Alabama vs.Houston

 
  Date: 10/23/1971  
  Score: 34-20  
  Alabama vs. Houston A week after a huge win over Tennessee, the Tide was able to defeat a gritty Cougars squad by a score of 34-20. Johnny Musso would open the scoring for the Tide with his 2 yard touchdown run in the first. In the second, Terry Davis would throw a pair of touchdown passes to David Bailey (10 and 25 yards). Inthe third, Musso would visit the end zone again on a 9 yard run. Joseph LaBue would close the scoring for the Tide with his 10 yard touchdown run in the fourth. The 1971 squad would finish the season with a record of 11-1, as SEC champions, and with an appearence in the Orange Bowl for Coach Bryant.