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‘That’s the way it should be at Alabama’

Alabama running back Damien Harris thanks the crowd after scoring a touchdown vs. Missouri. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Following Alabama’s last home game two weeks ago, Nick Saban  called out UA students for poor attendance to the Crimson Tide’s 11 a.m. game against UL-Lafayette.

That tune changed Saturday night after Alabama’s Homecoming game against Missouri.

The return of “Dixieland Delight” in the fourth quarter might have had something to do with that, but the announced crowd of 101,821 — or full capacity — was loud from start to the 39-10 finish.

Two weeks after getting onto fans, Nick Saban made sure to praise them for their support.

“I should really tell them how pleased I am with what a great atmosphere we had in the stadium today,” Saban said in his postgame press conference. “The students were great, the enthusiasm was great, ‘Dixieland Delight’ was great. I mean, it was really, really good. So, I’m really happy.

“That’s the way it should be at Alabama.”

“Dixieland Delight” made its return to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Week 7 game against the Tigers to the delight of the student section and rest of the arena. It had not been played at an Alabama home game since the 2014 Iron Bowl led fans to excessively use the alternative lyric with a curse word. It tried to make a comeback in 2015 but did not play again until today.



With help from athletics director Greg Byrne and featuring new alternative lyrics, “Beat Auburn,” fans and players alike enjoyed having it back. Below is what four Crimson Tide players thought of the song’s return and the overall atmosphere of Saturday’s game against Missouri.

Senior RB Damien Harris

“We know we’ve got the best fans in the country. We would never question that. We just kind of wanted those guys to get us a little bit more fired up. I think they did that tonight, and we’re really appreciative of that. … We live to see another week, so I’d say we did pretty good.”

Sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy

“Yeah, I wasn’t really noticing that. I was too focused on the game.”

Redshirt senior C Ross Pierschbacher

“It was, especially once Dixieland Delight came on. That was fun. I don’t think that’s played since Auburn in 2014, so my very first year. It was fun to bring that back, and it was fun to be in a night game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. … I was kind of nodding my head a little bit but trying to stay locked in, for sure.”

Junior LB Mack Wilson

“We knew they were going to play it. They said they were going to play it in the fourth quarter. We were just happy to bring it back for the fans, and hopefully, they can sing it right every time and it can carry on for the rest of the season. … We were fired up.”

Contact Charlie Potter by 247Sports’ personal messaging or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).

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