1991 Fiesta Bowl

Louisville 34, Alabama 7

1991 fiesta bowl
January 1, 1991

Attendance: 69,098

Offensive Player of the Game: Browning Nagle, Louisville

Defensive Player of the Game: Ray Buchanan, Louisville

Sportsmanship Award: Efrum Thomas, Alabama

Head Coaches: Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville - Gene Stallings, Alabama

Weather: Scattered clouds

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $2,200,000

Louisville entered the 1991 Fiesta Bowlas a huge underdog and with a dream to fulfill.

The Cardinals did just that and a little bit more, as they jumped out to a 25-0 lead after just the first quarter and held on to trounce SEC power-house Ala-bama, 34-7, before a crowd of 69,098.

Louisville senior quarterback Browning Nagle, the offensive player of the game, was virtually unstoppable, completing 20 of 33 aerials for three touchdowns and a Fiesta Bowl record 451 passing yards. He threw two scoring passes to Anthony Cummings and tied the Fiesta record for longest completion with a 70-yard scoring toss to Latrell Ware.

The Cardinals scored on their last three possessions of the first quarter, with Nagle connecting on two scoring strikes. Louisville also scored after Ricky McFadden blocked a punt and Ray Buchanan recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Ralph Dawkins had a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter scoring explosion, as Louisville jumped out to a 25-0 lead, just 15 minutes after the singing of the National Anthem.

Alabama got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, when Charles Gardner took advantage of Nagle’s only mistake of the day, taking an interception 49 yards for a score.

But the Cardinals defense took control, allowing only 85 total yards in the second half and just 189 in the entire game.

Louisville had 458 passing yards, which was the most ever allowed by an Alabama team.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Louisville
25
0
7
2
34
Alabama
0
7
0
0
7

Yardstick

LOU
ALA
25
First Downs
10
39-113
Rushes-Yards
33-95
458
Passing Yards
94
21-39-3
Passes
12-35-2
51
Return Yards
53
3-41.0
Punts
8-40.2
3-1
Fumbles-Lost
3-1
10-87
Penalties-Yards
7-40

How They Scored

LOU
ALA
7
0
Latrell Ware 70 yard pass from Browning Nagle (Klaus Wilmsmeyer kick)
13
0
Ralph Dawkins 5 yard run (kick blocked)
19
0
Anthony Cummings 37 yard pass from Nagle (pass failed)
25
0
Ray Buchanan recovered blocked punt in end zone (pass failed)
25
7
Charles Gardner 49 yard interception return (Philip Doyle kick)
32
7
Cummings 19 yard pass from Nagle (Ron Bell kick)
34
7
Safety. Danny Woodson intentional grounding in end zone

Individual Statistics

Rushing
ALA
Kevin Turner 6-49, Chris Anderson 7-26, Junior Sewell 5-25, Danny Woodson 8-17, Martin Houston 1-0, Derrick Lassic 1-0, Scott Etter 1-(-7), Gary Hollingsworth 4-(-15).
LOU
Pete Bynm 8-48, Ralph Dawkins 5-38, Curtis Lipsey 9-23, Bobby Hall 2-12, Latrell Ware 3-11, Greg Brohm 1-(-2), Jeff Brohm 2-(-3), Browning Nagle 6-(-20).
Passing
ALA
Gary Hollingsworth 10-23-1-59, Danny Woodson 2-10-1-35, Scott Etter 0-2-0-0.
LOU
Browning Nagle 20-33-1-451, Curtis Lipsey 1-1-0-7, Jeff Brohm 0-3-2-0, Erik Watts 0-2-0-0.
Receiving
ALA
Kevin Turner 4-35, Derrick Lassic 2-35, Martin Houston 2-4, Donnie Finkley 1-15, Lamonde Russell 1-7, Steve Busky 1-3, Sewell 1-(-5).
LOU
Ken McKay 5-110, Curtis Lipsey 4-65, Anthony Cummings 3-69, Ralph Dawkins 3-32, Fred Jones 2-89, Latrell Ware 1-70, Eric Broomfield 1-11, Browning Nagle 1-7, Pete Bynm 1-5.