1984 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1984 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1984 record||5–6 (2–4 SEC)|
|Head coach||Ray Perkins (2nd season)|
|Captain||Paul Ott Carruth|
|1984 SEC football standings|
|No. 3 Florida $||5||–||0||–||1||9||–||1||–||1|
|No. 15 LSU||4||–||1||–||1||8||–||3||–||1|
|No. 14 Auburn||4||–||2||–||0||9||–||4||–||0|
|No. 19 Kentucky||3||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1984 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 92nd overall and 51st season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ray Perkins, 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 five wins and six losses (5–6 overall, 2–4 in the SEC). This marked Alabama's first losing season since the Tide went 2–7–1 in 1957 under Jennings B. Whitworth, and ended Alabama's streak of 25 consecutive bowl appearances.
Some of the more notable contests of the season included 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 gave up a 14-point fourth quarter lead, and Alabama's first loss to Vanderbilt since 1969. However, Alabama did upset Auburn 17–15 in the 1984 edition of the Iron Bowl, denying the Tigers a berth in the Sugar Bowl.
|September 8||7:00 p.m.||No. 18 Boston College*||No. 9||Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama||ABC||L 31–38||67,821|
|September 15||11:00 a.m.||at Georgia Tech*||No. 19||Grant Field • Atlanta||WTBS||L 6–16||56,107|
|September 22||1:30 p.m.||Southwestern Louisiana*||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama||W 37–14||56,431|
|September 29||11:00 a.m.||Vanderbilt||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama||MTN||L 21–30||60,210|
|October 6||2:30 p.m.||No. 20 Georgia||Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama||ABC||L 14–24||75,608|
|October 13||1:30 p.m.||No. 11 Penn State*||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Rivalry)||W 6–0||60,210|
|October 20||12:30 p.m.||at Tennessee||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in October)||L 27–28||95,422|
|November 3||1:30 p.m.||at Mississippi State||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, Mississippi (Rivalry)||W 24–20||45,868|
|November 10||1:30 p.m.||No. 12 LSU||Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama (Rivalry)||L 14–16||74,301|
|November 17||12:30 p.m.||at Cincinnati*||Riverfront Stadium • Cincinnati||W 29–7||27,482|
|December 1||11:30 a.m.||vs. No. 11 Auburn||Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama (Iron Bowl)||ABC||W 17–15||76,853|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1984 Season
- "1984 Game Recaps". 1985 Alabama Football Media Guide (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: UA Athletics Media Relations Office. 1985. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Mitchell, Billy (November 11, 1984). "Reality of a losing record stuns the Tide". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News. p. 1B. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- 1984 Game Recaps, Game No. 1
- 1984 Game Recaps, Game No. 7
- Mitchell, Billy (September 30, 1984). "Homecoming wrong time for Tide". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News. p. 1A. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Upsets do happen". Press-Register. AL.com. November 26, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "All-time Football Results: 1984 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012.