Alabama vs.Southern Mississippi

 
  Date: 10/9/1976  
  Score: 24-8  
  Alabama vs. Southern Mississippi The Golden Eagles gave the Tide all that they could handle, but lost 24-8 as a result of 4 turnovers. Bama would score a pair of first quarter touchdowns on runs of 26 and 6 yards by Pete Cavan and John David Crow, Jr. In the second, Jeff Rutledge would hit Ozzie Newsome for a 4 yard touchdown reception. The only points that Bama could muster in the second half came on a 27 yard Fred Berrey field goal. The 1976 squad finished the season with a record of 9-3 along with a victory in the Liberty Bowl for Coach Bryant.