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The Gentleman's War is a college football rivalry between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ole Miss Falcons, played annually. It is regarded as one of the most passionate rivalries in the country, especially at its zenith in the 1960's and 1980's. The Gentleman's War is traditionally the final regular season game either team plays and has, since the late 1990's, often determined the champion of the Southern Conference's Eastern Division. The most recent game, played on November 25, 2011, resulted in a 28-27 Ole Miss victory in Tuscaloosa. Alabama leads the series ___-___ all time.

History

Notable Games

  • 1990 - Spoiler! Part II: At 9-2 with two losses in the early season, Alabama had ripped off an eight-game winning streak entering the Gentleman's War in Oxford, with quarterback Ken Jones a Bosch front-runner, and the Crimson Tide defense was one of the stingiest in the nation. Thanks to their eight-game streak, the Tide were ranked No. 6 and were a win away from the inaugural SouthCo title game a year removed from their national title. Ole Miss, however, was one of two undefeated teams in the nation, ranked No. 2 behind only South Carolina, and were led by the country's No. 1 run defense and No. 3 rushing attack, with two 1,000 yard running backs. In one of the biggest upsets in the history of the rivalry and in college football, the heavily-favored Falcons were defeated 35-10 at home, denying them a place in the SouthCo Championship game and a chance at an elusive national title, and granting Alabama its first win in Oxford since 1980 and its second consecutive Gentleman's War victory with both teams ranked in the Top Ten. The Tide would go on to win the SouthCo title game and earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl, while Ole Miss went to the Chicago Bowl.
  • 1998 - Spoiler! Part III: On the road in Oxford against Mississippi, unranked and 5-6 Alabama managed to score a major upset over the No. 9, 10-1 Falcons, which had defeated No. 7 Kentucky earlier in the season and had only lost in overtime to Tennessee. With a win, Ole Miss would have clinched a spot in the SouthCo title game thanks to tiebreakers over Kentucky. However, the Crimson Tide, led by Ontarrio Sypes' 233 rushing yards against the No. 7 rushing defense in the nation, managed to force overtime with a game-tying field goal as time expired, and then intercepted freshman Falcons quarterback Julious Everridge in overtime and kicked a field goal to win and deny Ole Miss a spot in the championship game.
  • 2003 - Vince Young's Coming-Out Party: At home in front of a sellout crowd, Tide redshirt freshman quarterback Vince Young rushed for 210 yards and passed for an additional 155 to lead the Tide to a surprising 49-31 victory over the No. 10 Falcons, who were heavily favored over the #21 Crimson Tide. The win, coming a week after the Tide's upset road win at Georgia, was regarded as Young's national breakout game, and clinched the first of seven straight East Division titles for the Tide.
  • 2010 - The Drive, Part I: Facing a ten-point deficit at 34-24 in Oxford at the start of the fourth quarter, Falcons quarterback Ray Derval threw ten straight completions to tie the game up at 34-34 with a touchdown pass to Alan James and leading the team to a tying field goal. After stopping Alabama running back Trent Richardson on third-and-2 near midfield and allowing the ensuing punt to be a touchback, Derval marched the team downfield to kick a winning field goal as time expired, resulting in the Falcons' first win in the series since 2002, head coach Jack Davis' first win in the rivalry since becoming head coach in 2007, the Falcons' first Eastern Division title since 2001 (and the first time since 2002 the Tide had not been the division champion), and the last Gentleman's War game for Tide head coach Bobby McGrady, who left the program to become the head coach for the AFL's San Antonio Stallions following the Tide's bowl game.
  • 2011 - The Drive, Part II: In the first game with both teams ranked in the Top Ten since 1980, undefeated and #2 Alabama needed to defeat 10-1 and #7 Ole Miss at home in Tuscaloosa to complete their first undefeated regular season since 2008, wrap up an East Division title and set up a huge showdown with LSU in the SouthCo championship game, all in head coach Tony Smith's first season as Bobby McGrady's successor. Despite being two wins away from a likely fourth national championship game appearance since 2006, Ole Miss jumped out to a 14-6 lead at halftime and fought back to win 28-27 after quarterback Ray Derval led his second game-winning touchdown drive over Alabama in as many years, stunning the sellout crowd of 107,516 at Wallace Memorial Stadium and punching Ole Miss's ticket to the SouthCo title game and giving them a second straight East Division title with a second straight win over Alabama, the first such streak since winning four straight from 1999-2002. It was Alabama's first home loss as a Top Two team in history, its first home loss as a Top Five team since 1990, and first loss to Ole Miss as a Top Ten team since 1964. It was Ole Miss's first-ever win over Alabama with both teams ranked in the Top Ten.

