1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC champion
SEC Western Division champion
Orange Bowl, L 34–35 OT vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
1999 record10–3 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorNeil Callaway (2nd year as OC 3rd overall)
Co-offensive coordinatorCharlie Stubbs (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorEllis Johnson (3rd year)
Captain
5
  • Shaun Alexander
  • Cornelius Griffin
  • Miguel Merritt
  • Ryan Pflunger
  • Chris Samuels
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 83,818)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 12 Florida x   7 1     9 4  
No. 9 Tennessee   6 2     9 3  
No. 16 Georgia   5 3     8 4  
Kentucky   4 4     6 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6     5 6  
South Carolina   0 8     0 11  
Western Division
No. 8 Alabama x$   7 1     10 3  
No. 13 Mississippi State   6 2     10 2  
No. 22 Ole Miss   4 4     8 4  
No. 17 Arkansas   4 4     8 4  
Auburn   2 6     5 6  
LSU   1 7     3 8  
Championship: Alabama 34, Florida 7
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the 1999 college football season. The team was led by head coach Mike DuBose, who was in his third season with the program. The Crimson Tide, also known informally as the Tide, played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Legion Field, in Birmingham, Alabama.

The team entered the season trying to build upon a 7–5 record from their 1998 season. The 1999 team had tremendous success. After a stunning last second loss to Louisiana Tech early in the year,[1] they eventually finished with a 9–2 regular season record (7–1 in the SEC). This included defeating Auburn on the road for the first time ever.[2] The team went on to the 1999 SEC Championship Game where they defeated Florida for the second time for the year.[3] Alabama played Michigan in the 2000 Orange Bowl[4] and suffered a 35–34 loss in overtime, due to a missed extra point.[5] Alabama had beaten Florida during the regular season by a single point in overtime, also due to a missed extra point.[6]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 411:30 a.m.at VanderbiltNo. 20JPSW 28–1741,600
September 1111:30 a.m.Houston*No. 21JPSW 37–1080,110
September 184:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech*No. 18
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
PPVL 28–2980,312
September 252:30 p.m.No. 14 ArkansasCBSW 35–2883,818
October 22:30 p.m.at No. 3 FloridaNo. 21CBSW 40–39 OT85,721
October 162:30 p.m.at No. 22 Ole MissNo. 11CBSW 30–2452,122
October 232:30 p.m.No. 5 TennesseeNo. 10
CBSL 7–2186,869
October 302:00 p.m.No. 20 Southern Miss*daggerNo. 14
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
PPVW 35–1483,818
November 611:30 a.m.LSUNo. 12
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
JPSW 23–1783,818
November 132:30 p.m.No. 8 Mississippi StateNo. 11
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
CBSW 19–783,818
November 206:30 p.m.at AuburnNo. 8ESPNW 28–1785,214
December 47:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 FloridaNo. 7ABCW 34–774,309
January 1, 20007:30 p.m.vs. No. 8 Michigan*No. 5ABCL 34–35 OT70,461
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 37 Shaun Alexander Sr
WR 80 Jason McAddley So
WR 15 Freddie Milons So
QB 5 Andrew Zow So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Coaching staff

Name Position Consecutive seasons at Alabama
Mike Dubose Head coach 3rd
Neil Callaway Offensive coordinator/Offensive line coach 3rd
Ronnie Cottrell Assistant head coach/Tight end 2nd
Charlie Stubbs Quarterback coach 2nd
Dabo Swinney Wide receivers coach 7th
Ivy Williams Running backs coach 5th
Ellis Johnson Defensive coordinator/Outside linebackers coach 3rd
Charlie Harbison Cornerbacks coach 2nd
Jeff Rouzie Special teams coordinator/Inside linebackers coach 9th
Lance Thompson Defensive line coach 1st
Reference:[7]

Game summaries

Vanderbilt

See also: 1999 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Crimson Tide 0 7 7 14 28
Commodores 0 7 10 0 17

Shaun Alexander scored the final two touchdowns in the 4th quarter to rally Alabama to a season opening road win over Vanderbilt.

Statistics Alabama Vanderbilt
First downs 18 13
Total yards 343 230
Rushing yards 142 110
Passing yards 201 120
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 31:22 28:38
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 15–24, 201 yards, 2 TD's
Rushing Shaun Alexander 26 carries, 109 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Shaun Alexander 4 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD
Vanderbilt Passing Greg Zolman 12–24, 120 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Rodney Williams 14 carries, 76 yards
Receiving Elliot Carson 2 receptions, 42 yards

Houston

See also: 1999 Houston Cougars football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 3 0 7 0 10
#21 Crimson Tide 10 7 6 14 37

Alabama would go over 500 yards of offense for just the second time in the Mike Dubose era and win convincingly over Houston.

