Alabama extends its all-time series lead with Auburn to 38-27-1 following today's 31-7 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Alabama's 24-point victory is the largest margin of victory in the series since the Crimson Tide's 48-21 win at Legion Field in 1977.
ALABAMA VS. AUBURN, Nov. 17, 2001
Alabama has won the last two meetings with Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Crimson Tide clinched the 1999 SEC Western Division championship with a 28-17 win here in 1999. The road team has won the last three meetings in this series.
Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione is the first Alabama coach to win his first Alabama-Auburn game since Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to 16-7 win at Legion Field in 1990. The complete list of UA coaches to beat Auburn in their first meeting includes, W.B. Blount (1903), Jack Leavenworth (1905), JWH Pollard (1907), Red Drew (1948), Stallings (1990) and Franchione (2001).
Alabama selected permanent team captains on Wednesday and Jarret Johnson, Terry Jones, Jr., Saleem Rasheed, Tyler Watts and Andrew Zow were selected. They served as game captains Saturday.
Senior Reggie Myles started Saturday's game in place of Charles Jones. Myles started the first four games of the 2001 season before losing his starting job to Jones.
Sophomore Santonio Beard got his first career start today at tailback, replacing Ahmaad Galloway.
Senior quarterback Andrew Zow got his first start of the 2001 season. Zow started the final five games of the 2000 season after a season-ending knee injury to Tyler Watts suffered in the Oct. 14, 2000 game against Ole Miss. In all, Zow has started 23 games at Alabama since making his debut in the 1998 season.
Neal Thomas' blocked field goal was the first of the season for the Crimson Tide. The only blocked field goal attempt against Thomas at Alabama came in the 2000 Southern Miss game at Legion Field.
When Andrew Zow hit Jason McAddley with 1:37 left in the first quarter, it gave him 5,694 career passing yards making him the Tide's all-time leading passer. He finished the game completing 22 of 29 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Zow and McAddley also hooked up on a 45-yard touchdown pass with less than one minute to play in the first half to give the Crimson Tide a 14-7 lead.
In 33 career games, Zow has completed 452 of 833 passes for an Alabama career record 5,893 yards and 33 touchdowns. All three numbers are school records. Zow also needs two TD passes against Southern Miss to tie the career record of 35 TD passes held by Mike Shula (1983-86).
In his career against Auburn, Zow completed 62 of 101 passes for 591 yards and three TDs. He started all four games in his career against the Tigers.
Beard's eight-yard touchdown run with 5:25 left in the second quarter broke a touchdown drought in the Alabama-Auburn game that span more than 85 minutes. Neither team scored a touchdown in last year's game at Bryant-Denny Stadium as Auburn kicked three field goals in a 9-0 win. Alabama's last touchdown in the series came in the fourth quarter of the its 28-17 win over the Tigers here in Auburn in 1999.
Auburn's Ronnie Brown tied the game with a five-yard touchdown run with 2:56 left in the first half. It was Auburn's first touchdown against Alabama since the second quarter of the 1999 game.
Alabama's 92-yard drive, that culminated in an Andrew Zow to Terry Jones, Jr., 10-yard TD pass, was the Tide's longest scoring drive of the season.
Alabama tailbacks Santonio Beard (20-199-2) and Ahmaad Galloway (14-127) each had over 100-yards rushing today. The last time Alabama had a pair of 100-yard rushers was against 1996 when Shaun Alexander (106) and Dennis Riddle (103) each had over 100-yards against Mississippi State on Nov. 15, 1996.