1976 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1976 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 36–6 vs. UCLA
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 9
1976 record9–3 (5–2 SEC)
Head coachBear Bryant (19th season)
Captains
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Georgia $ 5 1 0     10 2 0
No. 11 Alabama 5 2 0     9 3 0
No. 20 Mississippi State 4 2 0     9 2 0
Florida 4 2 0     8 4 0
No. 18 Kentucky 4 2 0     8 4 0
LSU 3 3 0     6 4 1
Auburn 3 3 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
Tennessee 2 4 0     6 5 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Mississippi State later forfeited all 1976 wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 82nd overall and 43rd season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 19th year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall, 5–2 in the SEC) and with a victory over UCLA in the Liberty Bowl.

The Crimson Tide opened the season with an upset loss against Ole Miss. The loss ended a 20-game conference winning streak that dated back to their 1972 season. They rebounded from the loss with wins over both SMU and Vanderbilt, but then were shutout by Georgia in their fourth game. The shutout was the first for the Crimson Tide since their 1970 season, and with the loss Alabama also dropped out of the polls for the first time since 1970.

The Crimson Tide again bounced back from the loss and won their next five games. These wins included victories over Southern Miss, Tennessee, Louisville, Mississippi State and LSU. Alabama next lost their third game of the season in a much anticipated match-up at Notre Dame. They then closed the season with a victory over rival Auburn and UCLA in the Liberty Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11at Ole MissNo. 6L 7–1048,500
September 18SMU*No. 14W 56–363,203
September 25VanderbiltNo. 13W 42–1458,414
October 2at No. 6 GeorgiaNo. 10L 0–2160,200
October 9Southern Miss*W 24–845,202
October 16at TennesseeNo. 20ABCW 20–1382,417
October 23Louisville*daggerNo. 18W 24–358,414
October 30No. 18 Mississippi StateNo. 17W 34–1753,617
November 6LSUNo. 15W 28–1771,018
November 13at No. 18 Notre Dame*No. 10ABCL 18–2159,075
November 27vs. AuburnNo. 18W 38–770,303
December 20vs. No. 7 UCLA*No. 16ABCW 36–652,736
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1976 Alabama football schedule[1]

Stadium renaming[edit]

In September 1975, a bill sponsored by Alabama State Senator Bert Bank was passed by a margin of 88–0 to rename Denny Stadium to Bryant–Denny Stadium in honor of then head coach Bear Bryant.[2] The stadium was then officially renamed as part of the halftime ceremonies during the 1976 A-Day game.[3] At the time of its re-dedication, Bryant was quoted as saying "this is a tremendous honor and I am proud and humble."[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Ole Miss[edit]

1 234Total
#6 Alabama 0 070 7
Ole Miss 7 003 10
  • Date: September 11
  • Location: Veterans Memorial Stadium
    Jackson, MS
  • Game attendance: 48,500

As they entered the 1976 season, the Crimson Tide were in the No. 6 position in the AP Poll prior to their game against Ole Miss at Jackson. Against the Rebels, the Crimson Tide were upset by a final score of 10–7 that ended an overall eleven game winning streak and a 20-game conference winning streak that dated back to their 1972 season.[4][5][6] Ole Miss scored their first points early in the game when George Stuart intercepted a Jeff Rutledge pass that was tipped by Gary Turner and returned it 24-yards for a 7–0 lead. The Rebels held their lead through the third quarter when Alabama tied the game 7–7 on a three-yard Calvin Culliver touchdown run.[4][5]

Ole Miss then responded early in the fourth with what was a 34-yard, game-winning field goal from Carl Langley that made the final score 10–7.[4][5] For leading his team to the upset, Ole Miss head coach Ken Cooper was recognized by United Press International as the UPI National Coach of the Week.[7] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Ole Miss to 24–6–2.[8]

SMU[edit]

1 234Total
SMU 3 000 3
#14 Alabama 0 281414 56
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 63,203

