Alabama vs.Southern Mississippi

 
  Date: 10/10/1981  
  Score: 13-13  
  Alabama vs. Southern Mississippi A solid Southern team was able to out gain the Tide in total yards (319-294), put up 10 fourth quarter points, and walk out of Birmingham with a 13-13 tie. Bama's lone touchdown came in the third on a 31 yard Joe Carter run. Peter Kim would also hit two field goals to provide the Tide's 13 points in this tie. The 1981 squad finished with a record of 9-2-1, as SEC champions, and with an appearance in the Cotton Bowl for Coach Bryant.