Things to Know About Alabama
Sept. 5, 2007
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Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett is the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Week after his record setting 223 receiving yard performance vs. Richmond. Last season vs. Alabama, Bennett caught 5 passes for 45 yards and 1 touchdown.
Saturday will mark the 82nd meeting between the Alabama and Vanderbilt football teams. Alabama beat Vanderbilt 13-10 last season.
In their last outing, Alabama defeated Western Carolina 52-6. The 52 points scored were the most by Alabama on an opening day since a 66-0 win over Cal in 1973.
In the game vs. Western Carolina, the Crimson Tide's offense set school single-game records with 35 first downs and 575 total yards.
Saturday's game vs. Vanderbilt is the 2007 SEC opener for Alabama. Alabama is 47-20-4 all-time in SEC openers, including a current 15-game winning streak.
Alabama tight end Nick Walker and Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson were high school teammates at Pike County in Brundidge, Ala. In 2003, the duo led their team to the Class 3A State Championship.
Paul "Bear" Bryant, legendary head coach of Alabama, coached offensive linemen at Vanderbilt in the early 1940s.