Bama Notes

When Jamie Christensen drilled a 31-yard field goal to give Alabama a 13-10 win over Ole Miss Saturday, it marked the first time Alabama had won a non-overtime game on the final play since October 20, 1990, when Philip Doyle hit a 47-yard field goal as time expired to beat Tennessee in Knoxville, 9-6.

The last time Alabama orchestrated a game-winning drive in regulation was November 7, 1988, when the Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers, 22-16, in Baton Rouge. Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Jackson to cap the comeback. Bama had been down by 16-7 with less than three minutes to play and scored two touchdowns in the final 2:24.

The last time Alabama won a game with a late field goal was October 1, 1994, when Michael Proctor nailed a late kick to edge Georgie, 29-28, in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama's Ryan P:flugner kicked an overtime field goal to beat Ole Miss during the 1998 season in Tuscaloosa.

Among those watching Saturday's game was one of Alabama's all-time finest placekickers, Peter Kim, who was visiting from his home in Honolulu.

Alabama improved to 6-0 for the 27th time in school history. The Crimson Tide is 6-0 for the first time since 1996 when Bama started the season 7-0.

Alabama now has a 43-8-2 lead in the series with Ole Miss (although one Bama win was forfeited in 1993). The win Saturday snapped a two-game Crimson Tide losing streak in Oxford.

Kenneth Darby's 48-yard touchdown run in the third quartrer was the longest of his career. The previous long was 45 yards against Mississippi State last year. He had a 41-yard run against Ole Miss in Oxford two years ago. His longest run this year had been 33 yards.

Bama is 6-1 all-time when Darby rushes for 100 or more yards.

The Tide defense forced two turnovers, the 23rd straight game for Bama to get either an interception or a fumble recovery or both.

Bama continued its streak of not allowing a point in the third quarter this year.

Brandon Brooks got the call to replace Tyrone Prothro on kickoff return and on punt returns. Bad kickoff return, but good punt return (although only 3-yard reeturn because of block in back).

For sixth straight came Alabama opened with a pass, an 18-yard gain from Brodie Croyle to tight end Nick Walker.

For the first time in the last 10 games he has started, Croyle did not throw a touchdown pass. He is now 13-9 as a starter with a nine-game winning streak.

Croyle went over the 5,000-yard mark in passing. He ranks third on the all-time Bama career list with 5,228 yards passing. He is also third in completions with 384.

This was Alabama's second road game of the season. It was Bama's first game to wear its traditional white road jerseys. In the earlier road contest at South Carolina, the Gamecocks elected to wear white to beat the heat. Bama wore crimson and beat the Gamecocks, 37-14.

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