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Alabama vs Ole Miss: A Historical Retrospective

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Alabama's football history with Ole Miss goes back farther than with any other program currently in existence save Swanee and Auburn. Mississippi and Alabama first faced each other in the opening game of Alabama's third season of organized play, in 1894. Since then, the two teams have met in 55 regular season games and one bowl game (more on that in a second).

Perhaps one of the wildest games between the two happened in 1989 when No. 13 Alabama rolled into Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss to face the Rebels in front of 55,000 fans. It was the just the second start for Bama QB Gary Hollingsworth and it certainly didn't get off in an auspicious manner.

Ole Miss converted a blocked punt and interception into touchdowns and then followed up with a long scoring drive that had them leading 21-0 before half the quarter had passed. Yet starting at the 8:18 mark Hollingsworth caught fire. He completed ten straight passes including three touchdowns that had the score tied in the next ten minutes of play.

By the time it was over he had completed 25 of 43 passes for 363 yards and thrown no less than five touchdowns. Alabama won 62-27.

"When we were losing 21-0 and Coach [Bill] Curry said he saw in our eyes that we were going to win, I'm not sure whose eyes he was looking at," Hollingsworth remarked later.

But that single game wasn't the high-water mark of futility for Mississippi. Between 1915 and 1930, over the course of nine games, Ole Miss was able to score a single time - on a 54-yard pass in 1929. That game also marked the second in Denny Stadium and saw the structure formally dedicated.

Yet in the only bowl game ever to feature both teams, the 1964 Sugar Bowl, it was a kicker that stole the show. Tim Davis nailed four field goals during the contest from as far out as 48-yards (and just missing a 50-yarder) to account for all the Tide's points in a 12-7 upset of Ole Miss.

Alabama vs Ole Miss Historical Record

Season W/L Score Date Location Game Information
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. SEC Champions
1928 W 27-0 Oct. 6 Montgomery, Ala.
1929 W 22-7 Oct. 5 Tuscaloosa, Ala. 2nd Game at Denny Stadium
1930 W 64-0 Oct. 4 Tuscaloosa, Ala. National Champions
1931 W 55-6 Oct. 3 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1932 W 24-13 Oct. 22 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1933 TIE 0-0 Oct. 7 Birmingham, Ala. SEC Champions
1944 W 34-6 Nov. 11 Mobile, Ala.
1963 W 12-7 Jan. 1, 1964 New Orleans, La. 1964 Sugar Bowl
1965 W 17-16 Oct. 2  Birmingham, Ala.
1966 W 17-7 Oct. 1 Jackson, Miss.
1967 W 21-7 Oct. 7 Birmingham, Ala.
1968 L 8-10 Oct. 5 Jackson, Miss.
1969 W 33-32 Oct. 4 Birmingham, Ala.
1970 L 23-48 Oct. 3 Jackson, Miss.
1971 W 40-6 Oct. 2 Birmingham, Ala. SEC Champions
1974 W 35-21 Oct. 5 Jackson, Miss. SEC Champions
1975 W 32-6 Oct. 4 Birmingham, Ala. SEC Champions
1976 L 7-10 Sept. 11 Jackson, Miss. Season Opener
1977 W 34-13 Sept. 10 Birmingham, Ala. Season Opener SEC Champions
1980 W 59-35 Sept. 20 Jackson, Miss.
1981 W 38-7 Oct. 3 Tuscaloosa, Ala. SEC Champions
1982 W 42-14 Sept. 18 Jackson, Miss.
1983 W 40-0 Sept. 17 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1988 L 12-22 Oct. 8 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1989 W 62-27 Oct. 7 Jackson, Miss. SEC Champions
1992 W 31-10 Oct. 24 Tuscaloosa, Ala. National Champions
1993 W 19-14 Oct. 23 Oxford, Miss. Forfeited by NCAA
1994 W 21-10 Oct. 22 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1995 W 23-9 Oct. 21 Oxford, Miss. Alabama's700th Win
1996 W 37-0 Oct. 19 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1997 W 29-20 Oct. 25 Oxford, Miss.
1998 W 20-17 Oct. 10 Tuscaloosa, Ala. OT
1999 W 30-24 Oct. 16 Oxford, Miss.
2000 W 45-7 Oct. 14 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2001 L 24-27 Oct. 13 Oxford, Miss.
2002 W 42-7 Oct. 19 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2003 L 28-42 Oct. 18 Oxford, Miss.
2004 W 28-7 Sept. 11 Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2005 W 13-10 Oct. 15 Oxford, Miss. NCAA vacation under appeal
2006 W 26-23 Oct. 14 Tuscaloosa, Ala. NCAA vacation under appeal
2007 W 27-24 Oct. 13 Oxford, Miss. NCAA vacation under appeal
2008 W 24-20 Oct. 18 Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Source: The University of Alabama 2009 Football Media Guide

