-0 
Nikita Stover  1-0 
Demarcus Waldrop  3-0 
Nick Walker  2-0 
Lorenzo Washington  1-0 
John Parker Wilson  1-1 
Justin Woodall  1-0 

*Only eight players have played in each of the Tide’s last three bowl games.

UA BOWL EXPERIENCE

Player 

Games 

Keith Brown 

Matt Caddell 

Marcus Carter 

Jamie Christensen 

Wallace Gilberry 

Eric Gray 

Kyle Tatum 

Demarcus Waldrop 

*Of the 43 players on the UA roster with bowl experience, there are only 18 with at least one bowl start. 
*There are only six players on the team who have started more than one bowl games in their UA careers.

UA PLAYERS WITH MULTIPLE BOWL STARTS

Player  Starts 
Matt Caddell 

Antoine Caldwell 

Chris Capps 

Wallace Gilberry 

Travis McCall 

Kyle Tatum 

NINE SEC TEAMS LAND BOWL BIDS

  • The Southeastern Conference had nine teams earn bowl bids this season, including two BCS teams.
  • The 2007 season marks the second straight year the SEC sent nine teams to bowl games. 
  • The SEC had 10 bowl-eligible teams in 2007, another league first, but South Carolina (6-6, 2-6 SEC) was no selected to play in a post-season bowl game.
  • LSU, the 2007 SEC Champion, will be playing Ohio State (11-1) in the BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008  in New Orleans.
  • This is the second straight year and fourth time since 1998 an SEC team has played in the BCS National Championship Game.
  • SEC teams are 3-0 in their previous three BCS Championship Games, with wins by Tennessee (1998), LSU (2003) and Florida (2006).
  • Tennessee beat Florida State, 23-16, in the 1998 BCS Championship Game at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
  • Coach Saban was the head coach of LSU when the Tigers beat Oklahoma, 21-14, for the 2003 BCS Championship in the Sugar Bowl. 
  • Florida beat Ohio State, 41-14, for the BCS National Championship last year.
  • Georgia (10-2) earned the other BCS berth and will play Hawai’i (13-0) in the All State Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008 in New Orleans.

2007 SEC BOWL TEAMS

Team (Record)  Bowl 
Alabama (6-6)  Independence 
Arkansas (8-4)  Cotton 
Auburn (8-4)  Chick-Fil-A 
Florida (9-3)  Capital One 
Georgia (10-2)  Sugar 
Kentucky (7-5)  Music City 
LSU (11-2)  BCS Championship 
Mississippi State (7-5)  Liberty 
Tennessee (9-4)  Outback 


ALABAMA’S BOWL OPPONENTS

  • Alabama played eight teams this year that qualified for a post-season bowl game. 
  • The composite record of those eight teams is 68-30 (.694) heading into the post-season.

2007 ALABAMA BOWL OPPONENTS

Team (Record)  Bowl 
Western Carolina (1-10)  None 
Vanderbilt (5-7)  None 
Arkansas (8-4)  Cotton 
Georgia (10-2)  Sugar 
Florida State (7-5)  Music City 
Houston (8-4)  Texas 
Ole Miss (3-9)  None 
Tennessee (9-4)  Outback 
LSU (11-2)  BCS 
Mississippi State (7-5)  Liberty 
UL Monroe (6-6)  None 
Auburn (8-4)  Chick-Fil-A 

INDEPENDENCE BOWL TIE-INS

  • The Southeastern Conference has been affiliated with the Independence Bowl since the 1995 season.
  • The I-Bowl is one of eight bowls with an agreement with the SEC.
  • The SEC has compiled an 11-3 (.786) record in 14 appearances at the I-Bowl.

