Alabama loses its seventh straight game to Tennessee, the longest losing streak in the series to the Vols. Alabama's last win over Tennessee was Oct. 15, 1994, a 17-13 win in Knoxville. Alabama's last win over Tennessee in the state of Alabama was Oct. 19, 1991, a 24-19 win at Legion Field. Alabama continues to lead the overall series, 42-25-7.
ALABAMA/TENNESSEE Post-game notes
Tennessee now leads the overall series in Tuscaloosa, 3-2. Alabama has not beaten Tennessee in Tuscaloosa since 1930 (only two meetings since, 1999 and 2001).
Tennessee has now won seven straight games against Alabama, the longest winning streak by any team over the Crimson Tide in school history. The previous high was a six-game losing streak to Sewanee (University of the South), from 1896-1911. Sewanee posted a nine-game unbeaten streak over Alabama (8-0-1) from 1896-1914.
Alabama's 24 points are the most scored by the Crimson Tide against the Vols since a 24-19 win at Legion Field in 1991.
Alabama's offense ran only seven plays in the fourth quarter of today's loss against Tennessee. The seven plays netted a negative two total yards. Alabama had only 1:25 time of possession on the fourth quarter. Tennessee ran 28 pays for 156 total yards and scored two touchdowns. The Volunteers controlled to ball for 13:35 of the final stanza.
Alabama sophomore tailback Santonio Beard (Nashville, Tenn.) had his best game for the Crimson Tide this afternoon against the Tennessee Volunteers. Beard ran 10 times for 141 yards, including a career long 69-yard run to set up a third quarter touchdown. Beard's 69-yard run is the longest by an Alabama player this season. Beard is the only tailback to rush for 100 yards against Tennessee this season. Before today, Beard's previous rushing high was 51 yards against UTEP on Oct. 6, 2001.
As a team, Alabama ran the ball 31 times for 163 yards against Tennessee this afternoon, the most allowed by the Vols this year. Tennessee entered the game as the No. 2 rushing defense in the nation, allowing only 47.8 yards per game. On the flip side, Alabama was the league's top rushing offense, but was held to 66 yards below its season average of 229.3 yards per game.
Alabama's 163 rushing yards today were 25 more than the Crimson Tide had managed (138 yards) in its two previous games with Tennessee in 1999 and 2000.
Beard's 141 rushing yards gives the Crimson Tide at least one 100-yard rusher in four straight games and five of the seven total game this season. The Crimson Tide's list of 100-yard rushers includes Galloway (142 at Vandy), Watts (162 vs. USC, 101 vs. UTEP and 110 vs. Ole Miss) and Beard (141 vs. Tennessee).
The last Alabama player to rush for 100 yards against Tennessee was Dennis Riddle, who posted 184 rushing yards in a 20-13 loss at Knoxville in 1996.
Alabama scored on its opening possession for the fourth consecutive game. The Crimson Tide recorded a 26-yard field goal by Neal Thomas after driving 72 yards (9 plays) on its opening possession against the Vols. The drive took 4:49 off the clock.
When Tennessee took a 14-10 lead into the dressing room at halftime, it marked the first time this season Alabama has not lead at the half. Alabama lead at halftime in each of its first six games with UCLA (10-7), Vanderbilt (9-6), Arkansas (14-10), South Carolina (23-10), UTEP (42-0) and Ole Miss (17-14).
Tennessee regained the lead with 6:06 left in the game after posting the longest scoring drive against Alabama this season. Casey Clausen's one-yard run capped a 17-play, 85-yard drive that consumed 8:54 of the fourth quarter clock. UT began the drive to open the fourth quarter, following Galloway's four-yard run that gave Alabama a 24-21 lead at the end of the third quarter. The previous long drive against Alabama this season was a 16-play, 87-yard drive that consumed 7:31 off the clock, resulting in a Vanderbilt field goal.
Junior tailback Ahmaad Galloway (Millington, Tenn.) scored the first rushing touchdown of the season against Tennessee with a four-yard run to end the third quarter. Galloway's touchdown run gave Alabama a 24-21 entering the fourth quarter.
In addition, Galloway's four-yard TD run is the first by Alabama against Tennessee in 12 quarters, dating back to Andrew Zow's one-yard run in the third quarter of the 1998 game in Knoxville.
Sophomore cornerback Roberto McBride (Lakeland, Fla.) made his first career start for the Crimson Tide this afternoon, replacing Gerald Dixon at the left cornerback position. Dixon had started the first six games of the season for Alabama. In addition, McBride is the 32nd different player to start for Alabama this season. Alabama has had at least one first-time starter in every game but one (Ole Miss) this season.
Junior wide receiver Sam Collins has caught a touchdown pass in each of his last two games, including two touchdowns today against Tennessee. Collins hauled in a 29-yard TD catch from Tyler Watts as Alabama pulled to within 14-10 against the Vols during the second quarter. His second touchdown reception, a 6-yard catch from Watts, gave the Crimson Tide a 17-14 lead over UT in the third quarter. The Fayette, Ala., native posted his first career TD reception last week against Ole Miss, hauling in a 58-yard reception from Watts.
Tennessee's Travis Stephens ran 33 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the win today over Alabama. He is only the second player to rush for 100 yards against the Alabama defense this season. UCLA's DeShaun Foster ran 26 times for 110 yards in the 2001 season opener.
