1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football
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Consensus National Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
SEC Champions
Sugar Bowl, W 24–9 vs. Arkansas
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1979 record 12–0 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach Bear Bryant
Offensive coordinator Mal Moore
Defensive coordinator Ken Donahue
Captain Don McNeal
Captain Steve Whitman
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama 6 0 0     12 0 0
Georgia 5 1 0     6 5 0
#16 Auburn 4 2 0     8 3 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
Florida 0 6 0     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 85th overall and 46th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 22nd year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season undefeated (12–0 overall, 6–0 in the SEC) and with a victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. For their collective efforts, the Crimson Tide were recognized as consensus national champions for the 1979 season.

In 1979 the Alabama Crimson Tide capped off a decade of remarkable success with the program's seventh perfect season in college history after 1925, 1930, 1934, 1945, 1961, and 1966 (discounting the 1897 “season” in which Bama played and won only one game).[1] The Tide defense recorded five shutouts and allowed only two teams to score in double digits. The offense scored thirty points or more seven times. They remain the last Division I college football team to allow fewer than 100 overall points during the season.

Despite this dominance Alabama had three close calls. Against Tennessee on October 20, Alabama fell behind 17–0 in the second quarter before rallying to win 27–17. Three weeks later, against LSU, all the Tide offense could scrape up was a single field goal, but it was enough to win 3–0. In the regular season finale against Auburn, after leading 14–3 at the half Alabama let Auburn take an 18–17 fourth quarter lead before winning 25–18. The Auburn and Tennessee games were the only two times in the 1979 season that Alabama trailed.[2] A 24–9 victory over Arkansas capped a 12–0 season and a unanimous national championship, Alabama’s sixth wire service national title.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 at Georgia Tech* #2 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA ABC W 30–6   57,621
September 22 Baylor* #2 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 45–0   77,512
September 29 at Vanderbilt #2 Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 66–3   34,694
October 6 Wichita State* #2 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 38–0   51,000
October 13 at Florida #2 Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 40–0   64,552
October 20 #18 Tennessee #1 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 27–17   77,665
October 27 Virginia Tech*dagger #1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 31–7   60,210
November 3 Mississippi State #1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 24–7   60,210
November 10 at LSU #1 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) W 3–0   73,708
November 17 Miami* #1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL ABC W 30–0   54,500
December 1 vs. #14 Auburn #1 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 25–18   77,918
January 1 vs. #6 Arkansas* #2 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 24–9   77,846
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1979 Alabama football schedule[3]

Roster[edit]

