Alabama vs.East Carolina

  Date: 10/17/1998  
  Score: 23-22  
  Alabama vs. East Carolina A gritty, 19 point performance in the third quarter by the Pirates of ECU nearly resulted in an Alabama upset. However, the Tide was able to sneak out of Birmingham with a 23-22 win. Bama would score a pair of first quarter touchdowns on a 1 yard Shaun Alexander run and on a 12 yard Andrew Zow touchdown pass to Arvin Richard. In the second, Zow would once again hit Richard for a touchdown (on a 29 yard pass). The final points of the afternoon were scored on a blocked ECU point after attempt in the third that was run back for 2 points. Kecalf Bailey scored the decisive points after he caught a lateral to him from Kenny Smith (who blocked the kick). The 1998 squad finished the season with a record of 7-5 and with an appearance in the Music City Bowl for coach Mike Dubose.