Alabama 1960-79

Joe Namath, here playing against North Carolina State, became a football icon. Photo courtesy of the Bryant Museum.

A brief look at the Crimson Tide from 1960-79

1960

8-1-2

Date, Opponent, Location, Outcome

Sept. 17: vs. Georgia, Birmingham, W 21-6

Sept. 24: at Tulane, New Orleans, T 6-6

Oct. 1: vs. Vanderbilt, Birmingham, W 21-0

Oct. 15: at Tennessee, Knoxville, L 20-7

Oct. 22: vs. Houston, Tuscaloosa, W 14-0

Oct. 29: at Mississippi State, Starkville, W 7-0

Nov. 5: vs. Furman, Tuscaloosa, W 51-0

Nov. 12:at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, W 16-15

Nov. 19: vs. Tampa, Tuscaloosa, W 34-6

Nov. 26: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 3-0

Dec. 17: vs. Texas, Bluebonnet Bowl, T 3-3

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 183-56

Captains: Leon Fuller, Bobby Boylston

Ranking (AP): Preseason NR; Postseason No. 9.

Leaders: Rushing _ Pat Trammell (315 yards, 76 carries); Passing _ Bobby Skelton (43 of 94, 575 yards); Receiving _ Butch Wilson (13 catches, 204 yards).

The highlight of the season was a 21-6 victory against Georgia, led by quarterback Fran Tarkenton, on national television. … Quarterback Bobby Skelton came in for injured Pat Trammell to lead the Tide to within two points, and on the game’s final play Richard “Digger” O’Dell kicked a winning field goal, the only one he ever tried in his college career. Tommy Booker, who kicked the lone field goal against Auburn, was injured. … The Crimson Tide appeared to win the Bluebonnet Bowl when Skelton landed on the end zone chalk, but officials ruled him down resulting in the 3-3 tie with Texas.

1961

11-0, national champions, SEC champions

Sept. 23: at Georgia, Athens, W 32-6

Sept. 30: vs. Tulane, Mobile, W 9-0

Oct. 7: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 35-6

Oct. 14: vs. North Carolina State, Tuscaloosa, W 26-7

Oct. 21: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 34-3

Oct. 28: at Houston, Houston, W 17-0

Nov. 4: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 24-0

Nov. 11: vs. Richmond, Tuscaloosa, W 66-0

Nov. 18: vs. Georgia Tech, Birmingham, W 10-0

Dec. 2: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 34-0

Jan. 1, 1962: Arkansas, Sugar Bowl, W 10-3

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 297-25

Captains: Pat Trammell, Billy Neighbors

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 3; Postseason No. 1.

All-American: First team _ Billy Neighbors, defensive tackle. Second team _ Lee Roy Jordan, center; Pat Trammell, quarterback. Academic _ Tommy Brooker, end; Pat Trammell, quarterback.

All-SEC: Mike Fracchia, back; Lee Roy Jordan, center; Billy Neighbors, guard; Pat Trammell, quarterback.

Leaders: Rushing _ Mike Fracchia (652 yards, 130 carries); Passing _ Pat Trammell (75 of 133, 1,035 yards); Receiving _ Richard Williamson (11 catches, 206 yards).

Led by quarterback Pat Trammell, center/linebacker Lee Roy Jordan and two-way lineman Billy Neighbors, Alabama outscored opponents 297-25. North Carolina State, led by quarterback Roman Gabriel, scored the most points, seven. …. Alabama was No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time after defeating Georgia Tech, and won its first AP national title. … The Sugar Bowl victory was Alabama’s first. Mike Fracchia was named game MVP. … Neighbors was Alabama’s first All-American since 1954.

1962

10-1

Sept. 22: vs. Georgia, Birmingham, W 35-0

Sept. 28: at Tulane, New Orleans, W 44-6

Oct. 6: vs. Vanderbilt, Birmingham, W 17-7

Oct. 13: vs. Houston, Tuscaloosa, W 14-3

Oct. 20: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 27-7

Oct. 27: vs. Tulsa, Tuscaloosa, W 35-6

Nov. 3: at Mississippi State, Starkville, W 20-0

Nov. 10: vs. Miami (Fla.), Tuscaloosa, W 36-3

Nov. 17: at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, L 7-6

Dec. 1: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 38-0

Jan. 1, 1963: vs. Oklahoma, Orange Bowl, W 17-0

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 289-39

Captains: Lee Roy Jordan, Jimmy Sharpe

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 3; Postseason No. 5.

All-American: First team _ Lee Roy Jordan, center.

All-SEC: Lee Roy Jordan, center.

Leaders: Rushing _ Eddie Versprille (373 yards, 76 carries); Passing _ Joe Namath (76 of 146, 1,192); Receiving _ Richard Williamson (24 catches, 492 yards).

