More photos from Saturday
Childress in action
Childress in action

Posted Sep 9, 2003


With hundreds of recruits in the stands and a prime-time audience watching on TV, two of college football's most storied programs battled it out for sixty minutes of memorable action.

(Above left) Defensive tackle Ahmad Childress reaches to make the tackle. In the game Childress was credited with three solo tackles, including one for a loss. He also had a quarterback hurry.


Tailback Shaud Williams stiff-arms a would-be tackler. Several times during the game Williams appeared to break free, only to be caught by Oklahoma's speedy linebackers before he could go for big yardage. Williams' 91 yards rushing still led both teams in that category. (Barry Fikes photo)


Quarterback Brodie Croyle (#12) talks with Head Coach Mike Shula on the sideline. Lance Taylor (#39) and Clint Johnston (#88) look on. Croyle finished with 195 yards on 24-of-42 passing. He had one touchdown and two interceptions. (Barry Fikes photo)


Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jeremy Clark (#99) makes the stop, as Mark Anderson (#47) rushes in to help. Bama's defense battled all night. But ultimately a few big plays by Oklahoma's offense proved to be the difference in the game. (Barry Fikes photo)


Senior wideout Dre Fulgham (#3) looks for yardage after the catch. Fulgham led Bama's receivers with 59 yards on four catches, but he also had a key drop. (Barry Fikes photo)


On this play Zach Fletcher is able to elude the tackle attempt. The senior receiver finished with two receptions for 23 yards. But Tide fans will remember that three times he was oh-so-close to catching a deep pass on the sideline, only to be ruled out of bounds. (Barry Fikes photo)


This year's staff doesn't keep stats on "pancake blocks," but if they did Justin Smiley would have him one on this play. Smiley (#78) might want to keep this picture of his block for Shaud Williams (#21), because that's Sooner All-American Tommie Harris (#97) getting shoved to the ground. (Barry Fikes photo)


Charlie Peprah (#26) talks with Sooner lineman Michael Hallock (#67) after the game. It was a hard-fought contest, with brutal hits delivered by both teams. But the overall sportsmanship displayed by players and fans was notable, and something that both programs can be proud of.


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