Bear Bryant becomes winningest coach - again

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:29 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 9, 1982

At the time, it was thought that Bear Bryant was college football's winningest coach when he won his 315th game last year, passing Amos Alonzo Stagg. However, in 1994, the NCAA will credit the late Pop Warner with six more victories, boosting his total to 319.

That's why there are no headlines today about the Bear becoming No. 1 when he wins No. 320, Alabama's 42-21 victory over No. 3 Penn State in Birmingham. Two blocked punts spur the tide in Alabama's favor.

Jackie Cline blocks Ralph Giacomarro's kick to set up a first-quarter score, and Giacomarro punts the ball into blocking back Mike Suter's back to set up the touchdown that boosts No. 4 Alabama's lead to 35-21 with five minutes left.

"They had a couple blocked, and I doubt we would have won without them," says Bryant, who will retire after the season with a record of 323-85-17.