A few of you may remember how significant the number 13 was the last time we won a national championship: it had been 13 years since our last title (1979), we allowed Miami only 13 points, George Teague wore #13, we were the first ever 13-0 team, etc. Something else you may have noticed Saturday is the significance this year of the number 22 in securing our only SEC title of the decade.
(19)22: The year of Alabama's first 'signature' win, a 9-7 victory at then-mighty Pennsylvania...also the last year for famed head coach Xen Scott at the Capstone. He would be replaced by Wallace Wade, who would lead 'Bama to her first three national titles.
22: The number of points Alabama scored vs. Ole Miss, who graced the Sports Illustrated College Football Preview issue and was favored by them (and others) as the favorite to win the SEC West this year. Obviously, these prognosticators were way off...the Rebels are just lucky that Les Miles still has a job at LSU.
22: The number of Mark Ingram, who carried the ball 28 times for 113 yards and a season-high three rushing touchdowns vs. the Florida Gators Saturday. He also had two receptions for 76 yards in the 32-13 win, which helped the Tide garner an appearance against Texas in the BCS National Championship Game on January 7th. Ingram has gained 1542 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns this season while also gathering 30 receptions for a total of 322 yards (three touchdowns). Ingram has averaged 6.2 yards per carry and topped the century mark eight times in 13 starts. His best game came against South Carolina when he carried the ball 24 times for 246 yards and one touchdown in a 20-6 victory.
22: The number of total wins against Florida, versus their fourteen versus Alabama.
2/2: Leigh Tiffin's field goal performance in the SEC Championship game. For posterity's sake, we won't discuss post-touchdown conversion attempts.
22: The number of SEC Championships for Alabama, the most of any school in SEC history. The University of Tennessee is a distant second with 13 titles.
Trivial, perhaps, but this has been a special year for a special team, much like the aforementioned 1992 squad. Speaking of which, you may also have noticed the number 13 is still playing a significant role in 2009...we only allowed 13 points to Florida, to win our 13th game, to allow us to play for our 13th national championship....