Tennessee

Volunteers

Alabama

Crimson Tide ©

Played October 15, 1977

at Legion Field

Birmingham, 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

Tennessee 1 6 1 1 .813 4 0 0 1.000 0 1 1 .250 2 0 0 1.000
Alabama © 1 1 1 0 .500         1 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000

                    Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Tennessee

3

0

7

0

10

Alabama

3

13

8

0

24

Coach Johnny Majors first year at Tennessee had started slowly.  His Volunteers brought a 2-3 record to Birmingham for the conference match-up with the 4th ranked, 4-1 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Bear Bryant.  Tennessee did have All-SEC punter Craig Colquitt but he would be needed too much for the Volunteers to win the game.  Alabama's QB Jeff Rutledge ran for 2 touchdowns & threw for another as the Crimson Tide defeated Tennessee for the 7th straight season with a 24-10 win which also retained The Belt.  The teams exchanged field goals in the 1st quarter with Alabama getting a 20-yard kick from PK Roger Chapman & Tennessee’s PK Jim Gaylor connecting from 41 yards.  The Crimson Tide broke the game open late in the 2nd quarter with Rutledge finishing a 78-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run giving Alabama a 10-3 lead.  Alabama got a break when Colquitt’s punt traveled only 23 yards giving the Crimson Tide another chance to score before halftime from the Tennessee 40-yard line.  It only took Rutledge two plays to get into the end zone as he hit All-American TE Ozzie Newsome for a 31-yard gain & carried the final 9 yards himself for the touchdown with just 0:13 left in the half.  The missed extra-point attempt left Alabama with a 16-3 halftime lead.  In the 3rd quarter, Rutledge threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Newsome as the Crimson Tide took a 24-3 lead.  The Volunteers final points came on a 13-yard touchdown pass from QB Joe Hough to RB Kelsey Finch.  The game could have been a much bigger rout but Alabama failed to score from inside the Tennessee 35-yard line on six different occasions.  Rutledge finished with 82 yards passing with his touchdown while All-SEC RB Johnny Davis rushed for 103 yards.  Hough threw for 76 yards with a touchdown & an interception in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Volunteers finished 4-7.  Tennessee would play for The Belt again in 1980.

Tennessee Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Kelsey Finch 8 53 0 Johnny Davis 18 103 0
Nate Sumpter 7 47 0 Lou Ikner 14 65 0
Gary Moore 4 6 0 Tony Nathan 13 51 0
Bobby Emmons 1 2 0 Jeff Rutledge 13 37 2
Pat Ryan 3 1 0 Major Ogilvie 4 32 0
Frank Foxx 1 -1 0 Steadman Shealy 6 20 0
Joe Hough 10 -3 0 Mitch Ferguson 2 13 0
        Don Faust 4 12 0
        Steven Whitman 1 8 0
        John David Crow 1 6 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Joe Hough 13 6 1 76 1 Jeff Rutledge 8 5 0 82 1
Pat Ryan 5 0 0 0 0 Steadman Shealy 1 0 0 0 0
Frank Foxx 2 0 0 0 0            
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Reggie Harper 3 44 0 Ozzie Newsome 2 61 1
Kelsey Finch 2 18 1 Lou Ikner 2 16 0
Kyle Aguillard 1 14 0 Tony Nathan 1 5 0

 

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