Bama Notes

The most noteworthy note from Alabama's 6-3 win over Tennessee in Tuscaloosa Saturday is that the Crimson Tide remains undefeated overall and in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama is now 7-0 overall, 5-0 in SEC games, and 5-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium after the Tide's victory over Tennessee. The win broke a two-game losing streak at the hands of the Vols, but was Bama's first win over Tennessee in the state of Alabama since 1991. In most years, the Alabama home game was played in Birmingham, so the win Saturday was the Tide's first over Tennessee in Tuscaloosa since an 18-6 homecoming win on October 18, 1930.

Alabama was ranked fifth in the nation and Tennessee 17th in the nation. The Vols fell to 3-3 overall, but have played a tough schedule. The game was their fourth against teams ranked in the top ten at the time and Tennessee has a 1-3 record in those (losses to Florida and Georgia and a win over LSU).

Alabama is 7-0 for the first time since the 1996 season. This is the 24th time in school history that Alabama has started the season with a 7-0 record. Alabama's current seven-game winning streak matches the third longest since 1990.

Alabama is 5-0 in SEC games for the first time since the 1994 season.. Alabama went 8-0 in league play that year before losing the SEC Championship Game to Florida (24-23).

Alabama's record when ranked in the Associated Press top ten is now 232-39-4, according to statistics supplied by Alabama's media relations office. Alabama has played an incredible 275 of a possible 779 games ranked in the AP top ten since the AP poll was begun in 1936. That's 35.3 per cent.

For the first time this season Alabama did not score on its first possession of the second half. But the Tide kept its streak of holding the opponent scoreless in the third quarter going. Bama scored a field goal on the final play of the third period and now leads its opponents, 50-0, in the third quarter.

D.J. Hall was able to play at wide receiver and also as punt and kickoff return man, although after he mishandled his first punt return and then fumbled another (fortunately for Alabama, recovered by Anthony Madison for the Tide at Bama's nine-yard line) he ws relieved of that duty. Brandon Brooks replaced Hall as punt return man (though Brooks didn't have a return) and Hall and Brooks were back on kickoff returns, although Tennessee kickoffs were both deep in the end zone and not returned.

In a notable series of pre-game events, all-time Alabama linebacker great Cornelius Bennett ran out the game ball. The thunderous applause for Bennett was nearly matched for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State and an Alabama native, who tossed the coin. (Alabama won the toss.) Secretary Rice was accompanied by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The two watched the game from the box of University President Dr. Robert E. Witt. Some 40 state department media reporters attended and were in the press box.

Jamie Christensen's 34-yard game-winning field goal is the third for the Tide in the Alabama-Tennessee series. Steve Davis hit the winner in 1966 (when Tennessee's Gary "Wide" Wright missed one that would have won for the Vols on the final play of the game) and Philip Doyle drilled a 47-yard field goal on the final play to win the 1990 game, 9-6.

Alabama has a 44-37-7 lead in the series, including a tie awarded to Tennessee by forfeit.

Alabama forced four turnovers against Tennessee. Alabama has now had a takeaway in 28 consecutive games.

D.J. Hall's 10 receptions (for 139 yards) was third most in Alabama history, and the most in an Alabama win. David Bailey had 12 receptions in losses to Tennessee in both 1969 and 1970.


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