Tide Notes

Alabama and Auburn played for the 70th time Saturday. Alabama's lead in the series fell to 38-31-1.

Auburn's win over Alabama in Auburn Saturday was the Tigers fourth in a row over Alabama. Tide Coach Mike Shula is now 0-3 against the Tigers. Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville is 5-6 against Alabama, but has a 5-2 mark against the Tide at Auburn.

Alabama was 2-1 against Auburn in Mike Shula's three years as an Alabama quarterback.

The game was nationally telecast by CBS, the seventh time this year Bama has been on the national network which is the Southeastern Conference's primary television partner. Those appearances include six of the past seven games. It was Auburn's first appearance on CBS this year.

For the ninth time in 11 games, Alabama lost the opening coin toss. (That does not include losing the toss in overtime against LSU.)

Alabama had started the previous 10 plays with a completed pass. Against Auburn a pass play was called, but Brodie Croyle was sacked. He would be sacked 11 times on the day.

If Alabama is going to become the 29th Alabama football team to have a 10-win season, the Crimson Tide will have to do it in a bowl game. It may be a couple of weeks before Alabama's bowl destination is finalized, but it is likely talk has begun. The most popular prediction is that Bama will go to the Cotton Bowl, but some believe the Peach Bowl is a possibility.

In a battle of the two leading rushers in the SEC, Auburn's Kenny irons had 28 carries for 103 yards, an average of 3.7 yards per rush. Bama's Kenneth Darby had 18 runs for 89 yards, an average of 4.9 yards per rush. Darby also had four pass receptions for 11 yards.

Alabama has a team had only 33 yards rushing because Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle was sacked 11 times for a net of minus 78 yards rushing.

D.J. Hall was Bama's leading receiver with four catches for 57 yards. He got his first reception on Bama's next-to-last possession of the game.

Auburn's Brandon Cox completed his first eight passes of the game and ended up completing 14 of 21 for 118 yards. Croyle completed 13 of 25 for 107 yards and John Parker Wilson, who quarterbacked the final series, hit three of four for 48 yards.

Freddie Roach was Bama's leading tackler with eight primary stops and one assist and two tackles for minus three yards in losses. Roman Harper had four primary and four assist and two tackles for two yards in losses, and DeMeco Ryans had six primary stops and one tackle for a one-yard loss.

The only turnover in the game was Bama's Charlie Peprah causing and recovering a fumble.

Alabama has been penalized relatively few times this year, but Bama was its own worst enemy on a number of occasions as the Crimson Tide was penalized 12 times for 65 yards. Auburn was flagged only twice for only 16 yards.


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