A headline to an article in the Birmingham News sports section says," Passing game in need of repair." That sounds familiar to a lot of Nole fans. "In practice," acording to one player, "we're pretty good." Not good enough to please head coach Nick Saban. "We have too many good skill guys here not to have a good passing game," Saban said. Bama quarterback John Parker Wilson completed 17-of-35 passes for 185 yards Saturday night and did not throw an interception. But neither did he throw a touchdown. Twice near the end of the first half, with Alabama's two-minute offense driving deep into Georgia territory, Wilson missed on potential touchdown passes.
Alabama converted only 3-of-15 third downs in the game. The Tide often found itself in third-and-long situations. Alabama's third-down situation starkly contrasted with Georgia's situation. The Bulldogs went 9-of-19 on third downs.
Overtime hasn't been kind to Alabama since Division I-A football adopted the concept in 1996. The Crimson Tide now is 3-7 in overtime games, 0-1 under Nick Saban. Georgia is 4-2 all-time in overtime games, 2-0 under Mark Richt.
Alabama senior receiver DJ Hall, despite suffering an injury to a leg quadriceps muscle against Arkansas, extended his school record for consecutive games with a pass reception to 22 against Georgia. Hall caught three passes for 46 yards a week after becoming Alabama's career leader in receiving yards.