Top Plays in MSU History: No. 2, MSU Stops Alabama in 1980

In a game that many feel is the greatest victory in Mississippi State history, the Bulldogs forced a fumble near the goal line to stop Alabama from scoring a game winning touchdown, and later, recovered another fumble to preserve the win.

There is not a single Mississippi State fans that has not heard about the Bulldogs' victory over Alabama in 1980. Everyone knows what was going on at the time. Alabama was closing in on a third straight national title. The Crimson Tide was closing in on the 30-consecutive win mark and building a true dynasty in college football.

That all came to a halt when the Tide made the trip to Jackson.

To the shock of many, Mississippi State had found a way to take a 6-3 lead into the closing minutes of the contest. However, it looked like order was about to be restored as the Tide moved the ball down the field with under two minutes to play, and with just seconds left to play, Alabama had the ball inside the five yard line. It looked like it was going to be yet another heartbreaking loss for Mississippi State.

That is when it happened. The ball came loose, and Mississippi State recovered it to seal the win.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker