Alabama vs.Vanderbilt

  Date: 9/9/2006  
  Score: 13-10  
  Alabama vs. Vanderbilt

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Crimson Tide forced four Vanderbilt turnovers, including an interception as time expired, en route to a 13-10 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium. For the second consecutive week, it was up to the Alabama defense to hold late to preserve a lead, and for the second straight week, it responded.

Senior Juwan Simpson intercepted a Chris Nickson pass at the Alabama 25-yard line as time expired to preserve the win, Alabama's first conference victory of 2006. Junior Simeon Castille recorded his fifth and sixth career interceptions on the day, picking off passes from Nickson in the second and fourth quarters. Castille's second pick happened with just under 13 minutes left in the game, giving Alabama the ball at its own 21-yard line.

The Tide then drove 49 yards in 12 plays, capped by a career-long 47-yard field goal from freshman Leigh Tiffin to give Alabama the 13-10 lead with 7:34 left in the game. A 36-yard completion from sophomore John Parker Wilson to sophomore Nikita Stover kept the drive going on third-and-18.

Wilson was 18-of-29 on the day for 207 yards with a touchdown and interception. Brown led the Alabama receiving corps with eight catches for 99 yards. DJ Hall had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Alabama opened the second half with a 31-yard Wilson touchdown pass to Hall to tie the score at 10-10.Wilson was 5-for-5 for 73 yards on the drive. Though Alabama recorded four turnovers on the day, it also turned the ball over three times, each in Vanderbilt territory.

The Commodores took a 10-3 lead to the locker room at the half, with all 10 points coming on Alabama turnovers. The first touchdown of the game came on a six-yard Nickson pass to Earl Bennett following a Tim Castille fumble on the Commodores' 13-yard line.

Vanderbilt drove 87 yards in just under four minutes to take the 10-3 lead with 14 seconds left in the half. An interception earlier in the second quarter set up a six-play, 29-yard drive for the Commodores that culminated with a 42-yard Bryan Hahnfeldt kick to pull Vanderbilt even at 3-3.

The Tide was led on the ground by senior Ken Darby, who carried the ball 21 times for 65 yards, with sophomore Jimmy Johns adding 37 yards and Castille with 19.