Alabama (4-9) closed out the 2003 season with a 37-29 loss to Hawai'i (8-4) on the road at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Alabama ends the year with nine losses, the second-most in school history.
Only the 1955 (0-10) team lost more games, losing all 10 games under first-year head coach J.B. "Ears" Whitworth.
Alabama ended the season with three straight losses, the longest losing streak to end a football season at Alabama since the 2000 team lost its last five games en route to a 3-8 record. The 2003 Crimson Tide team dropped five of last six games and eight of its last 10 to end the season.
Alabama suffered its first loss to Hawaii and its first loss at Aloha Stadium. The Crimson Tide won its first two games here in Aloha Stadium, beating Southern Cal (24-3) in the 1985 Aloha Bowl and Hawai'i (21-16) last year in the regular-season finale.
The 37 points scored by Hawai'i are the most points scored by a non-conference team since No. 2 Oklahoma posted a 37-27 win over Alabama on Sept. 7, 2002 in Norman, Oklahoma.
Alabama gave up a school-record 333 points in 13 games this season, marking the first time in school history the Crimson Tide has yielded 300 or more points in a season. The previous record was 287 points allowed in 1998.
With the 37 points allowed in the loss to Hawai'i, Alabama also tied the single-season record for most points allowed per game in a season. The Crimson Tide allowed 333 points in 13 games this year, an average of 25.6 points per game. The 1955 team also allowed 25.6 points per game, allowing 256 points in 10 games.
Alabama allowed 30 or more points five times this season for the first time in school history. The previous high was four games of 30 or more points in 1969 and 1998. Arkansas (34), Georgia (37), Ole Miss (43), Tennessee (51) and Hawai'i (37) all scored over 30 points against Alabama this season.
Alabama went 1-4 (.200) on the road this season, with its lone win coming in a 38-0 shutout against Miss. State (Nov. 8) in Starkville. The Crimson Tide suffered road losses to Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn and Hawai'i. Alabama was 5-1 (.833) on the road last year (losing only at No. 2 Oklahoma) and entered the 2003 season with a five-game road winning streak.
Alabama scored on its opening possession of the game for just the third time this season. The Crimson Tide marched 79 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead over the Warriors with 10:46 left in first quarter. Senior running back Shaud Williams (Andrews, Texas) capped the drive with a one-yard TD run. Alabama's other opening possession scores came at Georgia (FG) and Miss. State (TD) earlier this season.
True freshman Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) hauled in the longest pass reception of his career, taking in a 44-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Brodie Croyle (Rainbow City) in the first quarter, setting up Alabama's second touchdown of the game.
Sophomore tight end Clint Johnston's (Wetumpka) two-yard reception gave Alabama a 14-0 lead with his first career touchdown reception with 12:24 left in the second quarter. The two-yard catch from Croyle was just Johnston's sixth reception of the 2003 season.
Johnston's two-yard TD reception was the first by an Alabama tight end in 26 games, dating back to the 2002 season opener against Middle Tennessee State. The last UA tight end to catch a TD pass was David Cavan (Tuscaloosa), who hauled in a 15-yard TD pass from Tyler Watts for his first collegiate pass reception for the Crimson Tide.
Sophomore QB Brodie Croyle completed just 19 of 35 passes for 247 yards, with two TDs and two interceptions in the loss to the Warriors.
Croyle completed seven of his first 10 passes in the game for 100 yards and completed six of seven passes for 91 yards on the Tide's second scoring drive of the game, including a 44-yarder to Prothro and third-and-five completion to Zach Fletcher to set up the TD pass to Johnston.
Following the TD pass to Johnston, Croyle completed just 12 of his last 25 pass attempts in the loss, including a pair of interceptions. The two interceptions matches his career high set against Ole Miss (Oct. 18) and Auburn (Nov. 22). He had four interceptions in his final two games of the season.
With those two interceptions, Croyle has thrown at least one interception in seven consecutive games for Alabama.
Croyle was also sacked six times in the loss for minus 26 yards. For the game, the sophomore ran the ball 11 times for minus 14 yards.
After a botched snap on a second quarter punt attempt, junior punter Bo Freelend (Eutaw) completed his first career pass, a 12-yarder to Roman Harper (Prattville) that gave UH the football at the Warriors 44-yard line with 2:47 left in the second quarter. The fourth-down play was also Harper's first career reception. Harper is the Crimson Tide's starting free safety.
Alabama blocked two kicks in the game at Hawai'i, including Anthony Madison's blocked field goal attempt and Chris James' blocked punt attempt. Both blocks came in the third quarter of the game.
Junior cornerback Anthony Madison (Thomasville) recorded his first career blocked kick when he blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by UH's kicker Miranda in the third quarter. Roman Harper then scooped up the loose football and raced 73 yards for his first collegiate touchdown, giving the Crimson Tide a 21-16 lead with 6:12 left in the third quarter.
Junior strong safety Chris James (Albany, Ga.) blocked his school-record fourth kick of the 2003 season when he blocked a UH punt a the 22-yard line with 1:37 left in the third quarter. James four blocked kicks this set the single-season school record, previously held by Tommy Johnson (1994), Antonio London (1991), Leroy Cook (1974) and Mike Washington (1973).
In addition, James is the only player in Alabama history to block four punts in a single-season. James has recorded blocked punts against Oklahoma, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Hawai'i.
Senior linebacker Derrick Pope (Galveston, Texas) recorded his first interception of the season and second of his career in the fourth quarter of tonight's game at Hawai'i.
Shaud Williams Notebook
The Alabama senior ran the ball 17 times for 94 yards and one touchdown in his final game for the Crimson Tide.
The Andrews, Texas native also caught five passes for 73 yards, not including a two-point conversion in the final minute of the game.
Overall, Williams had 22 touches for 167 yards and one TD in the loss at Hawai'i.
Williams one-yard TD run in the first quarter was his SEC-leading 16th TD of the 2003 season and his 14th rushing touchdown of the year.
Williams accounted for 66 of 79 yards (83.5 percent) gained by Alabama on its opening possession of the game. Included in that total was 57 rushing yards (5 carries) and a nine-yard reception.
The senior ran 11 times for 72 yards and one TD in the first half. Williams also added three pass receptions for 39 yards, giving him 111 total yards in the first two quarters.
In the second half, he ran the ball only six times for 22 yards and had only one rushing attempt in the final 17 minutes of the game.
Williams finished the year with 278 rushing attempts for 1,356 yards and 14 TDs.
The 278 rushing attempts rank third on the Alabama single-season list, while the 1,356 rushing yards are also the third-most in school history. Williams missed the single-season rushing record by 105 yards. The single-season record is held by Bobby Humphrey, who ran for 1,471 yards as a junior in 1986.