Alabama

Crimson Tide

Missouri

Tigers

Played September 16, 1978

at Faurot Field

Columbia, Missouri

  

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 9 1 0 .900 5 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000 1 1 0 .500
Missouri 0 0 1 0 .000 0 1 0 .000                

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

14

3

14

7

38

Missouri

0

20

0

0

20

The top-ranked, 1-0 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Paul "Bear" Bryant traveled to Missouri to battle the 11th ranked, 1-0 Missouri Tigers coached by Warren Powers in his first year.  Missouri was coming off a 3-0 upset of the 5th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Alabama rallied for three 2nd half touchdowns to claim a 38-20 victory over the Tigers to retain The Belt.  The 1st quarter belonged to the Crimson Tide as RB Major Ogilvie scored on a 23-yard touchdown run & QB Jeff Rutledge threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to TE Rick Neal.  When PK Alan McElroy hit a 26-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead with 12:07 to play in the half, it looked like the Crimson Tide would roll to an easy victory.  Missouri got on the board with a 4-yard touchdown run from RB Earl Gant midway through the quarter.  Missouri's All-Big 8 QB Phil Bradley broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown run with 3:44 left in the half as the Tigers closed to within 4 points at 17-13.  On the next series, Missouri's All-Big 8 CB Russ Calabrese intercepted Rutledge & returned the pick 30 yards giving the Tigers a 20-17 halftime lead.  The 3rd quarter belonged to Alabama as the Crimson Tide's All-SEC DE E.J. Junior blocked a punt which LB Rickey Gilliland returned 35 yards for a touchdown giving Alabama a lead they would not relinquish.  Late in the quarter, RB Tony Nathan pushed in from 1 yard putting the Crimson Tide in front 31-20.  On the first play of the 4th quarter, Rutledge threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to RB Lou Ikner to finish the scoring.  Rutledge finished with 70 yards passing with 2 touchdowns but 2 interceptions.  Bradley threw for 114 yards with an interception as well as rushing for 60 yards with a touchdown & All-American TE Kellen Winslow had 3 catches for 49 yards in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & National Champions while the Tigers finished 8-4, ranked 15th nationally.  Missouri would play for The Belt again in 1991.

Alabama Game Stats Missouri Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Tony Nathan 11 89 1 Earl Gant 14 77 1
Major Ogilvie 5 40 1 Phil Bradley 10 60 1
Billy Jackson 9 36 0 James Wilder 10 28 0
Steadman Shealy 3 28 0 Gerry Ellis 7 25 0
Tim Clark 1 25 0 David Newman 2 2 0
John Turpin 8 20 0        
Lou Ikner 3 12 0        
James Haney 1 7 0        
Steven Whitman 3 6 0        
Joe Jones 3 4 0        
Jeff Rutledge 9 -3 0        
Tim Travis 1 -3 0        
Kevin Jones 2 -5 0        
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Jeff Rutledge 12 5 2 70 2 Phil Bradley 15 10 1 114 0
            Jay Jeffrey 4 1 0 11 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Lou Ikner 1 23 1 Kellen Winslow 3 49 0
Bruce Bolton 1 16 0 James Wilder 3 37 0
Keith Pugh 1 13 0 Leo Lewis 2 15 0
Billy Jackson 1 12 0 Lamont Downer 1 14 0
Rick Neal 1 6 1 Earl Gant 1 7 0
        Gerry Ellis 1 3 0

 

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