Alabama

Crimson Tide ©

Mississippi State

Bulldogs

Played October 29, 1977

at Veterans Memorial Stadium

Jackson, Mississippi

  

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 3 1 0 .750 2 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000
Mississippi State 0                                

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

14

7

13

3

37

Mississippi State

0

7

0

0

7

The 2nd ranked, 6-1 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Bear Bryant traveled to Jackson, Mississippi to battle coach Bob Tylerís 3-4 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the SEC Conference match-up.  Alabamaís offense rushed for 311 yards with 4 touchdowns as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 37-7 win over the Bulldogs to retain The Belt.  Alabama jumped to a 7-0 lead when RB Tony Nathan broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown run.  The Crimson Tide pushed the lead to 14-0 when RB Don Faust scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.  Mississippi State got on the scoreboard in the 2nd quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by RB J.O. Doss midway through the quarter.  Alabama responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from QB Jeff Rutledge to WR Keith Pugh coming just 0:24 before halftime giving the Crimson Tide a 21-7 advantage.  In the 3rd quarter, Alabama got touchdown runs of 1 yard from All-SEC RB Johnny Davis & 22 yards from QB Steadman Shealy giving the Crimson Tide a 30-7 lead entering the 4th quarter.  The only points of the final quarter came when PK Roger Chapman connected on a 37-yard field goal just 5 seconds into the quarter.  Rutledge finished with 95 yards passing with a touchdown while Nathan added 115 yards rushing to his score.  Mississippi State's QB Bruce Threadgill threw for 189 yards with 2 interceptions in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Bulldogs finished 5-6 but forfeited all games to record a 0-11 season due to NCAA violations.  Mississippi State would play for The Belt again in 1987.

Alabama Game Stats Mississippi State Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Tony Nathan 7 115 1 David Ellis 2 47 0
Steadman Shealy 9 58 1 Kenny Johnson 8 23 0
Mitch Ferguson 5 49 0 Len Copeland 6 9 0
Johnny Davis 10 36 1 J.O. Doss 3 8 1
Steven Whitman 7 20 0 Fred Collins 1 6 0
Pete Cavan 4 11 0 Terry Vitrano 1 4 0
Don Faust 4 11 1 Gary Schaffhauser 5 -9 0
Kevin Jones 1 4 0 Dwayne Brown 1 -12 0
Jeff Rutledge 1 4 0 Bruce Threadgill 10 -46 0
Major Ogilvie 2 4 0        
John David Crow 1 1 0        
Lou Ikner 1 -1 0        
John Turpin 1 -1 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Jeff Rutledge 8 5 0 95 1 Bruce Threadgill 20 10 2 189 0
Steadman Shealy 4 3 0 43 0 Dwayne Brown 8 3 1 38 0
            Gary Schaffhauser 3 0 0 0 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Keith Pugh 3 59 1 Mardye McDole 7 96 0
Ozzie Newsome 3 41 0 Breck Tyler 3 94 0
Bruce Bolton 2 38 0 Robert Chatman 1 23 0
        Fred Collins 1 13 0
        Kenny Johnson 1 1 0

 

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