Before Bama was Bama, before Nick Saban was the greatest coach in college football history, before Art Briles resurrected Baylor, before HD television quality, Houston met the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Let's go back there and enjoy a little standard definition college football from way back in 2007.
Let's get to the pixelated bullets:
- Briles and Houston were coming off a 2006 ten win, CUSA title, and Liberty Bowl season. Briles was a few short weeks away from taking over Baylor's moribund program. Everyone laughed when, during his opening presser, he said the Bears would win the Big 12. No one's laughing now.
- The 2007 Coogs had not one, but two thousand yard passers in Case Keenum and Blake Joseph. The two split time as they attempted to replace Kevin Kolb.
- Kolb, by the way, gets overlooked in Houston's quarterback lineage, but he was one of the better quarterbacks in college football as a senior, throwing for over 3,800 yards with 30 touchdowns to just four picks.
- A week before Bama, in a critical loss to East Carolina, Keenum bruised his hand and most didn't expect him to play against the Tide. Joseph completed 24 of 29 against the Pirates in relief.
- The Coogs offense also boasted Anthony Aldridge, Donnie Avery, and 6-5 freak receiver Jeron Harvey. Future NFLer Sebastian Volmer held down the left tackle spot.
- Defensively Houston was led by safety Rocky Schwartz who ended 2007 with 103 tackles.
- Alabama hired Saban away from the Miami Dolphins, where Nick learned that grown-ass men don't listen to coaching like terrified nineteen-year-olds.
- The title of Alabama's media guide was "The Process Begins." Alternate titles should've been "We're Building College Football's Death Star."
- The Tide's quarterback was one John Parker Wilson, who comes to define "Bama Bangs."
- Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2007 was one Major Applewhite.
- Alabama entered the game on a skid after losing games to Georgia and Florida State.
- Houston was Alabama's homecoming game, and for a quarter the Cougars cooperated, falling behind 23-0.
- 92,138 slack-jawed yocals were in attendance at Bryant Denny.
- The game was available on pay-per-view.
- Aldridge rushed for 100 yards and added 94 more in receptions.
- Bama's D.J. Hall set the school career reception mark with 153.
- The Coogs trailed 30-10 in the third quarter before mounting a rally behind Keenum. Houston closed to within six with a chance to win on a throw into the end zone when the Tide's Simeon Castille picked off Keenum throw.
- Houston finished the season 8-5, losing in the Texas Bowl to TCU.
- Alabama ended the season 7-6 with a win over Colorado in the Sun Bowl.
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