Stephens 33 rushing attempts are the most against Alabama since Auburn's Rudi Johnson had 37 carries (130 yards) in the final game of the 2000 regular-season. In addition, Stephens 162 yards are the most against Alabama since Foster posted 42 carries for 187 yards and three TDs in the 2000 season opener for UCLA. Miss. State's Dicenzo Miller (Nov. 10, 2000) is the last player to post two rushing touchdowns in a game against Alabama.
Following the end of the third quarter, Air Force Sergeant Charles Griffith, a native of Montgomery, was given an opportunity to kick a 40-yard field goal for a chance to win $50,000 from Bruno's, Kellogg's and Keebler. Griffith made the kick and walked off the Bryant-Denny Stadium turf with the $50,000 check.
UT Media Relations Dept. Postgame notes
Following today's 35-24 win by Tennessee, Alabama leads the series against Tennessee 42-35-7, but UT now leads in Tuscaloosa with a 3-2 mark ... The Vols have won the last seven meetings dating back to 1995 ... Attendance: 83,818 ... Tennessee improves to 4-1 (3-1 SEC), while Alabama falls to 3-4 (2-3 SEC)...Tennessee plays host to South Carolina next Saturday at Neyland Stadium ... The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.
Tennessee becomes the first school ever to record seven consecutive wins over tradition-rich Alabama ... Entering today's game, Tennessee and The University of the South (Sewanee) were the only schools in history to defeat Alabama six straight times ... Sewanee won six in a row over the Tide from 1896 to 1911 and had a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) from 1986 to 1914 ... Texas posted a seven-game unbeaten streak vs. Alabama, but did not win six straight games ... Tennessee has not lost a game in the state of Alabama since 1991-a 24-19 loss to Alabama at Birmingham's Legion Field ... Since 1991, UT has a 6-0-1 mark in Alabama (5-0-1 vs. Alabama, 1-0 vs. Auburn). (The 17-17 tie in 1993 was later awarded to UT by NCAA)
Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is the nation's winningest active head coach...Following today's game, Fulmer has a 88-19 (.822) mark now in his 10th season at his alma mater ... Fulmer's overall SEC record is now 59-13, including a 25-4 mark against SEC West opponents ... Fulmer is now 8-1 against Alabama.
Senior tailback Travis Stephens gained 162 yards on 33 carries today ... Today's effort was the fourth time in five games this season that Stephens has surpassed the 100-yard barrier and the fifth time in his career ... Stephens entered today's game as the SEC's leading rusher (3rd in NCAA), averaging 147.0 yards per game ... Stephens 60-yard TD run in the second quarter gave the Vols a 14-3 advantage ... Today's 60-yard rush was Stephens third this season of at least 40 yards ... His season-long was a 64-yarder against Georgia (career-long: 80 vs. Kentucky, 2000) ... Tennessee is now 71-4-2 since 1990 with a 100-yard rusher (3-1 this season)
WR Donte' Stallworth returned to action for the first time since the season opener against Syracuse Sept. 1 and made his presence known immediately ... Stallworth caught passes in his first two plays back today in UT's opening scoring drive, snagging an 11-yarder for a first down and a 21-yard TD from Clausen on the next play ... It was Stallworth's second TD catch of the season-He caught a 37-yarder on the first play from scrimmage this season against Syracuse... Stallworth missed the Vols' last three games with a broken left wrist and is still wearing a protective cast ... For the game Stallworth caught 5 passes for 80 yards.
QB Casey Clausen completed 21-of-28 for 293 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions today ... Clausen also recorded a rushing TD, going in from one yard to put UT up 28-24 with 6:06 remaining ... Clausen is now 10-2 as a starter at quarterback for the Vols and 8-1 vs. SEC teams (2-0 vs. Alabama)... He has a 5-1 mark as the Vols' QB when throwing for at least 200 yards (3-1 in 2001) ... Clausen was 4-of-4 for 58 yards on the Vols' opening scoring drive, including a 21-yard TD pass to Donte Stallworth to give UT a quick 7-0 advantage...He was 11-of-12 for 103 yards in the first half.
Despite missing much of practice last week with a foot injury, WR Kelley Washington hauled in 4 catches for 93 yards today, including a 55-yarder from Clausen late in the fourth quarter for a crucial first down a field position change ... Washington is the Vols' leading receiver this season with 33 catches for 576 yards and 2 TDs.
TE Jason Witten recorded his first career TD catch in the third quarter to give UT a 21-17 lead ... Whitten had high 7 catches and 91 receiving yards today-both career-highs ... Witten's previous career-high was 21 yards vs. Georgia and he had 4 catches at Arkansas earlier this season ... Freshman WR Montrell Jones caught the first pass of his UT career in the second quarter-a 16-yarder for a first down ... Senior TE John Finlayson caught his first pass of the season (10 yards-for a first down) ...
Tennessee's defense recorded 3 sacks today, giving the Vols 15 in five games this season ... Defensive backs Jabri Greer (-8) Andre Lott (-10) recorded sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter to stop an Alabama drive ... LB Kevin Burnett added a sack on the Tide's final possession ... The Vols gave up their first rushing TD this season in the third quarter ... Tennessee entered the game as the only NCAA Division I-A school that had not allowed a rushing TD ... The score was also Alabama's first rushing TD against the Vols in 12 quarters.