1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Fiesta Bowl, L 7–34 vs. Louisville
Conference Southeastern Conference
1990 record 7–5 (5–2 SEC)
Head coach Gene Stallings (1st year)
Captain Efrum Thomas
Captain Gary Hollingsworth
Captain Philip Doyle
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,962)
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Florida 6 1 0     9 2 0
#8 Tennessee 5 1 1     9 2 2
#21 Ole Miss 5 2 0     9 3 0
Alabama 5 2 0     7 5 0
#19 Auburn 4 2 1     8 3 1
Kentucky 3 4 0     4 7 0
LSU 2 5 0     5 6 0
Georgia 2 5 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1990 college football season. The Crimson Tide was led by first-year head coach Gene Stallings,[1][2] replacing Bill Curry who left for the University of Kentucky.[3]

Summary[edit]

The 1990 season got off to an excruciating start, as the Tide and new coach Gene Stallings lost three games by a combined total of eight points. In the opener against Southern Miss, star tailback Siran Stacy tore ligaments in his knee and missed the rest of the season. Against Florida, quarterback Gary Hollingsworth threw three interceptions to Florida safety Will White, and the Gators scored the winning touchdown on a blocked punt.[4]

After wins over lightly regarded Vanderbilt and SW Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette), Bama traveled to Knoxville to face undefeated, third-ranked Tennessee. The result was a shocking 9–6 upset victory, Alabama's fifth in a row in the Third Saturday in October rivalry. The game was a defensive struggle and a field goal duel. UT's kicker Greg Harris, who hit a 51-yard field goal try to tie the game with ten minutes left, attempted a 50-yarder for the win with 1:35 to go, but Alabama's Stacy Harrison blocked the kick and the ball bounced to the Tennessee 37-yard line. The Crimson Tide advanced the ball seven yards on three running plays, setting up Philip Doyle's third field goal, a game-winning 48-yarder as time expired.[5]

The next game was an ugly 9–0 loss to Penn State in which Hollingsworth threw five interceptions and Bama rushed for only six yards.[6] However, Alabama bounced back to win four in a row and salvage a winning season after the 0–3 start. Most importantly, Alabama won its first Iron Bowl in five years, dominating Auburn defensively and winning 16–7. It was the seventh game in a row in which the Alabama defense held the opposition to single digits. The season ended with a lopsided 34–7 bowl loss to Louisville, and Alabama finished 7–5.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 1:30 pm Southern Miss* #13 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL PPV L 24–27   75,962
September 15 11:30 am #24 Florida Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL WTBS L 13–17   70,123
September 22 2:00 pm at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA CBS L 16–17   82,122
September 29 1:30 pm Vanderbilt Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL PPV W 59–28   70,123
October 6 4:00 pm at Southwestern Louisiana* Cajun FieldLafayette, LA PPV W 25–6   36,133
October 20 3:00 pm at #3 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) ESPN W 9–6   96,732
October 27 4:00 pm Penn State*dagger Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) ESPN L 0–9   70,123
November 3 11:30 am at Mississippi State Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) WTBS W 22–0   39,252
November 10 1:30 pm LSU Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) PPV W 24–3   70,123
November 17 1:30 pm Cincinnati* Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 45–7   71,327
December 1 2:00 pm vs. #20 Auburn Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS W 16–7   75,962
January 1, 1991 3:30 pm vs. #18 Louisville* #25 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC L 7–34   69,098
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time Zone.

Statistics[edit]

Note: Does not include Fiesta Bowl.

Overall[edit]

Statistics Alabama Opponents
Touchdowns 26 13
Points Scored 253 127
Total First Downs 194 139
Rushing 111 62
Passing 72 65
Penalty 11 12
Total Yards 3,673 2,523
Rushing 2,144 1,007
Passing 1,529 1,519
Punts–Yards 64–2,473 79–3,105
FG Made–Att 24–29 12–17
XP Made–Att 25–25 11–11

Scoring[edit]

 1   2   3   4  Total
Alabama 89 74 42 48 253
Opponents 15 24 34 54 127

Passing[edit]

Name Comp–Att Pct. TD INT Yards Rating Long
Hollingsworth 140–282 49.7 4 13 1,463 88.7 60
Woodson 2–11 18.2 0 3 66 14.0 35
Lee 0–1 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stallings Hopes To Bring Alabama Program Home". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 14, 1990. 
  2. ^ "Alabama set to name stallings". St. Petersburg Times. January 11, 1990. p. C1. Retrieved December 1, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Alabama's Curry quits, reportedly for Kentucky job". The Dallas Morning News. January 8, 1990. 
  4. ^ "Loaded For Bear", S. Looney, Douglas. Sports Illustrated, September 24, 1990
  5. ^ "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Alabama Stuns Tennessee, 9–6", New York Times, October 21, 1990
  6. ^ "Lions' defense smothers Tide in 9–0 win", The Daily Collegian (Penn State University), October 29, 1990

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