Alabama vs.Vanderbilt

 
  Date: 10/9/1971  
  Score: 42-0  
  Alabama vs. Vanderbilt In this contest, Alabama would make the short trip to Nashville and easily defeat the Commodores by a score of 42-0. In the first, Johnny Musso would score on a 17 yard touchdown run. In the second both Bill Davis and Greg Gantt would hit field goals (33 and 26 yards). In the third, Ellis Beck would score on a 1 yard touchdown run, and Terry Davis would throw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jim Simmons. The Tide would close their scoring with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns scored on a 55 yard Robert McKinney punt return and on an 11 yard John Sharpless run. The 1971 squad would finish the season with a record of 11-1, as SEC champions, and with an appearance in the Orange Bowl for Coach Bryant.