1988 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1988 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
Sun Bowl champion
|1988 record||9–3 (4–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bill Curry (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Homer Smith (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium
|1988 SEC football standings|
|No. 8 Auburn +||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 19 LSU +||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|No. 15 Georgia||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 17 Alabama||4||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
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. Alabama had zero yards passing in the game. 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.
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. 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". Alabama won the rescheduled game on December 1 by a final score of 30–10.
|September 10||6:00 p.m.||at Temple*||No. 14||Veterans Stadium • Philadelphia, PA||W 37–0||28,680|
|September 24||1:00 p.m.||Vanderbilt||No. 13||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 44–10||70,123|
|October 1||11:30 a.m.||at Kentucky||No. 12||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||WTBS||W 31–27||53,442|
|October 8||11:30 a.m.||Ole Miss||No. 12||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||WTBS||L 12–22||70,123|
|October 15||12:00 p.m.||at Tennessee||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||W 28–20||93,025|
|October 22||1:30 p.m.||Penn State*||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry)||CBS||W 8–3||75,962|
|October 29||1:00 p.m.||at Mississippi State||No. 19||Scott Field • Starkville, MS (Rivalry)||W 53–34||41,088|
|November 5||1:30 p.m.||No. 13 LSU||No. 18||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||CBS||L 18–19||70,123|
|November 12||1:00 p.m.||Southwestern Louisiana*||No. 18||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 17–0||66,537|
|November 25||1:30 p.m.||vs. No. 7 Auburn||No. 17||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||CBS||L 10–15||75,962|
|December 1||7:30 p.m.||at Texas A&M*||No. 20||Kyle Field • College Station, TX||ESPN||W 30–10||59,152|
|December 24||11:00 a.m.||vs. Army*||No. 20||Sun Bowl Stadium • El Paso, TX (Sun Bowl)||CBS||W 29–28||48,719|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1988 Season
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- Reed, William F. (October 17, 1988). "College Football: Down in Dixie". Sports Illustrated. SI.com. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Best of the Sun Bowl". El Paso Times. November 19, 2006.
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- Hurt, Cecil (September 17, 1988). "Curry, Sherrill in storm of controversy". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News. p. 15.
- Reed, William F. (December 12, 1988). "Chicken Curry and Aggie stew". Sports Illustrated. SI.com. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- 1989 Game Recaps, Game No. 11
- "All-time Football Results: 1988 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- 1989 Alabama Football Media Guide. Retrieved 2015-Sep-27.