The Alabama Crimson Tide plays Penn State this week, and the rivalry is one of historic importance.
The AP provided this stat from the series: “The average score of the first 13 meetings was appropriate for two programs known for defense: Alabama 12.4, Penn State 11.8.”
AP: “I can’t speak for everybody on the team, but I really feel like I appreciate the history of the game,” said Jones, born on May 25, 1990. “I feel like this is really something special. You go into an old Alabama restaurant — which there are many of them across the state — and you see old games playing. And a lot of times you see Alabama-Penn State, and it’s great to be a part of that rivalry. Maybe one day they’ll be showing our Alabama-Penn State (game) on the TVs.”
MORE: In a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, Alabama’s Barry Krauss upended running back Mike Guman at the goal line to preserve the Tide’s 14-7 win in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1979. It gave second-ranked ‘Bama a national title.
Defensive back Don McNeal had knocked Scott Fitzkee out of bounds about a foot from the goal line on the second-and-goal play before that.
“Can I ever forget it? I don’t want to ever forget it, I really don’t,” said McNeal, a great uncle of current Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden. “I had covered my guy in the end zone on that play, I saw he made the throw and just reacted. I hit him and took him out of bounds. My roommate Curtis McGriff said, `Don, that’s one heck of a play you just made.’ I didn’t realize that. I was just playing football.” (The entire AP story follows below)