Streak-busting game worth a second look

With NCAA sanctions prohibiting them from participating in the post-season, defeating Tennessee and ending its seven-game winning streak was a key goal for Alabama this season.

With Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer watching in the background, Gerald Dixon (4) heads to the endzone after scooping up a fumbled lateral. Dixon's heads-up play gave Alabama a lead which it never relinquished. Had he won, the game would have been Fulmer's 100th career victory. As it was, the Tide notched the 750 win in its storied history. (Kent Gidley, University of Alabama)


Alabama's Shaud Williams (21) gets away from Tennessee's Keyon Whiteside (50) during the first half of their game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Alabama's Shaud Williams (21) and Charlie Peprah (26) celebrate as time runs down during their game against Tennessee. Alabama won 34-14. Peprah contributed four tackles, and his 48-yard return of an intercepted pass led to a Bama touchdown. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Dennis Franchione smiles while talking to the media after the game. Franchione acknowledged that the win was one of the most memorable of his career, explaining that was mainly because of what it meant to his players and the Crimson Tide family.


Alabama's Jarret Johnson (96) celebrates with a victory cigar and fans after the Tide's game against Tennessee Saturday. The victory snapped a seven-year winning streak by the Vols. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Senior tight end Theo Sanders hands the Alabama flag into the stands, following Saturday's game. The Tide seniors had set as a major goal to end the Tennessee streak.


With his victory cigar in hand, senior quarterback Tyler Watts answers reporters' questions. Watts led his team on a 15-play, eight-minute plus drive in the fourth quarter to seal the win.



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