Coach Wallace Wade's 1925 squad secured a perfect 9-0 season with a stout defense that recorded several shut-outs. The team was led offensively by halfback Johnny Mack Brown, and the quarterback was one Allison T.S. "Pooley" Hubert.
That Tide team became the first Southern team invited to the Rose Bowl where they were to meet highly regarded Washington. Almost no one said the boys from 'Bama could win; even comedian Will Rogers referred to the team, according to once source, as "Tusca-losers."
Sure enough, the Huskies took an early two-touchdown lead behind the play of Washington great, HB George Wilson. Then Wilson got hurt and had to leave the game for a time.
Up stepped Hubert, and not the better-known Brown, and he brought the Tide back, running for one score and passing for another, as 'Bama scored all of its points in the third quarter. It was enough for the 20-19 upset .
Despite his leadership (and despite besting Brown in most statistical categories), Hubert lost out on the MVP award to Brown.
It was the Crimson Tide’s first national championship, and it put the program on the national map (in addition to a "signature" win earlier in the decade against traditional power Penn).
Crowds waited the conquering Tide at every train station in the south on the return to Tuscaloosa. According to one source, the Crimson Tide had "won the Rose Bowl for the whole South," and it was "Pooley" Hubert who led the way.
Hubert, who had entered the University after having served in World War I, later coached basketball at Southern Miss and at VMI. He passed away in 1978.