1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Fiesta Bowl, L 7–34 vs. Louisville
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record7–5 (5–2 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMal Moore
Captains
  • Efrum Thomas
  • Gary Hollingsworth
  • Philip Doyle
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,962)
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 13 Florida 6 1 0 9 2 0
No. 8 Tennessee $ 5 1 1 9 2 2
No. 21 Ole Miss 5 2 0 9 3 0
Alabama 5 2 0 7 5 0
No. 19 Auburn 4 2 1 8 3 1
Kentucky 3 4 0 4 7 0
LSU 2 5 0 5 6 0
Georgia 2 5 0 4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0 5 6 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Florida ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Crimson Tide was led by first-year head coach Gene Stallings,[1][2] replacing Bill Curry who left for the University of Kentucky.[3]

Early in the 1990 season, 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.[4]

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 Burke, 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.[5]

The next game was a 9–0 loss to Penn State in which Hollingsworth threw five interceptions and Bama rushed for only six yards.[6] However, Alabama bounced back to win four in a row and salvage a winning season after the 0–3 start. 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.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 81:30 p.m.Southern Mississippi*No. 13PPVL 24–2775,962[7]
September 1511:30 a.m.No. 24 FloridaWTBSL 13–1770,123[8]
September 222:00 p.m.at GeorgiaCBSL 16–1782,122[9]
September 291:30 p.m.Vanderbilt
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
PPVW 59–2870,123[10]
October 64:00 p.m.at Southwestern Louisiana*PPVW 25–636,133[11]
October 203:00 p.m.at No. 3 TennesseeESPNW 9–696,732[12]
October 274:00 p.m.Penn State*dagger
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
ESPNL 0–970,123[13]
November 311:30 a.m.at Mississippi StateWTBSW 22–039,252[14]
November 101:30 p.m.LSU
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
PPVW 24–370,123[15]
November 171:30 p.m.Cincinnati*
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
W 45–771,327[16]
December 12:00 p.m.No. 20 Auburn
CBSW 16–775,962[17]
January 1, 19913:30 p.m.vs. No. 18 Louisville*No. 25NBCL 7–3469,098[18]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Personnel

1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Gary Hollingsworth
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Philip Doyle
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Season summary

Southern Mississippi

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Florida

See also: Alabama–Florida football rivalry

#24 Florida Gators (1–0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (0–1)
1 2 34Total
Florida 0 0 10717
Alabama 7 0 3313

at Bryant–Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Date: September 15, 1990
  • Game attendance: 70,123
  • TV: TBS
  • Recap/Box
Game information
First quarter
  • UA – Craig Sanderson 15-yard pass from Gary Hollingsworth (Philip Doyle kick), 3:55. Alabama 7–0.

Second quarter

  • No scoring

Third quarter

  • UA – Philip Doyle 41-yard field goal, 11:21. Alabama 10–0.
  • UF – Terence Barber 6-yard pass from Shane Matthews (Arden Czyzewski kick), 7:48. Alabama 10–7.
  • UF – Arden Czyzewski 23-yard field goal, 1:28. Tie 10–10.

Fourth quarter

  • UF – Richard Fain recovered blocked punt in end zone (Arden Czyzewski kick), 14:45. Florida 17–10.
  • UA – Philip Doyle 46-yard field goal, 7:22. Florida 17–13.
External video
video icon Game highlights

Statistics

Note: Does not include Fiesta Bowl.

Overall

Statistics Alabama Opponents
Touchdowns 26 13
Points Scored 253 127
Total First Downs 194 139
Rushing 111 62
Passing 72 65
Penalty 11 12
Total Yards 3,673 2,523
Rushing 2,144 1,007
Passing 1,529 1,519
Punts–Yards 64–2,473 79–3,105
FG Made–Att 24–29 12–17
XP Made–Att 25–25 11–11

Scoring

 1   2   3   4  Total
Alabama 89 74 42 48 253
Opponents 15 24 34 54 127

Passing

Name Comp–Att Pct. TD INT Yards Rating Long
Hollingsworth 140–282 49.7 4 13 1,463 88.7 60
Woodson 2–11 18.2 0 3 66 14.0 35
Lee 0–1 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0

References

  1. ^ "Stallings Hopes To Bring Alabama Program Home". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 14, 1990.
  2. ^ "Alabama set to name Stallings". St. Petersburg Times. January 11, 1990. p. 1C. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Alabama's Curry quits, reportedly for Kentucky job". The Dallas Morning News. January 8, 1990.
  4. ^ "Loaded For Bear", S. Looney, Douglas. Sports Illustrated, September 24, 1990
  5. ^ "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Alabama Stuns Tennessee, 9–6", New York Times, October 21, 1990
  6. ^ "Lions' defense smothers Tide in 9–0 win" Archived 2008-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Collegian (Penn State University), October 29, 1990
  7. ^ "USM victory: 'A great feeling'". Hattiesburg American. September 9, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Gatorball rally humbles Tide". The Tampa Tribune. September 16, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "'Dogs get off deck to beat Tide". The Montgomery Advertiser. September 23, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "VU self-destructs in 59–28 loss". The Tennessean. September 30, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Alabama turns the tide on Ragin' Cajuns". The Daily Advertiser. October 7, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Crimson Tide does it again". Johnson City Press. October 21, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Alabama shut out by Penn State 9–0". Sunday News. October 28, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Bama blanks MSU". The Clarion-Ledger. November 4, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "No offense, but LSU loses again". The Shreveport Times. November 11, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Bearcats bow out at Bama battered but still game, 45–7". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 18, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "Cardinals turn it into 'Fiasco Bowl'". The Courier-Journal. January 2, 1991. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Alabama does it! Crimson Tide topples Tigers 16–7". The Montgomery Advertiser. December 2, 1990. Retrieved February 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ "1990 Alabama football archives". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 20, 2021.