Alabama vs Ole Miss: A Historical Retrospective

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Eighty-one years ago, on Oct 5, 1929, the University of Alabama and The University of Mississippi met on the football field for the sixteenth time. Alabama won the contest 22-7 but the final score didn't really express how one sided the game was. Alabama racked up more than 600 yards of offense while the Ole Miss could only muster a single first down.

The 1929 game would have gone mostly forgotten as a statistical oddity (the Rebels one touchdown came on a 54-yard pass which turned out to be the only time they would find the end zone against the Crimson Tide in the nine games between 1915 and 1930) except it marked the dedication of Alabama's Denny Stadium.

The $100,000 venue was financed through the proceeds from the football team's appearance in the 1926 and 1927 Rose Bowls. The appearance in the West Coast contests put Alabama football on the national map, it paved the way for the program to enter the forefront of Southern football by the construction of a quality home venue for the team.

Alabama football burst onto the national scene in the late 1920s when coach Wallace Wade led the Crimson Tide to a pair of appearances in the Rose Bowl. The 20-19 victory over Washington in 1926 and the hard-fought 7-7 tie with "Pop" Warner's Stanford squad the following year established the Crimson Tide as a major football power.

The university then turned around and used the proceeds from those two games to provide the bulk of the financing for a new stadium which was completed

(Prior to the construction of the stadium, Alabama played most of its home games at Denny Field located at the intersection of 10th Street and 7th Avenue at the southern edge of the campus)

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The first game in the stadium was a season opening 55-0 romp over Mississippi College on Sept. 28, 1929. It was the second game of the season, homecoming, that saw the structure formally dedicated and named for the university president George Hutchenson Denny who had overseen the rise to prominence of the football program.

The 12,000-seat stadium consisted of a grandstand on the west side of the field constructed in the model of the Yale Bowl (which was the inspiration for the Rose Bowl as well). The initial plans called for the venue to be expanded to a full bowl that would fit a capacity of 60,000 fans.

On April 10, 1976 the stadium was re-dedicated during the annual A-Day game re-named Bryant-Denny Stadium to also honor Alabama's legendary coach Paul W. Bryant. Since the original construction, the stadium has undergone seven expansions, the most recent of which -- the south end zone expansion -- was completed during the off-season increasing its capacity to 101,821.

When Alabama and Ole Miss meet on Saturday it will be be the 16th time in the venue and the sixth time the contest was also homecoming -- just like in 1929.

