Tiffin’s field goal capped a 12 play, 49-yard drive that was keyed by a 36-yard pass completion from Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson to receiver Nikita Stover.
Alabama tied the score in the third quarter when quarterback John Parker Wilson completed a 31-yard scoring pass to D.J. Hall. Wilson had a fine day passing for Alabama, completing 18 of 29 for 205 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted
Vanderbilt had two offensive possessions after Alabama took the lead but couldn't generate sufficient offense. Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson completed 15 of 23 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted 3 times. The final interception
was on the last play of the game.
Earlier, with the score knotted at 3-3, Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore recovered Tim Castille's fumble at the Vanderbilt 13. Nickson then led the Commodores on an 11 play, 81 yard drive. Nickson's 6-yard scoring pass to sophomore Earl Bennett gave Vandy a 10-3 halftime lead.
In the first quarter Tiffin kicked a 37-yard field goal on Alabama's second possession of the game to give the Tide a 3-0 lead. In the second quarter a Reshard Langford interception put Vanderbilt in excellent field position and the Commodores struck back with a Bryant Hahnfeldt 42-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
Vanderbilt falls to 0-2 (0-1 SEC) with the loss. The Commodores will face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday in their home opener. Alabama improves to 2-0 (1-0 SEC). The Crimson Tide next hosts Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Alabama's Tim Castille (19) fumbles while hit by Vanderbilt players Theo Horrocks, left, and Ryan Hamilton (2) during the first half of a football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Vanderbilt recovered on the play. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)