Louisville

Cardinals

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Played October 22, 1977

at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Belt

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Louisville 0                                
Alabama 1 2 1 0 .667 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Louisville 0 0 6 0 6
Alabama 14 13 14 14 55

The 3-2-1 Louisville Cardinals of coach Vince Gibson traveled to Tuscaloosa to battle the 3rd ranked 5-1 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Bear Bryant.  Alabama's All-American TE Ozzie Newsome caught 2 touchdown passes to complement the Crimson Tide's 413 rushing yards in a 55-6 rout of the Cardinals to retain The Belt.  Newsome opened the scoring just 1:41 into the game when he caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from QB Jeff Rutledge.  On the last play of the 1st quarter, Alabama's RB Don Faust scored on a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Crimson Tide a 14-0 lead.  Late in the 2nd quarter, RB Tony Nathan broke loose on a 71-yard touchdown run as Alabama pushed the lead to 21-0.  Following a fumble by Louisville, Crimson Tide's RB Steven Whitman finished the 1st half scoring carrying in from 10 yards but the missed extra-point attempt still gave Alabama a 27-0 halftime lead.  The Crimson Tide opened the 3rd quarter the same way they started the game with Newsome catching a 32-yard touchdown pass from Rutledge.  Another Cardinals' fumble set-up a 32-yard touchdown pass from back-up QB Kevin Jones to WR Keith Pugh making the score Alabama 41 Louisville 0 with 12:04 left in the 3rd quarter.  The Cardinals cracked the scoreboard when QB Randy Butler scored on a 1-yard touchdown run but even that went wrong as the extra-point attempt was no good.  Two more touchdowns came in the final quarter to finish the rout.  Crimson Tides' back-up QB Steadman Shealy hit TE Tim Travis on a 5-yard touchdown pass & RB John Turpin added a 5-yard touchdown run.  Rutledge threw for 124 yards completing all 3 of his pass attempts for 2 touchdowns with Newsome catching all his passes.  Butler threw for just 48 yards while RB Calvin Prince rushed for 100 yards in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Cardinals finished 7-4-1.  Louisville would play for The Belt again in 2000.

Louisville Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Calvin Prince 15 100 0 Tony Nathan 4 85 1
Nathan Poole 10 36 0 John Turpin 9 63 1
Randy Butler 16 28 1 Mitch Ferguson 5 41 0
Larry Johnican 6 24 0 Johnny Davis 9 39 0
Ron Moon 5 21 0 Steadman Shealy 5 36 0
Kevin Miller 2 -1 0 Steven Whitman 6 36 1
Stu Stram 2 -3 0 Major Ogilvie 5 34 0
Bo Haden 1 -3 0 Kevin Jones 4 21 0
        John David Crow 5 19 0
        Jeff Rutledge 5 13 0
        Alan Gray 1 10 0
        Lou Ikner 1 8 0
        Don Faust 2 7 1
        Pete Cavan 2 1 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Randy Butler 11 4 0 48 0 Jeff Rutledge 3 3 0 124 2
            Kevin Jones 2 1 0 32 1
            Steadman Shealy 1 1 0 5 1
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Marc Mitchell 3 31 0 Ozzie Newsome 3 124 2
Kevin Miller 1 17 0 Keith Pugh 1 32 1
        Tim Travis 1 5 1

 

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