SEC TEAMS AT THE I-BOWL

Team  Record 
Alabama  1-1 
Arkansas  1-0 
Auburn  1-0 
Georgia  1-0 
LSU  2-0 
Ole Miss  4-1 
Mississippi State  1-0 
South Carolina  0-1 

  • The Big 12 Conference has been affiliated with the Independence Bowl since the 1999 season.
  • The I-Bowl is one of seven bowls with an agreement with the Big 12 Conference.
  • The Big 12 has compiled a 3-6 (.333) record in its nine previous appearances in the I-Bowl.

BIG 12 TEAMS AT THE I-BOWL

Team  Record 
Iowa State  1-1 
Missouri  1-1 
Nebraska  0-1 
Oklahoma  0-1 
Oklahoma State  1-0 
Texas A&M  0-1 
Texas Tech  0-1 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MEETINGS

  • The SEC owns a 6-2 (.750) record against the Big 12 Conference in head-to-head meetings at the Independence Bowl.
  • The Big 12 conference owns a two-game winning I-Bowl winning streak after wins over the SEC in 2005 and 2006.
  • Prior to the 2005 season, the SEC had won six straight (1998-2003) I-Bowls against Big 12 schools.
  • The SEC did not send a team to Shreveport in 2004 as the league did not qualify enough teams to fill its eight bowl slots.


SEC VS. BIG 12 IN I-BOWL

Year  Result 
1998  Ole Miss 35, Texas Tech 18 
1999  Ole Miss 27, Oklahoma 25 
2000  Miss. State 43, Texas A&M 41 (OT) 
2001  Alabama 14, Iowa State 13 
2002  Ole Miss 27, Nebraska 23 
2003  Arkansas 27, Missouri 14 
2005  Missouri 38, South Carolina 31
2006  Oklahoma State 34, Alabama 31 
2007  Colorado vs. Alabama 

ALABAMA-COLORADO SERIES

  • Alabama and Colorado will be meeting for the third time in history at the 2007 Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
  • Alabama and CU have split the first two meetings, which both took place in bowl games.
  • Colorado beat Alabama, 47-33, on Dec. 13, 1969 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
  • Colorado (24) and Alabama (12) combined for an NCAA bowl record 36 rushing first downs in the 1969 Liberty Bowl.
  • Colorado also set Liberty Bowl records for most rushing first downs (24) and most rushing yards (473) in its 47-33 win over the Tide.
  • The Buffaloes running back Bob Anderson set bowl records with 35 rushing attempts for 254 yards and three touchdowns for the Buffaloes.  His 18 points scored were also a Liberty Bowl record. 
  • CU place kicker Dave Haney set the Liberty Bowl record with six extra points.
  • Colorado also set Liberty Bowl records for touchdowns scored (6), points scored (47) and points scored by both teams (80) in the win over the Tide.
  • Alabama evened the series with a 30-25 win a the Blockbuster Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami on Dec. 28, 1991.
  • The Crimson Tide relied on a second-half rally and three touchdown passes from quarterback Jay Barker to beat the defending national champions.
  • Barker threw second half TD passes to Kevin Lee, Siran Stacy and David Palmer as UA overcame a 12-10 halftime deficit.
  • Palmer also had a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win and earned the “Brian Piccolo Award” as the game’s MVP.

ALABAMA VS. BIG 12 SCHOOLS

  • Alabama has compiled a 13-16-2 (.467) all-time record against teams from the Big 12 Conference.
  • The 2007 Independence Bowl marks the third straight year the Crimson Tide has faced a Big 12 team in a bowl game.
  • Alabama beat Texas Tech, 13-10, in the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas.
  • The Tide lost to Oklahoma State, 34-31, in the 2006 PetroSun Independence Bowl last year in Shreveport.
  • Alabama is 5-10 (.333) in regular-season meetings with teams from the Big 12 Conference.
  • Alabama has compiled an 8-6-2 (.563) all-time bowl record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. 
  • From 1965-72, Alabama played seven straight bowl games against teams from the Big 8 or Southwest Conference, consisting of all current members of the Big 12.

