In April 1930, coach Wade announced his resignation effective at the end of the 1930 season, and his last Alabama team might have been his best. For psychological effect, Wade routinely started games with his second team, and the backups never allowed a point. The first team defense only allowed the opposition to score 13 points over the course of the season en route to a 9–0 record. Only the Vanderbilt game was close, as the Commodores scored a late touchdown that cut Alabama's lead to five in their 12–7 loss. Vanderbilt's touchdown and a touchdown scored by Tennessee accounted for 13 points and all of the scoring by Alabama's opponents in 1930.
Alabama received its third Rose Bowl invitation in six seasons, this time against the also undefeated Cougars of Washington State. In the game, Wade started his second team. Once again, the second team did not allow any points and neither did the first team in their 24–0 victory. The win clinched the second perfect season in school history after 1925, and the Crimson Tide claims the 1930 national championship along with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
After eight seasons as Alabama's head coach, on April 1, 1930, Wallace Wade announced he would resign his position at the conclusion of the 1930 season to take the same position with Duke. At the time of his announcement, Wade did not give a reason for his departure other than that his contract was set to expire on September 1, 1931. Although never publicly stated by Wade himself, friends and former players attributed his resignation due to criticism he received during the 1927, 1928 and 1929 seasons as well as his desire to return to a private university. Wallace Wade completed his Alabama tenure with a 61–13–3 record (.812), four conference titles, three national championships and having coached several star players. Wade, who followed up his success at Alabama with a longer and almost as successful run at Duke, was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Alabama opened the 1930 season with their only scheduled non-conference game against Howard College (now Samford University) at Denny Stadium. Before an estimated crowd of 6,000 fans, Alabama shutout Howard 43–0. After a scoreless first quarter, the Crimson Tide scored 34 second quarter points. Touchdowns were scored on runs by Johnny Cain, John Henry Suther (one on a 56-yard run and another on a 96 yard kickoff return), Hillman D. Holley and John Campbell. The final points of the game came in the fourth on a Hugh Miller run and 33-yard drop kick to make the final score 43–0. In the game, Alabama gained 513 total yards on 66 plays and held Howard to only 84 yards on 32 plays. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Howard to 11–0.
Alabama opened conference play game against the Ole MissRebels, and for a second consecutive week shutout their opponent. This time the Rebels were defeated Howard 64–0. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Ole Miss to 14–2–1.
For the third week in a row, Alabama shutout their opponent, and this time it was the SewaneeTigers at Legion Field 25–0. The team was led by assistant coach Hank Crisp as both head coach Wade and assistant Jess Neely were in Knoxville to scout the Volunteers for their game the following week. John Campbell gave Alabama their first points with his 58-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. After Campbell scored his second touchdown, John Tucker scored two more to make the final score 25–0. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Sewanee to 13–10–3.
On homecoming in Tuscaloosa, Alabama defeated the TennesseeVolunteers 18–6 before the largest crowd to see an Alabama game in Tuscaloosa. The loss was Tennessee's first in 34 games dating back to a 20–3 loss to Vanderbilt during the 1926 season. Alabama took a 6–0 lead after Johnny Cain scored on a 13-yard touchdown run. John Henry Suther extended their lead to 12–0 later in the quarter on his 33-yard touchdown run. After Hugh Miller scored on a short run in the third, Tennessee responded with their only points of the game on a short Buddy Hackman run in the fourth to make the final score 18–6. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Tennessee to 9–4–1.
Against the favored VanderbiltCommodores, Wallace Wade defeated his coaching mentor Dan McGugin 12–7 at Legion Field. After a scoreless first quarter, Alabama scored the first touchdown of the game on a short John Campbell run. The Crimson tide lead was extended to 12–0 in the third after a 13-yard John Henry Suther run. The Commodores then scored their only points of the game later in the third when Benny Parker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to William Schwartz. Late in the game, Vandy drove to the Alabama 27-yard line before they stalled out and never threatened again, and after a scoreless fourth quarter, Alabama won 12–7. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Vanderbilt to 3–8.
In what was the first road game of the season, Alabama traveled to Lexington and defeated the Wildcats 19–0. Alabama scored their first points on a 49-yard Jimmy Moore touchdown pass to John Henry Suther for a 6–0 lead. Still with only a 6–0 lead, Alabama scored 13 fourth quarter points to seal the victory. John Campbell and Leon Long each scored a touchdown on a short run to make the final score 19–0. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Kentucky to 9–1.
In the first game ever played at Florida Field, Alabama defeated the Gators on their homecoming 20–0. After a scoreless first quarter, Alabama scored their first points on a 21-yard John Campbell touchdown run for a 6–0 lead. Still with only a 6–0 lead, Alabama scored 14 fourth quarter points to seal the victory. Campbell and John Tucker each scored a touchdown on short runs to make the final score 20–0. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Florida to 4–3.
In the only game of the season played at the Cramton Bowl, Alabama defeated their rivalLSU 33–0. Alabama touchdowns were scored on an 80-yard John Campbell kickoff return and on runs by John Tucker, Hillman D. Holley, Leon Long and Bellini. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against LSU to 11–3–2.
In their final regular season game, Alabama defeated the GeorgiaBulldogs 13–0 to capture the Southern Conference championship. John Campbell scored Alabama's first touchdown in the first quarter on a short run and Johnny Cain in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run. The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 11–11–3.
Immediately after their victory over Georgia in the season finale, University president George Denny accepted an invitation to play in the 1931 Rose Bowl against the Washington StateCougars. In the game, the Crimson Tide overwhelmed the Cougars with their 24–0 victory before 60,000 fans at Pasadena. After a scoreless first, Alabama scored three second-quarter touchdowns in a six-minute blitz to take a 21–0 lead. The first score came on a 61-yard Jimmy Moore touchdown pass to John Henry Suther with the other two coming on touchdown runs of one and 43-yards by John Campbell.Jennings B. Whitworth scored the final points of the game with his 30-yard field goal to give Alabama the 24–0 victory.
The NCAA recognizes consensus national champions as the teams that have captured a championship by way of one of the major polls since the 1950 college football season. Prior to 1950, national championships were chosen by a variety of selectors, and in the 1980s, Alabama claimed the 1930 championship as one of its 15 claimed/recognized national championships. As such, Alabama claims a share of the 1930 national championship, with Notre Dame, due to each school being selected national champion by various major selectors. Specifically, Alabama was selected national champion in 1934 by Football Research, Parke Davis, Sagarin and Sagarin (ELO-Chess).
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