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THIRD SATURDAY REGAINS IT'S SANITY
LIVE FRIDAY FROM KINGSTON ALLEY
Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 10:32 PM
by Beano
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It seems as if sanity has returned to the tradition-laden Tennessee-Alabama rivalry. That is a good thing. What for years had been the classiest battle in the south had deteriorated into a WWF-like loser leave town match where the off-field nonsense made the game itself almost insignificant. Be it Alabama’s blatant disregard for NCAA regulations, Phillip Fulmer’s obsession and across the line involvement in the investigation, Tommy Gallion’s insane showboating, demented fans from both sides and their chat site vitriol, Bama fans being lousy losers and Tennessee fans being lousy winners. I don’t care what or who was to blame I am elated that this week has evoked only conversation about the classic itself. Speaking of which here are my Third Saturday in October (and occasionally the 4th Saturday) memories:

FAVORITE GAME:
1982 TENNESSEE 35 ALABAMA 28
Chuck Coleman ran for 139 yards 34 of which came on a late TD run that gave the Vols a 35-21 lead that they would not relinquish. Mike Miller and Willie Gault caught TD passes thrown by Alan Cockrell and Lee Jenkins deflected two consecutive passes to the end zone by Walter Lewis the last of which was intercepted by Mike Terry with 17 seconds on the clock. FINALLY eleven years of misery had come to an end

LEAST FAVORITE GAME
1990 ALABAMA 9 TENNESSEE 6
The Vols seemingly spent the entire game in Bama territory with almost nothing to show for it. Alabama was showing signs of what a great defense they would become a mere two season’s later but the Vols loaded arsenal simply misfired on this dreadful day. With the Vols attempting to convert a late field goal and salvage a win against the 11 point underdog Tide Defensive Back Stacy Harrison burst through and blocked the ball which came off either his hand or head farther than either team had advanced the ball in a single play all day. The ball bounded toward the North End Zone far enough for Phillip Doyle to trot onto the field and break everyone wearing orange’ hearts.

FAVORITE PLAY
JOHNNY JONES RUN IN 1983
Johnny Jones from Mumford Tennessee is one of my all-time favorite Vols. He was the first 1000 yard/season rusher in Vol history and he endeared himself forever with his 66 yard jaunt with a Cockrell pitch that put Tennessee ahead to stay in a wild 41-34 victory.

LEAST FAVORITE PLAY
SIMPLY CALL IT TOSS 28. Bobby Humphrey ran it, and ran it, and ran it, 217 yards worth in 1986. I got so tired of seeing it that I put my head in my hands and upon looking up realized all my buddies had departed the seats AND MY WIFE HAD LEFT WITH THEM.

FAVORITE ALL-TIME ALABAMA PLAYER
JOHNNY MUSSO: He played with such heart and determination there was no way to do anything but respect his ability. He is the 4th leading All-Time Rusher in Alabama history with 2741 yards. He played from 1969-71 and like Condredge Holloway his jersey always seemed to be torn to shreds with more pads than jersey showing.

FUNNIEST LEGION FIELD STORY:
My brother and I were sitting in lawn chairs by the car watching a youngster across the street park cars in a fenced in yard. He had a red towel that he was expertly popping to direct vehicles into the available spots. I left to go into the stadium early and when my brother arrived at the seats he was delirious with laughter. He told me that as soon as the last available space was taken up in the yard the young man took off like Carl Lewis on his best day with the cash he had charged the fans. A few minutes later a cab pulled up and a large woman got out. She surveyed the yard for a second then exploded into a profanity-laced tirade which ended in “I’ll be @$%^&*$ that little #$%*&^ has parked my yard full of cars again!

Now THAT is what this rivalry is all about.

Here are this week's game notes:

ALABAMA GAMEDAY NOTES
ALABAMA 5-2, 2-2; Tennessee 5-1; 1-1
Series Record 44-37-7 Bama @Knox20-19-1-Bama Fulmer/Bama 10-3
OFFENSE:
-So QB John Parker Wilson has completed 118-197 (.599) passes for 1579yds with 11 TDs and 5 INTs. He has thrown for 200 yds or more in all 7 games
-Jr WRs Keith Brown and DJ Hall have combined for 1116 yards receiving in 06
-Brown’s 7 career TD passes have averaged 41.7 yards/play
-Brown leads Bama with 37 catches and 513 yds (13.9 ypc)
-Hall leads Bama with 5 TD receptions which have averaged 39 yards in length
-Bama leads the SEC and is 3rd in the Nation in TOP (33:48)
-SR RB Kenneth Darby is the 3rd leading All-Time for Bama (3075 yds/12 TDs)
-Darby is the only Division 1A player with 100 or more rushing attempts without a TD

DEFENSE:
So DB Lionel Mitchell has 3 INTs for 101 yds
JR CB Simeon Castille also has 3 INTs
-The Tide is 4th nationally with 17 forced turnovers
-Sr Juwan Simpson is the Tide’s lone returning starter at LB (after losing Freddie Roach and DeMeco Ryans-579 career tackles). He has 41 tack and 3 TFL

SPECIAL TEAMS:
-Jr PK Jamie Christensen has been hampered by a pulled glut muscle. He is 21-32 (.656) on FGs in his career
-RFr P P.J Fitzgerald has punted 20 times for a 38.5 yard avg

THIS AND THAT:
-Vols have won 9 of the last 11 meetings
-Mike Shula is 1-2 vs Tenn as a Coach and was 1-2 vs Tenn as a QB (84-86)
-Tennessee/Bama is the longest running series in the UA record book in it’s 76th consecutive year (Aub, Miss St 58)
-Bama is 5-10 on the road under Shula including 0-2 this season

STATS OF INTEREST
BAMA ADVANTAGE
Rushing Yards 148.7-130 ypg

VOLS ADVANTAGE
Scoring 35.2-24.4 ppg
Passing Yards 291.5-227.7 ypg
Penalties Against27/205-45/305
Punting Average 47.2-38.3ypp
3rd Down Conv44/74- 59%48/102-47%
Sacks By 11 (-72)6 (-43)
1 .. 463 464 465 .. 514




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