Alabama/LSU game notes

Coming off its most impressive win of the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-6, 1-4 SEC) will close out its 2003 home football schedule with a nationally televised game against the third-ranked LSU Fighting Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) this Saturday, Nov. 15 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The LSU game is Alabama's school record seventh game in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. The previous record was six games here at Bryant-Denny Stadium set in 1920 and 2002.

LSU is the third Top 10 team to play in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season, joining No. 1 Oklahoma (Sept. 6) and No. 9 Arkansas (Sept. 27). Overall, LSU is the fourth Top 25 team to play in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. Both are school records.

Special Game-Day Events

  • Kickoff on the Quad begins at 11:30 a.m. at the UA Quad with food, entertainment, autograph guests and more.
  • The LSU game marks the final home game for Alabama seniors, who will be recognized in a ceremony prior to kickoff.
  • Former Alabama middle linebacker and Tuscaloosa native Marvin Constant will be signing autographs in the legends tent from 4-4:45 p.m. on the Quad.
  • Constant will also present the game ball at midfield prior to the Alabama-LSU game. Constant's career was cut short when he tore ligaments in his knee after making a game-saving tackle against LSU QB Josh Booty at the goal-line in a 23-17 win in 1999.
  • The Alabama baseball team (4:45-5:30 PM) will sign autographs in the Mayfield Dairy Tent this weekend.

Alabama/LSU Series

Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU 43-18-5 (.689) in a series that dates back to the 1895 season.
  • The Fighting Tigers won the inaugural meeting (12-6) played in Baton Rouge on Nov. 18, 1895. The two teams did not meet again until the 1902 season, with LSU prevailing once again. Alabama's first series win came on Nov. 9, 1903 in Baton Rouge as the Crimson Tide scored a 10-0 victory.
  • LSU won four of the first six meetings in the series, before Alabama began to take control at the conclusion of World War I. From 1919-45, Alabama posted a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) against LSU.
  • The Fighting Tigers would gain a slight advantage over the next nine meetings, posting a 5-3-1 record from 1946-58.
  • In 1964, the series became one-sided in favor of the Crimson Tide. Alabama would go 16-2 (.889) against LSU from 1964-81, including a series-long 11-game winning streak from 1971-81.
  • During Paul Bryant's era as head coach (1958-82), UA posted a 16-4 (.800) mark against LSU, which included a five-game winning streak (1964-68) and a 11-game winning streak (1971-81). LSU's four wins over Bryant's teams came in 1958, 1969, 1970 and 1982.
  • Since 1982, the Crimson Tide holds a narrow 12-8-1 (.595) series lead with the Tigers. Included in that stretch was a four-game winning streak by Alabama from 1989-92.
  • LSU also ended UA's school record 31-game (30-0-1) unbeaten streak with a 17-13 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1993.
  • LSU enters the 2003 season having won four of the last seven meetings in the series, including a 35-21 win in the last meeting at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • The Tigers also snapped a 15-game winless streak to the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium with a 30-28 win in Baton Rouge on Nov. 4, 2000.
  • Alabama posted a 31-0 win last year in Baton Rouge.
  • LSU has won three of the last five meetings here in Tuscaloosa.

Series Highlights

  • The LSU series is the fourth oldest series in the UA record books. The series dates back to 1895.
  • LSU and Southern Miss are the only two teams to play Alabama at all four home sites -- Crampton Bowl, Ladd Stadium, Legion Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • This will be the 35th Alabama-LSU game here in the state of Alabama.
  • Alabama has shutout LSU 15 times, including last year's 31-0 win in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide's biggest shutout win was a 42-0 decision in 1925.
  • LSU has shutout Alabama three times and not since 1997 here in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers' biggest shutout win came in 1957 (28-0).
  • Alabama's longest series winning streak is 11 games from 1971-82.
  • LSU has never won more than two straight games against Alabama.
  • The first meeting between Alabama and LSU took place on Monday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The game had originally been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15th. This is believed to be the only Monday game in UA football history.
  • Alabama defeated LSU 6-4 in Mobile during the 1907 season on a 75-yard TD run by Thomas Reidy.
  • The Crimson Tide's 21-0 win in Baton Rouge during the 1919 season was the first win of a then school record 12-game winning streak for Alabama.
  • This was also the start of the first 10-game winning streak in school history.
  • Alabama and LSU played to 27-27 tie in Baton Rouge on Sept. 30, 1944, marking the first Alabama football game since the Jan. 1, 1943 Orange Bowl win over Boston College (37-21). The Crimson Tide did not field a football team in 1943 due to World War II.
  • Legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's first game as head coach of the Crimson Tide was against LSU. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 13-3 on Sept. 27, 1958 at Mobile's Ladd Stadium.
  • Also, the bleachers collapsed as Ladd Stadium that night due to the overflow crowd attracted by Bryant's debut.
  • Alabama recorded its 500th all-time win with a 21-7 victory over LSU on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22) in 1973.
  • LSU beat Alabama 19-18 in a classic game here in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5, 1988, marking the Tigers' first win on the UA campus since 1902 and first-ever in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Alabama's 650th win (32-16) came against LSU on Nov. 11, 1989 in Baton rouge as UA clinched a share of its first SEC Championship since 1981
  • Alabama's 700th on-the-field win also came in Baton Rouge on Nov. 5, 1994 as the Tide claimed a 35-17 win.
  • LSU shutout Alabama 27-0 on Nov. 8, 1997, marking just the sixth time the Crimson Tide had ever been shutout in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

There's No Place Like Home?

