Daily Archives: September 9, 2011

Made it to Harrisburg, ready for football

The flight into Harrisburg was full of Alabama fans and stunning views. The flooding on final approach was staggering. No pictures, but entire neighborhoods were completely under water. Very sad to see.

Judging from the flight and crowd at the local restaurant, there’s an incredible amount of Alabama fans in town. And we’re about 100 miles away from State College here in the state capital.

Turning in early tonight. I’m carpooling with a few other reporters and we’re leaving way before my traditional wake-up call.

Be ready for all kinds of gameday coverage starting in the morning.

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Video tour of Alabama/Penn State rivalry

Kickoff is just a day away and it’s a travel day for this sports writer. So, as I navigate the transportation grid of the eastern portion of our country, let’s take a look back at some of the classic games played by Alabama and Kent State over the years.

Why not start with one of the most famous moments in Alabama history — the goal line situation in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.

Now we can go backward through the years starting with last season’s 24-3 for Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The last meeting before that came way back in 1990, but I can’t find footage of that game. So let’s go to 1989 when a blocked field goal ended the Tide’s last trip to Happy Valley.

Again, no film from 1988, but here’s a wild two-point conversion in Alabama’s 24-13 win over the defending national champions in 1987.

Next up, see Penn State beat Alabama 24-3 in a much more intimate Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1986. Keith Jackson has the call.

It was a bit closer in 1985. See the end of the 19-17 Nittany Lion win right here.

No tape from 1984, but I can tell you Alabama won 6-0 in Ray Perkins first game.

Moving back to 1983 reveals a video some of you might not want to watch. It’s the famous disallowed touchdown from the final seconds of Alabama’s 34-28 loss after a wild comeback. Here it is anyway.

A year earlier, Alabama sent Penn State home from Legion Field with a 42-21 loss.

There was another goal-line stand in 1981. See it here from the 31-16 Alabama win.

Jumping back a few more years and skipping the 1979 game, here’s the fourth quarter from the 1975 Sugar Bowl won by the Tide 13-6.

There was nothing on the web from the 1959 Liberty Bowl where Penn State beat the Tide 7-0 when it was still played in Philadelphia.

I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. More from the here and now in Pennsylvania later today.

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Updating travel situation for Penn State

It’s almost time to leave Tuscaloosa and begin the hopefully smooth trek north to Pennsylvania. For those making the same trip, there’s plenty to digest and state road names to memorize. Here’s a list of stories from local Pennsylvania newspapers to help you navigate the water-logged region.

Check back later for any updates to the plan.

 

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