Alabama vs.Georgia Tech

 
  Date: 9/10/1983  
  Score: 20-7  
  Alabama vs. Georgia Tech With this 20-7 victory over the Yellow Jackets, the Ray Perkins era began just as the Bryant era had ended- with a victory. The first points of the Perkins era came in the first on a 15 yard Walter Lewis touchdown pass to Joe Carter. Van Tiffin would score Bama's next points on field goals of 39 and 40 yards in his first collegiate action. Bama's final points came in the third after Stan Gay returned a blocked punt 32 yards for a touchdown. The 1983 squad finished with a record of 8-4 and with a victory in the Sun Bowl in Ray Perkins' first season at the Capstone.