Tide celebrates Homecoming

The many faithful alums and friends will return to campus this week to help the University of Alabama celebrate Homecoming 2002 at the Capstone this weekend. Homecoming on the Quad presented by the National Alumni Association and the Alabama Student Government Association with this year's theme "Reflections," on Oct. 19, 2002.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 9 a.m. and the NAA quad stage will feature entertainment beginning at 10 a.m. For more information call the Alabama Alumni Association at (205) 348-5963 or logon to the homecoming website at http://alumni.ua.edu/homecoming.html

If you are an active member of the National Alumni Association you can use your active NAA membership card to get a 10% discount at the Supe Store, The Corner, Alabama Book Store, The College Store and Bama Fever, all in Tuscaloosa. It's good for FREE admission to the Bryant Museum, Moundville Archeological Park and Children's Hands on Museum. You may also use all UA libraries by showing your card.

2002 Homecoming Events

Friday, October 18
Quad Games (UA Quad) (1-4 PM)
Lawn and Boat Judging (1 PM)
Road and River Relay (2 PM)
Alabama Cavaliers (6-6:45 PM)
Homecoming Pep Rally & Bonfire (7 PM)
Dance under the Big Top (9-10 PM)

Saturday, October 19
Homecoming Parade (9 AM)
Homecoming on the Quad (9:30 AM)
Lunch under the Big Top (11 AM)
Elephant Stomp (1:30 PM)
Ole Miss at Alabama (2:30 PM)
Homecoming Queen crowned at halftime

Baumhower Marshals Morning

Former Alabama All-American and NFL All-Pro defensive tackle Bob Baumhower will serve as the Grand Marshall for the 2002 Alabama Homecoming Parade.
  • A Tuscaloosa native, Baumhower played defensive tackle for Coach Paul Bryant from 1974-76, earning first-team All-SEC and second-team All-America honors in 1975 and 1976.
  • He later starred with the Miami Dolphins and was a member of the Dolphins famed "Killer Bs" on defense.
  • Baumhower is presently the owner of Bob Baumhower's Wing's Sports Grille restaurant chain in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Baumhower led Alabama in tackles in both 1975 (85) and 1976 (93). In his three-year career, Baumhower recorded 246 career stops, including 28 TFLs.
  • In 1975, he was named ABC "Player of the Game" after a 13-tackle performance in the Crimson Tide's 28-0 win over Auburn at Legion Field.

All-Time Homecoming Results

The Crimson Tide will play its 83rd Homecoming football game this Saturday as they host the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Alabama has compiled a 67-13-1 (.823) all-time homecoming record, including last year's 35-21 loss to LSU.
  • The Crimson Tide has lost its last two Homecoming games, including losses to Central Florida (40-38) in 2000 and LSU (35-21) last year.
  • The last time Alabama lost two straight homecoming games was 1954-55, dropping back-to-back games to Miss. State in 1954 (12-7) and 1955 (26-7).
  • Alabama has never lost three straight homecoming games in its 82-year history of playing this game.
  • Alabama has lost three of its last five homecoming games, dating back to 1997. Since 1988, UA is 9-5 (.643) in 14 homecoming games.
  • Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was a perfect 25-0 in homecoming games at Alabama. In addition, the Crimson Tide won a school record 26 consecutive homecoming games from 1958-83.
  • The entire 1987 season, including Bama's 38-10 homecoming win over Southwestern Louisiana, was played in Birmingham's Legion Field due to stadium renovations at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Alabama's most common homecoming opponent is Miss. State. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs have met 24 times, with Alabama posting a 20-4 record against MSU.
  • The 2002 season will mark the fourth time Alabama has met Ole Miss on Homecoming at the Capstone. UA is 2-1 in those three previous games.
  • Alabama has compiled a 27-5 (.844) record in Homecoming games against teams from the state of Mississippi. Alabama's 35-14 win over Southern Miss in 1999 marked the last time the Crimson Tide faced a team from Mississippi on Homecoming.