Statistics Houston Alabama
First downs 16 24
Total yards 274 505
Rushing yards 103 275
Passing yards 171 230
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 28:06 31:54
Team Category Player Statistics
Houston Passing Jason McKinley 12–25, 169 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Ketric Sanford 5 carries, 70 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Orlando Iglesias 6 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 8–18, 156 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Shaun Alexander 27 carries, 167 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Terry Jones Jr. 3 receptions, 124 yards, 1 TD

Louisiana Tech

See also: 1999 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 6 6 3 14 29
#18 Crimson Tide 0 3 15 10 28

Back-up quarterback Brian Stallworth would find Sean Cangelosi in the end zone with two seconds left to upset Alabama for the second time in three years.

Statistics Louisiana Tech Alabama
First downs 24 17
Total yards 416 306
Rushing yards 16 202
Passing yards 400 104
Turnovers 3 4
Time of possession 30:34 29:26
Team Category Player Statistics
Louisiana Tech Passing Tim Rattay 27–50, 368 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Bobby Ray Tell 16 carries, 53 yards
Receiving Sean Cangelosi 8 receptions, 147 yards, 2 TD's
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 8–19, 104 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Shaun Alexander 30 carries, 173 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Antonio Carter 2 receptions, 36 yards

Arkansas

See also: 1999 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Razorbacks 10 3 8 7 28
Crimson Tide 7 7 14 7 35

Despite turning the football over six times, Alabama would manage to hold on and upset #14 Arkansas at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This would be the first time under Mike Dubose that Alabama beat a ranked opponent.

Statistics Arkansas Alabama
First downs 14 22
Total yards 380 494
Rushing yards 64 184
Passing yards 316 310
Turnovers 1 6
Time of possession 25:34 34:26
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing Clint Stoerner 24–52, 316 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Cedric Cobbs 9 carries, 44 yards
Receiving Anthony Lucas 4 receptions, 93 yards
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 14–24, 234 yards, 2 TD's, 3 INT's
Rushing Shaun Alexander 34 carries, 165 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jason McAddley 3 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD

Florida

See also: 1999 Florida Gators football team

1 2 3 4OT Total
#21 Crimson Tide 3 10 6 147 40
#3 Gators 7 0 15 116 39

The Crimson Tide snapped No. 3 Florida's 30-game winning streak at The Swamp on Saturday when Chris Kemp got a second chance on an extra-point attempt in overtime and drilled it.

Statistics Alabama Florida
First downs 23 21
Total yards 447 449
Rushing yards 111 140
Passing yards 336 309
Turnovers 2 3
Time of possession 41:22 18:38
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 28–40, 336 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Shaun Alexander 28 carries, 106 yards, 3 TD's
Receiving Freddie Milons 10 receptions, 119 yards
Florida Passing Doug Johnson 22–31, 309 yards, 4 TD's
Rushing Robert Gillespie 11 carries, 86 yards
Receiving Darrell Jackson 6 receptions, 127 yards, 3 TD's

Ole Miss

See also: 1999 Ole Miss Rebels football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Crimson Tide 10 7 10 3 30
#22 Rebels 0 7 10 7 24

Despite having a 27-7 lead midway through the third quarter, Alabama had to hold on late to beat Ole Miss.

Statistics Alabama Ole Miss
First downs 22 21
Total yards 413 376
Rushing yards 236 141
Passing yards 177 235
Turnovers 0 2
Time of possession 35:16 24:44
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 16–28, 177 yards
Rushing Shaun Alexander 36 carries, 214 yards, 3 TD's
Receiving Freddie Milons 9 receptions, 133 yards
Ole Miss Passing Romaro Miller 15–31, 217 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Deuce McAllister 13 carries, 62 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Cory Peterson 8 receptions, 137 yards

Tennessee

See also: 1999 Tennessee Volunteers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Volunteers 0 7 7 7 21
#10 Crimson Tide 0 7 0 0 7

For the first time since 1930, the Third Saturday in October would be in Tuscaloosa. Despite having the largest crowd ever to watch a football game in the state of Alabama to date, The Crimson Tide could not generate enough offense to beat Tennessee. This gave the Volunteers their fifth win in a row against Alabama.

Statistics Tennessee Alabama
First downs 18 15
Total yards 337 267
Rushing yards 190 94
Passing yards 147 173
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 32:22 27:38
Team Category Player Statistics
Tennessee Passing Tee Martin 11–17, 147 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Jamal Lewis 23 carries, 117 yards
Receiving Cedrick Wilson 5 receptions, 53 yards
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 19–37, 168 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Shaun Alexander 20 carries, 98 yards
Receiving Freddie Milons 5 receptions, 52 yards

Southern Miss

See also: 1999 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Golden Eagles 0 7 0 7 14
#14 Crimson Tide 10 10 15 0 35

Behind the Alabama defense who would hold Southern Miss to -13 yards rushing, Alabama would generate enough points with a pick six and a punt return to beat Southern Miss for the eight year in a row.

Statistics Southern Miss Alabama
First downs 16 15
Total yards 249 267
Rushing yards –13 131
Passing yards 262 136
Turnovers 2 1
Time of possession 28:19 31:41
Team Category Player Statistics
Southern Miss Passing Jeff Kelly 16–30, 175 yards 1 TD, 2 INT's
Rushing Derrick Nix 14 carries, 28 yards
Receiving Todd Pinkston 5 receptions, 85 yards
Alabama Passing Tyler Watts 11–20, 128 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Shaun Bohanon 28 carries, 104 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Jason McAddley 2 receptions, 46 yards

LSU

See also: 1999 LSU Tigers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 7 0 7 3 17
#12 Crimson Tide 0 10 13 0 23

The 1999 version of a Goal Line stand as Alabama would deny LSU quarterback Josh Booty of a potential game winning touchdown run by knocking him down six inches short of the end zone to win.

