|1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1990 record||7–5 (5–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Gene Stallings (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mal Moore|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium|
|1990 SEC football standings|
|#8 Tennessee †||5||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||2|
|#21 Ole Miss||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
The 1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1990 College football season. The Crimson Tide was led by first-year head coach Gene Stallings, replacing Bill Curry who left for the University of Kentucky.
The 1990 season got off to an excruciating start, as the Tide and new coach Gene Stallings lost three games by a combined total of eight points. In the opener against Southern Miss, star tailback Siran Stacy tore ligaments in his knee and missed the rest of the season. Against Florida, Alabama lost another star player for the year in wide receiver Craig Sanderson and quarterback Gary Hollingsworth threw three interceptions to Florida safety Will White, and the Gators scored the winning touchdown on a blocked punt.
After wins over lightly regarded Vanderbilt and SW Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette), Bama traveled to Knoxville to face undefeated, third-ranked Tennessee. The result was a shocking 9–6 upset victory, Alabama's fifth in a row in the Third Saturday in October rivalry. The game was a defensive struggle and a field goal duel. UT's kicker Greg Harris, who hit a 51-yard field goal try to tie the game with ten minutes left, attempted a 50-yarder for the win with 1:35 to go, but Alabama's Stacy Harrison blocked the kick and the ball bounced to the Tennessee 37-yard line. The Crimson Tide advanced the ball seven yards on three running plays, setting up Philip Doyle's third field goal, a game-winning 48-yarder as time expired.
The next game was an ugly 9–0 loss to Penn State in which Hollingsworth threw five interceptions and Bama rushed for only six yards. However, Alabama bounced back to win four in a row and salvage a winning season after the 0–3 start. Most importantly, Alabama won its first Iron Bowl in five years, dominating Auburn defensively and winning 16–7. It was the seventh game in a row in which the Alabama defense held the opposition to single digits. The season ended with a lopsided 34–7 bowl loss to Louisville, and Alabama finished 7–5.
|September 8||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 13||PPV||L 24–27||75,962|
|September 15||11:30 a.m.||No. 24 Florida||WTBS||L 13-17||70,123|
|September 22||2:00 p.m.||at Georgia||CBS||L 16–17||82,122|
|September 29||1:30 p.m.||Vanderbilt||PPV||W 59–28||70,123|
|October 6||4:00 p.m.||at Southwestern Louisiana*||PPV||W 25–6||36,133|
|October 20||3:00 p.m.||at No. 3 Tennessee||ESPN||W 9–6||96,732|
|October 27||4:00 p.m.||Penn State*||ESPN||L 0–9||70,123|
|November 3||11:30 a.m.||at Mississippi State||WTBS||W 22–0||39,252|
|November 10||1:30 p.m.||LSU||PPV||W 24–3||70,123|
|November 17||1:30 p.m.||Cincinnati*||W 45–7||71,327|
|December 1||2:00 p.m.||vs. No. 20 Auburn||CBS||W 16–7||75,962|
|January 1, 1991||3:30 p.m.||vs. No. 18 Louisville*||No. 25||NBC||L 7–34||69,098|
- Note: Does not include Fiesta Bowl.
|Total First Downs||194||139|
- ↑ "Stallings Hopes To Bring Alabama Program Home". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 14, 1990.
- ↑ "Alabama set to name Stallings". St. Petersburg Times: p. 1C. January 11, 1990. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jMsNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XHUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5099%2C212839. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
- ↑ "Alabama's Curry quits, reportedly for Kentucky job". The Dallas Morning News. January 8, 1990.
- ↑ "Loaded For Bear", S. Looney, Douglas. Sports Illustrated, September 24, 1990
- ↑ "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Alabama Stuns Tennessee, 9–6", New York Times, October 21, 1990
- ↑ "Lions' defense smothers Tide in 9–0 win" Script error, The Daily Collegian (Penn State University), October 29, 1990