Photo report: Athletes fought hard

Once again Alabama fell short, and the loss was made all the more painful by the fact that the Tide could have won the game on several occasions had it only made one more play. But Bama's effort was definitely improved from the week before.

(Above left) Tide Head Coach Mike Shula observes the action Saturday. It's part of college football, so he has to deal with it, but Shula isn't certain he thinks the current overtime system is an improvement. Of course he frankly acknowledged that he would "probably like it a lot more if we had won our two games." (Barry Fikes photo)

Depending on the circumstances, sometimes a player can distinguish himself as much in defeat as in victory. Without doubt, Shaud Williams has a heart as big as Bryant-Denny Stadium. Saturday the diminutive tailback carried the football 40 times, the most of his Crimson Tide career. His 166 yards rushing more than doubled any other running back's production in the game. (Barry Fikes photo)

Roman Harper (#41) goes low to upend the Tennessee runner. Harper's seven tackles tied for third-best among his teammates for the game. (Barry Fikes photo)

Dre Fulgham breaks off the line of scrimmage. The senior wideout caught four passes in the game for 37 yards, including a touchdown pass in overtime to extend the contest.

Cornerback Charlie Peprah (#26) leads the gang tackling on this play. Both teams' defenses yielded almost 500 yards of total offense, but those numbers were greatly inflated by the five overtime periods. (Barry Fikes photo)

With center J.B. Closner (#74) providing protection, Brodie Crolye (#12) looks to pass. Mike Shula said afterwards that he had never been around a player like Croyle who was so determined to play despite the pain of his injured left shoulder. (Barry Fikes photo)

Tim Castille (#29) leaps over the would-be Tennessee tackler for more yardage. It took nine games, but Bama's fullback position was finally a part of the rushing offense. Castille had two carries for 15 yards, including a touchdown run. (Barry Fikes photo)

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