1996 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team
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1996 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team
1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC Western Division co-champion
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 17-14 vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
1996 record10-3 (6-2 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWoody McCorvey
Defensive coordinatorMike DuBose
Home stadiumBryant-Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$   8 0         12 1  
No. 9 Tennessee   7 1         10 2  
South Carolina   4 4         6 5  
Kentucky   3 5         4 7  
Georgia   3 5         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
No. 11 Alabama xy   6 2         10 3  
No. 12 LSU x   6 2         10 2  
No. 24 Auburn   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 6  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Florida 45, Alabama 30
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1996-97 college football season, competing in the Western Division in the Southeastern Conference. Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a 10-3 record in his final year with the program. The team played their home games at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alabama's loss to Mississippi State broke a 15-game winning streak Alabama had in the series and was their first loss to the Bulldogs since a dramatic upset MSU posted over the #1 ranked Tide in 1980.

Following a victory in the annual Iron Bowl on November 23, head coach Gene Stallings announced his retirement, which would go into effect at the end of the season.[1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 312:00 p.m.Bowling Green*No. 13PPVW 21-776,878
September 711:30 a.m.Southern Miss*No. 14JPSW 20-1082,338
September 145:00 p.m.VanderbiltNo. 13ESPN2W 36-2670,123
September 2111:30 a.m.at ArkansasNo. 13JPSW 17-754,827
October 51:00 p.m.KentuckydaggerNo. 13PPVW 35-770,123
October 122:30 p.m.at NC State*No. 8ABCW 24-1950,750
October 195:00 p.m.Ole MissNo. 7ESPN2W 37-070,123
October 262:30 p.m.at No. 6 TennesseeNo. 7CBSL 13-20106,700
November 96:30 p.m.at No. 11 LSUNo. 10ESPNW 26-080,290
November 168:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 8ESPNL 16-1740,050
November 236:30 p.m.AuburnNo. 15ESPNW 24-2383,091
December 78:00 p.m.vs. No. 4 FloridaNo. 11ABCL 30-4574,132
January 1, 199710:00 a.m.vs. No. 15 Michigan*No. 16ESPNW 17-1453,161
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Coaching staff

Name Position Consecutive seasons at Alabama
Gene Stallings Head coach 7th
Woody McCorvey Offensive coordinator 7th
Dabo Swinney Wide receivers and Tight end coach 4th
Danny Pearman Offensive Tackles coach/Special teams coordinator 6th
Jim Fuller Offensive Line Coach 13th
Randy Ross Quarterbacks coach/Recruiting Coordinator 7th
Ivy Williams Running backs coach 3rd
Mike Dubose Defensive coordinator/Defensive line 7th
Curley Hallman Secondary coach 1st
Jeff Rouzie Linebackers coach 6th
Reference:[2]

Game summaries

Bowling Green

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 7 7
#13 Crimson Tide 7 7 7 0 21

Alabama wins its sixth straight season opener over newly Division 1 opponent Bowling Green.

Southern Miss

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 0 10 0 0 10
#14 Crimson Tide 10 7 3 0 20

Alabama would hold Southern Miss to 104 yards of offense to win for the sixth straight year over the Golden Eagles.

Vanderbilt

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 7 8 11 0 26
#13 Crimson Tide 3 12 21 0 36

In the first home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for 1996, a shootout would unfold as the Crimson Tide would use a 21 point 3rd quarter to beat the Commodores.

Arkansas

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Crimson Tide 0 7 0 10 17
Razorbacks 0 0 0 7 7

A defensive struggle goes the Crimson Tide way as they avenge their loss of a year ago to Arkansas.

Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
#13 Crimson Tide 7 0 28 0 35

Former Alabama coach Bill Curry returned to Tuscaloosa for the first time since leaving Alabama for Kentucky in 1989. Despite being heavy underdogs, Curry's Wildcats forced a 7-7 tie at halftime which brought a chorus of boos from the homecoming crowd. The Crimson Tide then would use a 28 point third quarter to beat Kentucky.

North Carolina State

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Crimson Tide 7 0 7 10 24
Wolfpack 3 0 3 13 19

Despite giving up a season high 418 yards of offense, The Crimson Tide survived on the road to stay undefeated.

Ole Miss

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
#7 Crimson Tide 3 7 14 13 37

The Crimson Tide put its most complete game together to date in 1996 to roll to a shutout win of Ole Miss.

Tennessee

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Crimson Tide 0 3 10 0 13
#6 Volunteers 0 0 6 14 20

Tennessee used 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to beat Alabama for the second year in a row and for the first time in Knoxville since 1984.

LSU

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Crimson Tide 0 7 12 7 26
#11 Tigers 0 0 0 0 0

For the second time in three weeks, Alabama defense would shut out its opponent. The Crimson tide offense went through one man Redshirt Freshman Shaun Alexander rushed for a School record 291 yards and all four Alabama touchdowns.

Mississippi State

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Crimson Tide 0 13 0 3 16
Bulldogs 7 7 0 3 17

For the first time since 1980, Alabama would lose to Mississippi State in one of the biggest upset of the Gene Stallings era.

Auburn

After the game, head coach Gene Stallings announced his resignation effective at the end of the season.

Florida

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Crimson Tide 7 7 14 2 30
#4 Gators 6 18 14 7 45

Alabama would be in its fourth SEC Championship game in five season and once again would face Florida like they have the previous three meetings. The Gators would use nearly 500 yards of offense to win its fourth straight SEC Title a record that still holds to this day.

Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Crimson Tide 3 0 0 14 17
#15 Wolverines 0 6 0 8 14

Two 4th quarter touchdowns proved to be enough as Alabama would win its 10 game of the season and the 70th and final for Coach Gene Stallings.

References

  1. ^ "Tide prevails; Stallings retires: Auburn Bama both blow leads". The Atlanta Journal. 1996-11-24. pp. F1.
  2. ^ 1997 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2

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