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1984 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1984 record5–6 (2–4 SEC)
Head coachRay Perkins (2nd season)
CaptainPaul Ott Carruth
CaptainEmanuel King
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 60,210)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,808)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/7 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
#15/16 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14/14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
#19/19 Kentucky 3 3 0     9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion

The 1984 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 92nd overall and 51st season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ray Perkins, 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 five wins and six losses (5–6 overall, 2–4 in the SEC). This marked Alabama's first losing season since the Tide went 2–7–1 in 1957 under Jennings B. Whitworth, and ended Alabama's streak of 25 consecutive bowl appearances.[1]

Some of the more notable contests of the season included a season-opening loss to Boston College (and their quarterback, Doug Flutie, who went on to win the 1984 Heisman Trophy), a third consecutive loss to Tennessee in which the Tide gave up a 14-point fourth quarter lead, and Alabama's first loss to Vanderbilt since 1969.[2][3][4] However, Alabama did upset Auburn 17–15 in the 1984 edition of the Iron Bowl, denying the Tigers a berth in the Sugar Bowl.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 87:00 p.m.No. 18 Boston College*No. 9ABCL 31–3867,821
September 1511:00 a.m.at Georgia Tech*No. 19WTBSL 6–1656,107
September 221:30 p.m.Southwestern Louisiana*W 37–1456,431
September 2911:00 a.m.VanderbiltdaggerMTNL 21–3060,210
October 62:30 p.m.No. 20 GeorgiaABCL 14–2475,608
October 131:30 p.m.No. 11 Penn State*W 6–060,210
October 2012:30 p.m.at TennesseeL 27–2895,422
November 31:30 p.m.at Mississippi StateW 24–2045,868
November 101:30 p.m.No. 12 LSUL 14–1674,301
November 1712:30 p.m.at Cincinnati*W 29–727,482
December 111:30 a.m.vs. No. 11 AuburnABCW 17–1576,853
Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1984 Season[6]

ReferencesEdit

General

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Specific

  1. Mitchell, Billy (November 11, 1984). "Reality of a losing record stuns the Tide". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RDUdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4083%2C2642965. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  2. 1984 Game Recaps, Game No. 1
  3. 1984 Game Recaps, Game No. 7
  4. Mitchell, Billy (September 30, 1984). "Homecoming wrong time for Tide". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News): p. 1A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6TMdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gKUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5520%2C7642048. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  5. "Upsets do happen". Press-Register (AL.com). November 26, 2008. http://www.al.com/hsfootball/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/sports/1227714326169870.xml&coll=3. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  6. "All-time Football Results: 1984 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. https://www.webcitation.org/63dbQSj7C?url=http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
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