ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
December 21, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
• ALABAMA vs. OKLAHOMA •
January 2 • 8:30 p.m. ET • New Orleans, La. • Mercedes-Benz Superdome (74,000)
LIVE TV: ESPN (Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst;
Holly Rowe, sidelines; Tom Rinaldi, sidelines)
LIVE RADIO: ESPN Radio (Bill Rosinkski, PxP; David Norrie, analyst;
Joe Schad, sidelines)
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (11-1, 7-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, ‘73)
Overall/Years: 165-56-1 (.745) / 18th Season
UA/Years: 74-14 (.841) / 7th Season
In Bowl Games: 8-6 (.571) / 5-1 at Alabama (.833)
2013 Schedule: See page 2
National Rankings: BCS (3); Harris (3); USA Today (3); AP (3)
UA Bowl Appearances: 60
UA Bowl Record: 34-22-3 (.602)
UA Bowl Streak: W4 [Last: Def. Notre Dame 42-14; 2013 BCS National Championship Game]
Formations: Offense - Pro Style (Multiple) • Defense - 3-4
QB AJ McCarron (6-4, 214, Sr., Mobile, Ala.)
The Tide's signal-caller has been a part of as many national championship teams (3) as career losses
with a 36-3 record as Alabama's quarterback, which is the most wins in school history and the third
most in SEC annals.. He is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (207-305) this year for 2,676 yards, 26
touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013 while ranking eighth nationally in passing efficiency (165.9)
and 14th in completion percentage.
LB C.J. Mosley (6-2, 238, Sr., Mobile, Ala.)
Mosley, the Butkus Award winner, leads an Alabama defense that ranks in the top 15 nationally in
scoring defense (2nd), red zone defense (4th), total defense (5th), pass defense (5th), rush defense
(11th) and pass efficiency defense (15th).
RG Cyrus Kouandjio (6-6, 310, Jr., Hyattsville, Md.)
Kouandjio has started 26 consecutive games at left tackle. A first-team all-SEC selection by coaches
and media, Kouandjio was one of six semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's
best interior lineman.
W/KR/PR Christion Jones (5-11, 185, Jr., Adamsville, Ala.)
Jones led the team in punt returns (21) and punt return average (14.4). He had touchdowns against
Virginia Tech and Chattanooga on punt returns and a kickoff return touchdown against the Hokies...He
was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year.
OKLAHOMA SOONERS (10-2)
Head Coach: Bob Stoops
Overall/Years: 159-39-0 (.803) / 15th Season
National Rankings: BCS (11); Harris (10); USA Today (10); AP (11)
OU Bowl Appearances: 47
OU Bowl Record: 27-18-1 (.598)
DB Aaron Colvin (6-0, 192, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.)
Colvin ranks fifth on the Sooners with 49 tackles and also has 5.0 tackles for loss, an interception
and a fumble recovery...Colvin earned first-team Big 12 honors for the second year in a row.
DL Charles Tapper (6-4, 241, So., Baltimore, Md.)
In his first season as a starter, Tapper ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 5.5 sacks on the season and is
tied for 17th with 9.0 TFL...The sophomore was named First Team All-Big 12 in his second season at OU.
WR Jalen Saunders (5-9, 157, Sr., Elk Grove, Calif.)
Saunders leads OU in both receptions (56) and receiving yards (654) and is tied for the team lead
with six touchdown receptions. His figure of 4.8 receptions per game sits seventh in the Big 12.
OL Gabe Ikard (6-3, 298, Sr., Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Ikard has started 49 games in his career, including all 12 this season. Thanks in part to Ikard, the
Oklahoma offense ranks second in the conference and 18th nationally with 235.8 rushing yards per
game. The offensive line has also allowed just 14 sacks this year, a figure that ranks 17th in the country.
Record: Oklahoma leads, 2-1-1 Last: OU, 20-13 (2003 at Tuscaloosa)
SERIES: Alabama (11-1 overall) and Oklahoma (10-2) have met four times in their storied histories, but
will be meeting for the first time since 2003... Oklahoma owns a 2-1-1 series lead over the Crimson Tide
with two of the games taking place in the postseason...The teams first met in the 1963 Orange Bowl
when the Crimson Tide won a memorable 17-0 verdict over the Sooners in Miami, Fla. The squads
matched up again following the 1970 season and battled to a 24-24 tie in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl
game at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Alabama and Oklahoma met in regular season contests in
2002 (a 37-27 Oklahoma win at Norman, Okla.) and 2003 (a 20-13 Oklahoma victory at Bryant-Denny
Stadium in Tuscaloosa)...Bob Stoops is 1-4 vs. the SEC in bowl games at Oklahoma.
GAME NOTES: The Crimson Tide will be making a record 14th appearance in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama
owns the Sugar Bowl record with eight wins in the game. The last Sugar Bowl appearance for the Tide
was following the 2008 season when Alabama took on Utah. However, Alabama was hosted by the Allstate
Sugar Bowl for the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game, when the Crimson Tide knocked
off LSU, 21-0, for Alabama's 14th national title. The Crimson Tide also secured national championships
with wins in the Sugar Bowl in 1962, 1979, 1980 and 1993.