Sports History/Nov. 28: Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of the Alabama Crimson Tide Wins Career No. 315 Against Auburn Tigers
Written by Jim Bankes   
Saturday, 27 November 2010 17:59

Nov. 28: Houndstooth Hat

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Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

 

November 28, 1981: Bear Bryant becomes the winningest in college football history

SOME CONSIDER THE BEAR COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S GREATEST COACH.

Paul Bryant spent 57 seasons as a college football coach – at Maryland,  Kentucky, Texas A&M (depicted in the movie The Junction Boys), and Alabama. On this day, he passed the immortal Amos Alonzo Stagg as the winningest coach in college football history.

Over 78,000 spectators joined to celebrate the Bear at Legion Field in Bimingham, including Joe Namath and scores of Bryant’s friends and former players.

But as the fourth quarter began, Auburn led Alabama 17-14. Then Tide QB Walter Lewis hit Jesse Bendross with a 38-yard scoring strike to gain the lead. A few moments later, sophomore tailback Linnie Patrick bolted 15-yards to paydirt and secured win No. 315 for the Bear.

Coach Bryant won eight more games and closed his career with six national titles and 15 bowl victories. He retired in December 1982 after coaching his last game and died of a heart attack 28 days later.

Bear Bryant’s record has since been surpassed by several coaches, but his legend may never be surpassed.

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