After their loss against Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide dropped into the No. 14 team prior to their game against Southern Methodist University (SMU).[11] At Legion Field, Alabama ran for 419 yards and eight touchdowns in this 56–3 victory over the Mustangs in what was the first all-time meeting between the schools.[6][9][10][12] The Crimson Tide had a slow start to the game offensively, and trailed 3–0 at the end of the first quarter behind a 40-yard John Dunlop field goal for SMU. However, they responded with four touchdowns in the second quarter en route to a 28–3 halftime lead after backup quarterback Jack O'Rear took over for Jeff Rutledge after the Crimson Tide offense had three turnovers on their first three possessions.[9][10] O'Rear scored first on runs of seven and 19-yards, followed by Tony Nathan on a six-yard run and finally by Rutledge on a 45-yard pass to Ozzie Newsome.[9][10]

Their scoring continued into the second half with a pair of touchdowns scored in each the third and fourth quarters. In the third, Johnny Davis scored on a 17-yard run and Nathan followed with his second touchdown of the game on a seven-yard run.[9][10] In the fourth Lou Ikner scored first on an 11-yard run and Donald Faust made the final score 56–3 with his three-yard run late in the game.[9][10] For the game, 65 players saw action on the field and Nathan led all runners with his 101 yards rushing.[10]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 0 770 14
#13 Alabama 21 777 42
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Bryant–Denny Stadium
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game attendance: 58,414

After their victory over SMU, Alabama moved into the No. 13 position in the AP Poll prior to their game against Vanderbilt.[15] In their first Bryant–Denny game of the season, the Crimson Tide scored 21 first quarter points en route to a 42–14 victory over the Commodores at Tuscaloosa.[6][13][14] Jack O'Rear scored first for Alabama with this 52-yard run. Johnny Davis followed with a pair of eight-yard touchdown runs that gave Alabama a 21–0 lead at the end of the first quarter.[13][14] After Jeff Rutledge extended the Crimson Tide lead to 28–0 with his 27-yard touchdown pass to Ozzie Newsome, Vanderbilt made the halftime score 28–7 on a five-yard Jerry Hampton touchdown run.[13][14]

In the third, the Crimson Tide scored first on a two-yard Calvin Culliver touchdown run. However, the Commodores responded with their longest offensive play of the game when Hampton connected with James Cox on a 43-yard touchdown pass and made the score 35–14.[13][14] Alabama then made the final score 42–14 with a nine-yard Peter Cavan touchdown reception from Rutledge in the fourth quarter.[13][14] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Vanderbilt to 33–17–4.[16]

Georgia[edit]

1 234Total
#10 Alabama 0 000 0
#6 Georgia 0 777 21
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Sanford Stadium
    Athens, GA
  • Game attendance: 60,200

After their victory over Vanderbilt, Alabama moved into the No. 10 position and Georgia into the No. 6 position in the AP Poll prior to their game at Athens.[19] Playing against the Bulldogs for the first time since their 1973 season, Georgia shut out the Crimson Tide, 21–0, and with the victory prevented Alabama from capturing its sixth consecutive SEC title.[6][17][18] After a scoreless first quarter, Matt Robinson gave Georgia a 7–0 halftime lead with his three-yard touchdown run.[17][18] The Bulldogs then closed the game with a two-yard Rayfield Williams touchdown run in the third and a six-yard Robinson touchdown pass to Ulysses Norris in the fourth for the 21–0 victory.[17][18]

The shutout was the first suffered by the Crimson Tide since a 24–0 loss against Tennessee in 1970, and was also the first for Alabama since the installation of the wishbone offense starting with their 1971 season.[20] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 30–20–4.[21]

Southern Miss[edit]

1 234Total
Southern Miss 0 008 8
Alabama 14 703 24
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 45,202

After their loss to Georgia, Alabama dropped out of the AP Poll prior to their game against Southern Miss for the first time since their 1970 season.[24] Before one of the smaller crowds to attend a Crimson Tide game at Legion Field in many decades, Alabama defeated the Golden Eagles 24–8.[6][22][23] The Crimson Tide took a 14–0 first quarter lead behind touchdown runs of 26 and six-yards by Peter Cavan and John David Crow, Jr. They extended it further to 21–0 at halftime after Jeff Rutledge threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Ozzie Newsome in the second quarter.[22][23]

