Sights and scenes from Saturday's game

It's hard to imagine a more draining loss than Saturday's game. Letting numerous opportunities to put Tennessee away go by, the Tide battled played hard--if not always well--but lost in five overtimes, 51-43.

(Above left) It was a "Jill game," with CBS Sports providing national television coverage and "esteemed" sideline reporter Jill Arrington providing eye candy--oops, we meant "commentary," from the field.


Quarterback Brodie Croyle looks to pass. For the game the sophomore was 21-of-38 passing for 215 yards, including two touchdowns. Croyle also threw one interception. (Barry Fikes photo)


With father Jeremiah watching in the left background, true freshman running back Tim Castille makes his cut. The game was the first time all season Castille got a chance to run the football. He had two carries, one of which went for 12 yards and a touchdown. (Barry Fikes photo)


Defensive tackle Ahmad Childress (#95) arrives just a tad late, but he still managed to take the Tennessee quarterback down. The final score is all that ultimately counts, but the Tide defense gave up only 20 points to Tennessee during regulation. (Barry Fikes photo)


With tight end David Cavan (#87) looking to block, Shaud Williams (#21) carries versus the Volunteers. Williams finished with 166 yards on 40 carries, the most times he's run the ball in his Tide career. He also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. (Barry Fikes photo)


Tide Head Coach Mike Shula checks his play chart on the sideline. Afterwards, Shula said that he didn't know whether anyone would believe him or not, but he believes the lessons learned Saturday will pay off with this team in the future. (Barry Fikes photo)


Linebacker Derrick Pope (#6) leads the charge that upended the Tennessee runner. Pope started for the first time in several weeks, having recovered sufficiently from an ankle injury. He finished the game with five tackles. (Barry Fikes photo)


Ray Hudson (#27) looks to pull away from the would-be Tennessee tackler. Hudson carried the ball 14 times for 71 yards, including a touchdown--the only rushing touchdown of the season by a Tide runner other than Shaud Williams. (Barry Fikes photo)



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