Scores

Final

Alabama 24

(2-0, 1-0 SEC)

Vanderbilt 10

(1-1, 0-1 SEC)

12:34 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ALA 10 6 0 824
VAN 3 0 0 710

Top Performers

Passing: M. Adams (VAN) - 108 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Grant (ALA) - 24 CAR, 173 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Hall (ALA) - 3 REC, 67 YDS

Grant's 173 rushing yards continues Tide's dominance over Vandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Terry Grant ran 24 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and Alabama made Nick Saban the latest coach to oversee the Crimson Tide's dominance of Vanderbilt with a 24-10 victory Saturday.

Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals, and Alabama (2-0) won its Southeastern Conference opener with a 20th straight victory in a series it now leads 60-19-4. The Tide improved to 18-3-1 when opening SEC play against the Commodores (1-1, 0-1).

With 18 returning starters, the Commodores came in with what looked like their best chance to defeat Alabama on their home field since 1969 when they last beat the Tide in Nashville.

They found themselves essentially playing a road game with Tide fans who followed Saban to Nashville for his first road trip painting Vanderbilt Stadium mostly red in a rare sellout. Alabama fans spent the final minutes cheering in the pouring rain.

Alabama rolled up 371 yards offense. The margin could have been wider, but Tiffin was wide left on a 49-yarder and short on a 48-yard attempt.

The defense came up with two sacks and a turnover in holding Vandy to 101 yards offense through three quarters. Alabama also held two-time All-SEC receiver Earl Bennett to four catches for 52 yards.

The Commodores were their own worst enemy going three-and-out four times in the first half with penalties wiping out their two biggest plays, including a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Myron Lewis was flagged for face mask that wiped out Alex Washington's return. A pass interference on Bennett combined with an Alabama face mask wiped out a 60-yard gain on Vandy's first play from scrimmage.

Javier Arenas set up Alabama's first TD with a 69-yard punt return, and Grant scored a play later for a 7-0 lead.

Alabama took control in the second, holding the ball for more than 12 minutes and rolling up 118 yards offense. Tiffin capped a 12-play drive with a 40-yard field goal and added a 29-yarder at halftime.

Chris Nickson, hampered by a sore hamstring, struggled and overthrew receivers in going 5-of-18 for 67 yards. He was replaced by Mackenzi Adams after bouncing his first pass of the second half, and he tossed a 15-yard TD pass to George Smith midway through the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALA
VAN
1st Downs2213
Total Yards371232
Passing150175
Rushing22157
Penalties6-405-50
3rd Down Conversions6-156-18
4th Down Conversions0-01-3
Turnovers11
Possession33:4726:13

Passing Leaders

AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson14/281505.401
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adams13/231084.710

Rushing Leaders

AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant241737.2235
Coffee11484.4012
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings9323.608
Jackson-Garrison6325.3025

Receiving Leaders

AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hall36722.3030
Grant3268.7017
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett45213.0017
Green33010.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALAVAN
TD12:26Terry Grant 1 Yd Run (Leigh Tiffin Kick) 70
FG08:19Leigh Tiffin 20 Yd 100
FG01:36Bryant Hahnfeldt 33 Yd 103
SECOND QUARTERALAVAN
FG08:23Leigh Tiffin 40 Yd 133
FG00:00Leigh Tiffin 29 Yd 163
FOURTH QUARTERALAVAN
TD14:19Terry Grant 2 Yd Run (John Parker Wilson Pass To Nick Walker For Two-Point Conversion) 243
TD07:22George Smith 15 Yd Pass From Mackenzi Adams (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 2410