Statistical Look

Brodie Croyle and D.J. Hall set Alabama records and Kenneth Darby got back to his 100-yard ways as Alabama defenated Utah State, 35-3, in Bama's homecoming football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. Here is a look at the game statistically.

Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle completed 22 of 31 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the Crimson Tide victory over Utah State. None of those numbers were Bama records, but the fact Croyle came into the game with 154 consecutive passes without an interception and didn't have one among his 31 tosses made for a record. He had come into the game needing one pass without an interception to tie the record held by Jay Barker.

D.J. Hall followed up his 10-reception game against Tennessee with 11 receptions against Utah State. Not only was it the first time in Bama history a player had double-digit receptions in back-to-back games, it was the first time in Crimson Tide history a player had double-digit receptions in the same season.

Hall had 11 receptions for 157 yards with one touchdown. Ezekial Knight had three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown and Glen Coffee two catches for 18 yards and a touchdown. Coffee's TD catch was from back-up quarterback John Parker Wilson. LeRon McClain had the other touchdown catch.

Kenneth Darby had 15 rushes for 147 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown run. Jimmy Johns had six carries for 40 yards and Glen Coffee nine runs for 21 yards.

Jamie Christensen, the last second hero of the last two Tide games, had one field goal opportunity and missed it on the last play of the first half from 37 yards out. He ws good on all five of his extra point kick attempts.

Jeremy Schatz averaged only 32.3 yards per punt on six kicks.

Bama had a big advantage in yardage over Utah State, but the Tide had only two more first downs and for the second time this year did not win the battle of possession time.

Alabama had 19 first downs (7 rushing, 11 passing, 1 by penalty) to 17 by Utah State (10 rushing, 7 passing).

Bama had 32 rushes for 205 yards, Utah State 41 runs for 150 yards. The Tide completed 23 of 36 passes for 288 yards with no interceptions. Utah State completed 13 of 30 passes for 159 yards with one interception.

Alabama had 68 plays for 493 yards, an average of 7.2 yards per play. The Aggies had 71 plays for 309 yards, an average of 4.4 yards per play.

A slightly wacky play was Bama's only turnover. Hall had a 56-yard pass reception, but lost control of the ball at the end zone and the fumble out of the end zone was a touchback for Utah State. Alabama fans have seen that before. Last week Tennessee fumbled out of the end zone, a pivotal play in Bama's 6-3 win.

Alabama was penalized only two times for only 17 yards and the Aggies only four times for 24 yards.

Utah State had the better of it on time of possession, 31:39 to 28:21.

The Aggies were able to convert only four of 15 third down opportunities and missed on their only fourth down try. Bama was good on eight of 16 third down plays and did not try a fourth down.

Roman Harper had the defensive play of the day for Bama, an interception near the Tide goalline that he returned 50 yards.

Juwan Simpson had five primary tackles and assisted on three others and Terrence Jones had three primary tackles and assisted on five others. Freddie Roach and Harper were both in on seven tackles.


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