Alabama vs.Penn State

 
  Date: 11/14/1981  
  Score: 31-16  
  Alabama vs. Penn State The Tide would roll into "Happy Valley" and then roll out with a 31-16 victory over the Nittany Lions. Bama would open the scoring in the first with a 37 yard Walter Lewis pass to Jesse Bendross for the touchdown. In the second, Bama would score on a 2 yard Paul Carruth run, followed by a 27 yard Paul Trodd field goal, and then on a 3 yard pass play from Lewis to Bendross. The Tide would end their scoring in the fourth with a 1 yard Joe Carter touchdown run. 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.