Game Results

Date Alabama (rank) Score Mississippi (rank) Score Site Series
1899 Alabama 6 Mississippi 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 1-0-0
1902 Alabama 13 Mississippi 13 Jackson, MS ALA 1-0-1
1905 Alabama 54 Mississippi 10 Meridian, MS ALA 2-0-1
1906 Alabama 14 Mississippi 20 Birmingham, AL ALA 2-1-1
1907 Alabama 40 Mississippi 10 Mobile, AL ALA 3-1-1
1908 Alabama 14 Mississippi 55 Jackson, MS ALA 3-2-1
1909 Alabama 0 Mississippi 77 Birmingham, AL Tied 3-3-1
1910 Alabama 7 Mississippi 45 Jackson, MS MISS 4-3-1
1911 Alabama 0 Mississippi 40 Montgomery, AL MISS 5-3-1
1912 Alabama 14 Mississippi 28 Meridian, MS MISS 6-3-1
1913 Alabama 0 Mississippi 9 Montgomery, AL MISS 7-3-1
1914 Alabama 0 Mississippi 30 Jackson, MS MISS 8-3-1
1915 Alabama 0 Mississippi 17 Montgomery, AL MISS 9-3-1
1916 Alabama 0 Mississippi 59 Meridian, MS MISS 10-3-1
1917 Alabama 7 Mississippi 27 Birmingham, AL MISS 11-3-1
1918 Alabama 10 Mississippi 16 Jackson, MS MISS 12-3-1
1919 Alabama 0 Mississippi 10 Huntsville, AL MISS 13-3-1
1920 Alabama 10 Mississippi 20 Huntsville, AL MISS 14-3-1
1921 Alabama 21 Mississippi 0 Huntsville, AL MISS 14-4-1
1922 Alabama 14 Mississippi 0 Huntsville MISS 14-5-1
1923 Alabama 33 Mississippi 3 Huntsville, AL MISS 14-6-1
1930 Alabama 13 Mississippi 25 Oxford, MS MISS 15-6-1
1931 Alabama 35 Mississippi 0 Tuscaloosa, AL MISS 15-7-1
1932 Alabama 44 Mississippi 13 Oxford, MS MISS 15-8-1
1933 Alabama 17 Mississippi 0 Tuscaloosa, AL MISS 15-9-1
1934 Alabama 30 Mississippi 10 Oxford, MS MISS 15-10-1
1935 Alabama 20 Mississippi 0 Tuscaloosa, AL MISS 15-11-1
1936 Alabama (1) 50 Mississippi 7 Oxford, MS MISS 15-12-1
1937 Alabama 27 Mississippi 21 Tuscaloosa, AL MISS 15-13-1
1938 Alabama 35 Mississippi 24 Oxford, MS MISS 15-14-1
1939 Alabama 0 Mississippi 3 Tuscaloosa, AL MISS 16-14-1
1940 Alabama 14 Mississippi 10 Oxford, MS MISS 16-15-1
1941 Alabama 38 Mississippi 28 Tuscaloosa, AL Tied 16-16-1
1942 Alabama (10) 21 Mississippi 7 Oxford, MS ALA 17-16-1
1943 Alabama (2) 33 Mississippi 30 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 18-16-1
1944 Alabama 42 Mississippi 10 Oxford, MS ALA 19-16-1
1945 Alabama 10 Mississippi 13 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 19-17-1
1946 Alabama 20 Mississippi 44 Oxford, MS ALA 19-18-1
1947 Alabama (15) 17 Mississippi 14 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 20-18-1
1948 Alabama (2) 0 Mississippi (18) 35 Oxford, MS ALA 20-19-1
1949 Alabama 58 Mississippi 45 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 21-19-1
1950 Alabama (5) 14 Mississippi 23 Oxford, MS ALA 21-20-1
1951 Alabama (2) 26 Mississippi (10) 14 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 22-20-1
1952 Alabama (2) 45 Mississippi (9) 21 Oxford, MS ALA 23-20-1
1953 Alabama (10) 21 Mississippi (12) 0 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 24-20-1
1954 Alabama 7 Mississippi 38 Oxford, MS ALA 24-21-1
1955 Alabama 24 Mississippi (1) 0 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 25-21-1
