Heading into last week's game, Alabama was a team looking for something good to happen. And on the Tide's third play from scrimmage, Zach Fletcher did exactly that, turning a simple screen pass into an 86-yard touchdown.
"<br><br>Once I turned up field I was looking for only one thing: endzone," Fletcher said.
November 11, 2003
Mississippi State as a team is reeling right now, so no one is crowing too much about a big win. But Alabama has struggled for most of the season as well, and the program needed an easy victory as it heads into a brutal home stretch to end the season.
November 10, 2003
For one day at least the Crimson Tide players put their bad game-day luck behind them, executing well in all phases of the game to shutout Mississippi State, 38-0.
November 9, 2003
Afterwards, Tide Head Coach praised Northern Illinois and its coaches. He also said he was proud that his team fought the entire game. But clearly Shula and the Bama players were disappointed and bitterly frustrated with the result.
September 21, 2003
Before accepting the Alabama job, Tide Head Coach Mike Shula spent his entire coaching career in the NFL, where the general philosophy is to play your starting quarterback for as long as possible.
<br><br>Saturday Brodie Croyle took every snap for Alabama, but he also paid the price.
September 8, 2003