Alabama vs.Vanderbilt

 
  Date: 9/26/1981  
  Score: 28-7  
  Alabama vs. Vanderbilt Once again, the Commodores were unable to defeat Bama in this 28-7 defeat. This was Bama's game from the start. In the first, Jackie Cline blocked a punt that would roll out of the endzone for a safety, and this was followed by a 33 yard fumble return by Russ Wood for a touchdown. In the second, Bama's defense would score again on a 72 yard interception return by Benny Perrin. In the third, Bama's offense would finally score on a 1 yard Jeff Fagan plunge. The Tide ended its scoring in the fourth on a 81 yard touchdown reception by Joey Jones. 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.