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1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC co-champion
Sugar Bowl, L 25–33 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 9
1989 record10–2 (6–1 SEC)
Head coachBill Curry (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorHomer Smith (2nd season)
CaptainMarco Battle
CaptainWillie Wyatt
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,962)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Alabama § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#5 Tennessee § 6 1 0     11 1 0
#6 Auburn § 6 1 0     10 2 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     6 5 0
LSU 2 5 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 97th overall and 56th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bill Curry, 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 ten wins and two losses (10–2 overall, 6–1 in the SEC), as SEC Co-Champions and with a loss in the Sugar Bowl against national championship winner Miami.

Alabama won its first ten games en route to its best record since 1980 and first SEC championship since 1981 season, its 19th overall. Highlights of the season included a 62–27 victory over Ole Miss after falling behind 21–0,[1] a 47–30 victory over Tennessee in a match of unbeatens,[2] and a 17–16 victory over Penn State in which Alabama blocked an 18-yard field goal try with 13 seconds left in the game for the win.[3] The 32-16 win at LSU featured a first for the Crimson Tide, as Alabama safety Lee Ozmint scored the first ever defensive two-point conversion in school history on a 100-yard interception return of an LSU two-point conversion attempt.[4]

However, in the season finale against Auburn—the first Iron Bowl ever played in Auburn, Alabama—the Tigers beat Alabama 30–20.[5] As a result, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee finished in a three-way tie for the conference championship. Alabama would however receive the conference's Sugar Bowl berth.[6]

In the Sugar Bowl Miami would defeat Alabama 33–25 and be named national champions.[7]

In the week after the Sugar Bowl loss, on January 7, 1990, Bill Curry resigned his position to take the head coaching job at Kentucky.[8]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 161:30 p.m.Memphis State*No. 16W 35–775,962
September 2312:00 p.m.KentuckyNo. 15WTBSW 15–370,123
September 3011:30 a.m.at VanderbiltNo. 13WTBSW 20–1429,106
October 71:30 p.m.at Ole MissNo. 13W 62–2755,000
October 141:30 p.m.Southwestern Louisiana*daggerNo. 11W 24–1770,123
October 2111:00 a.m.No. 6 TennesseeNo. 10CBSW 47–3075,962
October 281:30 p.m.at No. 14 Penn State*No. 6CBSW 17–1685,975
November 411:30 a.m.Mississippi StateNo. 4WTBSW 23–1075,962
November 116:30 p.m.at LSUNo. 4ESPNW 32–1677,197
November 181:30 p.m.Southern Miss*No. 4W 37–1470,123
December 21:00 p.m.at No. 11 AuburnNo. 2CBSL 20–3085,214
January 1, 19907:30 p.m.vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)*No. 7ABCL 25–3377,452
Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1989 Season[9]

ReferencesEdit

General

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Specific

  1. 1989 Game Recaps, p. 87
  2. Reed, William F. (October 30, 1989). "'bama Roars Back". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1068979/index.htm. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  3. 1989 Game Recaps, p. 90
  4. "'Lee Ozmint records an Alabama first'". The Tuscaloosa News. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19891112&id=4zkdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4qUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4700,3722064.
  5. 1989 Game Recaps, p. 94
  6. "'Alabama Falls To Auburn But Still Gets Sugar Bowl Berth'". http://articles.philly.com/1989-12-03/sports/26160281_1_sugar-bowl-auburn-campus-shayne-wasden.
  7. Frenandes, Doug (January 3, 1990). "Miami sweeps polls". The Tuscaloosa News. NYT Regional Newspapers (Google News): p. 1D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=REkgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eaUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4100%2C318720. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  8. Hurt, Cecil (January 8, 1990). "Curry resigns: Cites family, team pressure". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News): p. 1A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R0kgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eaUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4741%2C1613638. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  9. "All-time Football Results: 1989 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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