Alabama vs.Tulane

  Date: 11/8/1941  
  Score: 19-14  
  Alabama vs. Tulane All the statistical categories belonged to Tulane in this contest except for the scoreboard, the only one that matters, and the Crimson Tide managed a victory 19-14 in New Orleans in one of the best games ever played there. Alabama scored in the first 3 minutes of the game as Jimmy Nelson returned a punt but reversed the to Dave Brown who ran it 70 yards for the touchdown. Two Tulane scores in the second quarter gave them a 14-6 halftime advantage over the Tide. Just five minutes into the second half Jimmy Nelson passed to Holt Rast for a 3 yard touchdown. Early in the 4th quarter Alabama made the play of the game that would help lead them to their final touchdown. A 66 yard quick kick stranded Tulane at their 12 yard line and after an exchange of punts Alabama had the ball back on the Tulane 40 yard line. Don Salls was the benefactor of the series of events as he plowed through the center of a short touchdown that gave Alabama a 19-14 lead. Late in the fourth quarter, Tulane made a drive that was ended by James Nelson of the Tide knocking the ball out of the hands of the Tulane halfback to end Tulane's drive. The 1941 squad finished the season 9-2 as National Champions after a victory in the Cotton Bowl for Coach Thomas.