Bama/Georgia photo report

Mike Shula

In a game where almost anything that could go wrong did, Alabama fell hard to the Georgia Bulldogs, 37-23. The Tide played better in the second half, but it was far too little too late.

(Above left) Tide Head Coach Mike Shula answers questions from the media, following Saturday's contest. Shula said that once again critical mistakes on offense, defense and special teams crippled Bama's chances of winning the game.


Alabama and Georgia game captains meet at midfield for the coin toss. Leslie Williams (left), Anthony Bryant (middle) and Justin Smiley (right) handled the duties for the Tide. Alabama won the toss and deferred to the second half. Bama then kicked off to Georgia, intercepted the first pass and ended up kicking a field goal for an early 3-0 lead. After that, things went downhill.


Alabama head coach Mike Shula, left, talks with Georgia head coach Mark Richt, right, as the two teams prepare to meet at Sanford Field in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)


Alabama quarterback Spencer Pennington (#13) gets off his pass as Georgia end David Pollack (#47) is tied up by Alabama tackle Atlas Herrion (#75) in first half play. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)


Alabama cornerback Charlie Peprah (#26) tackles Georgia flanker Damien Gary (#18) in the first half of Saturday's game. Alabama yielded 37 points in a mistake-prone first half, but held the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the game. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)


Georgia quarterback David Greene (#14) is tied up by Alabama linebacker Juwan Garth (#42) in second-half play. Filling in for the injured Derrick Pope, Garth totaled eight tackles, one sack and returned a fumbled punt for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)


Defensive tackles Coach Buddy Wyatt talks with the Bama D-Linemen on the sideline. Wyatt stays downstairs during games, while Ends Coach Paul Randolph works in the press box.


Redshirt freshman Brandon Avalos (#7) calls the signals at center. Entering the game after Pennington separated his shoulder, Avalos ran the ball four times for nine yards and completed two passes for six yards.


Strong safety Roman Harper, Bama's leading tackler in the game with 11 stops, walks off the field after the game. It was another tough loss for Bama's beleagured players.


With his right throwing arm in a sling and ice on the injured shoulder, Pennington leaves the field. According to Shula he'll be out at least two weeks and maybe more, depending on the seriousness of his separation.


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