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2001 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2001 Alabama Crimson Tide began their season trying to improve from a disastrous 3-8 (3-5) record from the 2000 season. This was the team's 69th season in the SEC. The team represented the University of Alabama. This would mark Dennis Franchiones first season as head coach of the Crimson Tide following the dismissal of Mike DuBose, and the team would finish with a victory in the 2001 Independence Bowl and an overall record of 7-5.

Schedule

Schedule Source: 2001 Alabama Crimson Tide: Team Game-by-Game Statistics

Game Notes

UCLA

Dennis Franchione's first game as head coach of the Crimson Tide, pitted the Bruins of the Pacific-10 Conference. Although Alabama outgained UCLA in total offense 458-291, the Bruins would be victorious by a final score of 20-17 before a sold-out home crowd. The Tide would take an early 10-0 lead on a 78-yard Antonio Carter touchdown reception from Tyler Watts and 30-yard Neal Thomas field goal. UCLA would respond with 20 consecutive points in taking a lead that would not be relinquished. The final Alabama score came late in the fourth on a 71 yard touchdown pass from Andrew Zow to Freddie Milons.

Vanderbilt

Dennis Franchione would notch his first win as head coach of the Crimson Tide, in a game of field goals, defeating Vanderbilt 12-9.

Arkansas

As a result of the September 11 Attacks, the September 15, 2001, contest with Southern Miss was postponed resulting in the Razorbacks being the Tide's third opponent on the season. Although outgained in total offense, a pair of defensive touchdowns put the Tide over the top before an emotional home crowd 31-10. Bama would score its first points on an 11-yard Ahmaad Galloway touchdown run to take a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. In the second, the teams would alternate touchdowns with Reggie Myles scoring on a 42-yard fumble recovery for the Tide and Brandon Holmes scoring on a 1-yard run to have Bama leading 14-10 at the half. The Tide would open their second half scoring with a 36-yard Neal Thomas field goal followed by a 39-yard Freddie Milons touchdown reception from Tyler Watts. The final points of the evening would come with only 00:20 remaining in the game when Thurman Ward returning an interception 60-yards for a touchdown.

South Carolina

Although the Tide gained 516 yards of total offense, the Gamecocks would prevail by a final score of 37-36. The South Carolina victory marked their first victory over Alabama in school history.

UTEP

The Tide gained 588 yards of total offense, in defeating the Miners by a final score of 56-7 in the first Legion Field game of the 2001 season. Bama would score 21 points in first on a pair of Donnie Lowe touchdown runs (2 and 1 yard respectively) and a 10-yard Triandos Luke touchdown reception from Tyler Watts. Another 21 points were scored in the second on a pair of Watts touchdown runs (16 and 9 yard respectively) and a 2-yard Luke touchdown reception to give Bama a 42-0 halftime lead. The scoring would continue in the second half on a 12-yard Marvin Brown touchdown run and 2-yard Ray Hudson touchdown run.

Ole Miss

Thirteen unanswered points in the fourth resulted in the Rebels defeating the Tide before the home crowd by a final score of 27-24. Bama would score first on a 6-yard Ahmaad Galloway touchdown run, only to have Ole Miss take the lead after touchdown runs on a 1-yard Toward Sanford run and 25-yard Joe Gunn run. The Tide would respond with a 58-yard Sam Collins touchdown reception from Tyler Watts and 31 yard Neal Thomas field goal to take a 17-14 halftime lead.

Alabama would extend their lead to 24-14 in the third on a 7-yard Triandos Luke touchdown reception. Ole Miss would respond with a 19-yard Charles Stackhouse touchdown run and Eli Manning hitting Gunn for a 3-yard touchdown pass to seal the victory with 00:46 remaining in the game. For the game, Ole Miss would outgain the Tide 430-363 in total offense.

Tennessee

Although Alabama took a 24-21 lead into the fourth quarter, 14 unanswered points in the fourth resulted in Bama losing its seventh consecutive contest to the Vols in the annual Third Saturday in October game. After falling behind 14-3 on a 21-yard pass from Casey Clausen to Donte Stallworth and a 60-yard Travis Stephens run, the Tide would respond with a pair of Sam Collins touchdown receptions to take a 17-14 lead.

The Vols would respond and take a 21-17 lead following a 21-yard Jason Witten touchdown reception, only to again fall behind 24-21 after a 4-yard Ahmaad Galloway touchdown run. Tennessee would again come from behind and dominate the fourth quarter and seal the victory with a 1-yard Clausen and 1-yard Stephens touchdown run in the fourth.

LSU

On Homecoming in Tuscaloosa, LSU would dominate in gaining 611 yards of total offense (with a record 528 yards through the air) in defeating the Tide by a final score of 35-21. LSU would take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 3-yard LaBrandon Toefield run and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Rohan Davey to Jerel Myers. Bama would respond in the second with a 22-yard Neal Thomas field goal and 5-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Watts to Terry Jones, Jr. in bringing the score to 14-10 at the half.

Early in the third, Toefield would score again on a 2-yard run to give the Tigers a 21-10 lead. Bama would respond in tying the game at 21 following another Thomas field goal and 22-yard Watts touchdown run. LSU would respond by sealing the game by scoring on a 25-yard Josh Reed touchdown reception late in the third and on a 6-yard Toefield touchdown run in the fourth. Reed's 293 yards receiving set a SEC record for receiving yardage in a game.