Statistics LSU Alabama
First downs 14 24
Total yards 208 354
Rushing yards 32 151
Passing yards 176 203
Turnovers 4 4
Time of possession 22:17 37:43
Team Category Player Statistics
LSU Passing Josh Booty 15–36, 176 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT's
Rushing Jerel Myers 1 carry, 16 yards
Receiving Abram Booty 4 receptions, 58 yards
Alabama Passing Tyler Watts 23–36, 203 yards, 2 TD's 2 INT's
Rushing Shaun Bohanon 22 carries, 83 yards
Receiving Freddie Milons 8 receptions, 57 yards

Mississippi State

See also: 1999 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Bulldogs 0 7 0 0 7
#11 Crimson Tide 3 7 3 6 19

With the help of three Mississippi State interceptions, Alabama would end their three game losing streak to the Bulldogs and be one win away from winning the SEC West.

Statistics Mississippi State Alabama
First downs 12 15
Total yards 232 315
Rushing yards 24 93
Passing yards 208 222
Turnovers 3 1
Time of possession 27:25 32:35
Team Category Player Statistics
Mississippi State Passing Wayne Madkin 14–21, 168 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT's
Rushing Chris Rainey 7 carries, 22 yards
Receiving Kelvin Love 4 receptions, 109 yards
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 18–34, 222 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Shaun Alexander 24 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Freddie Milons 9 receptions, 94 yards

Auburn

See also: 1999 Auburn Tigers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Crimson Tide 6 0 2 20 28
Tigers 0 14 0 3 17

Shaun Alexander scored all three of Alabama touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Crimson Tide rallied back for the second year in a row to beat Auburn. This would also be the first time Alabama won at Jordan-Hare Stadium. With the win, Alabama clinched the SEC West for the first time since 1996.

Statistics Alabama Auburn
First downs 22 21
Total yards 350 303
Rushing yards 226 66
Passing yards 124 237
Turnovers 1 2
Time of possession 32:34 27:26
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 12–20, 67 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Shaun Alexander 33 carries, 182 yards, 3 TD's
Receiving Freddie Milons 6 receptions, 54 yards
Auburn Passing Ben Leard 26–39, 237 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Heath Evans 21 carries, 83 yards
Receiving Ronney Daniels 6 receptions, 78 yards

Florida

See also: 1999 Florida Gators football team and 1999 SEC Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Gators 7 0 0 0 7
#7 Crimson Tide 0 12 3 19 34

Alabama used 34 unanswered points to beat Florida for the second time in 1999. This would be the Crimson Tide's first SEC Championship since 1992.

Statistics Florida Alabama
First downs 6 22
Total yards 114 462
Rushing yards 31 300
Passing yards 83 162
Turnovers 4 1
Time of possession 19:49 40:11
Team Category Player Statistics
Florida Passing Jesse Palmer 7–20, 80 yards, 3 INT's
Rushing Earnest Graham 9 carries, 27 yards
Receiving Darrell Jackson 3 receptions, 49 yards
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 10–17, 134 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Freddie Milons 6 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Antonio Carter 5 receptions, 71 yards

Michigan

See also: 1999 Michigan Wolverines football team and 2000 Orange Bowl

1 2 3 4OT Total
#8 Wolverines 0 7 21 07 35
#5 Crimson Tide 0 14 14 06 34

Despite holding a 14 point lead in the third quarter, Alabama could not hold on and would lose in Overtime on a missed extra point by Ryan Pflugner.

Statistics Michigan Alabama
First downs 18 12
Total yards 406 305
Rushing yards 37 184
Passing yards 369 121
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 32:08 27:52
Team Category Player Statistics
Michigan Passing Tom Brady 34–46, 369 yards, 4 TD's
Rushing Anthony Thomas 18 carries, 40 yards, 1 TD
Receiving David Terrell 10 receptions, 150 yards, 3 TD
Alabama Passing Andrew Zow 7–14, 86 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Shaun Alexander 25 carries, 161 yards, 3 TD's
Receiving Antonio Carter 4 receptions, 38 yards, 1 TD

References

  1. ^ "Louisiana Tech has history of comebacks". ESPN. October 23, 2003. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  2. ^ "Atlanta-bound Alabama: Tide secure SEC West crown with 28–17 victory". Sports Illustrated. November 21, 1999. Retrieved September 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Alabama Beats Florida In the S.E.C. Title Game". The New York Times. December 5, 1999. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Alabama to make 50th bowl appearance". The Crimson White. December 6, 1999.
  5. ^ "Michigan vs. Alabama". USA Today. January 1, 2000. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "2nd Point After Is the Difference". The New York Times. October 3, 1999. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  7. ^ 1999 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2