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1940

1940 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1940 record 7-2 (4-2 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Murphy High School Stadium
Seasons
« 1939 1941 »

The 1940 season opener, played against Spring Hill College at Murphy High School Stadium in Mobile, was the first night game in Alabama football history.[1] Bama's loss to Tennessee was its third in a row in the Third Saturday in October rivalry.

Date Opponent Site Result
September 27 Spring Hill Mobile, AL W 26-0
October 5 Mercer Tuscaloosa, AL W 20-0
October 12 Samford Tuscaloosa, AL W 31-0
October 19 Tennessee Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) L 27-12
November 2 Kentucky Lexington, KY W 25-0
November 9 Tulane Birmingham, AL W 13-6
November 16 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 14-13
November 23 Vanderbilt Birmingham, AL W 25-21
November 30 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL L 13-0

1941

1941 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Cotton Bowl, W 29-21 vs. Texas A&M
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #20[2]
1941 record 9-2 (5-2 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »

Alabama beat Tulane 19-14 despite being outgained in total yards, 252-123. Superior special teams that included a punt return for a touchdown were the key.[3] The Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M featured an even stranger result. In that game Alabama was outgained 309 yards to 75 and earned just one first down vs. 13 for the Aggies, yet still Alabama won 29-21. The cause was a staggering twelve turnovers by A&M (seven interceptions and five fumbles). Alabama scored a touchdown on a 72-yard punt return, scored on a 12-yard interception return, scored two touchdowns after recovering A&M fumbles on the A&M 21- and 24-yard lines, and kicked a field goal after intercepting a pass on the Texas A&M 17.[4][5]

The Alabama football program claims 1941 as a national championship on the basis of Alabama's top ranking for 1941 in the Houlgate System,[6], a mathematical ranking system devised by Dale Houlgate and syndicated in newspapers between 1927 and 1958.[7] However, Alabama finished third in SEC play in 1941,[8] and in the final Associated Press poll for 1941 was ranked 20th. Minnesota was the national champion for 1941 in the AP poll and in most other selectors.[9]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 27 Louisiana-Lafayette Tuscaloosa, AL W 47-6
October 4 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL L 14-0
October 11 Samford Birmingham, AL W 61-0
October 18 Tennessee Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 9-2
October 25 Georgia Birmingham, AL W 27-14
November 1 Kentucky Tuscaloosa, AL W 30-0
November 8 Tulane New Orleans LA W 19-4
November 15 Georgia Tech Birmingham, AL W 20-0
November 22 Vanderbilt Nashville, TN L 7-0
November 28 Miami Miami, FL W 21-7
January 1 Texas A&M Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl) W 29-21

1942

1942 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Orange Bowl, W 37-21 vs. Boston College
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #10[10]
1942 record 8-3 (4-2 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Cramton Bowl
Ladd Stadium
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »

In 1942 Alabama played home games in four different stadia. In addition to home dates in Legion Field in Birmingham and Denny Stadium on campus in Tuscaloosa, the Tide played one game each at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery and Ladd Stadium in Mobile.

A safety on a fumbled kickoff and a 38-yard touchdown run by running back Tom Jenkins were enough for an 8-0 win over Tennessee. However, in a game that decided the SEC championship for 1942, Alabama blew a 10-0 fourth quarter lead against Georgia. Frank Sinkwich, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy for 1942, threw two touchdown passes in the fourth, followed by a fumble return for a TD which iced Georgia's 21-10 victory.

With the United States mobilizing for World War II and millions of men joining the armed forces, Alabama's schedule for 1942 included two games against military all-star teams. 'Bama won 27-0 against Pensacola Naval Air Station, a team that included former Alabama end Ben McLeod as well as players formerly of Fordham, LSU and Nebraska, but lost to a Georgia Pre-Flight squad that boasted former All-Americans from Tennessee and Tulane as well as other players with college experience.

Alabama's first ever Orange Bowl was a wild affair against Boston College. Alabama trailed 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, scored 22 points in the second quarter to go into halftime up 22-21, then dominated the second half to win the game 37-21.[4]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 Louisiana-Lafayette Montgomery, AL W 54-0
October 3 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL W 21-6
October 10 Pensacola NAS Mobile, AL W 27-0
October 17 Tennessee Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 8-0
October 24 Kentucky Lexington, KY W 14-0
October 31 Georgia Atlanta, GA L 21-10
November 7 South Carolina Tuscaloosa, AL W 19-4
November 14 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA L 7-0
November 21 Vanderbilt Birmingham, AL W 27-7
November 28 Georgia Navy Pre-Flight Birmingham, AL L 35-19
January 1 Boston College Miami, FL (Orange Bowl) W 37-21

