Alabama vs.Duke

  Date: 10/7/2006  
  Score: 30-14  
  Alabama vs. Duke

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Alabama defense intercepted two Duke passes in the second half and held the Blue Devils to just 47 second-half yards, as the Crimson Tide recorded a 30-14 win in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

On Duke's first possession of the second half, Alabama senior Ramzee Robinson stepped in front of a deflected Thaddeus Lewis pass, giving Alabama possession on the Blue Devil 40-yard line.

Nine plays later, Alabama sophomore John Parker Wilson found junior receiver Keith Brown in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama a 16-14 lead with 9:23 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Alabama orchestrated a nine-play, 54- yard scoring drive.

The Tide attempted just one pass on the drive, with senior tailback Ken Darby carrying the ball six times for 60 yards. A two-yard run from Alabama sophomore Jimmy Johns capped the drive and gave Johns his first career touchdown putting the Tide in front 23-14 with 4:08 left in the game.

Alabama capped its scoring on a 50-yard interception return from sophomore Lionel Mitchell on the next play from scrimmage. The interception, Mitchell's second of the year and first career touchdown, put the Tide on top, 30-14, with 3:33 left in the game. The first touchdown of the game came three minutes into the second quarter. Duke drove the ball into the end zone and scored its second touchdown of the season on a nine-yard Lewis touchdown pass to Eron Riley.

Wilson responded by hitting DJ Hall in the corner of the end zone on third-and-goal from the four-yard line to give Alabama a 10-7 lead. Duke answered Alabama's score with a five-yard touchdown run from Lewis on third-and-goal to put Duke ahead 14- 10 at halftime.

The drive was highlighted by a 33-yard run from tailback Ra'Quan Boyette. Lewis then hit Riley on a 35-yard pass to the Alabama one-yard line. Wilson was 18-of-30 for 220 yards with an interception and two touchdowns in the game. Juniors Hall and Brown led Alabama's receivers.

Hall caught seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown-his third straight 100-yard receiving performance- and Brown recorded six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Darby carried the ball 18 times for 115 yards-the first time Duke has allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.