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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