ALABAMA VS. BIG 12 FOES

Opponent  UA Record 
Baylor  2-0 
Colorado  1-1 
Iowa State  1-0 
Kansas  0-0 
Kansas State  0-0 
Missouri   1-2 
Nebraska  3-2 
Oklahoma  1-2-1 
Oklahoma State  0-1 
Texas  0-7-1 
Texas A&M  3-1 
Texas Tech  1-0 


CU AGAINST THE SEC

  • Colorado is 2-8-1 (.227) all-time against the SEC and not beaten an SEC teams since posting a 31-21 win over LSU in Boulder on Sept. 11, 1971.
  • The Buffs only other win came against Alabama in the 1969 Liberty Bowl in Memphis. 
  • Colorado and Tennessee played to a 31-31 tie in the Disneyland Pigskin Classic in Anaheim on Aug. 26, 1990.
  • CU’s last meeting against an SEC team was a 14-13 loss to Georgia in Athens on Sept. 23, 2006.

COLORADO VS. SEC FOES

Opponent  CU Record 
Alabama 

1-1 

Auburn 

0-1 

Arkansas 

0-0 

Florida 

0-0 

Georgia 

0-1 

Kentucky 

0-0 

LSU 

1-5 

Mississippi State 

0-0 

Ole Miss 

0-0 

South Carolina 

0-0 

Tennessee 

0-0-1 

Vanderbilt 

0-0 

SCOUTING REPORT: Colorado Buffaloes

  • The Colorado Buffaloes bring a 6-6 overall record (4-4 Big 12 mark) into the 2007 PetroSun Independence Bowl.
  • The Buffaloes were seventh in the Big 12 in rushing (150.), 10th in passing (227.0), 10th in total offense (357.0) and 10th in scoring (27.58) this season.
  • Colorado was 8th in the Big 12 and 83rd nationally (-0.33) in turnover margin this year.
  • The starting quarterback is redshirt freshman Cody Hawkins, who is the son of head coach Dan Hawkins.  Cody has completed 239 of 424 passes for 2,693 yards in 12 games and averaged 224.4 passing yards per game.
  • The running game is anchored by senior Hugh Charles, who needs 11 yards for 1,000 rushing yards this season.
  • In 12 games, Charles has 185 rushing attempts for 989 yards and team-best eight touchdowns.  He averages 89.9 yards per game and 5.3 yards per attempt.
  • Charles was fourth in the Big 12 in rushing and fifth in all-purpose (144.18) yards this year.
  • Hawkins’ favorite target is redshirt freshman wide receiver Scotty McKnight, who leads the Buffs with 43 catches for 488 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Senior tight end Tyson DeVree leads CU with six TD catches this season and ranks second with 28 catches for 308 yards.
  • On defense, Colorado ranks 5th in the Big 12 in rushing (127.67), sixth in total defense (389.42), 8th in passing (261.75) and 8th in scoring (29.42) defense.
  • The defense is led by senior linebacker Jordon Dizon, the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Dizon led the Big 12 and ranks 2nd nationally with 160 tackles and 12.42 tackles per game this season.  He also led CU with 12 solo tackles in 12 games.
  • He added eight quarterback pressures, seven TFLs (-13), four sacks (-29) and three pass breakups.
  • Dizon had two interceptions (79 yards) and one touchdown on the season.
  • Senior defensive back Terrence Wheatley led five interceptions (65 yards, TD) and second on the team with 10 pass breakups.
  • Sophomore defensive back Cha’pelle Brown led the Buffs with 12 pass breakups.
  • Junior defensive tackle Brandon Nicolas led CU with eight sacks (-16).
  • The special teams is led by senior kicker  Kevin Eberhart and sophomore punter Matt DiLallo.
  • Eberhart led the team in scoring with 83 points this season, including 38 extra points (39 attempts) and 15 field goals (23 attempts).
  • DiLallo averaged 40.11 yards per punt and 22 of his kicks landed inside the 20-yard line.  He also had six punts of 50-plus yards.

 


 

 

     
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