Alabama had not lost back-to-back games to LSU since 1969- 70. The Tigers defeated Alabama 35-21 Saturday and posted a 30-28 win last year in Baton Rouge, snapping the Crimson Tide's 15-game unbeaten streak at Tiger Stadium dating back to 1969.
ALABAMA /LSU Post-Game Notes--November 3, 2001
The Tigers last back-to-back wins over the Crimson Tide was 20-15 in Baton Rouge (1969) and 14-9 (1970) in Birmingham.
Alabama has now lost back-to-back homecoming games for the first time since 1954-55. The Crimson Tide suffered a 40-38 loss to Central Florida last year and dropped a 35-21 decision here today. In 1954-55, Alabama suffered back-to-back losses to Miss. State (12-7) and Miss. State (26-7). Alabama is now 67-13-1 all-time in homecoming games.
LSU wide receiver Josh Reed caught an SEC record 19 passes for 293 yards and one TD in Saturday's game against Alabama. Reed's 282 yards are the most by any receiver against Alabama. The previous record was 209 yards by LSU's Eric Martin (8 receptions) against the Crimson Tide in 1983.
LSU quarterback Rohan Davey completed 35 of 45 passes for 528 yards and two touchdowns against the Alabama defense. Davey's 473 passing yards are the most ever allowed by Alabama in a single-game. The previous record was 456 passing yards by Miss. State in a 35-14 Alabama win on Nov. 4, 1978 at Legion Field.
Davey's 34 completions are the most ever against the Crimson Tide. The previous record was 33 completions by Ole Miss' Archie Manning in the Crimson Tide's 33-32 win at Legion Field on Oct. 4, 1969.
LSU's 611 yards of total offense is the most ever allowed by an Alabama defense. The previous record was 609 yards by Ole Miss in a 33-32 loss to Alabama on Oct. 4, 1969.
LSU's 35 points Saturday were the most ever scored by the Tigers against the Crimson Tide and only the third time the Tigers have managed 30 or more points in a single-game against Alabama. LSU beat Alabama 31-21 (Baton Rouge) in 1946 and 30-28 (Baton Rouge) last year.
Alabama went three-and-out on its opening possession against LSU, marking the first time in four games the Crimson Tide did not score on its opening possession. The last time Alabama failed to score on its opening possession came against Arkansas on Sept. 22, 2001. The Crimson Tide had scored on its first drive against South Carolina, UTEP, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
After leading at halftime in each of its first six games of the 2001 season, Alabama has now trailed at intermission in its last two games by identical 14-10 scores. LSU took a 14-10 lead into the dressing room as did Tennessee (Oct. 20).
Junior nose tackle Kenny King recorded his first career interception, picking off a Rohan Davey pass at the Crimson Tide three-yard line with 4:17 left in the second quarter. King's eight-yard return stopped an LSU drive that covered 64 yards and ended with a second-and-goal at the Bama six-yard line.
King's interception was the first by the Alabama defense in 92 pass attempts, dating back to the second quarter of the UTEP game on Oct. 6 at Legion Field. Junior defensive end Kindal Moorehead had the last interception for the Alabama defense that set up a second quarter TD against the Miners. King's interception was also the first by Alabama against an SEC starting quarterback this season.
Following the turnover, Alabama could not move the ball and punted, but King recovered a fumble by LSU's Josh Reed on the punt return giving the Crimson Tide a first down at the LSU 41-yard line.
On the first play after the fumble, junior wide receiver Antonio Carter completed the first pass of his career, a 34-yard strike to fellow receiver Freddie Milons to give Alabama a first-and-goal at the seven-yard line. Two plays later, Watts fired a five-yard TD pass to senior tight end Terry Jones, Jr.
The five-yard TD reception was the second of Jones career at Alabama and his first since a 42-yard touchdown reception against Houston on Sept. 11, 1999.
Junior quarterback Tyler Watts' 22-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the third quarter give him five rushing touchdowns this season, the most by an Alabama quarterback since Walter Lewis had five rushing TDs in the 1983 season.
Watts finished the game with 21 rushing attempts for 86 yards and one TO. For the season, Watts has 109 rushing attempts for 556 yards and five TDs. The 109 rushing attempts are two short of the single-season Top 10 for most rushing attempts by a quarterback. Watts' 556 rushing yards this season rank fourth behind Steadman Shealy (791, 1979), Walter Lewis (572, 1982) and Richard Todd (560, 1973).