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Great write up for us younger folks.
"We didn't lose to ND, we just ran out of time"
This post was edited by Mr Babar37036 16 months ago
In my lifetime, I remember as a kid my dad talking about Alabama playing Nebraska and Johnny Rogers in the Orange bowl in 1971. I remember the Punt Bama Punt Auburn game and the Cotton Bowl that year that was "given" to Texas (their QB Lowrey stepped out on a TD run). The next game I remember was this 1973 Notre Dame Game in old Tulane Stadium, pre Super Dome. It was the first ever meeting of the two teams and it was one of the greatest games I have ever seen to this day.
I was there that night in Tulane stadium (I was 13 years old and thought I knew a lot about football). I remember feeling we had them in the endzone before that QB made the long pass on 3rd down to get out of the trap.
LOL, that's the same quote Georgia was using after the SECCG...
1960 Les Paul
Best game I' ve ever seen bar none.This is where my( football )hatred for N D began. I learned later about 66 team being ripped out of the National Championship. I was young just getting started being a real bama fan. This game means as much to me as the one over Texas. Saban exorcised that demon. A win in the Championship game against Notre Dame would exorcise the 1973 demon for me.
This post was edited by Crimson Duck 16 months ago
"Quit trying to make a play and do your job!"
Something not mentioned in the article. On the punt that was downed inside the ND one yard line, ND was actually flagged for roughing the kicker. However, it had been 4th and 20 for Alabama, and in 1973 the penalty was only 15 yards and no automatic first down. Rather than accept the penalty and take his chances on 4h and 5, Bryant rolled the dice, declined the penalty, and put the game on his defense's shoulders. Had ND punted, Bama would have had an excellent chance to win the game at the end with a FG.
For you younger guys that don't remember this game. We scored on a throw back to QB Richard Todd with about 7 minutes left and Bill Davis missed the extra point giving Bama a 23-21 lead. Later in the game we punted down inside the one yard line, there was a roughing the punter on the play but it wouldn't have given us a first down if we accepted penalty. Coach Bryant decided to take the play and pin Notre Dame inside the one. On third and 8 from the 2 yard line Tom Clements hit TE Robin Weber with a 35 yard gain that enabled Notre Dame to run the clock out and hold on for the win. Leroy Cook was a split second late from Sacking Clements or knocking pass down.
In all my 58 years of watching Bama play, i think this one hurt the most. Lost 24-23 with the missed extra point being the difference....
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