Alabama/Oklahoma game notes

No. 3 ranked Oklahoma scored two late fourth quarter touchdowns to beat Alabama 37-27 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. It was the first regular season meeting between these two college football giants.

Game notes, Alabama/Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma's 10-point win was their first in the brief three-game series. The other two meetings took place in the 1963 Orange Bowl (Alabama, 17-0) and the 1970 Astro Bluebonnet Bowl (TIE, 24-24).
  • Alabama fell behind 23-3 at halftime and nearly staged one of the greatest comebacks in school history as the Crimson Tide led 27-23 with less than four minutes to play in the game.
  • Since 1977, Alabama now has a 9-6 (.600) record against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 5. The 9-6 ledger includes three wins over the nation's No.1 ranked team.
  • The game featured several unusual plays for the Crimson Tide, including two on-side kicks (both recovered by UA), two blocked punts, one blocked punt return (Lance Taylor) and a fake FG resulting in a touchdown (3-yard run by Lane Bearden).
  • Redshirt freshman quarterback Brodie Croyle got his first collegiate experience this afternoon when he got into today's game with 3:27 remaining in the second quarter. He completed his first collegiate pass (a 7-yarder to Sam Collins) with 3:13 remaining.

Several "firsts" occurred today. Here is a listing:

  • Junior Lance Taylor blocked Oklahoma's Blake Ferguson's punt in the first quarter, the Tide's first blocked punt of the season and the first since Dec. 27, 2001 when Waine Bacon and Marc Miller blocked an Iowa State punt in the Independence Bowl. He got his first career touchdown when he picked-up a blocked punt and ran it into the end zone with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
  • Oklahoma scored a safety when punter Lane Bearden kicked the ball out of the end zone, the first opponent safety since Nov. 11, 1995 when the ball was snapped out of the end zone against Mississippi State.
  • Alabama's Waine Bacon blocked Trey DiCarlo's field goal attempt in the first quarter today, marking the first block since Oct. 14, 2000 when Victor Ellis blocked an Ole Miss Field goal attempt.
  • Roberto McBride earned his first career start today and quarterback Brodie Croyle and defensive back David Scott saw their first duty in an Alabama uniform.
  • Wide receiver Zach Fletcher caught his first career, pass, and a 12-yarder from Tyler Watts with 12:24 left in the third quarter. Fletcher played junior college football with OU defenders Lance Mitchell and Pasha Jackson. The trio starred at City College of San Francisco and posted a 24-0 two-year record and won back-to-back national titles.

Alabama makes its Bryant-Denny Stadium de but next Saturday as it hosts North Texas in a 6 p.m. game in Tuscaloosa.

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