 

Alabama vs Ole Miss: The Record Book

Record Place Year Statistic Holder
Best Completion Percentage (single game, min 10) 1st  1983 86.70% Walter Lewis
Best Completion Percentage (single game, min 15) 1st 1966 84.20% Ken Stabler
Most Plays vs Defense 1st 1980 90 team
Most Yards vs Defense 1st 1969 609 yds team
Most Touchdowns (single game) 1st (tied) 2002 5 Santonio Beard
Most Points Per Single Game 1st (tied) 2002 30 Santonio Beard
Longest Kickoff Return 1st (tied) 1988 100 yds Pierre Goode
Most TDs Total Offense (single game) 1st (tied)
2002
1989
5
5
Santonio Beard
Gary Hollingsworth
Most Rushing Touchdowns (single game) 1st (tied) 2002 5 Santonio Beard
Most TD Passes (single game) 1st (tied) 1989 5 Gary Hollingsworth
Most Interceptions (single game) 1st (tied) 1966 3 Dicky Thompson
Most Blocked Kicks Recovered for TD 1st (tied)
2003
2000
1
1
Chris James
Kecalf Bailey
Most Consecutive Completions 1st (tied) 2000 12 Andrew Zow
Most Kickoff Returns (single game) 2nd (tied) 1970 5 Buddy Seay
Best Punting Average (single game, min 5) 3rd 2003 52.4 Bo Freeland
Best Completion Percentage (single game, min 20) 3rd (tied) 1969 75.9 Scott Hunter
Highest Average Gain per Catch (min 8) 4th 2000 19.6 Antonio Carter
Longest Field Goals (50+ Yds) 4th 1993 53 yds Michael Proctor
Most Consecutive Completions 5th  1989 10 Gary Hollingsworth
Most Receptions (single game) 5th 1989 10 Kevin Turner
Most Rushes (single game) 5th (tied) 1999 36 Shaun Alexander
Most Pass Completions (single game) 5th (tied) 1989 25 Gary Hollingsworth
Most Yards Passing (single game) 5th (tied) 1989 363 Gary Hollingsworth
Most Yardage Total Offense (single game) 6th 1989 352 yds Gary Hollingsworth
Most Pass Attempts (single game) 7th (tied) 1989 43 Gary Hollingsworth
Longest Scoring Pass Plays 7th (tied) 1982 80 yds Walter Lewis to Jesse Bendross
Most Yards Rushing (single game) 8th 1999 214 yds Shaun Alexander
Most Receptions (single game) 8th (tied) 1969 9 David Bailey
Most Receiving Yds (single game) 8th (tied) 2000 157 yds Antonio Carter
Longest Punts 11th (tied) 1983 71 yds Malcom Simmons
Games With Two Backs Over 100 yds n/a 1980
111
108
Linnie Patrick
Billy Jackson

Source: The University of Alabama Football Record Book

Note: While we are relying on the record book created by the UA athletic department for these entries, the publicly available edition is only complete up through 2006 and the information on these records available in the current Media Guide is limited. We welcome any information concerning records which may have been surpassed since that time.