1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OG Allison, ScottScott Allison Jr
OT 78 Aydelette, BuddyBuddy Aydelette Sr
OT Barnes, WileyWiley Barnes Sr
OT Boler, ThomasThomas Boler Jr
SE Booker, DavidDavid Booker Jr
OG 60 Boothe, VinceVince Boothe Sr
OG Bramblett, GaryGary Bramblett RFr
OG 70 Brock, MikeMike Brock Sr
TE 83 Brown III, LaurenceLaurence Brown III Sr
OT 63 Bunch, JimJim Bunch Sr
TE Cayavec, BobBob Cayavec RFr
SE 80 Clark, TimTim Clark So
OG 67 Cowell, VinceVince Cowell Jr
C Dasher, BobBob Dasher RFr
RB Dyess, JohnJohn Dyess So
OT Faust, RustyRusty Faust So
RB 41 Ferguson, MitchMitch Ferguson Jr
QB Folmar, PatPat Folmar Jr
OG Glass, BillBill Glass So
QB-RB 14 Gray, AlanAlan Gray So
RB 21 Haney, JamesJames Haney So
DB 9 Harris, Jim BobJim Bob Harris So
FB 44 Hill, JohnJohn Hill Jr
RB Hill, TimTim Hill So
TE-P 1 Holt, BuddyBuddy Holt Sr
RB 33 Jackson, BillyBilly Jackson Jr
RB Jones, AmosAmos Jones So
RB 24 Jones, JoeJoe Jones Jr
FB Johnson, BobbyBobby Johnson So
FB Kennedy, MikeMike Kennedy So
TE 87 Krout, BartBart Krout So
SE Mallard, JamesJames Mallard Jr
SE 82 Marks, KeithKeith Marks RFr
OT 72 McCombs, EddieEddie McCombs Jr
OT Merritt, DennyDenny Merritt RFr
OT Miller, JeffJeff Miller RFr
OT Montgomery, FarrarFarrar Montgomery Jr
SE Moss, ClayClay Moss Fr
RB-DB 48 Nix, MarkMark Nix So
RB 42 Ogilvie, MajorMajor Ogilvie Jr
RB-DB 29 Orcutt, BenBen Orcutt So
RB Prater, DougDoug Prater Jr
SE 4 Pugh, KeithKeith Pugh Sr
QB Rhoden, SteveSteve Rhoden So
C Robbins, JoeJoe Robbins Jr
SE Sazera, FrankFrank Sazera Jr
OG 69 Searcey, BillBill Searcey Jr
QB 10 Shealy, Steadman S.Steadman S. Shealy Sr
SE Sherrill, DavidDavid Sherrill So
C 52 Smith, BarryBarry Smith Sr
OT Smith, MarvinMarvin Smith So
C 57 Stephenson, DwightDwight Stephenson Sr
TE 88 Travis, TimTim Travis Sr
FB 45 Whitman, SteveSteve Whitman Sr
FB 38 Williams, CharlieCharlie Williams RFr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Beazley, JoeJoe Beazley RFr
LB 60 Boyd, TomTom Boyd So
DT 47 Braggs, ByronByron Braggs Jr
DB Brown, BillBill Brown So
DT Casteel, DannyDanny Casteel RFr
DB 53 Clements, MikeMike Clements Jr
DT 98 Cline, JackieJackie Cline RFr
DB Colley, PrincePrince Colley So
DT Connell, AllenAllen Connell Jr
DE 51 DeNiro, GaryGary DeNiro Jr
DB Freeman, MarvisMarvis Freeman Jr
DE Gaines, RobertRobert Gaines Fr
LB Glass, SteveSteve Glass Fr
DE 94 Hamilton, WayneWayne Hamilton Sr
DT 74 Hannah, DavidDavid Hannah Sr
DE Harkness, ButchButch Harkness Jr
DB 37 Haynes, GregGreg Haynes RFr
DB Henderson, JoshJosh Henderson RFr
DT 93 Homan, ScottScott Homan RFr
LB Hughes, JamesJames Hughes So
DT 95 Inman, MikeMike Inman Jr
DB 5 Jacobs, DonDon Jacobs Jr
LB 97 Jones, RobbieRobbie Jones RFr
DE 39 Junior, E. J.E. J. Junior Jr
DE Lancaster, JohnJohn Lancaster Jr
DB Landers, GregGreg Landers Fr
DB 57 Lowe, EddieEddie Lowe So
NG 91 Lyles, WarrenWarren Lyles So
DB Marks, BobbyBobby Marks RSo
DE 84 Mauro, JohnJohn Mauro Jr
LB McCarty, DavidDavid McCarty So
DT 96 McGriff, CurtisCurtis McGriff Sr
DB 28 McNeal, DonDon McNeal Sr
DB 23 Perrin, BennyBenny Perrin So
DE 81 Pitts, MikeMike Pitts RFr
DB 16 Reeves, DavidDavid Reeves So
DB Robinson, BillBill Robinson So
DB Rogers, DavidDavid Rogers So
LB 36 Rozzell, RickyRicky Rozzell RFr
DE Rumbley, RoyRoy Rumbley So
NG 99 Shinn, RichardRichard Shinn So
DB 49 Smith, BobbyBobby Smith Sr
DB Smith, PeterPeter Smith Jr
DB 27 Spencer, TomTom Spencer Jr
DB 7 Sprinkle, JerrillJerrill Sprinkle RFr
DE Theis, JohnJohn Theis So
DB 18 Tucker, RickyRicky Tucker Jr
DB 15 Wilcox, TommyTommy Wilcox RFr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK Brooker, JohnnyJohnny Brooker So
P Bunn, ButchButch Bunn Jr
PK Mardini, GeorgeGeorge Mardini So
PK 6 McElroy, AlanAlan McElroy Sr
P 2 Umphrey, WoodyWoody Umphrey Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Mal Moore (Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks)
  • Ken Donahue (Defensive coordinator)
  • Sylvester Croom (Inside linebackers)
  • K. J. Lazenby
  • Bobby Marks
  • Bill Oliver (Defensive backs)
  • Bryant Pool
  • Dee Powell
  • Jeff Rouzie
  • Jack Rutledge
  • George "Shorty" White
  • Perry Willis[4]

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: October 15, 2013

Game summaries[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

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Miami (FL) at #1 Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 10 0 7 13 30

Auburn[edit]

See also: Iron Bowl
#1 Alabama vs. #14 Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 14 3 8 25
Auburn 3 0 9 6 18

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References[edit]

  1. ^ All-time results
  2. ^ 1979 game recaps
  3. ^ "1979 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "1979 Schedule & Results: 1979 National Champions". CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Recap
  6. ^ Recap