Notes From Tide Vs. Georgia

Alabama doesn't have a very impressive record in overtime games. Although Saturday night's 26-23 loss to Georgia in overtime was only the first under Nick Saban, it was a familiar outcome for the Crimson Tide.

Saturday night's game marked the 10th overtime game for Alabama, and the Tide has only a 3-7 record in such games (which began in 1996). It was the first overtime game between Bama and Georgia.

With the loss, Alabama's lead in the series against the Bulldogs fell to 34-24-4. Georgia has won the last three meetings.

Alabama is now 124-44-8 in night games, including 26-7 in night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama is now 165-109-5 in televised games. Alabama has played in 179 televised games, second only to Notre Dame in college football history.

Alabama, which was ranked 16th going into the game, is now 355-124-10 all-time when ranked in the AP top 25.

Alabama had a new man in the lineup against Georgia. True freshman Nick Gentry, who was held out of fall camp because of an injury, made his first appearance of the season at left defensive tackle. Gentry is a 6-1, 270-pounder from Prattville.

The question as to whether Alabama's starting weakside linebacker Darren Mustin would start against Georgia was answered quickly Saturday evening. In fact, as soon as the Crimson Tide came out to warm up it was apparent Mustin would not play against the Bulldogs. He was in warm-up pants and jersey.

Captains for Alabama against Georgia were end Wallace Gilberry on defense, wide receiver Keith Brown on offense, and coverage man Forress Rayford.

Honorary captains were former Alabama defensive backs Jim Bob Harris (1978-81), Tommy Wilcox (1979-82), and Jeremiah Castille (1979-82).

Georgia Coach Mark Richt is building quite a reputation as a road warrior. His Gerogia teams have now compiled a record of 23-3 when playing on the road, including 2-0 in Tuscaloosa. His Georgia squads are 9-2 against ranked opponents. Georgia is 2-7 in Tuscaloosa, but the wins have been the last two games in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Bulldogs won 27-25 in 2002.

Richt has also won 12 games when his team was tied or trailed late in the game. The only time Georgia trailed tonight was one play before the Bulldogs' winning play. Leigh Tiffin kicked a 42-yard field goal on the fourth play of overtime. Georgia won the game on the fifth play when Matthew Stafford completed a touchdown pass to Mikey Henderson.

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