Tide hopes second meeting against Notre Dame ends in victory - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Tide hopes second meeting against Notre Dame ends in victory

File footage of the 1973 Sugar Bowl game. Source: WBRC File footage of the 1973 Sugar Bowl game. Source: WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Notre Dame and Alabama met for the very first time in the Sugar Bowl forty years ago Dec. 31, 1973. 

"It was a football game between two great universities, two great names, two great traditions," University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore said. "The most powerful names in the country."

For many Crimson Tide players taking on the Fighting Irish was an honor.

"As a kid growing up liking football you had to respect Notre Dame," the kicker from the 1973 Alabama team, Dr. Bill Davis, said. "They had kind of set the standard."

Top-ranked Alabama took on second-ranked Notre Dame in the game of the century.

"The national attention that it received...I felt the pressure and every player on our team felt the pressure. Even Coach Paul Bear Bryant because it meant something. It did," said quarterback from the 1973 Alabama team, Gary Rutledge.

When the Tide first met the Irish they were shocked by their size and anxious to take on the historic team.

"Coach Bryant always told us if you want to be the best you got to play the best," said then-Alabama defensive end, John Croyle. "Here was a chance to go ahead and finish the deal. The first time we met the Notre Dame guys huge. I mean their running backs were bigger than we were. They just had this air about them. Coach Bryant came to my locker and he said, 'Dave Casper is yours.' [I was] 6'6 and I weighed 104. He looked like a house with a head on it."

Notre Dame came out on top after a field goal in the fourth quarterback by Bob Thomas to put the Fighting Irish up 24-23 for the win.

"It was the one game in Coach Bryant's career where he said, 'We just ran out of time,'" John Croyle said.

Forty years later, Alabama will take on Notre Dame for a shot at another national title Jan. 7, 2013. Alabama hopes this time around the tide will turn in their favor.

Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • Third UGA football player arrested since SEC Championship victory

    Third UGA football player arrested since SEC Championship victory

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 1:30 PM EST2017-12-13 18:30:58 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:08 AM EST2017-12-14 16:08:13 GMT
    Source: University of Georgia via websiteSource: University of Georgia via website

    Freshman defensive back Latavious Brini was arrested on a felony charge of forgery in in the first degree. 

    More >>

    Freshman defensive back Latavious Brini was arrested on a felony charge of forgery in in the first degree. 

    More >>
  • Bulldog legend reminisces about 1943 Rose Bowl

    Bulldog legend reminisces about 1943 Rose Bowl

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:09 PM EST2017-12-13 22:09:36 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:15 PM EST2017-12-13 22:15:46 GMT
    Charley Trippi with his wife Peggy. (Source: WGCL)Charley Trippi with his wife Peggy. (Source: WGCL)

    The march to the championship is extra special for a Georgia football legend. 

    More >>

    The march to the championship is extra special for a Georgia football legend. 

    More >>
  • LSU back at practice, focus turns to Notre Dame

    LSU back at practice, focus turns to Notre Dame

    Derrius Guice should be avaliable for Notre Dame game. Source: Mark LaGrangeDerrius Guice should be avaliable for Notre Dame game. Source: Mark LaGrange
    LSU went back to work this week in preparation for the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame. A win would be nice, but this is also a chance to get some freshman playing time to get ready for 2018. Well it'll come in practice only. "Those guys will get more reps. So I'll give them a couple of more reps at the end of a team period. It's sending the wrong message to our football team. It's all focus on winning the game. Exactly what we did last year," said LSU Head Coach Ed Org...More >>
    LSU went back to work this week in preparation for the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame. A win would be nice, but this is also a chance to get some freshman playing time to get ready for 2018. Well it'll come in practice only. "Those guys will get more reps. So I'll give them a couple of more reps at the end of a team period. It's sending the wrong message to our football team. It's all focus on winning the game. Exactly what we did last year," said LSU Head Coach Ed Org...More >>
Powered by Frankly