Alabama vs.LSU

 
  Date: 9/5/1981  
  Score: 24-7  
  Alabama vs. LSU The Tide opened the 1981 season by defeating the Tigers of LSU 24-7. In the first, Bama scored on a 51 yard Kenny Simon run. Bama's next touchdown came in the second on a 4 yard Walter Lewis run. The Tide's final score came in the fourth on a 44 yard Paul Fields pass to Mark Nix. The 1981 squad finished with a record of 9-2-1, as SEC champions, and with an appearence in the Cotton Bowl for Coach Bryant.