After a scoreless third, Bucky Berrey connected on a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth. Southern Miss then responded with their only points on a four-yard Charles Clancy touchdown pass to John Pitts that made the final score 24–8.[22][23] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Southern Miss to 16–2–1.[25]

Tennessee[edit]

Third Saturday in October
1 234Total
#20 Alabama 6 077 20
Tennessee 0 670 13
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Neyland Stadium
    Knoxville, TN
  • Game attendance: 82,417

After their victory over Southern Miss, Alabama reentered the AP Poll at the No. 20 position prior to their game against Tennessee.[28] Before a nationally televised audience, the Crimson Tide defeated the heated rival Volunteers 20–13 at Neyland Stadium.[6][26][27] Alabama took a 6–0 first quarter lead behind an 11-yard Tony Nathan touchdown run. Tennessee responded and tied the game 6–6 at halftime behind Jim Gaylor field goals of 24 and 40-yards in the second quarter.[26][27]

In the third, both teams traded touchdowns on runs of 14 yards by Jack O'Rear for Alabama and 2 yards by Bobby Emmons for Tennessee that made the score as they entered the fourth tied 13–13. In the fourth, Calvin Culliver scored the game-winning points with this seven-yard touchdown run that made the final score 20–13.[26][27] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Tennessee to 29–23–7.[29]

Louisville[edit]

1 234Total
Louisville 0 300 3
#18 Alabama 0 14100 24
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Bryant–Denny Stadium
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game attendance: 58,414

After their win over Tennessee, Alabama moved into the No. 18 position of the AP Poll prior to their game against Louisivlle.[32] On homecoming in Tuscaloosa, Alabama defeated the Cardinals 24–3 in what was the first all-time meeting between the schools.[6][30][31][33] After a scoreless first, Alabama took a 14–0 lead behind touchdown runs of ten-yards by Tony Nathan and 12-yards by Johnny Davis. Louisville responded late in the quarter with their only points of the game on a 46-yard Pedro Posadas field goal that made the halftime score 14–3.[30][31] The Crimson Tide then concluded their scoring in the third on a 14-yard Jack O'Rear touchdown run and a 27-yard Bucky Berrey field goal.[30][31]

Mississippi State[edit]

1 234Total
#18 Mississippi State 14 300 17
#17 Alabama 0 12157 34
  • Date: October 30
  • Location: Bryant–Denny Stadium
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game attendance: 53,617

As they entered their game against Mississippi State, Alabama moved into the No. 17 position and the Bulldogs into the No. 18 position in the AP Poll.[36] At Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide overcame a 14–0 deficit, came-from-behind and defeated Mississippi State 34–17.[6][34][35] Behind quarterback Bruce Threadgill, the Bulldogs took a 14–0 first quarter lead over the Crimson Tide. Threadgill first threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Duncan McKenzie and later scored himself on a 12-yard touchdown run.[34][35]

Alabama scored their first points early in the second quarter on a 62-yard Jeff Rutledge touchdown pass to Ozzie Newsome. Both teams then traded field goals to close the half with Kinney Jordan connecting from 22-yards for the Bulldogs and Bucky Berrey connecting from 43 and 25-yards for the Crimson Tide to make the halftime score 17–12 in favor of Mississippi State.[34][35]

Alabama took their first lead early in the third quarter on a 27-yard Johnny Davis touchdown run and extended it further to 27–17 later in the quarter on a 25-yard Pete Cavan touchdown run.[34][35] Tony Nathan then concluded the scoring for the Crimson Tide with his four-yard touchdown run in the fourth that made the final score 34–17.[34][35] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi State to 48–10–3.[37]

LSU[edit]

1 234Total
LSU 0 377 17
#15 Alabama 0 1477 28
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 71,018

After their victory over Mississippi State, Alabama moved into the No. 15 position in the AP Poll prior to their game against LSU.[40] Against the rival Tigers, Alabama won 28–17 behind a 130-yard, two touchdown performance by fullback Johnny Davis.[6][38][39] After a scoreless first quarter, LSU took a 3–0 lead in the second on a 48-yard Mike Conway field goal. Alabama responded with a pair of touchdowns on runs of seven-yards by Pete Cavan and nine-yards by Jeff Rutledge en route to a 14–3 halftime lead.[38][39]

