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Independence Bowl: Alabama Post Game Notes



2006 PetroSun Independence Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
Thursday, December 28, 2006 ?? Independence Bowl Stadium

PREGAME NOTES:  Alabama announced its permanent captains for the 2006 season on Dec. 27 with the team electing Le”Ron McClain (Northport) on offense and Juwan Siimpson (Decatur) on defense ... Alabama won the toss and deferred to the second half ... Oklahoma State received and defended the north goal ... The actual kickoff time was 3:33 p.m. (CT) ... Attendance was 45,054.

GAME PARTICIPATION:  Alabama dressed 122 players for its game with Oklahoma State with 57 playing at least one snap. On defense, Bobby Greenwood (Prattville) and Eric Gray (Trinity) each earned their second starts of the season. Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) made his third start of the season and fourth of his career at right guard. He also started against Florida International and Auburn in the regular season. Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery), Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) and Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) each extended their Alabama longest start streaks to 25 straight games. Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) has played in more games (42) than any other Alabama player without a career start.

OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES:  Alabama and Oklahoma State met for the first time on Thursday. It was the 33rd different bowl opponent in Crimson Tide history and the fourth time in the last five bowl trips Alabama faced an opponent for the first time.

CRIMSON TIDE BOWL HISTORY:  Alabama played in its NCAA-leading 54th bowl game. They also hold the NCAA record for the most bowl victories with 30 wins. The contest against Oklahoma State was the second time the Crimson Tide played in the Independence Bowl. In 2001, Alabama defeated Iowa State, 14-13. This was the third consecutive year the Tide was selected to a bowl game. Alabama now holds a 30-21-3 all-time record in bowl contests.


* Joe Kines served as Alabama’s interim head coach for the 2006 PetroSun Independence Bowl. He previously has served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers for the last four seasons. It was the second time in his coaching career he was an interim head coach. He also served as the interim head coach at Arkansas in 1992.
* Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) set the Alabama single-season record for pass completions with 18 completions against Oklahoma State. He finished the season with 216 completions, passing Gary Hollingsworth who completed 205 passes in the 1989 season.
* Wilson also broke the record for passing touchdowns in a single season as he ended the year with 17 touchdown passes after throwing for one score, an 18-yard pass to Matt Caddell in the first quarter.
* Wilson extended his school records for pass attempts and passing yards, ending the year with 379 pass attempts and 2,707 passing yards.
* Wilson completed a pass to nine different receivers in the game with 11 catches by wide receivers, six by running backs and one by the tight ends.
* DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) extended his school record for receiving yards in a single season to 1,056 yards. He is only the second wide receiver in Alabama history to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
* Hall moved into second on the single season receptions list with five catches against Oklahoma State. He moved ahead of David Palmer’s 61 catches. Hall finished with 62 catches this year, three behind Freddie Millons for the single-season record (1999). 
* Hall extended his consecutive games with at least one catch streak in the first quarter, catching a pass in his 18th consecutive game.
* Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) set a career high with 30 receiving yards in the game. He also matched a career high with four receptions, a mark he has now hit five times.
* On Alabama’s first drive of the game, Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) fumbled for just the fifth time in his career and recorded just his third lost fumble. He entered the game with four fumbles on 692 career rushing attempts. It was the first lost fumble for Darby since he fumbled in the fourth quarter of the Ole Miss game last season Oct. 15, 2005. He carried 328 times since that fumble. He had not fumbled this season.
* Matt Caddell (McCalla) caught an 18-yard pass in the first quarter for his second touchdown of the season. His previous touchdown catch came against Florida International on Oct. 28. It was his third career touchdown catch.
* Tim Castille (Birmingham) tallied an one-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was his team-leading sixth touchdown of the year and was the 21st touchdown of his career.
* Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown with 10:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. The return was the longest punt return in Independence Bowl history, breaking James Henry of Southern Miss’ record of 65 yards set in 1988 against UTEP. It broke Alabama’s bowl record, which was previously held by Hootie Ingram with an 80-yard return against Boston College in the 1953 Orange Bowl. The return tied for the fifth longest punt return in school history. It was his second punt return for a touchdown this season. He returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown against Florida International on Oct. 28. The last punt return for a touchdown by Alabama in a bowl game was a 62-yard return by Freddie Millons in the 2000 Orange Bowl against Michigan.
* Andre Smith (Birmingham), a freshman All-American tackle, scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard rush off a lateral from Wilson on a tackle-eligible play. 
* The play that set up Smith’s touchdown was a forced fumble by Chris Rogers (Lakeland, Fla.), Tenn.) on a kickoff. It was the first career forced fumble for Rogers who also recovered the fumble for his first career fumble recovery.
* Second team All-SEC selection Simeon Castille (Birmingham) tallied his sixth interception of the season in the fourth quarter. The interception was the 10th of his career. 
* Jeffrey Dukes (Oxford, Miss.) set a career high with 12 tackles in the game. It was the first time in his career he tallied double-digit tackles in a game. Eric Gray (Trinity) recorded a career-high six tackles. His previous career high was four against Utah State last season. Juwan Simpson matched a career high with 13 tackles in the game. He also had 13 tackles against Ole Miss in 2003.