No. 3 LSU shutout Alabama 27-3 in front of 83,818 fans here at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Bengal Tigers have now won two straight games against the Crimson Tide here in Tuscaloosa, including a 35-21 win here in 2001.
Tonight's game with LSU is a school record seventh game at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. The previous record was six games in 1920 and 2002.
Alabama went 2-5 here at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season, the most losses in one season since the stadium opened in 1929. The previous record was four losses set by the 1997 team that finished the season with an 0-4 record here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama is also playing its school-record fourth night game here at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. The Crimson Tide has also played Oklahoma, Kentucky and Northern Illinois under the lights in Tuscaloosa this season. Ironically, this is the first-ever night game between Alabama and LSU here in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama has lost seven of its last eight games against ranked teams here in Bryant-Denny Stadium, including an 0-4 record here this season. The four losses this year came to No. 1 Oklahoma (20-13), No. 9 Arkansas (34-31, 2ot), No. 22 Tennessee (51-43, 5ot) and No. 3 LSU (27-3).
Overall, Alabama is 0-5 against ranked teams this season.
Since 1977, Alabama is now 9-8 against Top 5 foes. Alabama is 13-18 against ranked opponents here in Bryant-Denny Stadium. In addition, Alabama is now 4-4 all-time against the No. 3 ranked team.
Alabama has an 0-4-1 record in night games with LSU here in the state of Alabama.
Junior Danny Martz (Gaithersburg, Md) started his second straight game at right guard for the injured Dennis Alexander.
Senior Donald Clarke (Boca Raton, Fla.) made his second start of the 2003 season at tight end.
LSU became the fourth team to score on its opening possession of the game against Alabama, joining Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Arkansas is the only one of the four to score a touchdown on its first possession of the game against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama managed only 65 rushing yards in the loss to LSU, its lowest rushing total of the season. The previous low was 94 yards in the loss to Georgia in Athens.
Alabama senior running back Shaud Williams (Andrews, Texas) ran 11 times for only 29 yards in the loss to LSU. The 29 yards is the lowest total of the season for Williams. His previous low was 58 yards on 15 attempts in a 37-23 loss to No. 11 Georgia in Athens.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) had a career-high 10 rushing attempts for 41 yards to lead the Crimson Tide on the ground against LSU.
Sophomore quarterback Brodie Croyle (Rainbow City) completed just 12 of 33 passes for 154 yards in the loss to LSU. He was intercepted once and sacked twice in the loss.
Sophomore left corner back Charlie Peprah (Plano, Texas) recorded his fourth interception of the season when he picked off a Matt Mauck pass at the Alabama goal line with 6:57 left in the first half. Peprah's four interceptions matches his career high set last year as a freshman. For the season, Peprah has four "picks" for 93 yards and one TD.
Peprah now has eight career interceptions for 182 return yards and two TDs. The 182 return yards rank 6th all-time at Alabama, while the two TDs are one shy of the all-time record.
Senior receiver Dre Fulgham (Montevallo) caught two passes for 13 yards in the loss to LSU. Fulgham's 11-yard reception in the second quarter pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for his career. Fulgham now has 1,010 career receiving yards for the Crimson Tide.
Freshman receiver Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) turned in another fine performance against LSU, catching three passes for 41 yards and adding two kickoff returns for 63 yards in the loss.
Junior punter Bo Freelend (Eutaw) punted a career-high nine times in the loss to LSU.
LSU improved to 9-1 on the season. The last time the Tigers began the season with a 9-1 record was 30 years ago during the 1973 season.
LSU has now won at least nine games in a single-season 21 times in its history. The Tigers now have 15 nine-win seasons, five 10-win seasons and one 11-win season.
LSU won by 24 points or more for the fourth game in a row. It marks the first time LSU has won by 24 points or more in four consecutive games since the Tigers won the first four games of the 1911 season by scores of 42-0 over Southwestern Louisiana, 46-0 over Louisiana Normal, 40-0 over Louisiana College and 40-0 over Meteor AC.
WR Michael Clayton's 12-yard reception in the first quarter extended his consecutive games with a reception to 36 games, every game of his career.
WR Skyler Green's punt returns of 26, 34 and three yards in the first quarter gave the sophomore 350 yards for the season, moving him into sole-possession of seventh-place for punt return yards in a season.
PK Chris Jackson's 20-yard field goal with 10:34 left in the first quarter was the first of his career.
WR Michael Clayton's 23-yard touchdown reception with 9:16 in the first quarter was the 18th of the junior's career, moving him into a tie for second-place with Andy Hamilton on LSU's career receiving touchdowns list. The TD reception also moved him into a tie for eighth place in receiving touchdowns in a single season.
QB Matt Mauck's 23-yard touchdown pass to Michael Clayton with 9:16 in the first quarter moved the junior QB into a tie with Rohan Davey for fifth-place on LSU's career passing touchdowns list.
WR Michael Clayton finished the game with 12 receptions, moving him into third place on LSU's career receptions list with 161. Clayton needs seven receptions to surpass Josh Reed in career receptions.
Clayton finished the game with 130 yards. It was the sixth100-yard receiving game of his career, moving him into a six-way tie for seventh place in career 100-yard receiving games.
QB Matt Mauck's 3-yard touchdown pass to Eric Edwards with 2:03 in the second quarter was the 30th of his career, surpassing Rohan Davey for fifth place in career passing touchdowns. It was the seventh TD reception of Edwards' career.
DT Chad Lavalais' interception late in the second quarter was the first of his career.
RB Alley Broussard's 4-yard touchdown run with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter was the fourth of the freshman's career.
QB Matt Mauck improved to 14-2 as a starter at LSU.