Alabama vs.Tennessee

  Date: 10/25/2003  
  Score: 43-51  
  Alabama vs. Tennessee Description In what would turn out to be one of the longest games in NCAA football history, and (as for 2003) the longest game in Alabama history, the Tennessee Volunteers bested the Crimson Tide 51-43 in 5 overtimes! The game marked the second overtime in Bryant-Denny stadium on the season. Alabama kicked off the games scoring with a 33-yard field goal by Brian Bostick in the first quarter. UT matched that score with just under a minute remaining in the first half but Bostick brought the Tide back in the lead with a 48 yard kick just 30 seconds after Tennessee tied it and with just 13 seconds remaining in the half. Tennessee would score the next 10 points in the third quarter before Brodie Croyle hit Triandos Luke for a 36 yard score to even the score at 13 heading into the 4th quarter. Alabama struck first in the 4th with a 2 yard Ray Hudson run but with just 25 seconds remaining in regulation Tennessees Casey Clausen hit Troy Fleming for a 1-yard touchdown. Just when it seemed like the game was destined for overtime true freshman Tyrone Prothro ran the kickoff back to the UT 46 and with a 15 yard penalty tacked on Alabama got the ball at the 31 yard line with just 17 seconds remaining. Two plays later Brian Bostick attempted a winning field goal but the attempt was blocked and the game headed to overtime. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime with the Alabama score coming from Brodie Croyle to Dre Fulgham from 6 yards out. In the second overtime period freshman Tim Castile scored his first touchdown on the season with a 12-yard run to give Alabama the lead. Alabamas defense took over with the touchdown advantage. After a sack for a loss of 9 yards and 2 incomplete passes Tennessee was faced with a 4th down and 19 but Tennessees Clausen showed his senior leadership hitting a 25 yard completion giving UT first and goal and they tied the game sending it into a third overtime. The teams again traded touchdowns with Alabamas score coming off of a 12 yard Shaud Williams run. Due to NCAA rules at the third overtime and all subsequent overtimes each team upon scoring a touchdown must attempt a 2-point conversion but both squads failed to convert sending the game into another period. In that period the teams traded field goals with Alabamas Bostick hitting a 28 yard score. Finally in the 5th overtime Tennessee bested the Crimson Tide when on the final play of the game Croyle attempted a fade pass to the corner of the end zone to Fulgham but it fell incomplete ending the SEC barnburner. The 2003 Crimson Tide finished the season 4-9 for head coach Mike Shula in his first season at the Capstone.