Alabama shut out Auburn for the fourth straight year. … Lee Roy Jordan closed his career with 31 tackles against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. He placed fourth in Heisman Trophy voting (won by Terry Baker of Oregon State). … Alabama’s quarterback was sophomore Joe Namath. … Georgia Tech got even for the previous year when linebacker Darwin Holt caught the Yellow Jackets’ quarterback with an elbow on a late hit, fracturing his jaw. When Alabama came inches short of completing a 2-point conversion. It cost the Tide a shot at defending its national championship

1963

9-2

Sept. 21 at Georgia, Athens, W 32-7

Sept. 28: vs. Tulane, Mobile, W 28-0

Oct. 5: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 21-6

Oct. 12: vs. Florida, Tuscaloosa, L 10-6

Oct. 19: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 35-0

Oct. 26: vs. Houston, Tuscaloosa, W 21-13

Nov. 2: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 20-19

Nov. 16: vs. Georgia Tech, Birmingham, W 27-11

Nov. 30: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, L 10-8

Dec. 14: at Miami (Fla.), Miami, W 17-12

Jan. 1, 1964: vs Ole Miss, Sugar Bowl, W 12-7

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 227-95

Captains: Benny Nelson, Steve Allen

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 3; Postseason No. 8.

All-American: Second team _ Benny Nelson, halfback.

All-SEC: Benny Nelson, back.

Leaders: Rushing _ Benny Nelson (612 yards, 97 carries); Passing _ Joe Namath (63 of 128, 765 yards); Receiving _ Jimmy Dill (19 catches, 316 yards).

The 10-6 loss to Florida was just one of two ever by a Bryant team in Tuscaloosa. … Without quarterback Joe Namath, who was suspended for two games, Alabama upset SEC champion Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl. The game was played on the heels of a rare snowstorm in New Orleans. Tim Davis became the only kicker to be named the game MVP. … Alabama’s game against Miami was delayed after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated November 22. Army-Navy was postponed to December 7, with Alabama-Miami subsequently bumped back another week, making it the Crimson Tide’s latest regular season game of the modern era. … The Saturday Evening Post accused Bryant and Georgia athletics director Wally Butts of fixing their game so they could bet on it. The article also alleged that Bryant had thrown the 1962 loss to Yellow Jackets. Both sued. Butts won and Bryant settled for $300,000.

1964

10-1, 10-1, national champions, SEC champions

Sept. 19: vs. Georgia, Tuscaloosa, W 31-3

Sept. 26: vs. Tulane, Mobile, W 36-6

Oct. 3: vs. Vanderbilt, Birmingham, W 24-0

Oct. 10: vs. North Carolina State, Tuscaloosa, W 21-0

Oct. 17: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 19-8

Oct. 24: vs. Florida, Tuscaloosa, W 17-14

Oct. 31: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 23-6

Nov. 7: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 17-9

Nov. 14: at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, W 24-7

Nov. 26: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 21-14

Jan. 1, 1965: vs. Texas, Orange Bowl, L 21-17

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 250-88

Captains: Joe Namath, Ray Ogden

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 6; Postseason No. 1.

All-American: First team _ Wayne Freeman, guard; Dan Kearley, defensive tackle; Joe Namath, quarterback; David Ray, halfback. Second team _ Mickey Andrews, back. Academic _ Gaylon McCollough, center.

All-SEC: Steve Bowman, back; Wayne Freeman, guard; Dan Kearley, defensive tackle; Joe Namath, quarterback; David Ray, end.

Leaders: Rushing _ Steve Bowman (536 yards, 106 carries); Passing _ Joe Namath (64 of 100, 757 yards); Receiving _ David Ray (19 catches, 271 yards).

Alabama was awarded the national championship before the controversial loss to Texas in the first night Orange Bowl, where quarterback Joe Namath appeared to score on a fourth-quarter sneak only to have one official overrule another. … Namath sustained a knee injury against North Carolina State. Backup Steve Sloan led wins against Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU, and Namath came off the bench to spark the 24-7 victory against Georgia Tech (with the series taking a 15-year break). … Ray Ogden’s 108 yards kickoff return and Namath’s touchdown pass to Ray Perkins keyed the Auburn victory, and thanks to Notre Dame’s loss to Southern California propelled the Crimson Tide to No. 1. The Irish’ John Huarte, who would be Namath’s backup with the New York Jets, won the Heisman Trophy. … Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant wore a helmet on to the field in Atlanta because of all the debris thrown by fans which became a famous college football photograph. … Assistant coach Gene Stallings accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater, Texas A&M.

1965

9-1-1, national champions, SEC champions

Sept. 18: at Georgia, Athens, L 18-17

Sept. 25: vs. Tulane, Mobile, W 27-0

Oct. 2: vs. Ole Miss, Birmingham, W 17-16

Oct. 9: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 22-7

Oct. 16: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, T 7-7

Oct. 23: vs. Florida State, Tuscaloosa, W 21-0

Oct. 30: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 10-7

Nov. 6: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 31-7

Nov. 13: vs. South Carolina, Tuscaloosa, W 35-14

Nov. 27: vs Auburn, Birmingham, W 30-3

Jan. 1, 1966: vs. Nebraska, Orange Bowl, W 39-28

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 256-107

Captains: Steve Sloan, Paul Crane

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 5; Postseason No. 1.