Alabama vs Ole Miss Historical Record

Season W/L Score Date Location Game Info/Rank
1894 L 0-6 Oct. 27 Jackson, Miss.
1899 W 7-5 Nov. 24 Jackson, Miss.
1900 W 12-6 Oct. 26 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1901 W 41-0 Oct. 19 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1907 W 20-0 Oct. 12 Columbus, Miss.
1909 TIE 0-0 Oct. 23 Jackson, Miss.
1910 L 0-16 Nov. 5 Greenville, Miss.
1912 W 10-9 Nov. 9 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1915 W 53-0 Nov. 25 Birmingham, Ala.
1916 W 27-0 Oct. 28 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1917 W 64-0 Oct. 26 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1919 W 49-0 Oct. 11 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama's 100th Win
1923 W 56-0 Oct. 6 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1924† W 61-0 Nov. 1 Montgomery, Ala.
1928 W 27-0 Oct. 6 Montgomery, Ala. Season Opener
1929 W 22-7 Oct. 5 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Homecoming Denny Stadium dedication
1930‡† W 64-0 Oct. 4 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1931 W 55-6 Oct. 3 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1932 W 24-13 Oct. 22 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1933† TIE 0-0 Oct. 7 Birmingham, Ala.
1944 W 34-6 Nov. 11 Mobile, Ala.
1963 W 12-7 Jan. 1, 1964 New Orleans, La. Sugar Bowl Alabama (8) Ole Miss (7)
1965‡† W 17-16 Oct. 2  Birmingham, Ala.
1966† W 17-7 Oct. 1 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (3)
1967 W 21-7 Oct. 7 Birmingham, Ala. Alabama (9)
1968 L 8-10 Oct. 5 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (11)
1969 W 33-32 Oct. 4 Birmingham, Ala. Alabama (15) Ole Miss (20)
1970 L 23-48 Oct. 3 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (17) Ole Miss (7)
1971† W 40-6 Oct. 2 Birmingham, Ala. Alabama (7)
1974† W 35-21 Oct. 5 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (3)
1975† W 32-6 Oct. 4 Birmingham, Ala. Alabama  (9)
1976 L 7-10 Sept. 11 Jackson, Miss. Season Opener Alabama (6)
1977† W 34-13 Sept. 10 Birmingham, Ala. Season Opener Alabama (6)
1980 W 59-35 Sept. 20 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (1)
1981† W 38-7 Oct. 3 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama (11)
1982 W 42-14 Sept. 18 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (4)
1983 W 40-0 Sept. 17 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama (12)
1988 L 12-22 Oct. 8 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Homecoming Alabama (12)
1989† W 62-27 Oct. 7 Jackson, Miss. Alabama (13)
1992‡† W 31-10 Oct. 24 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama (4)
1993 W 19-14 Oct. 23 Oxford, Miss. Alabama (4)
Forfeited by NCAA
1994 W 21-10 Oct. 22 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama (8)
1995 W 23-9 Oct. 21 Oxford, Miss. Alabama (21)
Alabama's700th Win
1996 W 37-0 Oct. 19 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama (7)
1997 W 29-20 Oct. 25 Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss (25)
1998 W 20-17 Oct. 10 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Homecoming OT
1999† W 30-24 Oct. 16 Oxford, Miss. Alabama (11) Ole Miss (22)
2000 W 45-7 Oct. 14 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2001 L 24-27 Oct. 13 Oxford, Miss.
2002 W 42-7 Oct. 19 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Homecoming Ole Miss (25)
2003 L 28-42 Oct. 18 Oxford, Miss.
2004 W 28-7 Sept. 11 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2005 W 13-10 Oct. 15 Oxford, Miss. Alabama (6)
Vacated by the NCAA
2006 W 26-23 Oct. 14 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Vacated by the NCAA
2007 W 27-24 Oct. 13 Oxford, Miss. Vacated by the NCAA
2008 W 24-20 Oct. 18 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama (2)
2009‡† W 22-3 Oct. 10 Oxford, Miss.
Homecoming Alabama (3) Ole Miss (20)

‡ National Champion, † SEC Champion

Source: The University of Alabama 2010 Football Media Guide

 

The Alabama vs Ole Miss Record Book

Record Alabama Ole Miss
Most Points 64 (2 times) 48 (1970)
Fewest Points 0 (4 times) 0 (14 times)
Most 1st Down 29 (2 times) 30 (1969)
Fewest 1st Down 8 (1988) 4 (2005)
Most Yards Rush 531 (1971) 216 (2003)
Fewest Yards Rush 27 (1970) 4 (2002)
Most Yards Pass 353 (1989) 436 (1969)
Fewest Yards Pass 0 (1988) 63 (2 times)
Most Total Plays 88 (1989) 90 (1989)
Fewest Total Plays 58 (1995) 40 (1974)
Most Yds Tot Off 569 (1989) 609 (1969)
Fewest Yds Tot Off 172 (1988) 158 (1996)
Most Yards Rush 193
(Johnny Musso, 71)
188
(Deuce McAllister, 99)
Most Yards Pass 363
(G Hollingsworth, 89)
436
(Archie Manning, 69)
Most Receptions 11
(DJ Hall, 2007)
13
(Floyd Franks, 1969)
Most Yards Rec 157
(Antonio Carter, 2000)
191
(Floyd Franks, 1969)

Source: The University of Alabama Football Record Book

 