1943

Due to the manpower requirements of World War II, Alabama did not field a football team in 1943. Only five SEC members out of 12 played football that year.[8]

1944

1944 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Sugar Bowl, L 29-26 vs. Duke
Conference Southeastern Conference
1944 record 5-2-2 (3-1-2 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Cramton Bowl
Ladd Stadium
Seasons
« 1943 1945 »

With most of America's youth still serving in the armed forces, Frank Thomas scrambled to assemble a team in 1944. Finally he was able to fill out a roster, mostly compromised of 17-year-old freshmen and students who had been rejected as unsuitable for military service. This team went down in Tide history as the "War Babies".[11] Its leader was a 155-pound halfback named Harry Gilmer. Gilmer, running and passing out of the Notre Dame Box offense, gained 4,657 yards on offense in four years at Alabama.[12] His 52 touchdowns (29 TD passes, 19 TD runs, two punt returns and one kickoff return) set an Alabama record that still stands,[13] as does his school record 1,119 punt return yards.[14] After leaving Alabama Gilmer was the first pick in the 1948 NFL Draft. He went on to play nine years in the NFL for the Redskins and Lions. In 1993 Gilmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[15]

The 1944 season opener featured Gilmer against another star making his college debut: future Pro Football Hall of Fame member Y.A. Tittle, playing for LSU. Gilmer ran 23 yards for one touchdown and returned a kickoff 95 yards for another touchdown, but LSU blocked two Alabama punts for two touchdowns. The result was a 27-27 tie. A scoreless tie with Tennessee and a loss to Georgia left Alabama in fourth place in the SEC, but the Tide still got an invitation to the Sugar Bowl.[16]

The War Babies faced off against a Duke team loaded with veterans and Navy trainees.[17] The result was a game that Grantland Rice called "one of the great thrillers of all time". After Duke scored on its opening possession Alabama scored three touchdowns in a row to take a 19-7 second quarter lead. Duke scored again before the half and scored another touchdown in the third to go ahead 20-19 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Bobby Morrow of Alabama intercepted a Duke pass to go back in front 26-20. Late in the fourth, Duke turned the ball over on downs at the Alabama 1. Bama yielded an intentional safety so Gilmer could kick off from the 20, but Duke ran the punt back to the Alabama 39 and scored two plays later, taking a 29-26 lead with less than a minute left. On the last play of the game Gilmer hit Ralph Jones with a pass at the Duke 30, but Duke safety Gordon Carver dove, grabbed Jones by the foot, and dragged him down at the Duke 24 as time expired.[18]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 LSU Baton Rouge, LA T 27-27
October 7 Samford Birmingham, AL W 63-7
October 14 Millsaps Tuscaloosa, AL W 55-0
October 21 Tennessee Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) T 0-0
October 27 Kentucky Montgomery, AL W 41-0
November 4 Georgia Birmingham, AL L 14-7
November 11 Ole Miss Mobile, AL W 34-6
November 18 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL W 19-0
January 1 Duke New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) L 29-26

1945

1945 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC Champions
Rose Bowl, W 34-14 vs. USC
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #3[19]
1945 record 10-0 (6-0 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Cramton Bowl
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »

The War Babies had a year of experience under their belts in 1945. It paid off with one of the most spectacularly successful seasons in the history of Alabama football. The Tide stormed to a 10-0 record. Bama scored 430 points on the season to just 80 for the opposition. The defense recorded three shutouts; the offense scored 50 points or more in five games. The closest margin of victory was 14 points, against Georgia and future Pro Football Hall of Fame member Charley Trippi. Against Kentucky, Gilmer ran for 216 yards on only six carries and completed both of his only two pass attempts for 50 more yards. Only once all year, in the Mississippi State game, did Alabama fail to score a touchdown on its opening drive.[20]

Alabama's reward was its sixth and final Rose Bowl, which matched the Tide up against the Trojans of Southern Cal. It was as much of a blowout as the regular season had been, with the Tide pounding the Trojans 34-14. At the half, Alabama led 20-0 and USC had -24 yards total offense; it was 27-0 in the third quarter by the time USC earned its first first down. USC coach Jeff Cravath said of Thomas after the game: "There's a great coach. I'll never forget what he did today. If he had wanted to name the score he could have."[21] It was the last Rose Bowl game ever in which the visiting spot was open to any team from the east; the very next year the Rose Bowl entered into an agreement to pit the champion of the Pacific Coast Conference (the forerunner of the modern Pac-10) against the champion of the Big Nine Conference (the future Big Ten.