All-American: First team _ Paul Crane, center; Steve Sloan, quarterback. Second team _ Steve Bowman, fullback. Academic _ Dennis Homan, end; Steve Sloan, quarterback.

All-SEC: Steve Bowman, fullback; Paul Crane, center; Creed Gilmer, defensive end; Bobby Johns, defensive back; Tommy Tolleson, split end.

Leaders: Rushing _ Steve Bowman (770 yards, 153 carries); Passing _ Steve Sloan (97 of 160, 1,453 yards); Tommy Tolleson (32 catches, 374 yards).

The Associated Press held its final poll after the bowl games for the first time, and Alabama took advantage. Ranked fourth, the Crimson Tide turned down an invitation to the Cotton Bowl to keep alive its slim national championship hopes. Before playing No. 3 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, No. 1 Michigan State had lost to UCLA and No. 2 Arkansas to LSU. Bryant utilized both the tackle-eligible play and more than one on-sides kick to pull off the 39-28 upset. Quarterback Steve Sloan was named game MVP, Ray Perkins had nine catches for 159 yards, and Alabama outgained Nebraska 518-377 yards. … The tackle-eligible play was subsequently declared illegal.

1966

11-0, SEC champions

Sept. 24: vs. Louisiana Tech, Birmingham, W 34-0

Oct. 1: vs. Ole Miss, Jackson, W 17-7

Oct. 8: vs. Clemson, Tuscaloosa, W 26-0

Oct. 15: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 11-10

Oct. 22: vs. Vanderbilt, Birmingham, W 42-6

Oct. 29: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 27-14

Nov. 5: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 21-0

Nov. 12: vs. South Carolina, Tuscaloosa, W 24-0

Nov. 26: vs. Southern Miss, Mobile, W 34-0

Dec. 3: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 31-0

Jan. 2, 1967: vs.Nebraska, Sugar Bowl, W 34-7

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 301-44

Captains: Ray Perkins, Richard Cole

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 1; Postseason No. 3.

All-American: First team _ Richard Cole, defensive tackle; Cecil Dowdy, tackle; Bobby Johns, defensive back; Ray Perkins, split end.

All-SEC: John Calvert, guard; Cecil Dowdy, tackle; Bobby Johns, defensive back; Ray Perkins, end; Dicky Thompson, back.

Leaders: Rushing _ Kenny Stabler (397 yards, 93 carries); Passing _ Kenny Stabler (74 of 114, 956 yards); Receiving _ Ray Perkins (33 catches, 490 yards).

Although voters opted for Notre Dame and Michigan State, which had tied, ahead of undefeated Alabama, Bryant called this his greatest team. Aided by receivers Ray Perkins and Dennis Homan, quarterback Kenny Stabler was named MVP of the Sugar Bowl after Alabama destroyed Nebraska. Bobby Johns had three interceptions in the game. … Tennessee proved to be the toughest opponent, but Stabler rallied a comeback in the Knoxville rain. … Alabama posted five shutouts. … Many believe that the state’s racial issues, which were the focal point of the national debate, including Governor George Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” the Rosa Parks bus incident in Montgomery, and the Selma civil rights march, were a crucial factor in the snubbing by voters. Additionally, the Crimson Tide had yet to integrate the football team.

1967

8-2-1

Sept. 23: vs. Florida State, Birmingham, T 37-37

Sept. 30: vs. Southern Miss, Mobile, W 25-3

Oct. 7: vs. Ole Miss, Birmingham, W 21-7

Oct. 14: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 35-21

Oct. 21: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, L 24-13

Oct. 28: at Clemson, Clemson, W 13-10

Nov. 4: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 13-0

Nov. 11: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 7-6

Nov. 18: vs. South Carolina, Tuscaloosa, W 17-0

Dec. 2: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 7-3

Jan. 1, 1968: vs. Texas A&M, Cotton Bowl, L 20-16

Coach: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 204-131

Captains: Ken Stabler, Bobby Johns

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 2; Postseason No. 8.

All-American: First team _ Dennis Homan, split end; Bobby Johns, defensive back; Kenny Stabler, quarterback. Academic _ Bob Childs, linebacker; Steve Davis, kicker.

All-SEC: Mike Ford, defensive end; Mike Hall, linebacker; Dennis Homan, end; Bobby Johns, defensive back; Kenny Stabler, quarterback; Bruce Stephens, guard.

Leaders: Rushing _ Ed Morgan (388 yards, 103 carries); Passing _ Kenny Stabler (103 of 178, 1,214 yards); Receiving _ Dennis Homan (54 catches, 820 yards).

Florida State managed to match the 37 points Alabama gave up during the entire 1966 season. … Though Auburn fans claimed there were numerous penalties not called on the play, quarterback Kenny Stabler’s run in the mud provided a 7-3 victory. … Northport native Curley Hallman made two interceptions for Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Afterward, Bryant gave Aggies coach Gene Stallings a bear hug at midfield. … Hank Crisp’s career as an assistant coach came to a close. He was originally hired by Xen Scott in 1921 to be his line coach. … Split end Dennis Homan was Stabler’s favorite target and caught 87 passes during his three-year career, for 1,495 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was also an Academic All-American in 1965.