All-Time Tuscaloosa Record

In addition to its impressive record at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-Present), Alabama has made the city of Tuscaloosa a very difficult place to play for opposing football teams. Alabama has compiled a 270-45-3 (.855) record in 318 all-time games in Tuscaloosa. Alabama is 2-1 in Tuscaloosa this season after wins over North Texas and Southern Miss and a loss to top-ten ranked Georgia.
Site         Record   Percentage

Quad          42-11    .794
Denny Field   43-2     .956
Bryant-Denny 185-32-3  .851

Total        270-44-3  .856
  • Alabama's first game on campus was a 4-0 loss to Birmingham Athletic Club on Oct. 14, 1893.
  • From 1911-28, Alabama posted a 55-2 (.965) record in Tuscaloosa. The 1929 season marked the opening of what is now known as Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant posted a remarkable 72-2 (.973) record in Tuscaloosa, losing only to Florida (1963) and Southern Miss (1982). The USM game was the last game he ever coached at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • From 1963-82, Alabama posted an NCAA record 57-game home winning streak. Miami has since broken that record with a 58-game home winning streak, but the Hurricanes record also includes three wins in the post-season Orange Bowl game. All of UA's 57 wins were in the regular-season.
  • The 57-game winning streak is one of seven winning streaks longer than 15 games for the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

Fast Start

Alabama has outscored the opposition 52-16 in the first quarter this season. The Crimson Tide piled up 218 yards en route to a 14-0 lead at Arkansas on Sept. 28. In the season opener, Alabama managed 198 total yards and built a 22-0 lead against Middle Tennessee.
  • During first quarter action, Alabama has shutout four of its six opponents this year.
  • Oklahoma and Georgia, two top-ten ranked teams, are the only teams to score in the first quarter against Alabama this season, scoring two touchdowns and a safety.
  • The average score of the first quarter this season is 8.6 to 2.7 points in favor of Alabama.
  • In the second quarter, Alabama has been outscored 39-26 in five games.

October Record

Alabama has compiled a 305-94-22 (.753) all-time record (420 games) during the month of October. The Crimson Tide's first game in the month of October was a 4-0 loss to Birmingham Athletic Club on Oct. 14, 1893. UA's first win in the month of October came three years later, posting a 30-0 win over Birmingham Athletic Club on Oct. 24, 1896.
  • Alabama posted 26-game winning streak in the month of October 1914-22.
  • Two of the school's most lopsided wins have taken place in October. On Oct. 13, 1902, Alabama beat Marion Institute 81-0. On Oct. 15, 192, Alabama shutout Bryson (Tennessee), 95-0 in Tuscaloosa.
  • The worst loss in Crimson Tide history also took place this month when Vanderbilt beat Alabama 78-0 on Oct. 20, 1906.
  • Alabama is 9-11 (.473) in its last 20 games in the month of October.

On This Date

Alabama has compiled a 6-6 (.500) all-time record in games played on Oct. 19. In the last game played on Oct. 19, Alabama posted a 37-10 win over Ole Miss during the 1996 season. Alabama is 2-0 against Ole Miss on Oct. 19, posting a 41-0 win in 1901 and a 37-10 win in 1996. Alabama has won its last two games played on Oct. 19 and three of its last four overall, dating back to 1974.

Father Time

Alabama continues to lead the SEC in time of possession, averaging 33:53 per game. The Crimson Tide has won the time of possession battle in four of its six games this season. In the two games in which Alabama did not win the time of possession battle, the opponents had the ball for only 14 seconds more than the Crimson Tide. Middle Tennessee held a four second edge in time of possession, while Georgia had a 10 second advantage.
  • Alabama held the ball for a season-high 39:11 in its win over Southern Miss.
  • Against Georgia, Alabama was held to a season-low 29:55 time of possession. The Bulldogs ranked 12th in the SEC in that category entering that game.
  • Alabama's average time of possession is 33:53 through six games of the 2002 season.
  • Alabama opponents are averaging only 26:08 time of possession.
  • Alabama's largest advantage of the season was an 18:22 time of possession advantage in a 20-7 win over Southern Miss.

