November 4, 2007

The Sunday Rewind: LSU 41, Alabama 34

The Sunday Rewind is a weekly collection of notes and quotes from the Alabama football game of the weekend.

LSU 41, Alabama 34: Wallace Gilberry - Eight tackles, three sacks, forced fumble. … Kareem Jackson - Six tackles, interception, blocked field goal. … Javier Arenas - 61-yard punt return for touchdown.

Return to sender
Alabama's Javier Arenas broke a 61-yard punt return Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium against LSU, giving the Crimson Tide a 34-27 lead with 7:33 remaining in the game. It was the third time in his career Arenas has taken a punt for a score, one short of David Palmer's school record. The sophomore from Tampa is now averaging 17.2 yards per return on the 2007 season, tops in the Southeastern Conference. A look back at the big returns from Arenas' short career, and where applicable, the resulting drives for the Crimson Tide's offense:

YearOpponentReturn
2007LSU61-yard punt return for touchdown
2007Tennessee62-yard KO return, sets up missed FG try
2007Ole Miss54-yard punt return sets up 21-yard TD drive
2007Arkansas58-yard punt return sets up 2-yard TD drive
2007Vanderbilt69-yard punt return sets up 1-yard TD drive
2007W. Carolina45-yard KO return sets up 48-yard TD drive
2006Oklahoma St.86-yard punt return for touchdown
2006FIU65-yard punt return for touchdown


By the numbers
A look at a few numbers from Alabama's 41-34 loss to LSU.

0.6 Alabama averaged 0.6 yards per rush against the Tigers defense.

7 Defensive end Wallace Gilberry, with three sacks of LSU's Matt Flynn, now has a career-high seven sacks for the season.

34 The seven sacks of John Parker Wilson cost Alabama 34 negative yards.

9 Alabama safety Rashad Johnson recorded a game-high nine tackles, including seven solos.

14 Wilson now has 14 touchdown passes on the season, three short of tying the school record he set in 2006.

17 With a 67-yard touchdown catch, DJ Hall now has 17 for his career, ranking second on Alabama's all-time list.

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