Bama Week- Memories

The Vanderbilt Commodores will face their toughest test of the 2011 season when they visit No. 2 Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Here are some early tidbits and memories as we get hyped up for Vandy's shot at the Crimson Tide.

HISTORY: Vanderbilt and Alabama have met on the football field 82 times with the Commodores trailing in the series 19-59-4. The two teams last faced off in 2007 with Alabama winning 24-10 in Nashville. The last meeting in Tuscaloosa was in 2006 (13-10 Bama win). The first game was played in 1903 in Nashville with Vandy winning 30-0. The two teams played each other virtually ever season from 1929 until 2002 when the SEC changed its scheduling format and ended the regular annual meetings between the two schools.

MOST EXCITING PLAY IN SERIES:

Bill Marinangel fake punt return, 1996.



UGLIEST VANDERBILT LOSS: 1979, Alabama 66, Vanderbilt 3 (Nashville)

No. 1 ranked Alabama piled up over 600 yards of offense and 27 first downs as Paul "Bear" Bryant's squad defeated Vanderbilt 66-3. Alabama rolled to a 32-3 halftime lead and led 45-3 at the end of the third quarter. Bama fans cackled with joy as the their team tacked on 21 more points in the final quarter.

It was Commodore head coach George MacIntyre's first SEC game as a head coach. The loss dropped the Commodores to 0-3 on the season. Vandy had lost to The Citadel 27-13 in week two and some radio personalities predicted the Tide would defeat Vanderbilt 100-0. The 1979 Alabama squad went on to win the National Championship and was voted as the SEC's best team ever.

MacIntrye would later lead Vandy to a bowl (in Birmingham) and went on to defeat a Bearless Tide in 1984.



FINEST VANDERBILT WIN: 1969, Vanderbilt 14, Alabama 10

Vanderbilt quarterbacks Doug Matthews and Watson Brown combined for 263 yards passing as Vanderbilt outgained the Bear's boys 473 yards to 201. The Tide led 10-7 early in the fourth quarter but a 10-yard pass from Brown to James Cunningham sealed the VU victory over the previously undefeated Alabama squad.



A LOOK BACK: 1974 Vanderbilt at Alabama


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