1968

8-3

Sept. 21: vs. Virginia Tech, Birmingham, W 14-7

Sept. 28: vs. Southern Miss, Mobile, W 17-14

Oct. 5: vs. Ole Miss, Jackson, L 10-8

Oct. 12: vs. Vanderbilt, Tuscaloosa, W 31-7

Oct. 19: at Tennessee, Knoxville, L 10-9

Oct. 26: vs. Clemson, Tuscaloosa, W 21-14

Nov. 2: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 20-13

Nov. 9: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 16-7

Nov. 16: at Miami (Fla.), Miami, W 14-6

Nov. 30: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 24-16

Dec. 28: vs. Missouri, Gator Bowl, L 35-10

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 184-139

Captains: Mike Hall, Donnie Sutton

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 10; Postseason No. 17.

All-American: First team _ Sam Gellerstedt, defensive lineman; Mike Hall, linebacker.

All-SEC: Mike Ford, defensive end; Mike Hall, linebacker; Sammy Gellerstedt, defensive lineman; Alvin Samples, guard.

Leaders: Rushing _ Ed Morgan (450 yards, 134 carries); Passing _ Scott Hunter (122 of 227, 1,471 yards); George Ranager (31 catches, 499 yards).

Despite quarterback Scott Hall’s passing, Alabama struggled to run, evidenced by the 35-10 loss to Missouri in the Gator Bowl. … Linebacker Mike Hall led the victory against Auburn, with 16 tackles, two interceptions, and slipped jersey No. 82 over his usual No. 54 to fill in at tight end. After the game, Alabama presented the game ball to former quarterback Pat Trammell, who would lose his battle with cancer a week later. Bryant called it the saddest day of his life. … The 14-6 victory against Miami was ABC’s first live prime time game.

1969

6-5

Sept. 20: at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, W 17-13

Sept. 27: vs. Southern Miss, Tuscaloosa, W 63-14

Oct. 4: vs. Ole Miss, Birmingham, W 33-32

Oct. 11: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, L 14-10

Oct. 18: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, L 41-14

Oct. 25: at Clemson, Clemson, W 38-13

Nov. 1: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 23-19

Nov. 8: at LSU, Baton Rouge, L 20-15

Nov. 15: vs. Miami (Fla.), Tuscaloosa, W 42-6

Nov. 29: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, L 49-26

Dec. 13: vs. Colorado, Liberty Bowl, L 47-33

Coach: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 314-268

Captains: Danny Ford, Alvin Samples

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 13; Postseason NR.

All-American: First team _ Alvin Samples, guard.

All-SEC: Danny Ford, tackle; Alvin Samples, guard.

Leaders: Rushing _ Johnny Musso (516 yards, 157 carries); Passing _ Scott Hunter (157 of 266, 2,188 yards); Receiving _ David Bailey (56 catches, 781 yards).

A rare offensive showdown highlighted the season, when Alabama defeated Ole Miss 33-32 in Birmingham. Scott Hunter completed 22 of 29 passes for 300 yards, while Archie Manning was 33 of 52 for 436 yards and ran for 104 more. … For the first time since 1958, the Crimson Tide lost to both Tennessee and Auburn. … Guard Alvin Samples was named outstanding offensive lineman of the Liberty Bowl, although played the entire game at linebacker due to numerous injuries. Days later, center Richard Grammer drowned in a hunting accident when his boat capsized. … Alabama signed its first two black players, Wilbur Jackson and Bo Matthews. … Alabama finished the decade 90-16-5, with eight of the losses during the last two seasons.

1970

6-5-1

Sept. 12: vs. Southern California, Birmingham, L 42-21

Sept. 19: vs. Virginia Tech, Birmingham, W 51-18

Sept. 26: vs. Florida, Tuscaloosa, W 46-15

Oct. 3: vs. Ole Miss, Jackson, L 48-23

Oct. 10: vs. Vanderbilt, Tuscaloosa, W 35-11

Oct. 17: at Tennessee, Knoxville, L 24-0

Oct. 24: at Houston, Houston, W 30-21

Oct. 31: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 35-6

Nov. 7: vs. LSU, Birmingham, L 14-9

Nov. 14: at Miami (Fla.), Miami, W 32-8

Nov. 28: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, L 33-28

Dec. 31: vs. Oklahoma, Bluebonnet Bowl, T 24-24

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 334-264

Captains: Danny Gilbert, Dave Brungard

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 16; Postseason NR.

All-American: First team _ Johnny Musso, tailback. Academic _ Johnny Musso, tailback.

All-SEC: Johnny Musso, tailback.

Leaders: Rushing _ Johnny Musso (1,137 yards, 226 carries); Passing _ Scott Hunter (103 of 179, 1,240 yards); Receiving _ David Bailey (55 catches, 790 yards).

