Tide Notes

One of the biggest cheers of the day was for Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, who watched the game from the sidelines. Prothro, who was in a wheelechair, was released from DCH Medical Center earlier in the week. He suffered a season-ending broken leg against Florida on October 1.

Brodie Croyle set the Alabama record Saturday for consecutive passes without an interception. After suffering two interceptions in the season-opener, Croyle had thrown 154 passes without a pick. He completed his first two passes Saturday to surpass Jay Barker's previous record of 155 straight passes without an interception. He ran the record to 185 as he was 22 of 31 for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Croyle has now won 11 consecutive games as Alabama's starter.

Alabama Coach Mike Shula doesn't announce disciplinary specifics, but it was obvious that freshman quarterback John Parker Wilson was not suspended for Saturday's game. Wilson, who had been arrested for driving while intoxicated following the Ole Miss game, did njot play against Tennessee, but probably would not have played in that 6-3 nail-biter regardless. In the foourth quarter, Wilson replaced Croyle at quarterback.

Marc Guillon also saw quarterback action as 70 Alabama football players got into the homecoming game.

Four players made their college debuts against Utah State. They are wide receiver Jake Collins, tigh end Will Denniston, defensive tackle Justin Johnson, and snapper Luke Spaulding. Foress Rayford played for the first time this year.

One who did not play was wide receiver Keith Brown, who was held out with a bruised thigh.

D.J. Hall has now had back-to-back games with at least 10 receptions, the first time in Crimson Tide history a receiver has recorded consecutive double-digit receptions. Against Tennessee Hall had 10 catches for 139 yards. Hall got his 10th reception against Utah State on the first series of the second half. He finished with 11 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown.

David Bailey had 12 receptions in games against Tennessee in both 1969 and 1970. Quincy Jackson against BYU in 1998 and Dennis Homan vs. Southern Miss in 1967 also had 11 receptions as Hall is tied for second most.

Alabama is now 8-0 for the first time since 1994. The Crimson Tide has now startede 21 football seasons with eight straight victories. Bama won all 11 regular season games in 1994 before losing to Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game and then defeating Ohio State, 24-17, in the Florida Citrus Bowl for a 12-1 record.

The Tide's current eight-game winning streak is fourth longest in the nation.

Alabama now has a record of 71-13-1 in homecoming games. The Tide has won four in a row. Mike Shula is only the second Alabama coach with a perfect record in homecoming games. He is 3-0. Paul Bryant was 25-0.

Against Tennessee the previous week, the Bryant-Denny Stadium press box was full of bowl representatives–Sugar, Capital One in Orlando, Peach in Atlanta, and Outback in Tampa. For the Utah State game the only bowl representative was from the Capital One Bowl.

Alabama's season-long third quarter shutout came to a quick end against the Aggies. Utah State took only nine plays and 3:10 to go 65 plays to a 24-yard field goal by Justin Hamblin. The three-pointer cut Alabama's lead to 21-3.

With about seven minutes to play in the game, Roman Harper intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards to the Utah State 44 yard line. It marked the 29th straight game for the Alabama defense to make a takeaway, either an interception or fumble recovery.

On Utah State punts, the Tide had two men deep–Brandon Brooks and Simeon Castille.

Mabry Poellnitz of Tuscaloosa was elected homecoming queen. Former Alabama football player John Croyle, best known as the father of Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle, was grand marshall of homecoming.

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