Miami

Hurricanes

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Played November 12, 1977

at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  

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

Miami, FLA 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000                
Alabama 1 5 1 0 .833 2 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Miami, FLA

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama

0

15

7

14

36

The 2nd ranked, 8-1 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Bear Bryant had one final tune-up before their annual battle with Auburn. The 3-5 Miami Hurricanes coached by Lou Saban presented the opposition.  Alabama's QB Jeff Rutledge threw 2 touchdown passes to TE Rick Neal & RB Tony Nathan rushed for 2 touchdowns as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 36-0 victory over the Hurricanes.  After a scoreless 1st quarter, Rutledge & Neal connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the 2nd quarter.  Nathan's 1-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 12-0 before PK Roger Chapman hit a 27-yard field goal giving the Crimson Tide a 15-0 halftime lead.  A 7-yard touchdown pass from Rutledge to Neal accounted for the only points of the 3rd quarter.  In the final quarter, Nathan scored his second touchdown, this one on a 2-yard run, & back-up QB Kevin Jones scored on a 12-yard run to complete the rout.  Rutledge threw for 165 yards with 2 touchdowns while All-American TE Ozzie Newsome had 4 catches for 106 yards.  Miami's QB Kenny McMillan completed just 2 of 8 passes for 15 yards with an interception the loss.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Hurricanes finished 3-8.  Miami would play for The Belt again in 1984.

Miami Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Chris Hobbs 13 43 0 Johnny Davis 11 84 0
Kenny McMillan 6 40 0 Steadman Shealy 9 51 0
Ottis Anderson 12 34 0 Jeff Rutledge 9 47 0
Taylor Timmons 5 29 0 Tony Nathan 7 35 2
Ken Johnson 2 0 0 Kevin Jones 5 27 1
        John David Crow 4 15 0
        Mitch Ferguson 3 10 0
        John Turpin 1 9 0
        Don Faust 4 9 0
        Pete Cavan 1 7 0
        Steven Whitman 2 6 0
        Major Ogilvie 4 6 0
        Lou Ikner 3 1 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Kenny McMillan 8 2 1 15 0 Jeff Rutledge 14 9 0 165 2
George Mason 8 1 0 11 0 Steadman Shealy 2 0 0 0 0
Myers 5 2 2 0 0            
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Ronnie Walker 1 11 0 Ozzie Newsome 4 106 0
Charlie Claud 1 9 0 Keith Pugh 1 33 0
E.J. Baker 1 6 0 Rick Neal 2 12 2
Ken Johnson 1 1 0 Pete Cavan 1 7 0
Taylor Timmons 1 -1 0 Lou Ikner 1 7 0

 

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