Alabama Football: The 30 Greatest Games in Alabama Football History

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Sep 26, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al waves the flag after a score at Bryant-Denny Stadium against the UL Monroe Warhawks. The Tide defeated the Warhawks 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

1935 Rose Bowl – Now We Can Call It a Tradition

It’s the 1935 Rose Bowl and Alabama Football is once again headed out west to teach the Pacific Coast Conference a lesson. This time the Crimson Tide would face off against the Cardinal of Stanford. And this time the Tide would be led by their new head coach Frank Thomas.

Stanford took the lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Bobby Grayson. The Tide came roaring back in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and kicking a field goal.

Alabama Football won the 1935 Rose Bowl over Stanford by a score of 35-19.

End Don Hutson’s 54 yard catch for a touchdown might have been the highlight of the game, but halfback Dixie Howell was the MVP of the game. Howell would go on to coach Furman’s baseball AND football team.

The other end besides Hutson was a young man named Paul “Bear” Bryant. The 1934 national championship was the first Alabama national championship involving the Crimson Tide’s future head coach

This was the third Rose Bowl win for the Crimson Tide, and their third national championship. After three it’s safe to move the needle up from trend to tradition. From 1935 on Alabama would be the favorite, the great, the famous Alabama Football Crimson Tide.

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