Photo report: Tide creams Mean Green

Except for their opening drive, the Tide defense was very good Saturday. And were it not for some key mistakes, including a missed short field goal and three turnovers, the Alabama offense would have been completely dominant as well.

With the Alabama cheerleaders carrying their flags leading the way, the Tide players run onto the field through the Million Dollar Band. Saturday's contest versus North Texas was Alabama's first game this year in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium.


While the defense is on the field, Ray Hudson (right) discusses the game with Santonio Beard. With 82 yards on seven carries, Hudson was Bama's second-leading rusher. Beard had 27 yards on nine carries.


(Left to right) Carlos Andrews, Charlie Peprah, Freddie Roach and Roman Harper enjoy the moment. In his first ever start at cornerback, Peprah was credited with three tackles. Andrews also got his first start at strong safety, turning in three tackles. Roach had one stop and Harper two.


Late in the fourth quarter Ahmaad Galloway is thrown for a loss by the Mean Green defense. Though his yardage total wasn't that great, once again Galloway was Bama's workhorse, carrying the football 11 times.


Linebackers Brooks Daniels (#18) and Derrick Pope (#6) look up into the stands. Pope turned in three total tackles (one for a loss), while Daniels was credited with five solo stops.


Coach Mark Tommerdahl exhorts his players (#92 David Cavan, #89 Theo Sanders and #31 Greg McLain) on the sideline. All together the fullback/W position accounted for 115 yards of Bama's total offense. And for the eagle-eyed fans out there, the equipment people did indeed misspell McLain's last name.


Back-up QB Brodie Croyle (#12) celebrates with his offensive linemen after scoring a touchdown. Brodie got his first Bama touchdown on a four-yard bootleg around right end, diving in to seal the score. Adding running and passing together, Croyle had 60 yards of offense Saturday.


Generally speaking Coach Franchione runs a determinedly focused sideline. But with the crowd shouting the "Rammer, Jammer" cheer several Tide defenders allowed themselves a touch of horseplay. By the way, that's middle linebacker Derrick Pope taking a tumble off the back of the bench.


In talking to the media afterwards, Franchione acknowledged that he was happy with the game's outcome. But he quickly pointed out that mistakes and turnovers kept the Tide from putting North Texas away early. "Today we didn't need all those points," he said. "But later in the year we will."



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