1956
1957 Alabama 28 Mississippi (6) 3 Tuscaloosa, AL 26-22-1
1958
1959
1960 Alabama 0 Mississippi (3) 48 Oxford, MS ALA 26-25-1
1961 Alabama 14 Mississippi (3) 35 Tuscaloosa, AL Tied 26-26-1
1962 Alabama 13 Mississippi 17 Oxford, MS MISS 27-26-1
1963 Alabama 31 Mississippi 16 Tuscaloosa, AL Tied 27-27-1
1964 Alabama 33 Mississippi 28 Oxford, MS ALA 28-27-1
1965 Alabama 31 Mississippi 17 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 29-27-1
1966 Alabama 55 Mississippi 26 Oxford, MS ALA 30-27-1
1967 ALA 31-27-1
1968 ALA 31-28-1
1969 ALA 31-29-1
1970 ALA 32-29-1
1971 ALA 33-29-1
1972 ALA 34-29-1
1973 ALA 35-29-1
1974 ALA 36-29-1
1975 ALA 36-30-1
1976 ALA 36-31-1
1977 ALA 37-31-1
1978 ALA 38-31-1
1979 ALA 38-32-1
1980 ALA 39-32-1
1981 ALA 40-32-1
1982 ALA 40-33-1
1983 ALA 40-34-1
1984 Alabama (23) 13 Mississippi (3) 24 Oxford, MS ALA 40-35-1
1985 Alabama (11) 3 Mississippi (6) 24 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 40-36-1
1986 Alabama 17 Mississippi (7) 20 Oxford, MS ALA 40-37-1
1987 Alabama 17 Mississippi 7 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 41-37-1
1988 Alabama (10) 10 Mississippi (18) 13 Oxford, MS ALA 41-38-1
1989 Alabama (3) 21 Mississippi (7) 14 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 42-38-1
1990 Alabama (6) 35 Mississippi (2) 10 Oxford, MS ALA 43-38-1
1991 Alabama (5) 51 Mississippi 14 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 44-38-1
1992 Alabama (17) 30 Mississippi (11) 29 Oxford, MS ALA 45-38-1
1993 Alabama 13 Mississippi (12) 30 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 45-39-1
1994 Alabama 0 Mississippi (22) 28 Oxford, MS ALA 45-40-1
1995 ALA 45-41-1
1996 Alabama 14 Mississippi 20 Oxford, MS ALA 45-42-1
1997 Alabama 23 Mississippi 45 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 45-43-1
1998 Alabama 23 OT Mississippi (9) 20 Oxford, MS ALA 46-43-1
1999 Alabama 14 Mississippi (16) 48 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 46-44-1
2000 Alabama 16 Mississippi (19) 41 Oxford, MS ALA 46-45-1
2001 Alabama 17 Mississippi (1) 44 Tuscaloosa, AL Tied 46-46-1
2002 Alabama 30 Mississippi (22) 42 Oxford, MS MISS 47-46-1
2003 Alabama (21) 49 Mississippi (10) 31 Tuscaloosa, AL Tied 47-47-1
2004 Alabama (6) 35 Mississippi (13) 24 Oxford, MS ALA 48-47-1
2005 Alabama (3) 45 Mississippi 14 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 49-47-1
2006 Alabama (1) 55 Mississippi (15) 17 Oxford, MS ALA 50-47-1
2007 Alabama (1) 52 Mississippi (24) 24 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 51-47-1
2008 Alabama (1) 38 Mississippi 13 Oxford, MS ALA 52-47-1
2009 Alabama (3) 48 Mississippi 24 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 53-47-1
2010 Alabama (15) 34 Mississippi (17) 37 Oxford, MS ALA 53-48-1
2011 Alabama (2) 27 Mississippi (7) 28 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 53-49-1
2012 Alabama 27 Mississippi 17 Oxford, MS ALA 54-49-1

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