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1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Aloha Bowl champion
Aloha Bowl, W 24–3 vs. USC
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 13
1985 record9–2–1 (4–1–1 SEC)
Head coachRay Perkins (3rd season)
CaptainJon Hand
CaptainThornton Chandler
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 60,210)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,808)
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Tennessee 5 1 0     9 1 2
#5/NR Florida 5 1 0     9 1 1
#13/14 Alabama 4 1 1     9 2 1
#20/20 LSU 4 1 1     9 2 1
Georgia 3 2 1     7 3 2
Auburn 3 3 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     4 6 1
Vanderbilt 1 4 1     3 7 1
Kentucky 1 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 0 6 0     5 6 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 93rd overall and 52nd season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ray Perkins, in his third 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, two losses and one tie (9–2–1 overall, 4–1–1 in the SEC) and with a victory in the Aloha Bowl over USC.

Highlights of the 1985 season included a last-second, 20–16 comeback victory on Labor Day over Georgia to open the season.[1] The 1985 edition of the Iron Bowl against Auburn is regarded as one of Alabama's most dramatic victories in the history of the series. In the game, Alabama led 16–10 after three quarters, but saw four lead changes in the fourth quarter, including two in the final minute.[2] It ended with Van Tiffin's 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Alabama a 25–23 victory.[2] Tiffin's field goal is remembered simply as "The Kick" in Alabama lore.[3][4]

Due to NCAA sanctions that led to the forfeit of Alabama's 1993 17–17 tie with Tennessee, and college football's adoption of an overtime that does not allow ties, the 14–14 tie with LSU remains the last official tie in school history.[5][6]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 27:00 p.m.at GeorgiaABCW 20–1681,277
September 146:45 p.m.Texas A&M*No. 20ESPNW 23–1074,697
September 211:30 p.m.Cincinnati*No. 16W 45–1058,714
September 2811:30 a.m.at VanderbiltNo. 15WTBSW 40–2041,186
October 122:30 p.m.at No. 8 Penn State*No. 10ABCL 17–1985,444
October 1911:30 a.m.No. 20 TennesseeNo. 15WTBSL 14–1675,808
October 261:30 p.m.at Memphis State*W 28–937,609
November 21:30 p.m.Mississippi StatedaggerW 44–2860,210
November 92:30 p.m.at No. 15 LSUNo. 20ABCT 14–1476,772
November 161:30 p.m.Southern Miss*No. 20W 24–1358,714
November 302:30 p.m.vs. No. 7 AuburnABCW 25–2375,808
December 287:00 p.m.vs. USC*No. 13ISNW 24–335,183
Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1985 Season[7]

Game summariesEdit

AuburnEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Alabama 10 6 0 9 25
Auburn 0 10 0 13 23

Van Tiffin kicked his fourth field goal of the game, from 52 yards out, as time expired to give Alabama the Iron Bowl victory. [8]

ReferencesEdit

General

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Specific

  1. Hersch, Hank (September 8, 1986). "The Tide Rolls with a Shula named Mike". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1065186/index.htm. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 1985 Game Recaps, Game No. 11
  3. Rappaport, Ken; Barry Wilmer (2007). Football Feuds: The Greatest College Football Rivalries. Guilford, Connecticut: The Lyons Press. pp. 85–86. ISBN 978-1-59921-014-8.
  4. Hersch, Hank (December 9, 1985). "The Week". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1065186/index.htm. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  5. Deas, Tommy (August 4, 1995). "1993 will be lost season for Tide". The Gadsden Times. NYT Regional Newspapers (Google News): p. D4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M7gfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rtcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1260%2C413740. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  6. Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today (McLean, Virginia). https://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-08-24-overtime_x.htm. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  7. "All-time Football Results: 1985 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.
  8. Eugene Register-Guard. 1985 Dec 1. Retrieved 2015-Sep-18.
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