Notes From Tide's Homecoming Win
Even though it was a record-setting day, D.J. Hall did not have big numbers in the Alabama win over Houston. That third reception was his last of the day and his three catches accounted for only 19 yards.
Hall has a number of Alabama records, including single season and career receiving yards, 100-yard games in a season, and 100-yard games in a career. He has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games, dating back to the Ole Miss game of 2005.
In his career, Hall has 153 receptions for 2,357 yards and 14 touchdowns. Through six games this year, Hall leads the Tide with 26 receptions for 439 yards and three touchdowns.
Alabama's record in homecoming games is now 73-13-1 with six consecutive wins. The Tide is now 10-0 vs. Houston, including a homecoming win in 1960.
Glenn Coffee got his first start as Alabama's tailback. He finished with a career-high 30 carries for 121 yards and one touchdown.
Evan Cardwell started at center with Antoine Caldwell taking Marlon Davis' spot as starting right guard. Davis had missed a couple of practices during the week because of a death in the family. Caldwell has played center, guard, and tackle for Bama this year.
Tight end Travis McCall, who had suffered a concussion against Florida State a week earlier, was back in the lineup. Bama started the game with two tight ends, Nick Walker and McCall.
Brandon Deaderick started at defensive end in place of Bobby Greenwood and Deaderick turned in a sack on the first play of the game.
The big question on defense prior to the game was who would start at right cornerback. Lionel Mitchell had started the first four games, but Marquis Johnson was the starter against FSU. Mitchell was back as the starter against the Cougars. Mitchell played much of the game at left cornerback with Kareen Jackson playing at right cornerback.
After the game started, the big question was where was Rolando McClain. The freshman middle linebacker was replaced by last year's starter, Prince Hall, who started alongside weakside linebacker Darren Mustin in the middle. McClain entered the game late in the second quarter, but Hall had most of the playing time at middle linebacker.
Alabama came into the game last in the Southeastern Conference in sacks with only five in five games. Against Houston the Tide turned in five sacks, including two by Wallace Gilberry. The most memorable of those was something of a technical sack since Gilberry didn't really get the quarterback down. His hard rush on Houston quarterback Blake Joseph resulted in an intentional grounding call from the Houston end zone. That's a safety, which gave Alabama a 9-0 first quarter lead.
Alabama's fourth straight nail-biter has been a stretch of games decided by a total of 19 points -- 30-24 (6 points) over Houston, 21-14 (7) loss to FSU, 26-23 (3) overtime loss to Georgia, and 41-38 (3) over Arkansas.
Alabama had a similar stretch of games in 1999, winning three and losing one. The loss was a surprising 29-28 to Louisiana Tech, the wins 35-28 over Arkansas, 40-39 in overtime at Florida, and 30-24 over Ole Miss.
When Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson was intercepted in the fourth quarter, it ended his streak of 132 consecutive passes without a pick.
As a part of the 75th anniversary of the SEC, Sports Illustrated has named its all-time All-SEC team and Alabama was tops in representation. The coach of the team was Paul "Bear" Bryant and seven former players were selected. They were offensive linemen John Hannah and Chris Samuels, tight end Ozzie Newsome, cornerback Antonio Langham, and linebackers Lee Roy Jordan, Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas.
Alabama captains for the homecoming game against Houston were linebacker Darren Mustin, safety Marcus Carter, and offensive guard Justin Britt.
Serving as honorary captain was former Alabama quarterback Bart Starr, who had served as grand marshall of the homecoming parade a few hours earlier.
Kathleen Kelley of Indianapolis, Ind., was named homecoming queen.
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