Photo report: Bama mauls Miners

Once the clouds parted, revealing a brilliant overhead sun, it turned into a perfect day for college football, and Alabama took full advantage. The Tide began by marching methodically down field on a 76-yard touchdown drive.<br><br>And for the Miners from Texas El Paso, things only went downhill from there.

Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush (far left) and Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione (on right in Crimson sweatshirt) use play sheets as they direct the Bama defense and offense respectively. Saturday was the first time Torbush has not been in the press box during a game at Alabama.


Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts crosses the goal line for his first of two touchdowns, during the second quarter against Texas-El Paso on Saturday Oct. 6, 2001, in Birmingham, Ala. For the second straight week, Watts rushed and passed for more than 100 yards. (AP Photo/Ann Williamson)


From his middle linebacker position, Darius Gilbert (#99) peers across the line of scrimmage at the Miner quarterback. Gilbert backed up Saleem Rasheed exclusively during the game, meaning that a redshirt year for Freddie Roach remains a possibility.


Alabama wide receiver Jason McAddley catches a pass from Tyler Watts in the first quarter as Texas-El Paso defender Tim Woodard closes in Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. McAddley had three receptions for 67 yards, including a long of 38. (AP Photo/Ann Williamson)


Third-string quarterback Jonathan Richey (#17) directs the huddle. With the Tide safely in control of the game, numerous reserves saw action in the second half. From left, Lannis Baxley (#76), Ray Hudson (#27), Bart Raulston (#77), Tarry Givens (#85), Pat Hollingsworth (#53), Dre Fulgham (#3), Richey, Lance Taylor (#39) and Brandon Greer (#81).


Alabama defensive end Kindal Moorehead, left, knocks down Texas-El Paso quarterback Wesley Phillips for a loss during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in Birmingham, Ala. Making his presence known on the defensive line and in Coach Torbush's zone blitzing schemes, Moorehead had two tackles, one sack, two pass deflections and even an interception. (AP Photo/Ann Williamson)


Alabama's coaching brain trust on the sideline during Saturday's game. Far left Ron Case, Stan Eggen (walking to the sideline), Carl Torbush (looking at camera), Jim Bob Helduser and Mark Tommerdahl (hands on hips).


Tyler Watts takes a moment to sign the Alabama sweatshirt of a fan behind the team bench. Early in the third quarter, Watts' day was done. And he spent the rest of the game watching Andrew Zow and Richey lead the team at quarterback.


Junior center Alonzo Ephraim (#58) and sophomore defensive tackle Anthony Bryant (#97) walk off the field following the game. The 56-7 victory provided a badly needed boost of confidence for an Alabama team just now coming into its own.



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