Two years later, Smith was back in college, at Alabama.

The highlight of that stay came in 1989 when the Crimson Tide, afterspotting Mississippi a 21-point lead, scored 62 unanswered points.

Recalling that game this week in a tribute column, Tuscaloosa Newswriter Cecil Hurt said he asked Smith after the game what he wasthinking during the comeback.

Smith responded with two words, in Latin: "Deo Gratis." (Thanks be toGod.)

Smith returned to UCLA in 1990.


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