1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
Aloha Bowl champion
|1985 record||9–2–1 (4–1–1 SEC)|
|Head coach||Ray Perkins (3rd year)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium
|1985 SEC football standings|
|#4 Tennessee $||5||–||1||–||0||9||–||1||–||2|
The 1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 93rd overall and 52nd season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ray Perkins, in his third 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, two losses and one tie (9–2–1 overall, 4–1–1 in the SEC) and with a victory in the Aloha Bowl over USC.
Highlights of the 1985 season included a last-second, 20–16 comeback victory on Labor Day over Georgia to open the season. The 1985 edition of the Iron Bowl against Auburn is regarded as one of Alabama's most dramatic victories in the history of the series. In the game, Alabama led 16–10 after three quarters, but 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" in Alabama lore.
Due to NCAA sanctions 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.
|September 2||7:00 p.m.||at Georgia||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA||ABC||W 20–16||81,277|
|September 14||6:45 p.m.||Texas A&M*||No. 20||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||ESPN||W 23–10||74,697|
|September 21||1:30 p.m.||Cincinnati*||No. 16||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 45–10||58,714|
|September 28||11:30 a.m.||at Vanderbilt||No. 15||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN||WTBS||W 40–20||41,186|
|October 12||2:30 p.m.||at No. 8 Penn State*||No. 10||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry)||ABC||L 17–19||85,444|
|October 19||11:30 a.m.||No. 20 Tennessee||No. 15||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October)||WTBS||L 14–16||75,808|
|October 26||1:30 p.m.||at Memphis State*||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN||W 28–9||37,609|
|November 2||1:30 p.m.||Mississippi State||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||W 44–28||60,210|
|November 9||2:30 p.m.||at No. 15 LSU||No. 20||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry)||ABC||T 14–14||76,772|
|November 16||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 20||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 24–13||58,714|
|November 30||2:30 p.m.||vs. No. 7 Auburn||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||ABC||W 25–23||75,808|
|December 28||7:00 p.m.||vs. USC*||No. 13||Aloha Stadium • Honolulu, HI (Aloha Bowl)||ISN||W 24–3||35,183|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1985 Season
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