Alabama vs.Vanderbilt

 
  Date: 9/8/2001  
  Score: 12-9  
  Alabama vs. Vanderbilt Coach "Fran" would gain his first victory as Alabama's head coach with this 12-9 triumph over Vandy on the road in Nashville. For the game, Neal Thomas would score all of Bama's points with field goals of 35, 26, 31, and 27 yards. Ahmaad Galloway would also rush for 144 yards in the contest. 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.