December 31, 2007

The Monday Rewind: Alabama 30, Colorado 24

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

Alabama 30, Colorado 24: Wallace Gilberry - 8 tackles, 5 TFLs, 1 sack … John Parker Wilson - 19 of 32, 256 yards, three TDs … Rashad Johnson - Game-high 13 tackles … Rolando McClain - 5 tackles, 1 interception, 2 PBUs

First to third
Among the last 10 Alabama football coaches, Nick Saban became only the third to win his first bowl game with the Crimson Tide on Sunday night. A look at the results from those bowls:

YearBowlResultCoach
2007IndependenceAlabama 30, Colorado 24Saban
2006IndependenceOklahoma State 34, Alabama 31Kines
2004Music CityMinnesota 20, Alabama 16Shula
2001IndependenceAlabama 14, Iowa State 13Franchione
1998Music CityVirginia Tech 38, Alabama 7DuBose
1991SunLouisville 34, Alabama 7Stallings
1987Hall of FameMichigan 28, Alabama 24Curry
1983Hall of FameAlabama 28, SMU 7Perkins
1959xxxPenn State 7, Alabama 0Bryant
1948xxxTexas 27, Alabama 7Drew


By the numbers
A look at a few numbers from Alabama's 30-24 win over Colorado.

75 Alabama allowed only 75 net rushing yards, and prevented a 100-yard opposing running back for the sixth consecutive game.

14 Roy Upchurch got a career-high 14 touches (12 rushes, two receptions) in the Independence Bowl.

45.0 P.J. Fitzgerald averaged 45.0 yards on four punts, including one downed inside the Colorado 5.

27 Wallace Gilberry's five tackles for loss gave him a Southeastern Conference-best 27 for the season.

173 Colorado standout linebacker [db]Jordon Dizon, a Butkus Award finalist, made 13 tackles to give him a whopping 173 for the season.

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Quote of the day

"That's not an excuse for [John Parker Wilson], but I don't like to see him get blamed when he doesn't have all the players out there because they didn't do what they were supposed to do."
- Coach Nick Saban on criticism of Wilson this season.



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