Alabama Crimson Tide football, 1980–89

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After the most dominant decade in school history, the 1980s marked a period of transition for the Alabama Crimson Tide. After posting the last of his 13 SEC Championships at Alabama in 1981, 1982 marked the final season for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. The rest of the decade saw an eclectic mix of struggles and success, including another SEC title in 1989.

1980[edit]

1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Cotton Bowl Champions
Cotton Bowl, W 30–2 vs. Baylor
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1980 record 10–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
Captain Major Ogilvie
Captain Randy Scott
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Georgia 6 0 0     12 0 0
#6 Alabama 5 1 0     10 2 0
#19 Mississippi State 5 1 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 2 0     8 4 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     3 8 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 8 0
Auburn 0 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

A 6–3 loss to Mississippi State ended Alabama's all-time school record 28-game winning streak and all-time SEC record 27-game conference winning streak. It also cost the Tide a share of the SEC championship, the first time since 1976 they failed to win the SEC. It was Alabama's first loss to Mississippi State since 1957.[1] Despite surrendering 35 points to Ole Miss, the Alabama defense still allowed only 98 points for the entire season. Prior to the 1980 season, the SEC presidents voted that a game scheduled by two SEC teams against one another, but not scheduled by the conference office, would not count in SEC standings thus the Alabama/Ole Miss games in 1980 and 1981 did not count as league games.[2]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 6 Georgia Tech* #2 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 26–3   78,410
September 20 at Mississippi #1 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 59–35   50,686
September 27 Vanderbilt #1 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 41–0   60,210
October 4 Kentucky #1 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 45–0   78,400
October 11 at Rutgers* #1 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 17–13   58,107
October 18 at Tennessee #1 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 27–0   96,748
October 25 #20 Southern Miss*dagger #1 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 42–7   60,210
November 1 at Mississippi State #1 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L 3–6   50,891
November 8 LSU #6 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 28–7   60,210
November 15 #6 Notre Dame* #5 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 0–7   78,873
November 29 vs. Auburn #9 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 34–18   78,549
January 1, 1981 vs. #6 Baylor* #9 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 30–2   74,281
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1981[edit]

1981 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC Co-Champions
1982 Cotton Bowl, L 12–14 vs. Texas
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #7
1981 record 9–2–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
Captain Warren Lyles
Captain Alan Gray
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Alabama § 6 0 0     9 2 1
#6 Georgia § 6 0 0     10 2 0
Mississippi State 4 2 0     8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     7 5 0
Auburn 2 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     3 8 0
LSU 1 4 1     3 7 1
Ole Miss 1 4 1     4 6 1
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Alabama recovered from a shocking upset loss to a 1–10 Georgia Tech team to win its ninth SEC title in eleven years (shared with Georgia). It was Bama's 18th SEC championship, and the 13th and last conference title for Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama. Alabama's 28–17 win over Auburn was Coach Bryant's 315th career victory, breaking the then all-time record held by Amos Alonzo Stagg.[3] Alabama's Cotton Bowl Classic loss to Texas dropped the Tide's all-time record against the Longhorns to 0–7–1.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 5 at LSU #4 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 24–7   78,066
September 12 Georgia Tech* #2 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 21–24   78,865
September 19 at Kentucky #12 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 19–10   57,853
September 26 at Vanderbilt #10 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 28–7   41,000
October 3 Mississippi #11 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 38–7   60,210
October 10 Southern Miss* #7 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL T 13–13   76,400
October 17 Tennessee #15 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 38–19   78,550
October 24 Rutgers*dagger #11 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 31–7   60,210
October 31 #7 Mississippi State #8 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 13–10   60,210
November 14 at #5 Penn State* #6 Beaver StadiumState College, PA W 31–16   85,133
November 28 vs. Auburn #4 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 28–17   78,170
January 1, 1982 vs. #6 Texas* #3 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 12–14   73,243
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1982[edit]

1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Liberty Bowl Champions
Liberty Bowl, W 21–15 vs. Illinois
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #17
1982 record 8–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
Captain Eddie Lowe
Captain Steve Mott
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »
1982 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Georgia 6 0 0     11 1 0
#11 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0     8 4 0
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 5 1
Alabama 3 3 0     8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 0 6 0     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Alabama was 5–0 after beating Penn State 42-21, with the decisive play coming when a Penn State player blocked his own team's punt.[4] But after that it was all downhill. Paul Bryant's last season as Alabama football coach saw a nine-game winning streak against Auburn and eleven-game winning streaks against Tennessee and LSU all come to an end. The loss to Southern Miss was Alabama's first loss in Tuscaloosa since 1963, breaking a 57-game win streak in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Coach Bryant retired[5] after Alabama's bowl victory against Illinois and died one month later, on January 26, 1983.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 11 at Georgia Tech* #4 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 45–7   57,126
September 18 at Mississippi #4 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 42–14   62,385
September 25 Vanderbilt #4 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 24–21   60,210
October 2 Arkansas State* #5 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 34–7   67,459
October 9 #3 Penn State* #4 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 42–21   76,821
October 16 at Tennessee #2 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) L 28–35   95,342
October 23 Cincinnati*dagger #7 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 21–3   60,210
October 30 at Mississippi State #9 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 20–12   62,110
November 6 #11 LSU #8 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 10–20   77,230
November 13 Southern Miss* #17 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL L 29–38   60,210
November 27 vs. Auburn Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 22–23   76,300
December 29 vs. Illinois* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) W 21–15   54,123
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1983[edit]

