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1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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.

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 coachMike DuBose (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorNeil Callaway (2nd year as OC 3rd overall)
Co-offensive coordinatorCharlie Stubbs (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorEllis Johnson (3rd year)
Captain
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 83,818)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 SEC 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 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]

ScheduleEdit

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* No. 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
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

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
T 60 Chris Samuels Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 24 Tony Dixon Jr
DT 97 Cornelius Griffin Sr
DT 98 Reggie Grimes Sr
DB 23 Reggie Myles So
LB 11 Saleem Rasheed So
DT 88 Kenny Smith Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summariesEdit

VanderbiltEdit

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.

HoustonEdit

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.

Louisiana TechEdit

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.

ArkansasEdit

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.

FloridaEdit

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.

Ole MissEdit

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.

TennesseeEdit

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 there fifth win in a row against Alabama.

Southern MissEdit

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.

LSUEdit

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.

Mississippi StateEdit

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 Mississippi State and be one win away from winning the SEC West.

AuburnEdit

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 forth 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.

FloridaEdit

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.

MichiganEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  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.