It’s an off week, so I’ll use this opportunity to swerve away from the 2013 season.
In 1976, Alabama had an down year, at least by Alabama’ standards, and wound up in the Liberty Bowl. As an eight year old, I was already a Tide fan, but I rarely sat still long enough to watch a game (when games were on television). That all changed on this December night. Dad was at work, the rest of the family was away from the TV and I sat through my first Alabama game from beginning to end.
A few things to note about this game:
* The players were really small, at least by today’s standards;
* UCLA had one of the more prolific offenses in the country in ’76, but they were throttled by ‘Bama;
* Tide fullback Johnny Davis was a load; and
* A star was born: on UCLA’s second drive, Tide linebacker Barry Krauss intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to help give Alabama a 10-0 lead. We heard from him a lot more in his ‘Bama career.
Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, the game is alive (barely) on YouTube. Enjoy…