1983 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Sun Bowl Champions
Sun Bowl, W 28–7 vs. SMU
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #15
1983 record 8–4 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Ray Perkins
Captain Walter Lewis
Captain Randy Edwards
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Auburn 6 0 0     11 1 0
#5 Georgia 5 1 0     10 1 1
#6 Florida 4 2 0     9 2 1
Tennessee 4 2 0     9 3 0
#15 Alabama 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     6 5 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     3 8 0
LSU 0 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Ray Perkins, who played as a wide receiver for Coach Bryant in the 1960s, became the new head coach at Alabama. The Tide suffered a controversial 34–28 loss to Penn State when tight end Preston Gothard was ruled out of bounds after appearing to catch a game-tying touchdown pass with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter.[6][7] Bama avenged the previous year's losses to LSU and Southern Miss but lost to Tennessee and Auburn again and had to settle for the Sun Bowl, where they beat SMU.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 Georgia Tech* #14 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 20–7   77,413
September 17 Mississippi #12 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 40–0   60,210
September 24 at Vanderbilt #6 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 44–24   41,418
October 1 Memphis State*dagger #6 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 44–13   60,210
October 8 at Penn State* #3 Beaver StadiumState College, PA L 28–34   85,614
October 15 Tennessee #11 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) L 34–41   77,237
October 29 Mississippi State #18 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 35–18   60,210
November 5 at LSU #19 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 32–26   70,606
November 12 Southern Miss* #16 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 28–16   74,424
November 25 at #15 Boston College* #13 Sullivan StadiumFoxboro, MA L 13–20   58,047
December 3 vs. #3 Auburn #19 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 20–23   77,310
December 24 vs. #6 SMU* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) W 28–7   41,412
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1984[edit]

1984 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1984 record 5–6 (2–4 SEC)
Head coach Ray Perkins
Captain Paul Ott Carruth
Captain Emanuel King
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »
1984 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
#15 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
#19 Kentucky 3 3 0     9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida's title was later vacated by the SEC.
    Rankings from AP Poll


In 1984 Alabama went 5–6, its first losing season since the Tide went 2–7–1 in 1957 under J.B. Whitworth. This season ended Alabama's streak of 25 consecutive bowl appearances. Lowlights included blowing a 17-point lead in a season-opening loss to Boston College (and their quarterback, Doug Flutie, who went on to win the 1984 Heisman Trophy), a third consecutive loss to Tennessee in which the Tide blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead, and Alabama's first and loss to Vanderbilt since 1969. However, Alabama fans got a big consolation prize with an upset[8] Iron Bowl victory over archrival Auburn to end the season, denying the Tigers a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8 #18 Boston College* #9 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 31–38   67,821
September 15 at Georgia Tech* #19 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 6–16   56,107
September 22 Southwestern Louisiana* Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 37–14   56,431
September 29 Vanderbiltdagger Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL L 21–30   60,210
October 6 #20 Georgia Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 14–24   75,608
October 13 #11 Penn State* Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 6–0   60,210
October 20 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) L 27–28   95,422
November 3 at Mississippi State Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 24–20   45,868
November 10 #12 LSU Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 14–16   74,301
November 17 at Cincinnati* Riverfront StadiumCincinnati, OH W 29–7   27,482
December 1 vs. #11 Auburn Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 17–15   76,853
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1985[edit]

1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Aloha Bowl Champions
Aloha Bowl, W 24–3 vs. Southern Cal
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #14
AP #13
1985 record 9–2–1 (4–1–1 SEC)
Head coach Ray Perkins
Captain Jon Hand
Captain Thornton Chandler
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Tennessee 5 1 0     9 1 2
#5 Florida 5 1 0     9 1 1
#13 Alabama 4 1 1     9 2 1
#20 LSU 4 1 1     9 2 1
Georgia 3 2 1     7 3 2
Auburn 3 3 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     4 6 1
Vanderbilt 1 4 1     3 7 1
Kentucky 1 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 0 6 0     5 6 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll


