1988 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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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
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,962)
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

The 1988 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 96th overall and 55th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bill Curry, in his second year, and played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall, 4–3 in the SEC) and with a victory in the Sun Bowl over Army.

Alabama suffered close losses to rivals LSU and Auburn in November but the low point of the season was a 22–12 loss on homecoming to Ole Miss, Alabama's first ever loss against Ole Miss in the state of Alabama.[1] Alabama had zero yards passing in the game.[2] Highlights included a victory over Penn State, Alabama's third consecutive victory 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.[3][4]

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.[5] 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".[6] Alabama won the rescheduled game on December 1 by a final score of 30–10.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 6:00 PM at Temple* #14 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 37–0   28,680
September 24 1:00 PM Vanderbilt #13 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 44–10   70,123
October 1 11:30 AM at Kentucky #12 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY WTBS W 31–27   53,442
October 8 11:30 AM Mississippidagger #12 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) WTBS L 12–22   70,123
October 15 12:00 PM at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 28–20   93,025
October 22 1:30 PM Penn State* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Rivalry) ABC W 8–3   75,962
October 29 1:00 PM at Mississippi State #19 Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) W 53–34   41,088
November 5 1:30 PM #13 LSU #18 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS L 18–19   70,123
November 12 1:00 PM Southwestern Louisiana* #18 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 17–0   66,537
November 25 1:30 PM vs. #7 Auburn #17 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS L 10–15   75,962
December 1 7:30 PM at Texas A&M* #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ESPN W 30–10   59,152
December 24 11:00 AM vs. Army* #20 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS W 29–28   48,719
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1988 Season[8]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ Hurt, Cecil (October 9, 1988). "History shines on Ole Miss as Rebs tumble Tide 22–12". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News). p. 1B. 
  2. ^ Reed, William F. (October 17, 1988). "College Football: Down in Dixie". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Best of the Sun Bowl". El Paso Times. November 19, 2006. 
  4. ^ White, Jr., Gordon S. (December 25, 1988). "Tide Edges Cadets in Sun Bowl". The New York Times (nytimes.com). 
  5. ^ Hurt, Cecil (September 17, 1988). "Curry, Sherrill in storm of controversy". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News). p. 15. 
  6. ^ Reed, William F. (December 12, 1988). "Chicken Curry and Aggie stew". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ 1989 Game Recaps, Game No. 11
  8. ^ "All-time Football Results: 1988 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 21, 2012.