Tonight's win marked the 27th time in Alabama history that the Crimson Tide has produced a 10-win season, a mark that leads the NCAA. With its 21-16 win over the Warriors, Alabama snapped Hawai'i's six game win streak and nine game home winning streak.
The Hawai'i Game, Post-Game Notes
Alabama is 5-1 on the road this season and has won 6 of its last seven road matchups.
Alabama forced four turnovers in the first half against Hawai'i. The Crimson Tide scored only once off of those four turnovers for seven points.
UH returned the opening kickoff to midfield, but lost the ball on a fumble. Roman Harper caused the fumble and Mark Anderson came away with the recovery. The Crimson Tide moved to the UH 19-yard line in nine plays (31 yards) before Kyle Robinson missed a 37-yard FG attempt.
On UH's next possession, QB Timmy Chang was intercepted by Charles Jones at the 50-yard line. Jones returned the ball 26 yards to the UH 24-yard line. Three plays later, Robinson missed his second field goal of the quarter, this time a 39-yard attempt.
Jones first-quarter interception was his third of the season for the Crimson Tide. He has 56 return yards on those three picks.
Senior Waine Bacon added his fourth interception of the season with 10 minutes left in the first half.
Alabama's Charlie Peprah picked off a Timmy Chang pass in the end zone, killing a UH scoring drive with 7:16 left in the first half.
Alabama had four interceptions in the game, establishing a season high. The previous best was three interceptions 34-14 win at Tennessee on Oct. 26 in Knoxville.
Timmy Chang's four interceptions against Alabama equal the most by the UH sophomore this season. Chang also threw four interceptions at BYU on Sept. 6, 2002 in Provo.
Alabama has recorded at least one turnover in 18 consecutive games, dating back to last season.
For the season, Alabama has 18 interceptions for 333 yards in 13 games this season.
Alabama held Hawai'i scoreless in the first half, marking the first time this season UH has been shutout in the first half. The Alabama game marks just the third time this season UH did not score in the first quarter (UTEP, Cincinnati and Alabama) and only the second time UH did not score in the second quarter (SMU and Alabama).
The last time UH did not score in the first half came in a 28-0 loss to SMU on Dec. 3, 1998 here in Honolulu.
UH quarterback Timmy Chang completed just 7-of-22 passes in the first half for 84 yards against Alabama, with 46 yards coming on one completion to Justin Colbert in the second quarter.
Chang opened the game by completing five of his first eight passes for 36 yards and one interception. Chang closed the half, completing just two of next 14 passes for 47 yards and two interceptions. At one point in the first half, Chang threw seven consecutive incompletions.
Following a fake punt by UH that fell five yards short a first down, Alabama took over at the Warriors 22-yard line and scored the first touchdown of the game seven plays later. Junior Shaud Williams one-yard TD plunge was set up by the fake field goal attempt at the UH 18-yard line. Senior Lane Bearden (holder) flipped the ball to Dre Fulgham, who ran to the UA six-yard line for the first down. Williams scored three plays later from the one.
The Bearden-to-Fulgham fake field goal pass was Alabama's second fake FG of the season. Bearden had the other, scoring on a three-yard run at Oklahoma to give Alabama a 24-23 lead in the fourth quarter, rallying the Crimson Tide from a 23-3 halftime deficit against the Sooners.
Sophomore Ray Hudson scored his first rushing touchdown of the 2002 season with a 14-yard run with 8:39 left in the second quarter. Hudson has two career rushing TDs and three total TDs in his two-year Alabama career.
Alabama controlled the clock throughout the first half, holding the football for 21:21, compared to Hawaii's 8:39 possession time. UA had the ball for 10:40 in the first quarter and 10:41 in the second quarter. For the game Alabama had the ball 38:55 while Hawai'i had the ball 21:05.
Senior defensive end Kindal Moorehead recorded a sack against Chang in the third quarter, giving him at least one sack in six consecutive games.
The University of Alabama football team closed out its 2002 season on the island of Oahu against the Hawai'i Warriors. This is Alabama's 13th regular season game this year, establishing a school record for most regular-season games played. The previous record was 12 regular season games in 1986 when the Crimson Tide played Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands. The 1986 season marked the first time an Alabama team had played 12 regular season games.
The 13 games played by Alabama this season also matches the single-season record for total games played by the Crimson Tide. Alabama also played 13 games in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999. The 1986 schedule consisted of 12 regular season games, plus a Sun Bowl win over Washington. The Crimson Tide played 11 regular season games, plus the SEC Championship game and a bowl game, in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999.
Alabama will also play 13 regular season games in 2003, which includes a return visit to Aloha Stadium and the season finale with Hawai'i. The Crimson Tide and Warriors was scheduled to meet on Nov. 29, 2003 here in Honolulu.
The Alabama ticket office sold approximately 5,000 tickets for today's game with Hawai'i, according to Athletic Ticket Manager Rhoda Vaughn. The 5,000 tickets sold through the University Athletic Ticket Office were distributed to members of Tide Pride, students, faculty and staff and former UA lettermen. An additional 3,000 tickets were bought by Alabama fans and tour groups through the University of Hawai'i ticket office. The estimated number of Crimson Tide fans in attendance on Saturday was 8,000.
Birmingham resident Dick Coffee attended his 650th consecutive Alabama football game today at Hawai'i. Coffee has not missed an Alabama game since the 1946 season, with his first game in the coming in New Orleans, La., on Sept. 28, 1946. The Crimson Tide posted a 7-6 win against Tulane and Coffee's streak was underway.
Alabama graduate and Sylacauga native Jim Nabors was in attendance for the Crimson Tide's game at Hawai'i. Nabors earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Capstone in 1952. Nabors played Gomer Pyle in the highly-popular "The Andy Griffith Show" (1963-64). Nabors then starred in his on popular TV, "Gomer Pyle, USMC" (1964-70), a spin-off of "The Andy Griffith Show". Nabors lives in Hawai'i on the island of Maui.
Former All-American quarterback and radio color analyst Kenny Stabler appeared in four Pro Bowls during his illustrious NFL career, but none of them took place here at Aloha Stadium, the present day site of the annual NFL all-star game. Stabler's four pro bowl appearances occurred in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Kansas City. Stabler led the Oakland Raiders to win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI.