Alabama

Crimson Tide

Louisiana State

Tigers

Played November 5, 1977

at Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Alabama 1 4 1 0 .800 2 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000
Louisiana State 0                                

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

3

7

7

7

24

Louisiana State

0

3

0

0

3

The 2nd ranked, 7-1 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Bear Bryant battled the 18th ranked, 5-2 Louisiana State Tigers coached by Charlie McClendon.  Alabama's RB Tony Nathan scored 2 touchdowns & threw for another while the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense held Louisiana State to just 17 yards passing as Alabama rolled to a 24-3 win over the Tigers to retain The Belt.  The Crimson Tide got the only points of the 1st quarter when PK Roger Chapman kicked a 44-yard field goal giving Alabama a 3-0 lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, Louisiana State tied the game at 3-3 when PK Mike Conway connected on a 31-yard field goal.  Nathan gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good when he finished a 15-play, 94-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run coming with just 0:14 left in the 2nd quarter as Alabama took a 10-3 lead to intermission.  Late in the 3rd quarter, Nathan scored on another 1-yard touchdown run giving the Crimson Tide a 17-3 lead.  After a short punt gave Alabama the ball at the Louisiana State 49-yard line, the Crimson Tide took 5 plays to get into the end zone again.  The touchdown came on a halfback option pass from Nathan to WR Keith Pugh from 20 yards.  Louisiana State tried to rally behind the passing of back-up QB David Woodley & the running of All-American RB Charles Alexander but they could not get the Tigers into the end zone.  The Tigers did not even complete a pass attempt until midway through the 4th quarter.  Alabama's QB Jeff Rutledge finished with 62 yards passing while All-SEC RB Johnny Davis rushed for 126 yards.  For the Tigers, starting QB Steve Ensminger did not complete a pass in 7 attempts, Woodley threw for just 17 yards & Alexander rushed for 110 yards.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Tigers finished 8-4.  Louisiana State would play for The Belt again in 1979.

Alabama Game Stats Louisiana State Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Johnny Davis 23 126 0 Charles Alexander 22 110 0
Tony Nathan 14 59 2 David Woodley 2 27 0
Steadman Shealy 9 46 0 Kelly Simmons 5 27 0
Lou Ikner 4 26 0 LeRoid Jones 1 6 0
Mitch Ferguson 2 14 0 Mike Quintela 6 5 0
John David Crow 2 9 0 Jerry Murphree 3 4 0
Major Ogilvie 2 8 0 Steve Ensminger 5 -13 0
Kevin Jones 1 6 0        
Don Faust 2 6 0        
Steven Whitman 1 4 0        
Jeff Rutledge 10 3 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Jeff Rutledge 7 4 0 62 0 David Woodley 8 3 0 17 0
Tony Nathan 1 1 0 20 1 Steve Ensminger 7 0 0 0 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Ozzie Newsome 4 62 0 Mike Quintela 1 9 0
Keith Pugh 1 20 1 Charles Alexander 1 4 0
        Marcus Quinn 1 4 0

 

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