Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday tube: Shula rings the Bell

Continuing with our video series of memorable season openers in Alabama football history, here's the 1985 opener vs. Georgia at Sanford Stadium. Every so often, the "Crimson Classics" edition of this game turns up on the local station — it's remarkable how badly Alabama dominated the action, yet couldn't put a stamp on the game. Which, of course, led to the memorable finish.

That day was the beginning of Mike Shula's ascension as something of a folk hero for Bama — he eventually closed out the season leading a frenzy drive to set up the field goal that beat Auburn. So, in a way, this game sowed the seeds that eventually led to him becoming head football coach in Tuscaloosa.
Ah, whatever. It was still worth it.

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