Alabama vs.Illinois

  Date: 12/29/1982  
  Score: 21-15  
  Alabama vs. Illinois A great era at the University of Alabama ended on a cold day in December of 1982. The 1982 Liberty Bowl was Paul "Bear" Bryant's last game as the head football coach for Alabama, a position held by him every year since 1958. The team wanted to win badly for the aging coach and then did just that with a 21-15 win. Ricky Moore started the scoring with a 4 yard touchdwon run in the first quarter. After an Illinois touchdown and failed extra point in the second quarter the Tide took the lead into the locker room 7-6. In the third quarter Jesse Bendross ran it in from 8 yards out to put Bama up 14-6. In the final quarter Craig "Touchdown" Turner lived up to his nickname and scored the last touchdown for Bama in the game on a 1 yard run. Alabama won the game despite giving up 444 yards of total offense and surving 9 Illionis fourth quarter points. Bama's Jerimiah Castille was named the game's MVP thanks to 3 interceptions. With this Liberty Bowl victory the 1982 squad finished with a record of 8-4 in Coach Bryant's final season at the Capstone.