The Crimson Tide then maintained their lead through the second half as the teams traded touchdowns. In the third, Johnny Davis scored for the Crimson Tide with his 13-yard run and Pat Lyons scored for the Tigers with this one-yard run. In the fourth Davis scored again for Alabama on a 58-yard run and Terry Robiskie scored on a six-yard run that made the final score 28–17 in favor of the Crimson Tide.[38][39] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against LSU to 26–10–4.[41]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 234Total
#10 Alabama 0 738 18
#18 Notre Dame 0 2100 21
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Notre Dame Stadium
    South Bend, IN
  • Game attendance: 59,075

After their victory over LSU, Alabama moved into the No. 10 position and Notre Dame into the No. 18 position in the AP Poll prior to their game at South Bend.[44] In what was their first regular-season game against the Fighting Irish, Alabama was upset 21–18 after Notre Dame scored three second quarter touchdowns.[6][42][43] The first quarter was scoreless, although Notre Dame missed on two golden scoring opportunities—one on a missed field goal, the other when freshman running back Vagas Ferguson's fumble in the end zone was recovered by Alabama for a touchback. The Irish took a 14–0 lead in the second quarter behind a 56-yard Rick Slager touchdown pass to Dan Kelleher and a two-yard Al Hunter touchdown run. Alabama responded with a one-yard Jack O'Rear touchdown run, but that was followed with a 17-yard Ferguson touchdown run that made the halftime score 21–7 in favor of Notre Dame. The Irish gained a stunning 366 yards in the first half, to 166 for Alabama.[42][43]

Although the Crimson Tide defense shutout the Irish in the second half, the offense was only able to score 11 points and lost 21–18. Alabama points were scored in the third on a 38-yard Bucky Berrey field goal and in the fourth on a 30-yard Jeff Rutledge touchdown pass to Ozzie Newsome.[42][43] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Notre Dame to 0–3.[45]

Auburn[edit]

Iron Bowl
1 234Total
Auburn 0 007 7
#18 Alabama 0 14213 38
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 70,303

As they entered the annual Iron Bowl, Alabama dropped into the No. 18 position in the AP Poll prior to their match-up at Legion Field against Auburn.[48] In what was the first game coached by Doug Barfield as the head coach of the Tigers, the Crimson Tide were victorious with this 38–7 win at Birmingham.[6][46][47] After a scoreless first, Alabama took a 14–0 lead into halftime after second quarter touchdowns were scored on runs of one-yard by Rick Watson and 14-yard by Tony Nathan.[46][47]

The Crimson Tide extended their lead to 35–0 with a trio of touchdowns in the third quarter. They were scored on a 42-yard Jeff Rutledge pass to Ozzie Newsome, a 14-yard Nathan run and on an 11-yard Rutledge run. A 47-yard Bucky Berrey field goal in the fourth extended the Alabama lead to 38–0.[46][47] Auburn did manage to score late an prevent the shutout on a one-yard Foster Christy touchdown run late in the game.[46][47] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Auburn to 23–17–1.[49]

UCLA[edit]

Liberty Bowl
1 234Total
#16 Alabama 17 739 36
#7 UCLA 0 006 6
  • Date: December 20
  • Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
    Memphis, TN
  • Game attendance: 52,736
  • Television network: ABC

Playing before the then-largest crowd to ever attend the Liberty Bowl, Alabama stunned the once-beaten UCLA Bruins 36–6 at Memphis in the first all-time meeting between the schools.[50][51][52] Alabama took a 17–0 first quarter lead on a 37-yard Bucky Berrey field goal, a 44-yard Barry Krauss interception return and a two-yard Johnny Davis touchdown run. They then extended their lead to 24–0 at halftime on a second quarter halfback option play of 20-yards from Tony Nathan to Jack O'Rear.[50][51] After a pair of Berrey field goals extended the Crimson Tide lead to 30–0, UCLA scored their only points in a 61-yard Jim Brown run in the fourth. Rick Watson then scored the final points of the game for Alabama with his one-yard touchdown run that made the final score 36–6.[50][51]

NFL Draft[edit]

Several players that were varsity lettermen from the 1976 squad were drafted into the National Football League (NFL) in the 1977, 1978 and 1979 drafts. These players included:

