Alabama probably let Texas A&M win the 1968 Cotton Bowl, but it still counts as a win. In 1985 Alabama won in Birmingham. In 1988, Alabama pussied out because a tropical storm was in Mexico. They came later in the season after their Jay Barker type quarterback was healthy and Bucky Richardson was out for the season.
Texas A&M boat raced Alabama 56-19 in College Station in 2009 and then split the two Johnny games.
Kenny Hill was seen on the sideline coaching the TCU quarterbacks on Saturday night against Ohio State. After watching him play against Alabama, you’d have to wonder why he was out there coaching. What was he saying? Why was he hired as a graduate coach?
That brings us to what really happened in that 2014 game. The Aggies and Tide entered that contest tied at 3 wins apiece in the all time series. 2014 wasn’t all Kenny’s fault. Sure, he wasn’t a student of the game, but neither was Johnny. Hill started off the season nice against the likes of South Carolina and SMU. He was kind of a happy go lucky kid. And he tried to do things right in Tuscaloosa, but some things were out of his control. He didn’t get any sleep the night before the game.
You see, Kenny’s girlfriend and her family traveled to Tuscaloosa that weekend. They were staying in a different hotel than the team. The parents had gone to bed, but Kenny’s girlfriend and her sister went to the hotel gym to work out. Kenny called his girlfriend and she left the gym to go back to her room to talk to Kenny. Her little sister, we’ll call her Beth, finished her workout. Kenny’s girlfriend talked to Kenny for a while and then she took a shower. When she got out of the shower, her sister still wasn’t back. She was only 12 years old. Where could she have gone?
Kenny’s girlfriend didn’t want to wake up her parents, so she called Kenny, in tears. Kenny was asleep already and dreaming of check down passes against a fierce Alabama pass rush, but he groggily answered the phone. When he heard the fear in his girlfriend’s voice, he knew he had to do something. So, he snuck out of his hotel room and went over to her hotel to try to track down the missing sister.
They used the find my iphone ap and ubered across town to some nice condos not too far from Bryant-Denny stadium.
They knocked on the door of the condo that seemed to be the correct one according to the app.
A goofy looking man answered the door. He was dressed like a cartoon fire fighter. Kenny took charge of the situation: “Sir, is Beth here? We tracked her phone to this location.”
The man started to mutter some weak denials, but they heard muffled shrieks from the background. Kenny pushed the man aside and raced into the condo. He found Beth in the back bedroom. The bedroom was full of dresses for young girls and barbie dolls and easy bake ovens and things like that. Kenny’s girlfriend rushed over to her sister and gave her a big hug.
The man came in the room demanding what right Kenny had for busting into his apartment.
“We are trying to get my girlfriend’s sister back,” Kenny said. “What are you doing, kidnapping her?”
“No,” said the man, “I picked her up at a hotel. I was trying to get lucky. Who are you, anyway?”
“I’m Kenny Hill, quarterback for Texas A&M. Who are you? I need to call the police on you for kidnapping.”
The man looked stunned. First, he just couldn’t believe that Kenny Hill was a quarterback. He also didn’t want people interrupting his date. His voice started to get louder: “I’m the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Go ahead and call the police, I’ll just have you arrested.”
Well, Kenny Hill did call the police. And it didn’t go well for him. They came out and seemed really focused on causing trouble for Kenny. They took him down to the Tuscaloosa police station and questioned him most of the night. They made him drink coffee to stay awake. Finally, they forced him and his girlfriend sign a statement that they had all been personal guests of Roy Moore at his house and nothing funny was going on.
Kenny got back to his hotel room at dawn. He didn’t sleep a wink that night. He never told anyone what happened until the Roy Moore resignation in 2016. Kenny’s girlfriend’s parents never knew what happened. Beth is okay. Kenny got there before any funny business happened.
So, that explains the 2014 game. The Aggies fought harder the next two years, but lost in the second half as a dark cloud hung over the team. But last year, the first season playing Alabama after Roy Moore resigned from the bench, the Kevin Sumlin led Aggies and Kellen Mond played the Crimson Tide to a one score game.
Look for the Aggies to be in a position to win the game this weekend. Without the Roy Moore curse, they should be able to duplicate 2012’s game.