Mississippi State

Bama would put an end to a three game losing streak by defeating the Bulldogs of Mississippi State 24-17 before the home crowd. Th Tide would take a 10-0 lead late into the second quarter on a 6-yard Santonio Beard touchdown run and 20-yard Neal Thomas field goal. The Bulldogs would answer by scoring the next 17 points on a pair of Kevin Fant touchdown passes and a 43-yard John M. Marlin field goal in taking a 17-10 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, Andrew Zow would hit Donnie Lowe for a 10-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at 17, with Beard scoring his second touchdown on a game-winning, 14-yard run.

Auburn

In a dominating performance on The Plains, Alabama would outgain the Tigers in total offense 549-272 in securing the Tide's first ever victory at Auburn by a final score of 31-10 in the 2001 Iron Bowl. After a scoreless first, Bama would score first on and 8-yard Santonio Beard touchdown run. Auburn would answer with their lone score on a 5-yard Ronnie Brown run. The Tide would in turn answer with Andrew Zow connecting with Jason McAddley for a 45-yard touchdown strike to give the visitors a 14-7 lead at the half.

The second half would again see the Tide strike early on a 47-yard Beard run, with the final scores coming in the fourth on a 10-yard Terry Jones, Jr. touchdown reception and a 26-yard Neal Thomas field goal. Although slightly outgained in passing yardage 221-231, Bama would outrush the Tigers 328-41 to give Alabama the 31-7 victory.

Southern Miss

The contest against the Golden Eagles was originally to have been played on September 15, 2001; however, as a result of the September 11 attacks, the game was postponed and subsequently played on November 29 at Legion Field. Although mired in rainy and windy conditions, both Ahmaad Galloway (on runs of 40 and 11 yards respectively) and Andrew Zow (on a 14 yard pass to Sam Collins, and a 26 yard pass to Freddie Milons) would each notch a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Iowa State

In the 26th annual Independence Bowl, the Tide struggled against the Cyclones offensively in being outgained 456 yards of offense to 269, but a missed 47-yard field goal attempt with 46 seconds left in the game sealed the victory for Alabama.

Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 304 219
  Points per Game 27.6 19.9
First Downs 211 206
  Rushing 119 73
  Passing 80 114
  Penalty 12 19
Total Offense 4503 3972
  Avg per Play 6.2 5.4
  Avg per Game 409.4 361.1
Fumbles-Lost 24-10 27-13
Penalties-Yards 93-737 67-565
  Avg per Game 67.0 51.4
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 52-2,016 54-2,151
  Avg per Punt 38.8 39.8
Time of Possession/Game 30:16 29:44
3rd Down Conversions 66/156 60/154
4th Down Conversions 1-6 7-17
Touchdowns Scored 37 28
Field Goals-Attempts 15-21 8-16
PAT-Attempts 33-35 25-28
Attendance 576,183 254,591
  Games/Avg per Game 82,312 63,648

Scores by quarter

Offense

Rushing

Name GP Att Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G
Ahmaad Galloway 11 174 881 5.1 6 40 80.1
Santonio Beard 8 77 633 8.2 4 69 79.1
Tyler Watts 9 111 564 5.1 5 32 62.7
Ray Hudson 11 37 205 5.5 1 35 18.6
Donnie Lowe 9 19 78 4.1 2 19 8.7
Andrew Zow 6 29 69 2.4 0 18 11.5
Marvin Brown 10 9 54 6.0 1 13 5.4
Freddie Milons 11 4 10 2.5 0 13 0.9
Jonathan Richey 11 3 6 2.0 0 6 0.5
Nick Signaigo 1 1 4 4.0 0 4 4.0
Brandon Miree 2 3 3 0.7 0 3 1.0
Neal Thomas 11 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 4 3 -5 -1.7 0 0 -1.2
Dre Fulgham 8 1 -11 -11 0 0 -1.4
Total 11 472 2,490 5.3 19 69 226.4
Opponents 11 382 1,198 3.1 15 74 108.9

Passing

Name GP Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Tyler Watts 9 135.06 172-94-3 54.7 1,325 10 78 147.2
Andrew Zow 6 143.06 83-48-2 57.8 654 6 71 109.0
Antonio Carter 11 192.80 2-1-0 50.0 34 0 34 3.1
Jonathan Richey 11 0.00 2-0-0 50.0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 4 0.00 1-0-0 50.0 0 0 0 0
Total 11 136.50 260-143-5 55.0 2,013 16 78 183.0
Opponents 11 131.64 360-210-6 58.3 2,774 13 58 252.2

Receiving

Name GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Freddie Milons 11 36 626 17.4 3 71 56.9
Antonio Carter 11 32 428 13.4 1 78 38.9
Jason McAddley 11 18 259 14.4 2 45 23.5
Sam Collins 11 18 252 14.0 4 58 22.9
Triandos Luke 11 15 152 10.1 3 29 13.8
Terry Jones, Jr. 11 12 156 13.0 2 39 14.2
Donnie Lowe 9 3 26 8.7 1 12 12.9
Ahmaad Galloway 11 3 20 6.7 0 7 1.8
Dre Fulgham 8 2 42 21.0 0 34 5.2
Ray Hudson 11 1 26 26.0 0 26 2.4
Theo Sanders 11 1 26 26.0 0 26 2.4
Santonio Beard 8 1 8 8.0 0 8 1.0
Marico Portis 11 1 -8 -8.0 0 0 -0.7
Total 11 143 2,013 14.1 16 78 183.0
Opponents 11 210 2,774 13.2 13 58 252.2

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