Year Round Overall Player name Position NFL team
1977 NFL Draft
[53]
2 40 Bob Baumhower Nose tackle Miami Dolphins
3 57 Charley Hannah Offensive guard Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6 159 Paul Harris Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
8 212 Calvin Culliver Running back Denver Broncos
1978 NFL Draft
[53]
1 18 Bob Cryder Guard New England Patriots
1 23 Ozzie Newsome Tight end Cleveland Browns
2 30 Johnny Davis Running back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11 284 Terry Jones Nose tackle Green Bay Packers
1979 NFL Draft
[53]
1 6 Barry Krauss Linebacker Baltimore Colts
1 14 Marty Lyons Defensive tackle New York Jets
3 61 Tony Nathan Running back Miami Dolphins
7 184 Rich Wingo Linebacker Green Bay Packers
9 246 Jeff Rutledge Quarterback Los Angeles Rams

Roster[edit]

1976 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE Buddy Aydelette So
HB Jeff Barnes So
OT Wiley Barnes So
OG Bo Batey Sr
SE 32 Bruce Bolton So
HB Randy Bonner So
OG 63 Vince Booth So
OT Jim Bradford Jr
FB Woody Buchanan Jr
HB Pete Cavan Jr
HB John David Crowe, Jr. Jr
OG Bob Cryder Jr
FB 33 Calvin Culliver Sr
FB 38 Johnny Davis Jr
OG Fred Dawson Jr
FB Donnie Faust Jr
SE 87 Thad Flanagan Sr
OG David Gerasimchuk Sr
OG Louis Green Jr
HB John Gunnels Jr
OT David Hannah So
TE Bill Henderson Jr
SE Steve Higgins So
C Marty Hudson So
C 55 Tom Hufstetler So
OT Tim Hurst Jr
HB 30 Lou Ikner So
QB 12 Kevin Jones So
C 59 Terry Jones Jr
HB John LaBue Sr
OG Buford Lambert Sr
TE Jeff Lamon So
OT K. J. Lazenby Sr
TE Sam Maddox Jr
TE Jimmy McArthur Jr
OT Ralph McElreath Sr
OG David McIntyre Sr
SE 82 Ozzie Newsome Jr
QB 15 Jack O'Rear Jr
C Gary Oser Jr
OG Tom Parkerson So
QB Skip Ramsey So
QB 11 Jeff Rutledge So
SE Russ Schamun Sr
OT 71 Mike Sebastian So
C Sid Smith Sr
HB 26 Mike Sutton Jr
OT Chip Tillman Sr
HB John Turpin So
OG Russ Waddell Jr
QB Bob Walker So
FB Rick Watson Sr
QB Marty White So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 34 Phil Allman So
DT 91 Bob Baumhower Sr
LB Dale Bragan Sr
LB Neil Callaway Sr
DE 85 Danny Collins Jr
DB Kelvin Croom So
DB Allen Crumbley So
DT Jack Perdue So
LB Mike Dottorey So
S Robert Durkee So
S Les Fowler Jr
DE Robert Gartman So
DE 92 Rickey Gilliand So
DB Andy Gothard Sr
DT Charley Hannah Sr
DE Paul Harris Sr
DT Bill Harrison Sr
DE Bruce Hodges Jr
LB Colenzo Hubbard Sr
DE Doug Johnson So
DT Larry Knighton So
NG Freddy Knighton So
DB 23 Mike Kramer Jr
LB 77 Barry Krauss So
S Joe Latham So
S 19 Murray Legg So
DT 93 Marty Lyons So
DE Bobby Mikel So
LB Dale Palmer So
DE 89 Calvin Parker So
DB Scott Price So
S 4 Keith Pugh So
DT Roger Roberts So
NG 62 David Sadler Jr
DB Eric Schamun Jr
LB 65 Jack Smalley Jr
S 52 Barry Smith So
DB 21 Mike Tucker Sr
LB Gus White Sr
DE 45 Steve Whitman So
LB 36 Rich Wingo So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 7 Bucky Berrey Sr
PK 6 Alan McElroy So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 1, 2014

References[edit]

General

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  • "2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book" (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2014.

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