Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry

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Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry
First meeting October 27, 1894
Ole Miss 6, Alabama 0
Latest meeting September 30, 2017
Alabama 66, Ole Miss 3
Next meeting September 15, 2018 in Oxford
Statistics
Meetings total 65
All-time series Alabama leads, 50–11–2
(53–10–2 on the field)
Largest victory Alabama, 66−3 (2017)
Longest win streak Alabama, 12 (1912–32)
Current win streak Alabama, 2 (2016–present)

The Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Ole Miss Rebels. They are charter members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and both have competed in the SEC West since 1992. Alabama has dominated the series and leads 50–11–2 (53–10–2 on the field).

Notable games[edit]

1964 Sugar Bowl: In the only meeting in series history played outside of Alabama or Mississippi, #8 Alabama upset #7 Ole Miss 12–7 behind four field goals by kicker Tim Davis. This Sugar Bowl, played at the end of the 1963 season, is notable for being the coldest Sugar Bowl in history, as snow plows were used to clear the Tulane Stadium field prior to the game.[1]

1969: In what is often erroneously referred to as the first prime time regular season football game in history, #20 Ole Miss traveled to Legion Field in Birmingham to face #15 Alabama. A dazzling offensive shootout ensues, highlighted by the play of Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning. Despite a 540-yard, 5 touchdown effort from Manning, Alabama emerged victorious 33–32 after a last minute touchdown pass by quarterback Scott Hunter. The game has been referred to as among the greatest in college football history.[2]

1988: Ole Miss stunned #12 Alabama 22–12 in Tuscaloosa, the Rebels' first-ever road victory in the series. This game is known as "The Brick Bowl", due to a claim made by then-Alabama head coach Bill Curry that a brick was thrown through his office's window following the loss.[3]

1989: Following Ole Miss' upset victory the year before, the Rebels hopped out to a 21–0 lead over #13 Alabama in Jackson, MS. The Crimson Tide then scored 62 unanswered points en route to a 62–27 victory. The 21-point comeback still stands as the largest in Alabama football history.[4]

1998: This was the first overtime game in series history, with Alabama emerging victorious 20–17. It was the first overtime win in Alabama football history, as well as the first overtime loss in Ole Miss football history.

2006: In 2006, Alabama beat the Rebels in an overtime thriller. In overtime, Ole Miss made a 37-yard field goal, but Alabama scored a touchdown on a pass to Le'Ron McClain to win the game 26–23.[5]

2007: Alabama beat Ole Miss in Oxford by scoring 10 unanswered points to win the game 27–24, amidst controversial rulings from the officials. It was Alabama's fifth consecutive victory over the Rebels.[6]

2014: In 2014, #3 Alabama came into Oxford as a 6-point favorite taking on #11 Ole Miss. Alabama led 14–3 at the half, but were held to only 3 points in the second half. Late in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss scored a go-ahead touchdown, but missed the PAT, leaving the score at 23–17. Alabama drove to Ole Miss 32 yard line, before Blake Sims threw an interception to Senquez Golson with 37 seconds left. This was Ole Miss' first victory over Alabama since 2003, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the series.[7]

2015: #2 Alabama sought revenge for the previous season's defeat, but #15 Ole Miss shot out to a 30–10 lead late in the third quarter. Alabama quickly closed the gap to 30–24 less than three minutes into the fourth. Ole Miss then scored 13 unanswered to extend their lead to 43–24, but had to fight off another Crimson Tide rally to secure a 43–37 upset victory. Alabama committed 5 turnovers in this game, the most ever under head coach Nick Saban. It was the first time in school history that Ole Miss had beaten Alabama in consecutive seasons and just the second time that the Rebels had won in Tuscaloosa.[8] This would be the Crimson Tide's only loss that season as they went on to win the College Football Playoff national championship.