Highlights of the 1985 season included a dramatic last-second comeback on Labor Day against Georgia[9] at the beginning of the season and, at the end, possibly Alabama's most dramatic Iron Bowl victory ever. A game that Bama led 16–10 after three quarters saw four lead changes in the fourth quarter, including two in the final minute. It ended with Van Tiffin's 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Alabama a 25–23 victory. Tiffin's field goal is remembered simply as "The Kick".[10][11]

Due to NCAA sanction that led to the forfeit of Alabama's 1993 17–17 tie with Tennessee, and college football's adoption of an overtime that does not allow ties, the 14–14 tie with LSU remains the last official tie in school history.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 2 at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 20–16   81,277
September 14 Texas A&M* #20 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 23–10   74,697
September 21 Cincinnati* #16 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 45–10   58,714
September 28 at Vanderbilt #15 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 40–20   41,186
October 12 at #8 Penn State* #10 Beaver StadiumState College, PA L 17–19   85,444
October 19 #20 Tennessee #15 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) L 14–16   75,808
October 26 at Memphis State* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 28–9   37,609
November 2 at Mississippi State Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 44–28   60,210
November 9 at #15 LSU #20 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA T 14–14   76,772
November 16 Southern Miss* #20 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 24–13   58,714
November 30 vs. #7 Auburn Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 25–23   75,808
December 28 vs. USC* #15 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Aloha Bowl) W 24–3   35,183
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1986[edit]

1986 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Sun Bowl Champions
Sun Bowl, W 28–6 vs. Washington
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
1986 record 10–3 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Ray Perkins
Captain Mike Shula
Captain Cornelius Bennett
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
#6 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
#9 Alabama 4 2 0     10 3 0
Georgia 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0     8 3 1
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Florida 2 4 0     6 5 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     6 5 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     5 5 1
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The Crimson Tide rose to as high as #2 in the rankings but lost to eventual national champion Penn State[12] and lost out on an SEC title after losses to LSU and Auburn. Highlights of the season included Alabama's first ever victory over Notre Dame and a 56–28 victory over Tennessee[13] that snapped a four-game losing streak to the Vols. After the season, Ray Perkins left to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
August 27 vs. #9 Ohio State* #5 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) W 16–10   68,296
September 6 Vanderbilt #5 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 42–10   58,168
September 13 Southern Miss* #4 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 31–17   73,687
September 20 at #13 Florida #4 Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 21–7   74,685
October 4 Notre Dame* #2 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 28–10   75,808
October 11 Memphis State*dagger #2 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 37–0   60,210
October 18 at Tennessee #2 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 56–28   95,116
October 25 #6 Penn State* #2 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL L 3–23   60,210
November 1 at #19 Mississippi State #8 Scott FieldStarkville, MS W 38–3   42,700
November 8 #18 LSU #6 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 10–14   75,808
November 15 Temple* #11 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 24–14   60,210
November 29 vs. #14 Auburn #7 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 17–21   75,808
December 25 vs. #12 Washington* #13 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) W 28–6   48,722
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1987[edit]

1987 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1987 record 7–5 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Bill Curry
Captain Randy Rockwell
Captain Kerry Goode
Home stadium Legion Field
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Auburn 5 0 1     9 1 2
#5 LSU 5 1 0     10 1 1
#14 Tennessee 4 1 1     10 2 1
#13 Georgia 4 2 0     9 3 0
Alabama 4 2 0     7 5 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     3 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll


New coach Bill Curry led Alabama to a wildly uneven season that included remarkable lows (a 31-point loss to Notre Dame, a shutout loss to Auburn, an embarrassing loss to Memphis) and dramatic highs (victories over Penn State, Tennessee and LSU).

The Tide played all home games this season at Legion Field in Birmingham while Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa was in the midst of a major expansion.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 5 Southern Miss* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 38–6   75,808
September 12 at #11 Penn State* #19 Beaver StadiumState College, PA W 24–13   85,619
September 19 Florida #11 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 14–23   75,808
September 26 at Vanderbilt #17 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 30–23   41,824
October 3 SW Louisiana*dagger #17 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 38–10   72,233
October 10 at Memphis State* #15 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN L 10–13   40,622
October 17 #8 Tennessee Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 41–22   75,808
October 31 Mississippi State #16 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 21–18   73,877
November 7 at #5 LSU #13 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 22–10   79,379
November 14 at #7 Notre Dame* #11 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 6–37   59,075
November 27 vs. #7 Auburn #18 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 0–10   75,808
January 2, 1988 vs. Michigan* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL (Hall of Fame Bowl) L 24–28   60,156
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1988[edit]

