The streak is broken, photo report

In the days leading up to the game, Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione repeatedly told his team that they were better than Tennessee. "I didn't want them arrogant," he related. "But I did want them to know that all that was necessary to win was for them to simply play their game."

Alabama's Tyler Watts (14) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second half of their game for a touchdown Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 in Knoxville, Tenn. Watts was in pain all week from an injured foot, but the senior was determined to play versus Tennessee. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Tennessee's Jabari Davis (34) goes airborn as he's tripped by Alabama's Brooks Daniels (18) during the first half of their game. Alabama's Cornelius Wortham (16) and Todd Bates (56) trail. Wortham was the second-leading tackler for Alabama with seven. Daniels had four stops. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Back-up quarterback Brodie Croyle congratulates Tyler Watts. In the second half of the game, Bama's coaches used both Croyle and Watts almost interchangeably at the quarterback position. (Photo courtesy of Kent Gidley, University of Alabama)


Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione celebrates after the Tide's 34-14 victory over Tennessee Saturday. Having won eight of its last 10 games, Alabama is now 6-2 on the season and ranked 12th in the latest Associated Press poll. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Senior defensive tackle Jarret Johnson (#96) waves the Alabama flag in front of the fans. Johnson had said in the days leading up to the game that he could think of "little else" other than defeating Tennessee.


In keeping with a decades-old tradition, the smell of cigar smoke could be detected, coming from the Alabama locker room after Saturday's game. Later the Tide players serenaded any listening Tennessee fans with their own "unique" version of "Rocky Top."



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