Bama Ranks 2nd in the SEC in Rushing Offense

The Crimson Tide offense ranks second in the SEC this week, averaging 225.5 rushing yards per game. That figure ranks 18th nationally among Division I schools through games of Oct. 12.
  • Arkansas leads the SEC with 272.0 rushing yards per game, following its SEC-best 414 yard performance at Auburn on Oct. 12.
  • Alabama is attempting to pace the league in rushing offense in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1978-79. The Crimson Tide also led the league in rushing offense for four consecutive years from 1971-74.
  • For the season, Alabama has rushed 295 times for 1,353 yards through six games.
  • The Crimson Tide's 295 rushing attempts are second only to South Carolina's 299 rushing attempts.
  • Alabama's 1,353 yards this season are second to Arkansas (1,360 yards) by just seven yards for the most rushing yards in the league this year.
  • In its last four games, Alabama has rushed for 1,063 yards (207 attempts), accounting for more than 78 percent of its rushing yards (1,353 ) this season.
  • Alabama is averaging 265.8 rushing yards (1,063) per game over its last four games.
  • The Crimson Tide has rushed for more than 350 yards in wins over North Texas (Sept. 14) and Southern Miss (Sept. 21).
  • Against North Texas, Alabama ran for 336 yards en route to a 33-7 victory.
  • Against Southern Miss, Alabama ran for a season-high 351 yards in a 20-7 win.
  • The 351 rushing yards against Southern Miss is the second-highest rushing total by Alabama under Coach Fran.
  • The most rushing yards by Alabama in the Franchione era was 360 yards in the win over UTEP last year. Against North Texas, the Tide had 336 yards rushing.
  • Alabama rushed for 351 yards in its win over Southern Miss marking the first time in 111 games the Golden Eagles allowed 300 or more rushing yards. Alabama became the first USM opponent to rush for over 300 yards since Oct. 10, 1992 when Northern Illinois had 303 yards.
  • Against Arkansas, the Crimson Tide rushed for 267 yards en route to 552 yards of total offense.
  • Alabama averaged a season-high 7.7 yards per rushing attempt in the win at Arkansas.
  • The Crimson Tide posted its second-lowest rushing total of the 2002 season, rushing for 109 yards in its 27-25 loss to Georgia on Oct. 5.
  • Alabama's lowest rushing total of the 2002 season came against No. 2 Oklahoma when the Tide managed just 96 rushing yards on Sept. 7 in Norman.
  • Alabama also ran the ball a season-low 37 times in the loss to Georgia.
  • Prior to Georgia, the Crimson Tide's previous low for rushing attempts was 43 in the season opener with Middle Tennessee on Aug. 31.

Sack Attack

Following its only open date of the 2002 season, Alabama dropped to second in the SEC in quarterback sacks. The Crimson Tide has 21 sacks (-147) in six games this season, averaging 3.5 sacks per game. Georgia now leads the SEC with 22 sacks (145 yards) through six games.
  • All 21 of the Crimson Tide's sacks have come in the last five games against Oklahoma (6), North Texas (6), Southern Miss (4), Arkansas (2) and Georgia (3). UA did not have a sack in the season opener with Middle Tennessee.
  • The six sacks against Oklahoma and North Texas are the second-most in the SEC this season. Arkansas had a league-best seven sacks in its win over Boise State (Sept. 7).
  • One of the key matchups this Saturday will be the play of Alabama's defensive line against the Ole Miss offensive line. The Rebels offensive front has done an excellent job this year protecting junior quarterback Eli Manning. In fact, Ole Miss has allowed the fewest sacks in the SEC this season. Through six games, Manning has been sacked only four times (-33 yards).
  • Ole Miss did not allow a sack in its first four games of the 2002 season. The Rebels have been sacked four times in the last two games, including a season-high three sacks allowed against Florida on Oct. 5.
  • Alabama is averaging 4.2 sacks per game over its last five games, while Ole Miss allows only 0.67 sacks per game this season.
  • The Alabama offensive line is also among the best in the league at protecting its quarterback. Alabama QBs have been sacked only 10 times this season (-53) in six games, an average of 1.67 per game.
  • The Ole Miss defense is also among the best in the league, recording 15 sacks (-97 yards) in six games to rank sixth in the SEC.

Bama D Tough Against the Run

Alabama's run defense suffered a blow in the Georgia game when the Bulldogs rushed for 161 yards and one TD, breaking a string of three straight games holding opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. In those three games, the Crimson Tide allowed only 72 total rushing yards against Oklahoma (-23 yards), North Texas (50 yards) and Southern Miss (35 yards).
  • The Southern Miss game marked the seventh time under coach Dennis Franchione that the Crimson Tide defense has held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards. UA held four opponents under 100 yards last season and the last three opponents this season.
  • labama boasts the second-best rushing defense in the SEC and 12th best rushing defense in the nation through games of Oct. 12. The Crimson Tide has allowed just 96.3 rushing yards per game this season.
  • After six games, Alabama ranks sixth nationally in total defense, allowing 273 yards per game.

Next Week

Alabama hits the road for two straight conference games, at Tennessee on Oct. 26 and then back to the Volunteer state on Nov. 2 to play Vanderbilt in Nashville.

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