Alabama vs.Notre Dame

  Date: 12/31/1973  
  Score: 23-24  
  Alabama vs. Notre Dame In what was touted as "The greatest game in college football history" two of the greatest powerhouses in football, Alabama and Notre Dame met for the first time ever in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. And the game lived up to the hype with Notre Dame defeating the #1 ranked Tide 24-23. Randy Billingsly started off the scoring for the tide scoring on a 6 yard touchdown run. After Notre Dame ran back a kickoff for a touchdown Bill Davis connected on a 39 yard field goal to cut the Irish lead to 14-10 at the half. Alabama took a 17-14 lead when Wilbur Jackson ran it in from 5 yards out in the third quarter. In the final quarter Alabama took the lead off of a Richard Todd pass to Mike Stock. However Davis missed the extra point so the Tide was only up by 2. Notre Dame kicked a 19 yard chip shot field goal late in the game to go up by the score of 24-23 and that’s how the game would end. Alabama did get one final shot when they had the Irish pinned on their own 2 yard line. With two great defensive plays to keep them there Notre Dame faced a third and long. They connected on a 35 yard pass play to get the first down and away from the endzone where a safety would have won the game. From there, the Irish just ran out the clock taking the game away. With this Sugar Bowl loss the 1973 squad finished the season with a record of 11-1 as SEC champions, and as national champions for Coach Bryant.