10/2/1993: North Alabama 44, Portland State 32
The Lions entered the 1993 season highly ranked after advancing to the second round of the playoffs the year prior. This ranking was tested early with a trip to Oregon for a Top 5 Battle with the Vikings and with a loss by top-ranked North Dakota State earlier that day, the game loomed large. PSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead but UNA fought back to take the lead by the beginning of the fourth quarter with a barrage of rushing TD’s. The following Monday, the Lions claimed their first #1 ranking in school history.
12/11/1993: North Alabama 41, Indiana (PA) 38
Riding the school’s first perfect season and home-standing playoff run into the title game, everything in Florence turned Purple and Gold during Championship Week. The community had hosted the game several years after being in the title game just prior to the move and anticipation was high. North Alabama used a 27-point 4th Quarter rally to upend IUP with the go ahead score coming with just 10 seconds remaining in the game. UNA broke 85 school and GSC records in 1993.
12/10/1994: North Alabama 16, TAMUK 10
After winning their first title with and explosive offense, the 1994 Lions were known for their ‘Purple Swarm’ defense. Pressure was high as Texas A&M-Kingsville came to Florence to challenge the Lion Kings for the title. UNA led the Javalinas late but had to rely on two late interceptions to secure defense of the National Championship becoming the first school in NCAA history to have multiple titles in football and basketball.
12/9/1995: North Alabama 27, Pittsburg State 7
On a very cold day, the Lions would attempt to achieve history and did so by defeating Pittsburg State in the 1995 title game. UNA became the first school in NCAA scholarship football history to win three consecutive national titles. North Alabama won their four playoff games by a combined score of 138-49. The team was 41-1 over three seasons and voted “Best Team of the Quarter Century” for Division II.
10/11/1997: North Alabama 48, Southwestern Louisiana 42 (4 OT)
UNA picked up its first win ever over a Division I football team, and played the longest game in school history, to that point, in the process, with a 48-42 four overtime win at Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette). It is one of only a handful of wins ever by NCAA Division II teams over Division I-A opponents.
11/15/1997: North Alabama 56, West Alabama 14
Coach Wallace’s final victory at UNA came big against the GCS and in-state rival where he would eventually re-enter the D2 football ranks. This game capped a 9-2 regular season that year before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Wallace’s decade-long tenure at UNA his record was 82-36-1, winning 3 National and GSC titles, taking the Lions to the playoffs six times and producing 12 NFL players.
10/17/1998: Temple 28, Virginia Tech 24
In his first signature win at DI Temple, Coach Wallace took his Owls to Blacksburg, Va. Devin Scott, a freshman starting his first game against the nation’s fourth-best defense, threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns to lead previously winless Temple to a 28-24 come-from-behind road victory over No. 14 Virginia Tech. Temple entered the game 0-26 in Big East Conference road games and trailed by 17 points but rallied with three second-half touchdowns including a game-winning one-yard run by Scott.
11/17/2001: Temple 17, West Virginia 14
Ending a 10-game drought vs. the Mountaineers, the Wallace-led Owls went into Morgantown and took the victory back to Philly. The game was the lowest output of the season for Rich Rodriguez’s WVU team and the first loss to Temple since 1984 along with being the first home loss to them since 1979. Temple used three FG’s and a two-point conversions to seal the victory.
11/7/2009: West Alabama 31, North Alabama 28 (4 OT)
Coach Wallace returned back to Braly Stadium for the second time as the rival coach when UWA came to town and upset the #1 ranked UNA Lions in 4 OT. After a hard fought 14-6 lead was erased by a late two-point conversion for the Lions, UWA’s Brock Sharp hit a career-long 44 yard field goal to get UWA’s first win in Florence since 1987. The victory gave Wallace his 100th GSC career win.
11/14/2009: West Alabama 24, Albany State 22
Coach Wallace carried his UWA Tigers into the D2 Playoffs for the first time in 34 years and continued to make history as the school got their second playoff victory ever. Aided by two blocked FG’s, West Alabama’s Deon Williams passed for 300 yards with 2 TD’s and rushing for another.