There's no place like home, unless you play in the Alabama-LSU football series.
  • A streaky series at best, this matchup between Alabama and LSU has produced some interesting results.
  • The Crimson Tide holds a 43-18-5 series lead over the Tigers in a series that has been dominated by the road team.
  • The road team has compiled a 9-23-1 (.288) since the 1970 season.
  • The road team won every game in the Alabama-LSU series from 1981-89, with the exception of a 14-14 tie in Baton Rouge in 1985.
  • Alabama snapped the nine-game unbeaten streak by the road team with a 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa during the 1990 season.
  • Since 1991, the road team is 9-3 (.750) in the last 12 games, including a two-game winning streak.
  • Since 1969, Alabama is 15-1-1 (.912) in Baton Rouge.
  • On the flip side, LSU has won seven of the last 10 games played in the state of Alabama, including four straight wins in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.

Alabama-LSU Series at Various Sites

The Alabama-LSU series has been played at six different sites since the initial meeting in 1895.
  • The city of Baton Rouge has hosted the most games in the series (31), with Alabama posting a 23-6-2 (.774) record on the LSU campus.
  • Only one other Louisiana city has hosted this series, with Alabama and LSU playing to a 7-7 tie in New Orleans in 1921.
  • Four Alabama cities have played host to this rivalry, including Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham.
  • The 2003 meeting will be the 14th game between Alabama and LSU in Tuscaloosa, making the UA campus the most frequent host of this game. Birmingham has hosted the Alabama-LSU game 13 times.

Record by Sites

Baton Rouge: UA leads, 23-6-2
New Orleans: Series Tied, 0-0-1
Tuscaloosa: UA leads 9-5
Birmingham: UA leads 8-5-1
Montgomery: UA leads 2-0
Mobile: LSU leads 2-1-1

Bama/LSU Series Notebook

  • Alabama and LSU have met every year since 1964.
  • Alabama head coach Mike Shula will be facing LSU for the first time in his head coaching career. As an Alabama player, Shula was 0-2-1 against the Tigers.
  • LSU coach Nick Saban is 2-1 (.667) in his head coaching career against Alabama.
  • The are no players on the Alabama roster from the state of Louisiana.
  • LSU has five players on its football roster from the state of Alabama, including LB Kenneth Hollis (Adamsville), QB JaMarcus Russell (Mobile), DT Melvin Oliver (Opelika), DT Brandon Washington (Tuscaloosa) and LB Chris McCauley (Homewood).
  • Alabama receivers coach Charlie Harbison served as the defensive backs coach at LSU each of the last two seasons (2001-02).
  • LSU tight ends coach Lance Thompson served as the defensive line coach at Alabama under Mike DuBose during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
  • LSU offensive coordinator and QB coach Jimbo Fisher served as quarterbacks coach at Auburn under Terry Bowden from 1993-98. The Tigers posted a 3-3 record against the Crimson Tide during that six-year period.
  • LSU's Director of Athletic Training, Jack Marucci, earned his master's degree from Alabama in 1988. He spent two years with the Crimson Tide football and baseball teams as a graduate assistant trainer.
  • This Saturday's game will feature the SECs leading rusher in Alabama's Shaud Williams (114.0 yards) against the nation's top-ranked rushing defense in LSU (60.3 yards).
  • In addition, Alabama ranks third in the SEC with 174.0 rushing yards per game.
  • LSU has allowed only one opponent (Louisiana Tech) to rush for 100 yards this season.
  • LSU (6) and Alabama (5) lead the SEC in non-offensive touchdowns this season.
  • LSU (28) and Alabama (25) rank first and second in the SEC in quarterback sacks this season.
  • LSU is 5-9 (.357) against Alabama here in Tuscaloosa, but four of those wins have come since 1988. The Fighting Tigers wins have come in 1902, 1988, 1993, 1997 and 2001.
  • This is the highest ranked LSU team ever to play against Alabama. The previous high was 5th in 1987.
  • This Saturday's game marks just the fifth time that Alabama plays LSU when the Tigers are ranked in the Top 10.

2002 Recap: Alabama 31, LSU 0

The 10th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide posted its first shutout since the 1997 season with a 31-0 win over the 12th ranked LSU Fighting Tigers in Baton Rouge.
  • Prior to last year's LSU game the last time Alabama recorded a shutout was a 20-0 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 11, 1997.
  • The 67 games between shutouts is the longest such streak in school history.
  • Alabama took a 14-0 lead just before halftime with a nine-play, 96 yard drive in less than two minutes (1:41).
  • All 96 yards came on the ground and the only pass attempt came on a "spike" to kill the clock by quarterback Tyler Watts, who capped the drive with a two-yard TD run.
  • Shaud Williams (16-131) and Santonio Beard (18-109-2) both ran for 100 yards in the win over LSU.
  • In addition, Sam Collins (5-115) had over 100 yards receiving, giving Alabama two 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver in the same game for only the second time in school history.
  • Zach Fletcher caught a 27-yard TD pass from Watts in the fourth quarter.
  • The 31-0 win at LSU marked the fifth time in school history the Crimson Tide posted a shutout against a Top 25 team.
  • Alabama's 31-0 win at LSU was also the the second-largest margin of victory over a Top 25 club.

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