Photo report: Vandy stat leaders

Vanderbilt held the lead in passing, sacks, first downs, offensive plays and total offense. But the Tide countered with leads in time of possession, rushing offense, return yardage and takeaways.<br><br>Of course ultimately, the only number that mattered was the final score: 12-9 in favor of Bama.

Ahmaad Galloway fights for an extra yard against the Commodores. With 144 yards on 24 carries, for the second week in a row the junior tailback was Bama's leading rusher. Galloway's longest run from scrimmage was 14 yards, and he averaged 6 yards per carry.


With sideline spectators looking on, Freddie Milons heads upfield with a kickoff. Milons returned one punt for 12 yards, and three kickoffs for 76 yards. The senior speedster's longest effort of the day was a 39-yarder.


Nautyn McKay-Loescher walks off following practice. "The Chief" was responsible for Bama's only takeaway, falling on a Vandy fumble late in the second quarter. McKay-Loescher was also credited with two solo tackles.


Easily the offensive star for Alabama, Neal Thomas kicks one of four field goals that provided all of the Tide's points versus Vanderbilt. Before the first game, many expected Thomas would be the key to victory this season, as the Tide offense adjusts to new schemes. And that prediction is so far proving accurate.


Tyler Watts makes an acrobatic throw versus the Commodores. Alabama ran much less option Saturday, so the junior QB's rushing numbers were diminished. But Watts threw for 128 yards on 10-of-17 passing, with a 26 yarder standing as his longest gain of the day.


Shown on the field during Saturday's game, Reggie Myles (#23) was the leading tackler for the Tide. Seven times Myles wrestled Commodore ball carriers down from his free safety position, and the senior was also credited with one pass deflection.


Kindal Moorehead (#54) pressures the Vandy quarterback. After reviewing game film, the Tide coaches named Moorehead the Defensive Lineman of the Game. The junior defensive end totaled four tackles, and his two tackles for a loss led the Bama D.


Following the game, the Tide head coach accomodates a young fan's autograph request. His key stat was only the cardinal number '1,' but for Dennis Franchione the single digit represented his historic first victory at Alabama. And the youngster wanted Coach Fran's signature on his game program to commemorate the event.



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