BY COLIN “BIG C” MACGUIRE
The Greenville Standard
This this coming Saturday, Nov. 26, Alabama played Auburn in 1977 at Legion Field in Birmingham.
There was no television; radio was the way to get the game that year.
Alabama entered the game with a nice 9-1 record, ranked #2 behind Texas.
Auburn entered with a 5-5 record and unranked. The score at the end of the first quarter, Auburn led 7-0.
Auburn RB Joe Cribbs scored on an 85-yard run. In the second quarter, Alabama scored two touchdowns to lead 14-7 at the half.
Scoring for Alabama, Jeff Rutledge connected with Bruce Bolton on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Fullback Johnny Davis scored on a 12-yard run. Alabama led 14-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Alabama scored two touchdowns on Tony Nathan runs of one and two yards.
Alabama led going into the fourth quarter 28-7.
In the fourth quarter, Auburn scored on a 74-yard pass from Charlie Trotman to Byron Franklin.
Alabama scored three touchdowns to go up 48-14.
RB Mitch Ferguson had a one yard run. Jeff Rutledge connected with Ozzie Newsome on 42-yard pass and QB Steadman Shealy scored on a 15-yard run. RB William Andrews scored on a three yard run to make the final 48-21.
Rushing for Alabama, Johnny Davis was 20-104.1 and a touchdown. Jeff Rutledge rushed 15-102.
In passing, Alabama’s Jeff Rutledge went 9-13 for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns.
For receiving, Alabama’s Ozzie Newsome had four receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
For Auburn rushing, Joe Cribbs was 15- 133 with a touchdown. For passing, Charlie Trotman went 4-9-1 135 with a touchdown.
Receiving, Bryon Franklin was 1-74 with a touchdown.
Alabama clinched the SEC Championship and played at the Jan. 2, 1978, Sugar Bowl against Ohio State. Auburn finished the season at 5-6.