Alabama defeats Tulane

This about sums it up.

Coach Nick Saban On the victory:
“Well, we’re certainly happy to get the win, but we’re not pleased with the way we played. We played O.K. on defense. We played O.K. on special teams and we made some plays and scored a touchdown. Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going. We had too many negative plays. It’s great to win, but you don’t feel good about it when you don’t play well. Give Tulane credit, too. They played well. They made some plays on offense. There were a lot of good things that happened, just not a lot on offense.”

Injuries, etc.:
“It’s the first time Motley’s played. I’m sure he’ll learn a lot from his performance. We had Motley playing a different place, David Ross playing a different place, and Mike Johnson playing a different place, so you basically had three different people playing from what we were last week. We kind of lost our continuity on the offensive line. I think our guys are capable of playing a lot better and we’re certainly going have to get them to improve. All in all we didn’t get them blocked up front, but there were three sacks that weren’t (to be blamed) on the offensive line. The tailback didn’t block the corner blitz once, the quarterback didn’t throw the ball hot once, and the tailback missed his blitz pick up on the opposite side. Everyone thinks that every time there’s a sack that it’s the offensive line, but that’s not always the case especially when there is edge pressure. We obviously didn’t control the line of scrimmage the way we’d like to, and those are things we have to work on improving. Marlon Davis pulled a hamstring. I don’t know how bad. Leigh Tiffin got hit in the head, and Javier (Arenas) got hit in the head. Those are the three guys that had issues in the game.”

Junior cornerback/return specialist Javier Arenas gained 147 punt return yards on five punt returns (29.4-yard average), setting an Alabama single-game record for punt return yards. The old mark of 122 yards was set by Harry Gilmer against Georgia on October 25, 1947, in a 17-7 Alabama victory in Athens . Arenas accomplished virtually all of that total in the first half before leaving the game with an injury suffered on his first punt return of the third quarter.

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Team Statistics (Final)
via UA
Tulane vs Alabama (Sep 6, 2008 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
 Team Totals TU UA
  Rushing 6 4
  Passing 11 6
  Penalty 1 1
  Rushing Attempts 32 26
  Average Per Rush 2.7 3.8
  Rushing Touchdowns 0 1
  Yards Gained Rushing 101 130
  Yards Lost Rushing 15 31
  Completions-Attempts-Int 29-50-0 11-23-0
  Average Per Attempt 4.6 3.2
  Average Per Completion 8.0 6.6
  Passing Touchdowns 0 0
  Total offense plays 82 49
  Average Gain Per Play 3.9 3.5
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-0 1-1
Penalties: Number-Yards 4-29 6-43
PUNTS-YARDS 7-226 7-280
  Average Yards Per Punt 32.3 40.0
  Net Yards Per Punt 7.9 33.1
  Inside 20 1 1
  50+ Yards 0 0
  Touchbacks 0 2
  Fair catch 0 3
KICKOFFS-YARDS 3-209 4-242
  Average Yards Per Kickoff 69.7 60.5
  Net Yards Per Kickoff 39.3 49.0
  Touchbacks 0 0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 2-8-0 7-171-2
  Average Per Return 4.0 24.4
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 3-46-0 3-91-0
  Average Per Return 15.3 30.3
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 36:35 23:25
  1st Quarter 10:55 4:05
  2nd Quarter 6:57 8:03
  3rd Quarter 7:55 7:05
  4th Quarter 10:48 4:12
Third-Down Conversions 7 of 20 3 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 2 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 1-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards 4-29 1-8
PAT Kicks 0-0 2-3
Field Goals 2-4 0-1