1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1990 record||7–5 (5–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Gene Stallings (1st year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mal Moore|
|Home stadium||Bryant-Denny Stadium
|1990 SEC football standings|
|#8 Tennessee $||5||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||2|
|#21 Ole Miss||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
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, replacing Bill Curry who left for the University of Kentucky.
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.
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.
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. 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.
|September 8||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 13||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||PPV||L 24–27||75,962|
|September 15||11:30 a.m.||No. 24 Florida||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||WTBS||L 13-17||70,123|
|September 22||2:00 p.m.||at Georgia||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA||CBS||L 16–17||82,122|
|September 29||1:30 p.m.||Vanderbilt||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||PPV||W 59–28||70,123|
|October 6||4:00 p.m.||at Southwestern Louisiana*||Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA||PPV||W 25–6||36,133|
|October 20||3:00 p.m.||at No. 3 Tennessee||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||ESPN||W 9–6||96,732|
|October 27||4:00 p.m.||Penn State*||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||ESPN||L 0–9||70,123|
|November 3||11:30 a.m.||at Mississippi State||Scott Field • Starkville, MS (Rivalry)||WTBS||W 22–0||39,252|
|November 10||1:30 p.m.||LSU||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||PPV||W 24–3||70,123|
|November 17||1:30 p.m.||Cincinnati*||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 45–7||71,327|
|December 1||2:00 p.m.||vs. No. 20 Auburn||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||CBS||W 16–7||75,962|
|January 1, 1991||3:30 p.m.||vs. No. 18 Louisville*||No. 25||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl)||NBC||L 7–34||69,098|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time Zone.|
- Note: Does not include Fiesta Bowl.
|Total First Downs||194||139|
- "Stallings Hopes To Bring Alabama Program Home". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 14, 1990.
- "Alabama set to name Stallings". St. Petersburg Times. January 11, 1990. p. 1C. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- "Alabama's Curry quits, reportedly for Kentucky job". The Dallas Morning News. January 8, 1990.
- "Loaded For Bear", S. Looney, Douglas. Sports Illustrated, September 24, 1990
- "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Alabama Stuns Tennessee, 9–6", New York Times, October 21, 1990
- "Lions' defense smothers Tide in 9–0 win", The Daily Collegian (Penn State University), October 29, 1990