Standing Room Only for Bama's A-Day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama fans filled Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first spring game under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide drew an overflow crowd of 92,138-plus fans Saturday.

That nearly doubled the school's previous A-Day attendance record and university officials had to start turning people away in the first half.

Saban says the turnout -- quote -- "shows the passion that people have for the University of Alabama."

Quarterback John Parker Wilson led the White team to a 20-to-13 win over the Crimson, which was led by the first-team defense. He completed 18-of-36 passes for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Receiver D-J Hall was the MVP after catching five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. The previous high attendance for an Alabama A-Day game was 51,117 at Birmingham's Legion Field in 1988. Admission was free.

The previous best for a Southeastern Conference spring game was believed to have been 73,000 at Tennessee in 1986. The 92,138-seat stadium was full, and there were fans watching from the ramps also. By comparison, national runner-up Ohio State drew 75,310 at $5 a ticket for its own spring game the same day. Champion Florida earlier pulled in 47,500.