The Alabama-Penn State series is actually has two parts. It started in
It turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, though the two didn't see each other again until Jan. 1, 1979. When, um, this happened.
The momentum off those games eventually led to a regular-season series that continued throughout the 1980s, that began in 1981 — coincidentally, when coach Bryant was seeking the win that would tie himself for first on the all-time record.
Yep, another Goal Line Stand. Penn State came to Birmingham the following year, for what turned out to be the last truly big win (on a national scale) of the Bryant era (watch this one for the random Bryant interview early on).
'Bama finally lost to Penn State in Happy Valley the following season, notable because of an officiating controversy at game's end. You be the judge.
The Nittanies controlled the rivalry during the remainder of Ray Perkins' tenure, including a 23-3 pwnage of second-ranked 'Bama in Birmingham. The Tide didn't re-assert itself in the series until Bill Curry came, giving us the following two classics.
And if you didn't enjoy that version, you'll probably like this one better.
Penn State drilled Gene Stallings' first Alabama in Tuscaloosa the following season, 9-0. And that was that. We haven't seen Penn State except in highlight videos since then.
So, welcome back guys. Let's make some more magic.