It Was Leigh Tiffin's Day
Although he didn't have the game-winning kick in Alabama's three-point victory, Leigh Tiffin connected on a three-point field goal with 4:20 to play that gave the Tide the opportunity to defeat Arkansas.
There are a number of things to remember in Bama's victory. Obviously, the game-winning pass from John Parker Wilson and the fantastic catch by Matt Caddell in the end zone with eight seconds to play stands out.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban's decision to kick a field goal when Bama faced fourth and five at the Arkansas 25 caught many by surprise. Tiffin was one of those. "I was getting ready to kick an extra point," he said. He said he thought Alabama would go for it on fourth down and try to get the touchdown to tie the game.
"It felt good," Tiffin said of his successful kick that pulled Bama to within four points late in the fourth quarter. "I know I should have made one (in the third quarter from 38 yards) that I missed, but I looked at that last one as an opportunity to help my team."
Tiffin also did a good job of kicking off during the game. On the first kickoff, though, he got involved in some contact and he suffered a shoulder injury. "They told me the name [of the injury]," he said, "but I forgot what it's called. Basically, my shoulder just popped out."
He went to the dressing room for treatment and missed kicking the first extra point of the game, but was back in time to kickoff again. His shoulder was strapped up following the game.
Tiffin made a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Bama a 24-10 lead, then made the 42-yard effort. He also had four extra points, including the final point of the 79-point game.
Prior to that the son of legendary Bama kicker Van Tiffin had a negative fame. He had missed two field goals and an extra point as Alabama lost to Arkansas by one point in overtime in Fayetteville in 2006.
"I wouldn't be human if I hadn't thought about it," said the sophomore from Muscle Shoals. "But I told myself this was my day. I was going to doubt myself.
"I enjoyed watching that final extra point. It was right down the middle."
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