The 1945 season was the fourth perfect season in Alabama history, following the perfect seasons of 1925, 1930, and 1934 (the "season" of 1897 had only one game, which Alabama won). However, Alabama did not win the national championship in 1945; that honor went to the Army Cadets team that went 9-0 and outscored its opponents by a 412-46 margin. Alabama finished third behind the Cadets and a Navy team that went 7-1-1.

Date Opponent Site Result
September 29 Keesler Field Biloxi, MS W 21-0
October 6 LSU Baton Rouge, LA W 26-7
October 13 South Carolina Montgomery, AL W 55-0
October 20 Tennessee Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 25-7
October 27 Georgia Birmingham, AL W 28-14
November 3 Kentucky Louisville, KY W 60-19
November 17 Vanderbilt Nashville, TN W 71-0
November 24 Pensacola NAS Tuscaloosa, AL W 55-6
December 1 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL W 55-13
January 1 USC Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 34-14

1946

1946 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1946 record 7-4 (4-3 SEC)
Head coach Frank Thomas

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Cramton Bowl
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »

Alabama's 14-game winning streak was snapped when the Tide traveled to Knoxville and lost to Tennessee 12-0.[22] One week later Bama faced off against the Kentucky Wildcats and their young new coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and won a 21-7 victory. However, victory over the Bear was followed by losses to Georgia and LSU. A rare road trip out of the southeast saw Alabama travel to Boston, Massachusetts, only to lose to Boston College.

The struggles of the 1946 team might have been caused in part by the deteriorating health of coach Frank Thomas. High blood pressure left him bedridden for most of the 1946 season, unable to stand for long periods, and forced to ride in a trailer to conduct many Alabama practices. After the 1946 season his ill health forced his resignation when he was only 48 years old. Thomas died in Tuscaloosa on May 10, 1954.[23] He coached fifteen seasons at Alabama, winning four SEC championships and compiling a 115-24-7 record, for an .812 winning percentage.[24]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 20 Furman Birmingham, AL W 26-7
September 28 Tulane New Orleans, LA W 7-6
October 5 South Carolina Columbia, SC W 14-6
October 12 Louisiana-Lafayette Tuscaloosa, AL W 54-0
October 19 Tennessee Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) L 12-0
October 26 Kentucky Montgomery, AL W 21-7
November 2 Georgia Athens, GA L 14-0
November 9 LSU Baton Rouge, LA L 31-21
November 16 Vanderbilt Birmingham, AL W 12-7
November 23 Boston College Boston, MA L 13-7
November 30 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL W 24-7

1947

1947 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Sugar Bowl, L 27-7 vs. Texas
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #6[25]
1947 record 8-3 (5-2 SEC)
Head coach Harold Drew

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »

Harold "Red" Drew was named Alabama's new coach in 1947. He came to the Tide after stints at Birminghan Southern, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Mississippi. Losses early in the season to a bad Tulane team[8] and a mediocre Vanderbilt team cost Alabama a conference title in 1947. The loss to Tulane was particularly galling, as one of Tulane's three touchdowns came on a 103-yard kickoff return and another came on an interception return.[26] However, after those disappointments Alabama won seven games in a row, including another victory over Bear Bryant and the Kentucky Wildcats.[27]

Harry Gilmer and the War Babies ended their Alabama careers on a down note when they lost to the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl, 27-7. Texas held Alabama to 103 yards of total offense and scored touchdowns on a blocked punt and an interception return.[28]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 20 Southern Miss Birmingham, AL W 34-7
September 27 Tulane New Orleans, LA L 21-20
October 4 Vanderbilt Nashville, TN L 14-7
October 11 Duquesne Tuscaloosa, AL W 26-0
October 18 Tennessee Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 10-0
October 25 Georgia Athens, GA W 17-7
November 1 Kentucky Lexington, KY W 13-0
November 15 Georgia Tech Birmingham, AL W 14-7
November 22 LSU Tuscaloosa, AL W 41-12
November 29 Miami Miami, FL W 21-6
January 1 Texas New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) L 27-7

1948

1948 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1948 record 6-4-1 (4-4-1 SEC)
Head coach Harold Drew

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Ladd Stadium
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »

Alabama football fell off sharply in 1948. The season opening loss to Tulane was the first time Alabama started its season with a loss since the 1903 team kicked off with a 30-0 loss to Vanderbilt. The next week the Tide had to score a TD with ten seconds left to salvage a tie with Vanderbilt.[29] A 35-0 loss to eventual SEC champion Georgia[8] was the worst loss for Alabama since a 36-0 loss to Georgia Tech in 1910.[30] The Tide struggled home with a 6-4-1 record.[31]

