Alabama vs.South Carolina

  Date: 9/29/2001  
  Score: 36-37  
  Alabama vs. South Carolina Alabama would lose a heartbreaker to the Gamecocks by a score of 37-36 on the road in Columbia. Neal Thomas would hit a pair of first quarter field goals (19 and 29 yards) before Tyler Watts hit Jason McAddley for Bama's first touchdown in the second (on a 31 yard pass). Watts would next score on an 8 yard touchdown run, and Thomas would hit a 24 yard field goal to close the first half. In the third, Ahmaad Galloway would score on a 3 yard touchdown run, and the failed 2 point attempt would prove to be extremely costly. Watts would again visit the end zone with his 9 yard touchdown run in the fourth, but 13 unanswered Carolina points secured the Gamecocks their first ever win over the Crimson Tide. For the game, Alabama would have 516 yards of total offense, and Watts would have a career day in rushing for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns in addition to his 231 yards passing and 1 touchdown. The 2001 squad would finish with a record of 7-5 and with a victory in the Independence Bowl in coach Dennis Franchione's first season as head coach of the Tide.