Ole Miss & The Alabama Record Book

Record Place Year Statistic Holder
Most Rushes Allowed 1st 1980 90 team
Most Yards Allowed 1st 1969 609 team
Highest Comp % (min 15) 1st 1966 84.2% (16 of 19) Ken Stabler
Most Int QB Debut 1st 1976 3 Jeff Rutledge
Fewest Completions 1st (tie) 1988 0 team
Fewest Yards 1st (tie) 1988 0 team
Fewest Pass 1st Down 1st (tie) 1988 0 team
Most Rush TDs 1st (tie) 2002 5 Santonio Beard
Most Pass TDs 1st (tie) 1989 5 Gary Hollingsworth
Points Per Game 1st (tie) 2002 30 (5 tds) Santonio Beard
Total Touchdowns 1st (tie) 2002 5 (5 rushing) Santonio Beard
Total Touchdowns 1st (tie) 1989 5 (5 passing) Gary Hollingsworth
Longest Kickoff Return 1st (tie) 1988 100 yards Pierre Goode
Interceptions 1st (tie) 1966 3 (52 yards) Dicky Thompson
Highest Comp % (min 15) 2nd 2000 81.8 (18 of 22) Andrew Zow
Most Pass YD QB Debut 2nd 1998 272(15 cpl, 30 att, 1 td) Andrew Zow
Field Goals Made 2nd 2009 5 Leigh Tiffin
Kicking Points 2nd 2009 16 (5 FG, 1 PAT) Leigh Tiffin
Most Kickoff Returns 2nd (tie) 1970 5 (84 yards) Buddy Seay
Highest Comp % (min 10) 2nd (tie) 1983 86.7% (13 of 15) Walter Lewis
Best Punting Avg (min 5) 3rd 2003 52.4 (5 punt, 262 yd) Bo Freelend
Most Consecutive Compl 3rd (tie) 2000 12 Andrew Zow
Highest Comp % (min 20) 3rd (tie) 1969 75.9% (22 of 29) Scott Hunter
Highest Scoring Game 3rd (tie) 1980 94 (Bama 59, Miss 35) team
Yards per Catch (min 8) 4th  2000 19.6 (8 for 157 yd) Antonio Carter
Longest Field Goal 4th 1993 53 yards (no tee) Michael Proctor
Most Receptions 4th (tie) 2007 11 (140 yd) DJ Hall
Most Pass TDs 4th (tie) 1970 3 Neb Hayden
Rush Attempts 5th 1999 36 (214 yards) Shaun Alexander
Highest Scoring Game 5th (tie) 1989 89 (Bama 62, Miss 27) team
Most Consecutive Compl 5th (tie) 1989 10 Gary Hollingsworth
Most Yards Passing 5th (tie) 1989 363 yards (25 of 43) Gary Hollingsworth
Most Yards 7th 1989 352 (363 pass, -11 rush) Gary Hollingsworth
Longest Scoring Pass Play 7th (tie) 1982 80 yards Walter Lewis to Jesse Bendross
Most Competions 7th (tie) 2007 26 (40 att, 265 yd) John Parker Wilson
Rush Yards 8th  1999 214 yards (36 att) Shaun Alexander
QB Rush Yards  8th  2001 110 yards (13 att) Tyler Watts
Most Receptions 8th (tie) 1989 10 (126 yd) Kevin Turner
Most Receiving Yards 9th (tie) 2000 157 yards( 8 rec) Antonio Carter
Most Pass Attempts 10th 1989 43 (25 cpl, 363 yd) Gary Hollingsworth
Longest Punts 11th 1983 71 yards Malcolm Simmons
Most Receptions 12th (tie) 1966 9 (94 yd) Ray Perkins
Most Receptions 12th (tie) 1969 9 (115 yd) David Bailey
Most Receptions 12th (tie) 1999 9 (133 yd) Freddie Milons
Most Points Scored in Loss 15th (tie) 2003 28 team

Source: The University of Alabama Football Record Book

 

Ole Miss & The Alabama  Bowl Record Book

Record Place Year/Bowl Statistic Holder
Field Goal Attempts 1st 1964 Sugar Bowl 5 Tim Davis
Field Goals Made 1st 1964 Sugar Bowl 4 (of 5) Tim Davis
Fewest Pass 1st Down 1st (tie) 1964 Sugar Bowl 1 team
Most Int Thrown 1st (tie) 1964 Sugar Bowl 3 Steve Sloan
Most Fumbles 3rd 1964 Sugar Bowl 6 team
Most Fumbles Lost 3rd (tie) 1964 Sugar Bowl 3 (of 6) team
Fewest Pass Completions 3rd (tie) 1964 Sugar Bowl 3 Steve Sloan
Longest Field Goal 5th 1964 Sugar Bowl 48 yards Tim Davis
Fewest Passing Yards 5th 1964 Sugar Bowl 29 yards team
Most Int Return Yards 6th 1964 Sugar Bowl 51 team team
Fewest Pass Attempts 6th 1964 Sugar Bowl 11 team
Most Rush Attempts 7th 1964 Sugar Bowl 58 team
Fewest Yards 8th 1964 Sugar Bowl 194 yards team

Source: The University of Alabama Football Record Book

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