1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1989 record||10–2 (6–1 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bill Curry (3rd year)|
|1989 SEC football standings|
|#5 Tennessee +||6||–||1||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|#9 Alabama +||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#6 Auburn +||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
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, a 47–30 victory over Tennessee in a match of unbeatens, 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. 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.
However, in the season finale against Auburn—the first Iron Bowl ever played in Auburn, Alabama—the Tigers beat Alabama 30–20. 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.
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.
|September 16||1:30 p.m.||Memphis State*||No. 16||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 35–7||75,962|
|September 23||12:00 p.m.||Kentucky||No. 15||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||WTBS||W 15–3||70,123|
|September 30||11:30 a.m.||at Vanderbilt||No. 13||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN||WTBS||W 20–14||29,106|
|October 7||1:30 p.m.||at Ole Miss||No. 13||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry)||W 62–27||55,000|
|October 14||1:30 p.m.||Southwestern Louisiana*||No. 11||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 24–17||70,123|
|October 21||11:00 a.m.||No. 6 Tennessee||No. 10||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October)||CBS||W 47–30||75,962|
|October 28||1:30 p.m.||at No. 14 Penn State*||No. 6||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry)||CBS||W 17–16||85,975|
|November 4||11:30 a.m.||Mississippi State||No. 4||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry)||WTBS||W 23–10||75,962|
|November 11||6:30 p.m.||at LSU||No. 4||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry)||ESPN||W 32–16||77,197|
|November 18||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 4||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 37–14||70,123|
|December 2||1:00 p.m.||at No. 11 Auburn||No. 2||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Iron Bowl)||CBS||L 20–30||85,214|
|January 1, 1990||7:30 p.m.||vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)*||No. 7||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 25–33||77,452|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- "1989 Game Recaps". 1990 Alabama Football Media Guide (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: UA Athletics Media Relations Office. 1990. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- 1989 Game Recaps, p. 87
- Reed, William F. (October 30, 1989). "'bama Roars Back". Sports Illustrated. SI.com. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- 1989 Game Recaps, p. 90
- "'Lee Ozmint records an Alabama first'". The Tuscaloosa News.
- 1989 Game Recaps, p. 94
- "'Alabama Falls To Auburn But Still Gets Sugar Bowl Berth'".
- Frenandes, Doug (January 3, 1990). "Miami sweeps polls". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News. NYT Regional Newspapers. p. 1D. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Hurt, Cecil (January 8, 1990). "Curry resigns: Cites family, team pressure". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News. p. 1A. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "All-time Football Results: 1989 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 21, 2012.