Alabama's 56-0 win over UTEP marks the first time since 1991 the Crimson Tide has scored 50 points in a game. Alabama posted a 62-0 win over Tulane on Oct. 12, 1991 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide defeated UT Chattanooga 53-7 the week prior to the win over Tulane (Oct.5) for back-to-back 50 point games in 1991.
ALABAMA FOOTBALL POST-GAME NOTES
The UTEP Game - October 6, 2001
Alabama finished the game with 588 yards of total offense, marking the second straight game the Crimson Tide offense has rolled up 500 or more yards. Last week at South Carolina, Alabama had 516 yards of offense. The last time the Crimson Tide posted back-to-back 500-yard game was against UT Chattanooga (587 yards) and Tulane (572 yards) on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, 1991.
In its last two games, Alabama's offense has rolled up 1,104 yards against South Carolina and UTEP.
In its last 10 quarters, dating back to the Arkansas game (Sept. 22), Alabama has scored 109 total points and is averaging 10.9 points per quarter. Alabama scored 17 points in the second half against Arkansas and piled up 36 points last week at South Carolina. The 56 points scored today against UTEP is the most by Alabama since 1991.
The Crimson Tide fell 12 yards shy of the 600-yard total offense mark in today's game. Alabama has not had 600 yards of total offense since piling up 644 total yards in a 32-16 win at LSU on Nov. 11, 1989. In the win over LSU, Alabama ran for 387 yards and passed for 257 yards. Today against UTEP, Alabama had 360 rushing yards and 228 passing yards.
Alabama ran 23 plays in the first quarter against UTEP for 202 total yards. The Crimson Tide averaged 8.8 yards per play against the Miners in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide had 13 rushing attempts for 102 yards and completed 7 of 10 passes for 100 yards en route to a 21-0 lead.
Alabama converted its first six third down opportunities against UTEP, including a perfect 5-for-5 on third down in the first quarter. That also includes a 38-yard pass to Jason McAddley on a third-and-28 from the UA 22-yard line. The first missed opportunity on third down came with 5:18 left in the second quarter as Watts misfired to Sam Collins on third-and-14 from the Alabama 30-yard line.
For the game, Alabama was 9-for-14 on third down and averaged 13.7 yards per play on third down. Alabama totaled 183 yards on its 14 third down opportunities today.
The Crimson Tide also snapped a five-game non-conference losing streak with th win over UTEP. Prior to today, Alabama's last non-conference win was a 35-14 victory over Southern Miss on Oct. 30, 1999 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama lost all three non-SEC game last year.
Alabama scored 42 points in the first half of today's game, the most by the Crimson Tide in one half since building a 52-7 lead at halftime against Vanderbilt on Sept. 29, 1990. The Crimson Tide went on to defeat the Commodores 59-28 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game also marked the first career win for Alabama head coach Gene Stallings.
Alabama played nine first-time players in today's win over UTEP. Hamid Haaq (CB), Nick Signaigo (FB), Joel Babb (WR), Keith Stephens (QG), Patrick Hollingsworth (C), Bart Raulston (SG), Danny Martz (SG), Brandon Greer (WR) and Tarry Givens (WR) all saw action for the first time this season. Jonathan Richey (QB), who has played in all five games, played for the first time this season at quarterback. Lance Taylor, who has played on special teams, saw action for the first time this season on offense.
Among the nine first-time players, Haaq, Signaigo, Stephens, Hollingsworth, Martz and Givens had never played a game for the Crimson Tide prior to today.
Alabama senior wide receiver Freddie Milons became the school's all-time pass receptions leader in today's game against UTEP. Milons now has 135 career receptions for 1,556 yards. Milons had four catches for 74 yards against the Miners. The previous record was held by David Bailey (1969-71), who caught 132 career passes for the Crimson Tide. Milons tied the record with a 17-yard reception on the first play of the game. He broke the record with a 28-yard pass reception with 12:35 remaining in the second quarter.
Milons also grabbed another milestone against the Miners as he became the eighth player in Alabama history to surpass the 3,000 all-purpose yard mark in his career. Milons' 17-yard reception from Andrew Zow with just over four minutes left in the third quarter gave him 3,006 all-purpose yards. Milons had four receptions for 74 yards and one kickoff return for 17 yards, giving him 91 all-purpose yards in the game. In 38 career games, Milons now has 3,023 career all-purpose yards.
For the second straight week, junior quarterback Tyler Watts had 100 yards rushing and passing in the same game. He is the only quarterback in school history to crack 100 yards in both categories in consecutive games. Against UTEP, Watts ran nine times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, Watts completed 12 of 18 passes for 147 yards and two TDs. Last week against South Carolina, Watts ran for 162 yards and added 231 passing yards for a total of 393 yards.
Sophomore Charles Jones made his first career start today for the Crimson Tide, replacing senior Reggie Myles at the free safety position. Jones had never played a down of football at Alabama prior to the 2001 season opener with UCLA. Jones redshirted during the 1999 season and did not see action last year. Myles had started all four games at free safety this season.
A total of four Alabama players recorded their first career touchdown for the Crimson Tide this afternoon against the Miners. Donnie Lowe, Triandos Luke, Marvin Brown and Ray Hudson also crossed the goal-line for the first time in their career this afternoon.
Alabama sophomore fullback Donnie Lowe scored his first career touchdown, capping a 10-play, 76-yard drive on the Crimson Tide's first possession. Lowe scored his first career touchdown with a two-yard run with 11:30 left in the first quarter.
Sophomore wide receiver Triandos Luke recorded his first career touchdown reception, catching a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Watts with 18 seconds left in the first quarter. Luke's TD reception gave Alabama a 21-0 lead. Luke added his second career TD reception on the final series of the second half.
Junior fullback Marvin Brown tallied a 13-yard run with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter for his first career score. Brown's TD gave Alabama a 49-0 lead.
Senior defensive end Kindal Moorehead recorded his first career interception at the UTEP 25-yard line with 4:08 remaining in the second quarter. The Crimson Tide cashed in on the turnover, scoring in four plays capped by Watts nine-yard touchdown run, his second of the game.
Freshman defensive end Todd Bates recovered a fumble at the UTEP 30-yard line to set up the Crimson Tide's final touchdown of the second half. Watts' two-yard pass to Luke, their second TD hookup of the game, gave Bama a 42-0 lead with 18 seconds left in the half.
UTEP POST-GAME NOTES
UTEP played its first game in the state of Alabama today.
UTEP true freshman running back Howard Jackson saw his first action of the 2001 season in the loss to Alabama.
UTEP has now lost 12 consecutive non-conference road games, dating back to a 37-6 win at Northern Illinois in 1996.
UTEP is now 1-5 all-time against SEC teams, including an 0-1 record against Alabama. In addition, UTEP is 0-5 against SEC teams on the road.