No single play represents Coach Paul “ Bear” Bryant’s defensive football philosophy better than the historic goal line stand against Penn State in the 1979 Sugar Bowl. With fourth and goal inside Alabama’s one-yard line, the Crimson Tide defense rose to the challenge of a “gut-check” - one of Coach Bryant’s favorite phrases. The Classical defensive effort preserved victory for Alabama, clinching its tenth national championship; the fifth under Coach Bryant.
Alabama Players pictured include: Mike Clements (#43); Barry Krauss (#77); Murray Legg (#19); E.J. Junior (#39); Curtis McGriff (#96); Don McNeal (#28); and Rich Wingo (#36).