10 Minutes or Less: 1983 Alabama at Penn State

Penn State had just won the 1982 National Championship, but you wouldn’t know it from how the Nittany Lions were playing in 1983. Reeling at 2-3, following embarrassments at the hands of Nebraska, Iowa and, yes, Cincinnati, Penn State welcomed to Happy Valley the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide.

But Penn State forced a half-dozen Alabama turnovers to go up 31-7 on the Tide. Alabama would not go quietly, rallying to a 34-28 deficit late in the game. With the ball inside the 10 yard line, Alabama had four chances to score and win the game with an extra point. But a controversial call, a Penn State offside penalty, and a run stuffed on fourth down would etch this game into college football history…

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