Alabama's 30-8 win over Vanderbilt marks the 18th consecutive on-the-field victory in the series by the Crimson Tide. Vanderbilt has not beaten Alabama since a 30-21 win on Sept. 29, 1984 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Bama/Vandy Game Notes
Commodores nine-point win snapped the Crimson Tide's school record 26-game
Homecoming winning streak. Vanderbilt's last win over Alabama here in
Nashville was a 14-10 victory on Oct. 11, 1969.
Alabama and Vanderbilt have met for 50 consecutive seasons in football, but
that streak will come to and end after today's game. The Crimson Tide and
Commodores will not meet again until the 2007 season.
Alabama and Vanderbilt met in the month of November for the first time
since 1946 this afternoon. The Crimson Tide is 15-6 against the Commodores
in 21 November meetings.
Prior to today, Vanderbilt had won the only
meeting between the two schools on Nov. 2, posting a 13-0 win here in
Nashville in 1929.
Alabama improves to 11-4 all-time in games played on Nov. 2, including a
seven-game winning streak on this date.
With the win at Vanderbilt, Alabama has now won four straight SEC road
games, dating back to last season. Alabama is 3-0 in league road games this
The three wins in a season and the four-game road winning streak
are the most by Alabama since 1999 (4-0 SEC road record). Alabama and
Georgia are the only two SEC teams with undefeated SEC road records this
Alabama is 5-3 under Coach Fran on the road and has posted a 57-27-1 road
record since 1983.
Alabama scored on its opening possession for the seventh time in nine games
this season. The Crimson Tide's opening TD drive covered 10 plays and 77
yards, while using 4:56 off the clock. Senior QB Tyler Watts capped the
drive with a nine-yard TD run, his second rushing touchdown of the season.
In those seven opening possessions, UA scoring drives resulted in five
touchdowns (Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Ole Miss and
Vanderbilt) and two field goals (Oklahoma and North Texas). The Crimson
Tide was forced to punt after its opening drive against Georgia and
Senior Hirchel Bolden returned to the starting lineup against Vanderbilt,
replacing Charlie Peprah at the right cornerback position. It was Bolden's
third start of the 2002 season and his first since the Oklahoma game (Sept.
7). In fact, Bolden started the first two games of the year for the Crimson
Tide before being replaced by Peprah against North Texas (Sept. 14).
Watts completed his first six passes in the game against Vanderbilt,
totaling 57 yards through the air.
Junior wide receiver Triandos Luke
caught four of those passes for 39 yards in the first quarter. On the
Crimson Tide's opening scoring drive, Watts completed all five passes for 48
Luke finished the first half with seven catches for a career-high 87 yards.
The Phenix City, Ala., native's previous best was nine catches for 85 yards
in the season opener against Middle Tennessee.
Prior to the Vanderbilt
game, Luke had only seven total catches for 69 yards in the Crimson Tide's
last seven games. He had only two catches in his last four games for
Alabama, including one each against Ole Miss (13 yds) and Tennessee (14
yds). He did not have a reception against Arkansas or Georgia.
Luke added two more catches in the second half and he finished the game
with 9 catches for 102 yards.
Luke is the first Alabama receiver to gain
100 yards in a single game since Freddie Milons (124 yds) and Antonio Carter
(102 yds) both had 100 receiving yards in the 2001 season opener against
Senior free safety Waine Bacon recorded his second interception of the 2002
season, picking off a Jay Cutler pass at the Vanderbilt 43-yard line. Bacon's interception is the
11th this season by Alabama.
Five plays later, Alabama's Kyle Robinson gave UA a 10-0 lead with 11:29 left in
the first half as a result of the turnover.
Redshirt freshman Juke King made his Alabama debut in the second half today
against Vanderbilt. A native of Theodore, Ala., King began the 2002 season
as a middle linebacker but moved to fullback during Alabama's open week.
King did not see action on defense or special teams prior to the Vanderbilt
King is the 26th first-time played used by the Crimson Tide this
Watts surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his Alabama career in
today's game at Vanderbilt. He is the 45th player in school history to rush
for 1,000 or more career yards and the third this season to make that list. The
Pelham, Ala., native eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with a nine-yard run on a
fourth-and-eight from the Vandy 26-yard line on the opening possession of
the third quarter.
Watts had 14 carries for 55 yards and one TD in the win over Vandy.