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Could this be the University of Alabama’s highest scoring game?

I wonder what the University of Alabama’s highest scoring game has been. I ran across this news clipping in The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) of a University of Alabama football game played on October 4, 1913, and I bet it ranks up there with one of the highest. I transcribed it so it could be easily read.

Denny Chimes is on the South side of the Quad where football games were played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

According to Wikipedia: “The team was led by head coach D. V. Graves, in his third year, and played their home games at the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3 overall, 4–3 in the SIAA). . . Birmingham-Southern College was named Birmingham College back then. The 81 points set a new school record.”

This is Rickwood Field so it is probably where the football game took place

Photo was taken in 1914 at opening  game at Rickwood Field (The Birmingham News File Photos from Birmingham Library)

Transcription of the news clipping:

Alabama Wins

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Oct. 4 – In a game consisting of three short quarters, which was featureless except for the rapid scoring of the University of Alabama, Alabama defeated Birmingham college this afternoon by a score of 81 to 0.

The repeated long runs of the crimson and white players became so monotonous that the game was called at the end of the third quarter.


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  1. Steven Tennimon, Tommy Tennimon

  2. Alabama scored 77 points against VPI in 1973. 77-6

  3. A quick Google search found the following:

    1922: Defeated Marion Military Institute 122-0.

    1951: Defeated Delta State 89-0.

    So to answer the article’s title question, “no, it couldn’t”.

  4. Also, according to Wikipedia, citing, the 81-0 victory over Birimingham College occurred in 1913, not 1914, and took place at The Quad in Tuscaloosa, not Rickwood Field. The Tide defeated them again in 1914 by a score of 54-0, a game also played at The Quad.

  5. Were moving to Prattville or Milbrook to be near Dawns family. Let me know about good neighborhoods. Dawns fell in love with a house in Milbrook with a pool. Happy wife Happy life.

  6. I saw Bama beat Delta State 89-0 in the early 50’s!

    1. Tyler Smith Sept. 21,1951

  7. Playing cup cakes..even then

    1. they have to play Auburn and Tennessee. SEC mandates it.

  8. Patti Montgomery Phillips Katie Chamblee Anne Milton Livings
    RTR from WDE

    1. B.j. Scharath, thank you. I do love history and read every article that I come across. This state definitely can set history. RTR & WDE included.

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