Post-game quotes

"There have been a lot of firsts throughout this year; just when you think you've seen it all there's another unbelievable game," Tide Head Coach Mike Shula said after the game. "Our guys played hard. And you hurt for them because this group deserves better."

"We still made some big plays in some crucial situations. But we just came up short. We just have to believe that all the hard work is going to pay off."

On the offensive line, after losing Wesley Britt:
"They did a nice job up front. We were out of rhythm early on but we came back and actually took the lead in the fourth quarter. We kept our poise. We made the plays when we had to."

On the running backs:
"They're (Tennessee) is tough against the run. As the game went on both of our guys got better. They broke some tackles and made the plays. Again, you have to give them credit."

On defense:
"DeMeco Ryans was outstanding again. But so many guys are doing well, and it makes me fell good about the future of this team."

"We'll use this game as a positive and we saw a lot of young guys grow up today."

On the bye week:
"We're finally getting a rest after eight straight games and we need it. A lot of these guys have spent a lot of energy laying it on the line week in and week out and they need the rest. I told them never to let anybody to tell them that they are not mentally or physically tough enough or up to the challenge. Hopefully we can use this game and finish up strong."

Tennessee Head Coach Phillip Fulmer

"I take my hat off to Alabama; it was a heck of an effort on their part. It was a great win for us."

"Our coaches and players showed a lot of character. These kids have been through a lot and I think it's something we can build on."

"James Banks made some good plays tonight. He's growing as a receiver. He's quite a football player."

On the time of game:
"I don't know why we wait so long to get it done. We didn't play so well on offense at some points tonight."

On QB Casey Clausen:
"There's not a tougher-minded quarterback in the country than Casey Clausen."

"I take my hat off to Brodie Croyle with his shoulder hurting. That was a great exhibition on his part as well."

On the players they brought:
"We brought 70 and I think we played most of them."

"Shaud Williams is a tough son of a gun, hard to tackle and Ray Hudson is too."

Alabama Player Quotes:

LB Derrick Pope
"It hurts. It's a tough loss and that's about all I can say."

(About week off)
"I'm not thinking about that right now. I'm just thinking about this game. It is just tough."

CB Charlie Peprah
"It's a tough loss and that's about all you can say. Five overtimes, no one deserves to lose. Nobody wants to lose. That's about all I can say. It's a tough loss but there is nothing we can do about that now. We have an off week and we have to get better. It was a hard fought game. It was just a tough loss."

WR Triandos Luke
"It's a tough loss. We gave great effort the whole game. We got some good situations but we just couldn't finish them. That's just something we have to work on and learn from.

(About surpassing 1,000 career receiving yards)
"I didn't even know that I went over 1,000 yards, but it is a blessing and I give all the honor and glory to God."

Tennessee Player Quotes

Robert Peace, #41, LB
"We were exhausted. This was a Tennessee-Alabama classic game. It was a clean, hard fought game on both sides. I'm glad we were on the winning side."

"I can't give the defensive line enough credit; they made a big step tonight. "

"You can tell both teams wanted it and that we were both exhausted."

"In the SEC you have to win games like this and that's all this team needed, a good win against a good team."

Jason Allen, #18, DB
"This was definitely the longest game I've ever played in."

On final play:
"I was expecting a fade route; I never thought we'd lose this game."

"It feels good to come home to your home state and win a game like this. I had to hear about losing all year, I'm glad this year I don't have to hear about it."

Casey Clausen, #7, QB
"This was a great game in the second half. They made great plays and we made great plays. Luckily we came out on top. I'm glad to get out of here with a win."

"It seems when the game's on the line, the players seem to focus more."

"I'm always confident and that's part of being a quarterback."

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