This otherwise forgettable season is noteworthy for one event: the resumption of the Iron Bowl after a 40-year hiatus. The Iron Bowl dated all the way back to Alabama's very first team in 1892. The two schools met regularly through 1895 and then, after a five-year hiatus, regularly from 1900 through 1907. However, trivial disputes led to the series being discontinued in 1908. Alabama and Auburn disagreed on how much per diem to allow players for the trip to Birmingham, how many players each school should bring, and where to find officials. By the time all these matters were resolved, it was too late to play in 1908, and the series ended. By 1947 pressure to renew the Iron Bowl had grown to the point that the state legislature threatened to withhold funding from the two schools unless they scheduled a game. In 1948 the two schools finally agreed to meet on a football field.[32] The result was a 55-0 Tide victory that remains the most lopsided by either team in the history of the series.[33]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 Tulane New Orleans, LA L 14-21
October 2 Vanderbilt Mobile, AL T 14-14
October 8 Duquesne Tuscaloosa, AL W 48-6
October 16 Tennessee Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) L 6-21
October 23 Mississippi State Starkville, MS W 10-7
October 30 Georgia Birmingham, AL L 0-35
November 6 Southern Miss Tuscaloosa, AL W 27-0
November 13 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 14-12
November 20 LSU Baton Rouge, LA L 6-26
November 27 Florida Tuscaloosa, AL W 34-28
December 4 Auburn Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 55-0

1949

1949 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1949 record 6-3-1 (4-3-1 SEC)
Head coach Harold Drew

Home stadium

Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Ladd Stadium
Seasons
« 1948 1950 »

Alabama wallowed in mediocrity again in 1949. Lowlights included a third straight loss to Tulane and a loss to Vanderbilt. Alabama battled Tennessee to a 7-7 tie and won games against Georgia and Georgia Tech.[34] The Tide entered the Iron Bowl a three-touchdown favorite but suffered an embarrassing 14-13 loss to Auburn in which a missed extra point proved decisive.[35]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 Tulane Mobile, AL L 14-28
October 1 Vanderbilt Nashville, TN L 7-14
October 7 Duquesne Tuscaloosa, AL W 48-8
October 15 Tennessee Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) T 7-7
October 22 Mississippi State Tuscaloosa, AL W 35-6
October 29 Georgia Athens, GA W 14-7
November 12 Georgia Tech Birmingham, AL W 20-7
November 19 Southern Miss Tuscaloosa, AL W 34-26
November 26 Florida Gainsesville, FL W 35-13
December 3 Auburn Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 13-14

References and external links

  1. ^ 1940 season recap
  2. ^ Final 1941 AP poll
  3. ^ 1941 game recaps
  4. ^ a b Alabama bowl history
  5. ^ "Alabama Takes Thriller From Aggies, 29-21", Dallas Morning News, Jan. 2, 1942
  6. ^ 2009 Alabama Football Media Guide, pg. 143
  7. ^ Notre Dame National Championships
  8. ^ a b c d 2009 SEC Football Media Guide, p. 130
  9. ^ NCAA Football FBS Subdivision Records, p. 79
  10. ^ Final AP poll, 1942
  11. ^ Scott, Richard. Legends of Alabama Football. Sports Publishing LLC, 2004, ISBN 9781582612775, p. 12
  12. ^ "The Record Book", p. 12
  13. ^ "The Record Book", p. 13
  14. ^ "The Record Book", p. 26
  15. ^ College Football Hall of Fame profile
  16. ^ 1944 game recaps
  17. ^ Scott, p. 65
  18. ^ 1945 Sugar Bowl recap
  19. ^ Final AP poll, 1945
  20. ^ 1945 game recaps
  21. ^ Scott, p. 12
  22. ^ 1946 schedule and results
  23. ^ Scott, pp. 12-13
  24. ^ "The Record Book", p. 45
  25. ^ Final AP poll, 1947
  26. ^ 1947 Tulane recap
  27. ^ 1947 game results
  28. ^ 1948 Sugar Bowl recap
  29. ^ 1948 Vanderbilt recap
  30. ^ 1948 Georgia recap
  31. ^ 1948 game results
  32. ^ Norman, Geoffrey. Alabama Showdown. 1986, Zebra Books paperback (Kensington Publishing Co.), ISBN 0821721577, pp. 48-50
  33. ^ 2009 Alabama Football Media Guide, p. 175
  34. ^ 1949 game results
  35. ^ 1949 Auburn recap
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