1988 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Sun Bowl Champions
Sun Bowl, W 29–28 vs. Army
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #17
AP #17
1988 record 9–3 (4–3 SEC)
Head coach Bill Curry
Captain Derrick Thomas
Captain David Smith
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Auburn § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#19 LSU § 6 1 0     8 4 0
#15 Georgia 5 2 0     9 3 0
#17 Alabama 4 3 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Alabama suffered close losses to LSU and Auburn in November but possibly the low point of the season was a 22–12 loss on Homecoming to Mississippi, Alabama's first ever loss to Mississippi in the state of Alabama. The Tide had zero yards passing in the game.[14] Highlights included a victory over Penn State, Alabama's third straight win over Tennessee, and a come-from-behind 29–28 victory in the Sun Bowl over Army in which quarterback David Smith threw for 412 yards, an all-time bowl record for an Alabama quarterback.[15][16]

Alabama's road game against Texas A&M, originally scheduled for September 17, was postponed to December 1 when Coach Curry declined to make the trip, worried about oncoming Hurricane Gilbert. When Gilbert made landfall in Mexico and the weather in College Station was clear on gameday, A&M fans called Alabama's coach "Chicken Curry".[17]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 at Temple* #14 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 37–0   28,680
September 24 Vanderbilt #13 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 44–10   70,123
October 1 at Kentucky #12 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 31–27   53,442
October 8 Mississippidagger #12 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL L 12–22   70,123
October 15 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 28–20   93,025
October 22 Penn State* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 8–3   75,962
October 29 at Mississippi State #19 Scott FieldStarkville, MS W 53–34   41,088
November 5 #13 LSU #18 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL L 18–19   70,123
November 12 SW Louisiana* #18 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 17–0   66,537
November 25 vs. #7 Auburn #17 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 10–15   75,962
December 1 at Texas A&M* #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX W 30–10   59,152
December 24 vs. Army* #20 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) W 29–28   48,719
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1989[edit]

1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 25-33 vs. Miami
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #9
1989 record 10–2 (6–1 SEC)
Head coach Bill Curry
Captain Marco Battle
Captain Willie Wyatt
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Alabama § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#5 Tennessee § 6 1 0     11 1 0
#6 Auburn § 6 1 0     10 2 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     6 5 0
LSU 2 5 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Alabama won its first ten games en route to its best record since 1980 and first SEC championship since 1981, and 19th overall. Highlights included beating Mississippi 62–27 after falling behind 21–0, beating Tennessee 47–30 in a match of unbeatens,[18] and a 17–16 victory against Penn State in which Alabama blocked an 18-yard field goal try with 13 seconds left for the win.[19] However, in the season finale against Auburn—the first Iron Bowl ever played at Auburn, Alabama—the Tigers beat Alabama 30–20. Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee finished in a three-way tie for the conference championship. Miami won the national championship after beating Alabama 33–25 in the Sugar Bowl. After the season was over, coach Bill Curry quit and took the head coaching job at Kentucky.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16 Memphis State* #16 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 35–7   75,962
September 23 Kentucky #15 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 15–3   70,123
September 30 at Vanderbilt #13 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 20–14   29,106
October 7 at Mississippi #13 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 62–27   55,000
October 14 SW Louisiana*dagger #11 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 24–17   70,123
October 21 #6 Tennessee #10 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 47–30   75,962
October 28 at #14 Penn State* #6 Beaver StadiumState College, PA W 17–16   85,975
November 4 Mississippi State #4 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 23–10   75,962
November 11 at LSU #4 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 32–16   77,197
November 18 Southern Miss* #4 Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 37–14   70,123
December 2 at #11 Auburn #2 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Iron Bowl) L 20–30   85,214
January 1, 1990 vs. #2 Miami (FL)* #7 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) L 25–33   77,452
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All wins-and-losses information for this article taken from crimsontider.com
  2. ^ http://alabama.scout.com/2/497709.html
  3. ^ Bryant bio
  4. ^ Game recap, Daytona Beach Morning Journal
  5. ^ "After Many A Splendid Season, The Bear Hangs Up His Hat", SI Vault, December 27, 1982
  6. ^ SI Vault, Oct. 17, 1983
  7. ^ SI Vault, Oct. 24, 1983
  8. ^ "Upsets do happen", Mobile Register
  9. ^ SI Vault, Sept. 8, 1986
  10. ^ Rappaport, Ken, and Barry Wilmer. Football Feuds: The Greatest College Football Rivalries. 2007, The Lyons Press, ISBN 978-1-59921-014-8, p.85-86
  11. ^ SI Vault, Dec. 9, 1985
  12. ^ SI Vault, Nov. 3, 1986
  13. ^ SI Vault, Oct. 27, 1986
  14. ^ SI Vault, Oct. 17, 1988
  15. ^ "Best of the Sun Bowl", El Paso Times, Nov. 19, 2006
  16. ^ "Tide Edges Cadets in Sun Bowl", New York Times, Dec. 25, 1988
  17. ^ "Chicken Curry and Aggie Stew", SI Vault, Dec. 12, 1988
  18. ^ "Bama Roars Back", SI Vault, October 30, 1989]
  19. ^ 1989 Penn State recap

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