2016: #19 Ole Miss seemed to be on track for an unprecedented third-straight win over the top-ranked Crimson Tide, leading 24–3 with less than 2:47 left to play in the first half. Alabama then scored 24 unanswered points to take a 27–24 lead midway through the third quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, the Tide had extended its lead to 48–30 before Ole Miss scored twice in rapid succession to cut the deficit to five points with just under three minutes left. Alabama was able to run out the clock, preserving a wild 48–43 victory and ending the Rebels' school record two game winning streak in the series. The 21-point comeback tied the 1989 Alabama-Ole Miss game for the largest comeback in Alabama football history.[9]

Game results[edit]

Alabama victories Ole Miss victories Ties Forfeits / Vacated wins
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 October 27, 1894 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 6–0
2 November 24, 1899 Jackson, MS Alabama 7–5
3 October 26, 1900 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 12–5
4 October 19, 1901 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 41–0
5 October 12, 1907 Columbus, MS Alabama 20–0
6 October 23, 1909 Jackson, MS Tie 0–0
7 November 5, 1910 Greenville, MS Ole Miss 16–0
8 November 9, 1912 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 10–9
9 November 25, 1915 Birmingham, AL Alabama 53–0
10 October 28, 1916 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 27–0
11 October 27, 1917 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 64–0
12 October 11, 1919 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 49–0
13 October 6, 1923 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 56–0
14 November 1, 1924 Montgomery, AL Alabama 61–0
15 October 6, 1928 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 27–0
16 October 5, 1929 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 22–7
17 October 4, 1930 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 64–0
18 October 3, 1931 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 55–6
19 October 22, 1932 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 24–13
20 October 7, 1933 Birmingham, AL Tie 0–0
21 November 11, 1944 Mobile, AL Alabama 34–6
22 January 1, 1964A New Orleans, LA #8 Alabama 12–7
23 October 2, 1965 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17–16
24 October 1, 1966 Jackson, MS #3 Alabama 17–7
25 October 7, 1967 Birmingham, AL #9 Alabama 21–7
26 October 5, 1968 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 10–8
27 October 4, 1969 Birmingham, AL #15 Alabama 33–32
28 October 3, 1970 Jackson, MS #7 Ole Miss 48–23
29 October 2, 1971 Birmingham, AL #7 Alabama 40–6
30 October 5, 1974 Jackson, MS #3 Alabama 35–21
31 October 4, 1975 Birmingham, AL #9 Alabama 32–6
32 September 11, 1976 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 10–7
33 September 10, 1977 Birmingham, AL #6 Alabama 34–14
34 September 20, 1980 Jackson, MS #1 Alabama 59–35
No. Date Location Winner Score
35 October 3, 1981 Tuscaloosa, AL #11 Alabama 38–7
36 September 18, 1982 Jackson, MS #4 Alabama 42–14
37 September 17, 1983 Tuscaloosa, AL #12 Alabama 40–0
38 October 8, 1988 Tuscaloosa, AL Ole Miss 22–12
39 October 7, 1989 Jackson, MS #13 Alabama 62–27
40 October 24, 1992 Tuscaloosa, AL #4 Alabama 31–10
41 October 23, 1993 Oxford, MS #4 Alabama 19–14
42 October 22, 1994 Tuscaloosa, AL #8 Alabama 21–10
43 October 21, 1995 Oxford, MS #21 Alabama 23–9
44 October 19, 1996 Tuscaloosa, AL #7 Alabama 37–0
45 October 25, 1997 Oxford, MS Alabama 29–20
46 October 10, 1998 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 20–17OT
47 October 16, 1999 Oxford, MS #11 Alabama 30–24
48 October 14, 2000 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 45–7
49 October 13, 2001 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 27–24
50 October 19, 2002 Tuscaloosa, AL #24 Alabama 42–7
51 October 18, 2003 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 43–28
52 September 11, 2004 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 28–7
53 October 15, 2005 Oxford, MS #6 Alabama 13–10
54 October 14, 2006 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 26–23OT
55 October 13, 2007 Oxford, MS Alabama 27–24
56 October 18, 2008 Tuscaloosa, AL #2 Alabama 24–20
57 October 10, 2009 Oxford, MS #3 Alabama 22–3
58 October 16, 2010 Tuscaloosa, AL #8 Alabama 23–10
59 October 15, 2011 Oxford, MS #2 Alabama 52–7
60 September 29, 2012 Tuscaloosa, AL #1 Alabama 33–14
61 September 28, 2013 Tuscaloosa, AL #1 Alabama 25–0
62 October 4, 2014 Oxford, MS #11 Ole Miss 23–17
63 September 19, 2015 Tuscaloosa, AL #15 Ole Miss 43–37
64 September 17, 2016 Oxford, MS #1 Alabama 48–43
65 September 30, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL #1 Alabama 66–3
Series: Alabama leads 50–11–2
† Alabama forfeited as part of NCAA penalties.
‡ Alabama vacated wins as part of NCAA penalties.
A 1964 Sugar Bowl

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