Senior quarterback Scott Hunter was slowed by injuries, but junior running back Johnny Musso emerged as an All-American. … Sophomore Jeff Rouzie was the defensive MVP of the Bluebonnet Bowl, a 24-24 tie against Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide missed a short field goal on the game’s final play. … Dave Brungard transferred to Alabama and was the only player to letter under both legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Paul W. “Bear” Bryant. … For the first time in more than a decade, Alabama failed to win at least eight games. … Southern California halfback Sam Cunningham’s 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns helped promote the integration of the football team.

1971

11-1, SEC champions

Sept. 10: at Southern California, Los Angeles, W 17-10

Sept. 18: vs. Southern Miss, Tuscaloosa, W 42-6

Sept. 25: at Florida, Gainesville, W 38-0

Oct. 2: vs. Ole Miss, Birmingham, W 40-6

Oct. 9: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 42-0

Oct. 16: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 32-15

Oct. 23: vs. Houston, Tuscaloosa, W 34-20

Oct. 30: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 41-10

Nov. 6: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 14-7

Nov. 13: vs. Miami (Fla.), Tuscaloosa, W 31-3

Nov. 27: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 31-7

Jan. 1, 1972: vs. Nebraska, Orange Bowl, L 38-6

Coach: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 368-122

Captains: Johnny Musso, Robin Parkhouse

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 16; Postseason No. 4.

All-American: First team _ John Hannah, guard; Johnny Musso, tailback. Second team _ Jim Krapf, center; Robin Parkhouse, defensive end; Tom Surlas, linebacker. Academic _ Johnny Musso, tailback.

All-SEC: David Bailey, split end; Jimmy Grammer, center; John Hannah, guard; Steve Higginbotham, defensive back; Jim Krapf, tackle; Johnny Musso, halfback; Robin Parkhouse, defensive end; Tim Surlas, linebacker.

Leaders: Rushing _ Johnny Musso (1,088 yards, 191 carries); Passing _ Terry Davis (42 of 66, 452 yards); Receiving _ David Bailey (21 catches, 286 yards).

During the offseason, Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant learned and installed the wishbone offense, and unveiled it September 10 against Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Alabama scored two quick touchdowns against the surprised Trojans, and won 17-10. … Although Auburn’s Pat Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy, he shared SEC Player of the Year with Crimson Tide running back Johnny Musso. Alabama won the only Iron Bowl in which both teams came in undefeated. … Bryant, who enjoyed career win No. 200 against the Trojans, was named national coach of the year. … For the first time since 1966, Alabama beat both Auburn and Tennessee in the same season. … John Mitchell was Alabama’s first black starter.

1972

10-2, SEC champions

Sept. 9: vs. Duke, Birmingham, W 35-12

Sept. 23: vs. Kentucky, Birmingham, W 35-0

Sept. 30: vs. Vanderbilt, Tuscaloosa, W 48-21

Oct. 7: ar Georgia, Athens, W 25-7

Oct. 14: vs. Florida, Tuscaloosa, W 24-7

Oct. 21: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 17-10

Oct. 28: vs.Southern Miss, Birmingham, W 48-11

Nov. 4: vs.Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 58-14

Nov. 11: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 35-21

Nov. 18: vs Virginia Tech, Tuscaloosa, W 52-13

Dec. 2: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, L 17-16

Jan. 1, 1973: vs. Texas, Cotton Bowl, L 17-13

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 406-150

Captains: Terry Davis, John Mitchell

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 7; Postseason No. 7.

All-American: First team _ John Hannah, guard; Jim Krapf, center; John Mitchell, defensive end.

All-SEC: Buddy Brown, tackle; Terry Davis, quarterback; Greg Gantt, punter; John Hannah, guard; Jim Krapf, center; Bobby McKinney, defensive back; John Mitchell, defensive end; Chuck Strickland, linebacker; Wayne Wheeler, split end.

Leaders: Rushing _ Steve Bisceglia (603 yards, 125 carries); Passing _ Terry Davis (50 of 94, 777 yards); Receiving _ Wayne Wheeler (30 catches, 573 yards).

At Tennessee, quarterback Terry Davis scored the game-winning touchdown on a 22-yard run after Mike DuBose stripped a fumble from Volunteers quarterback Condredge Holloway in the final minute of the game. However, after limiting Auburn to 80 yards of total offense, the Tigers blocked two punts and returned them for touchdowns to pull off a stunning 17-16 upset known on the plains as “Punt, Bama, Punt.” … Alabama won the SEC title, but lost 17-13 to Texas in the Cotton Bowl. … A year after becoming Alabama’s first black starter, John Mitchell was named an All-American and team co-captain. He later became the Crimson Tide’s first black assistant coach, and eventually the conference’s first black defensive coordinator at LSU.

1973

11-1, national champions, SEC champions

Sept. 15: vs. California, Birmingham, W 66-0

Sept. 22: at Kentucky, Lexington, W 28-14

Sept. 29: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 44-0

Oct. 6: vs Georgia, Tuscaloosa, W 28-14

Oct. 13: at Florida, Gainesville, W 35-14

Oct. 20: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 42-21

Oct. 27: vs. Virginia Tech, Tuscaloosa, W 77-6

Nov. 3: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 35-0

Nov. 17: vs. Miami, Tuscaloosa, W 43-13

Nov. 22: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 21-7

Dec. 1: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 35-0

Dec. 31: vs. Notre Dame, Sugar Bowl, L 24-23

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 477-113

Captains: Wilbur Jackson, Chuck Strickland

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 6; Postseason No. 4.

All-American: First team _ Buddy Brown, tackle; Woodrow Lowe, linebacker; Wayne Wheeler, split end. Second team _ Mike Washington, cornerback; John Croyle, defensive end; Mike Raines, defensive tackle. Academic _ Randy Hall, defensive tackle.

All-SEC: Buddy Brown, tackle; Greg Gantt, punter; Wilbur Jackson, halfback; Woodrow Lowe, linebacker; David McMakin, safety; Mike Raines, defensive tackle; Steve Sprayberry, tackle; Mike Washington, cornerback; Wayne Wheeler, split end.

Leaders: Rushing _ Wilbur Jackson (752 yards, 95 carries); Passing _Gary Rutledge (33 of 57, 897 yards); Receiving _ Wayne Wheeler (19 catches, 530 yards).

Linebacker Woodrow Lowe made a team record 134 solo tackles. … Alabama opened the season with 66-0 victory against California, which was led by quarterback Steve Bartkowki and running back Chuck Muncie. Four players _ Wilbur Jackson, Richard Todd, Calvin Culliver and Jimmy Taylor _ each had more than 100 rushing yards against Virginia Tech. … The offense, which also featured quarterback Gary Rutledge and running back Randy Billingsley, scored 477 points and averaged 480.7 yards per game. … Against unbeaten Tennessee, Alabama opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Rutledge to Wayne Wheeler, and Jackson scored on a memorable 80-yard run. … Alabama was voted United Press International’s national champion before its dramatic bowl loss to Notre Dame.

1974

11-1, SEC champions

Sept. 14: at Maryland, College Park, W 21-16

Sept. 21: vs. Southern Miss, Birmingham, W 52-0

Sept. 28: vs. Vanderbilt, Tuscaloosa, W 23-10

Oct. 5: vs. Ole Miss, Jackson, W 35-21

Oct. 12: vs Florida State, Tuscaloosa, W 8-7

Oct. 19: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 28-6

Oct. 26: vs. Texas Christian, Birmingham, W 41-3

Nov. 2: v. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 35-0

Nov. 9: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 30-0

Nov. 16: at Miami (Fla.), Miami, W 28-7

Nov. 29: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 17-13

Jan.1, 1975: vs. Notre Dame, Orange Bowl, L 13-11

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 329-96

Captains: Sylvester Croom, Ricky Davis

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 4; Postseason No. 5.

All-American: First team _ Leroy Cook, defensive end; Sylvester Croom, center; Woodrow Lowe, linebacker; Mike Washington, cornerback. Academic _ Randy Hall, defensive tackle.

All-SEC: First team _ Leroy Cook, defensive end; Sylvester Croom, center; Ricky Davis, safety; Woodrow Lowe, linebacker; John Rogers, guard; Willie Shelby, halfback; Mike Washington, cornerback.

Leaders: Rushing _ Calvin Culliver (708 yards, 116 yards); Passing _Richard Todd (36 of 67, 656 yards); Receiving _ Ozzie Newsome (20 catches, 374 yards).

Despite injuries to quarterback Gary Rutledge and Richard Todd, Alabama played for the national championship, but lost 13-11 to Notre Dame at the Orange Bowl in Ara Parseghian’s final game with the Irish. Leroy Cook was named defensive MVP of the game. … Senior end Mike DuBose helped preserve the 17-13 victory against Auburn by forcing a fumble from Phil Gargis late in the game. … Ozzie Newsome became a starter and began his assault on the Crimson Tide record book. Through 1977, he caught 102 passes for 2,070 yards, with an average gain per pass of 20.3 yards, a conference record.

1975

11-1, SEC champions

Sept. 8: vs. Missouri, Birmingham, L 20-7

Sept. 20: vs. Clemson, Tuscaloosa, W 56-0

Sept. 27: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 40-7

Oct. 4: vs. Ole Miss, Birmingham, W 32-6

Oct. 11: vs. Washington, Tuscaloosa, W 52-0

Oct. 18: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 30-7

Oct. 25: vs. Texas Christian, Birmingham, W 45-0

Nov. 1: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 21-10

Nov. 8: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 23-10

Nov. 15: vs. Southern Miss, Tuscaloosa, W 27-6

Nov. 29: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 28-0

Dec. 31: vs. Penn State, Sugar Bowl, W 13-6

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 374-72

Captains: Leroy Cook, Richard Todd

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 2; Postseason No. 3.

All-American: First team _ Leroy Cook, defensive end; Woodrow Lowe, linebacker. Second team _ Bob Baumhower, defensive tackle. Academic _ Danny Ridgeway, kicker.

All-SEC: Bob Baumhower, defensive tackle; Leroy Cook, defensive end; Conley Duncan, linebacker; David Gerasimchuk, guard; Tyrone King, defensive back; Woodrow Lowe, linebacker; Alan Pizzitola, safety; Wayne Rhodes, defensive back; Richard Todd, quarterback.

Leaders: Rushing _ Johnny Davis (820 yards, 123 carries); Passing _ Richard Todd (47 of 89, 661 yards); Receiving _ Ozzie Newsome (21 catches, 363 yards).

After an early 20-7 loss to Missouri, Alabama allowed only 52 points the rest of the season. …. Defensive end Leroy Cook led a 13-sack attack against Tennessee … The 13-6 victory against Penn State in the Sugar Bowl snapped a bowl streak that dated back to the 1967 Sugar Bowl. Quarterback Richard Todd was named game MVP. … When asked after the game why he didn't wear his trademark houndstooth hat for the first Sugar Bowl played in the Louisiana Superdome, Bryant said, “My mother always taught me not to wear a hat indoors.” … Former Alabama tackle Don Whitmire, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, directed the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, the largest in world history, with 82,000 men, women and children escaping.

1976

9-3

Sept. 11: vs. Ole Miss, Jackson, L 10-7

Sept. 18: vs. Southern Methodist, Birmingham, W 56-3

Sept. 25: vs. Vanderbilt, Tuscaloosa, W 42-14

Oct. 2: at Georgia, Athens, L 21-0

Oct. 9: vs. Southern Miss, Birmingham, W 24-8

Oct. 16: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 20-13

Oct. 23: vs. Louisville, Tuscaloosa, W 24-3

Oct. 30: vs. Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 34-17

Nov. 6: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 28-17

Nov. 13: at Notre Dame, South Bend, L 21-18

Nov. 27: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 38-7

Dec. 20: vs. UCLA, Liberty Bowl, W 36-6

Coach: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 327-140

Captains: Thad Flanagan, Charles Hannah

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 6; Postseason No. 11.

All-American: Second team _ Bob Baumhower, defensive tackle; Ozzie Newsome, split end.

All-SEC: Bob Baumhower, defensive tackle; David Gerasimchuk, guard; Charley Hannah, defensive tackle; Ozzie Newsome, split end.

Leaders: Rushing _ Johnny Davis (668 yards, 119 carries); Passing _ Jeff Rutledge (62 of 109, 979 yards); Receiving _ Ozzie Newsome (25 catches, 529 yards).

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant warned fans that it would be a rebuilding year, and they didn’t believe him until the coach lost 10-7 to Ole Miss on his 63rdbirthday. … Despite being a heavy underdog to UCLA in the Liberty Bowl, Alabama took a 24-0 lead and won 36-6. Sophomore Barry Krauss was named game MVP. Due to high winds and below-freezing temperatures, the game was nicknamed the “Refrigerator Bowl.” “You gave us a good, old-fashioned butt-whipping and you know it,” UCLA coach Terry Donahue told Bryant at midfield. … Alabama began a winning streak of 27 conference victories, which lasted into 1980 and set an SEC record.

1977

11-1, SEC champions

Sept. 10: vs. Ole Miss, Birmingham, W 34-13

Sept. 17: at Nebraska, Lincoln, L 31-24

Sept. 24: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 24-12

Oct. 1: vs. Georgia, Tuscaloosa, W 18-10

Oct. 8: at Southern California, Los Angeles, W 21-20

Oct. 15: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 24-10

Oct. 22: vs. Louisville, Tuscaloosa, W 55-6

Oct. 29: vs. Mississippi State, Jackson, W 37-7

Nov. 5: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 24-3

Nov. 12: vs. Miami (Fla.), Tuscaloosa, W 36-0

Nov. 26: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 48-21

Jan. 2, 1978: vs. Ohio State, Sugar Bowl, W 35-6

Coach: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 380-139

Captains: Ozzie Newsome, Mike Tucker

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 6; Postseason No. 2.

All-American: First team _ Ozzie Newsome, wide receiver. Second team _ Bob Cryder, guard; Johnny Davis, fullback; Wayne Hamilton, defensive end.

All-SEC: Jim Bunch, tackle; Johnny Davis, fullback; Mike Kramer, defensive back; Ozzie Newsome, split end; Dwight Stephenson, center.

Leaders: Rushing _ Johnny Davis (931 yards, 182 carries); Passing _ Jeff Rutledge (64 of 107, 1,207 yards); Receiving _ Ozzie Newsome (36 catches, 804 yards).

Alabama shook off an early loss at Nebraska to upset No. 1 Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Barry Krauss’ interception of a two-point conversion secured the 21-20 victory. … The 48-21 victory returned the Crimson Tide to the Sugar Bowl, where the Big Ten conference was making its debut with Ohio State. The coaching matchup of Bryant and Woody Hayes drew the most attention, but after Alabama won 35-6, Bryant downplayed it by saying, “Woody is a great coach, and I aint bad.” … Jeff Rutledge was named the Sugar Bowl MVP … Notre Dame’s victory over No. 1 Texas gave Alabama a shot at the national championship, but voters instead elevated the Irish up from No. 5 to No. 1. … Joe Namath played his final NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams, and Bart Starr was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1978

11-1, national champions, SEC champions

Sept. 2: vs. Nebraska, Birmingham, W 20-3

Sept. 16: at Missouri, Columbia, W 38-20

Sept. 23: vs. Southern California, Birmingham, L 24-14

Sept. 30: vs. Vanderbilt, Tuscaloosa, W 51-28

Oct. 7: at Washington, Seattle, W 20-17

Oct. 14: vs. Florida, Tuscaloosa, W 23-12

Oct. 21: at Tennessee, Knoxville, W 30-17

Oct. 28: vs. Virginia Tech, Tuscaloosa, W 35-0

Nov. 4: vs. Mississippi State, Birmingham, W 35-14

Nov. 11: vs. LSU, Birmingham, W 31-10

Dec. 2: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 34-16

Jan. 1, 1978: vs. Penn State, Sugar Bowl, W 14-7

Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 345-168

Captains: Marty Lyons, Jeff Rutledge, Tony Nathan

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 1; Postseason No. 1.

All-American: First team _ Barry Krauss, linebacker; Marty Lyons, defensive tackle. Second team _ Dwight Stephenson, center.

All-SEC: Mike Brock, tackle; Jim Bunch, tackle; Wayne Hamilton, defensive end; E.J. Junior, defensive end; Barry Krauss, linebacker; Murray Legg, safety; Marty Lyons, defensive tackle; Dwight Stephenson, center.

Leaders: Rushing _ Tony Nathan (770 yards, 111 carries); Passing _ Jeff Rutledge (73 of 140, 1,078 yards); Receiving _ Keith Pugh (20 catches, 446 yards).

Despite playing a brutal schedule, Alabama sustained only one loss, 24-14 to Southern California, and arrived at the Sugar Bowl ranked second to face No. 1 Penn State. The game was essentially decided by a goal-line stand. After defensive back Don McNeal made an crucial stop short of the end zone on third-and-1, Nittany Lions quarterback Chuck Fusina went to check the line of scrimmage. “You’d better pass,” defensive end Marty Lyons said. The Nittany Lions didn’t listen and Barry Krauss stopped the subsequent run up the gut. Krauss was named the game MVP. … Alabama finished first in the final Associated Press, but the Trojans leapfrogged the Tide to No. 1 in United Press voting.

1979

12-0, national champions, SEC champions

Sept. 8: at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, W 30-6

Sept. 22: vs. Baylor, Birmingham, W 45-0

Sept. 29: at Vanderbilt, Nashville, W 66-3

Oct. 6: vs. Wichita State, Tuscaloosa, W 38-0

Oct. 13: at Florida, Gainesville, W 40-0

Oct. 20: vs. Tennessee, Birmingham, W 27-17

Oct. 27: vs. Virginia Tech, Tuscaloosa, W 31-7

Nov. 3: vs.Mississippi State, Tuscaloosa, W 24-7

Nov. 10: at LSU, Baton Rouge, W 3-0

Nov. 17: vs Miami (Fla.), Tuscaloosa, W 30-0

Dec. 1: vs. Auburn, Birmingham, W 25-18

Jan. 1, 1980: vs. Arkansas, Sugar Bowl, W 24-9

Coach: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

Total points: 383-67

Captains: Don McNeal, Steve Whitman

Ranking (AP): Preseason No. 2; Postseason No. 1.

All-American: First team _ Jim Bunch, tackle; Don McNeal, cornerback; Dwight Stephenson, center. Second team _ E.J. Junior, defensive end; Byron Braggs, defensive tackle. Academic _ Major Ogilvie, halfback.

All-SEC: Thomas Boyd, linebacker; Byron Braggs, defensive tackle; Mike Brock, guard; Jim Bunch, tackle; David Hannah, defensive tackle; Jim Bob Harris, safety; E.J. Junior, defensive end; Don McNeal, cornerback; Major Ogilvie, halfback; Steadman Shealy, quarterback; Dwight Stephenson, center.

Leaders: Rushing _ Steadman Shealy (791 yards, 152 carries); Passing _Steadman Shealy (45 of 81, 717 yards); Receiving _ Keith Pugh (25 catches, 433 yards).

Led by backup quarterback Don Jacobs, Alabama overcame a 17-0 deficit to defeat Tennessee 27-17. … Steadman Shealy led the late game-winning drive against Auburn to secure the conference title and a chance to play for the national championship. After the 24-9 victory against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, Alabama was a unanimous national champion for the first time in its history. Halfback Major Ogilvie was named game MVP. … For the 1970s, Alabama compiled an incredible 103-16-1 record, with five of the losses in 1970. … Safety Tommy Wilcox was named SEC Freshman of the Year. … Ray Perkins was named head coach of the New York Giants.

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