Greatest Alabama Games of the Past 20 Years - 1992

This was a very good year.  I'm pretty sure which game's going to win this one going away, but here goes anyway.

Once again, all of this analysis is coming from  All of the game writeups are going to be taken straight from the wikipedia article.

#8 Alabama vs. Southern Miss.

"Alabama held the Golden Eagles to only 54 yards of total offense and three first downs. Alabama had 383 yards total offense, but lost two fumbles and an interception and struggled to score.  Alabama's only TD in the first half came on a fake punt. When the Golden Eagles tipped a pass by Alabama quarterback Jay Barker in the air in the third quarter, intercepted it, and ran it back 18 yards for a touchdown, the game was tied 7-7. On the next possession Alabama fumbled the ball away to Southern Mississippi at its own 18-yard-line. After the Golden Eagles subsequently kicked a field goal, they led 10-7 despite a total inability to move the ball on offense. It was the first of only four times all year that Alabama trailed in a game. Towards the end of the third quarter, Southern Miss returned the turnover favors, fumbling the ball away to Alabama at its own 20. Michael Proctor's field goal tied the game up with 38 seconds to go in the third. Finally, in the fourth quarter Alabama put together its only sustained drive of the game, a 63-yard march that ended with a 1-yard Chris Anderson TD. Alabama won, 17-10."

#4 Alabama at #13 Tennessee.

"Alabama dominated the Third Saturday in October matchup with Tennessee, outgaining the Vols 355 yards (301 on the ground) to 194, but nearly blew the game late after taking a 17-0 second quarter lead. Proctor missed two field goals, then, late in the third, Bama had the ball up 17-3 and with a 4th and goal at the Tennessee 2. Coach Stallings elected to go for it, but Derrick Lassic was tackled for a 1-yard loss.  Heath Shuler's touchdown pass with 12:53 to go cut the deficit to 17-10, and a Tide fumble at the Tennessee 48 with 1:33 left gave UT one last chance. However, Shuler threw an interception two plays later and the Crimson Tide escaped with a victory, its seventh in a row over Tennessee. Lassic rushed for 142 yards and both Alabama touchdowns.  Tennessee backup quarterback Jerry Colquitt [Darth's Note - My, was I glad to see the last of that name in Tennessee], who came into the game in relief after a hit forced Shuler to the sideline, said of the Alabama defense that 'These guys are unbelieveable. They beat you to the pocket.' "

#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State.

"The Bulldogs gave Alabama its hardest test of the entire season. In the first half it did not appear that would be the case. Alabama's first drive was an easy 67-yard march ending in a 23-yard shovel pass from Barker to Lassic for a touchdown. Mississippi State got the ball back, went nowhere, and attempted to punt, but Antonio Langham blocked the punt, recovered it at the MSU 5 and scored a touchdown to put Bama up 14-0. In the second quarter the Tide kicked two field goals and the Bulldogs kicked one, making the halftime score 20-3.

Alabama, which had not allowed any opponent to score more than 11 points in a game, led by 17 at the half. Then Mississippi State caught a break, picking off a Barker pass and returning it to the Alabama 11. A touchdown and a two-point conversion followed to make it 20-11. Bama went three and out on its next possession, the Bulldogs got the ball at the Tide 47, and they capitalized with a quick TD drive. Suddenly the score was 20-18. Bama got one first down, then punted again. Mississippi State drove down to the Alabama 1, but an illegal participation penalty pushed the ball back to the 16 and the Bulldogs settled for a field goal. Eighteen unanswered third quarter points gave the Bulldogs a 21-20 lead. It was only the third time all year Alabama had trailed, and it was the only time in the 1992 season that they trailed in the fourth quarter.

An interception ended one Alabama drive and a sack ended the next one. Finally a Mississippi State fumbled punt gave Alabama momentum. Barker completed a 24-yard pass to Prince Wimbley to advance the ball to the Bulldog 16, and a 26-yard field goal by Proctor made the score 23-21 with 8:10 left. Shortly thereafter George Teague intercepted a pass by MSU's Greg Plump, giving Alabama possession at the Bulldog 20. A five-play drive ended in a Chris Anderson TD run made the score 30-21 with 5:07 to go. Alabama stopped two Mississippi State drives in the waning minutes and the Tide escaped Starkville with a 30-21 victory."

#2 Alabama vs. #12 Florida.  First ever SEC Championship Game.

"As champions of the SEC Western Divison, the Crimson Tide faced off in the first-ever SEC Championship Game against the Eastern Division champion Florida Gators. It was a tight contest. Florida QB Shane Matthews passed for 287 yards against a Tide defense that had been averaging 126 passing yards allowed per game. Florida scored a touchdown on the game's opening drive, driving 77 yards on an array of short passes completed by Matthews. It was the only first-quarter touchdown yielded by Alabama in all of 1992. Alabama responded immediately with a 72-yard drive that ended on a 5-yard TD run by Lassic. Jay Barker's 30-yard pass to Curtis Brown put Alabama out in front 14-7 in the second quarter. In the third quarter, a 39-yard completion from Barker to David Palmer was the key play in a drive that put the Tide ahead 21-7. Florida rallied, going on 68-yard and 51-yard marches to tie the game up with 8:09 left. Alabama's perfect season hung in the balance, until Antonio Langham picked off a Matthews pass with 3:16 to go for the game winning touchdown, and another Matthews interception at the 2:54 mark sealed the victory.  Palmer had 101 receiving yards and Derrick Lassic rushed for 117 yards. It was Alabama's 21st SEC Championship."

#2 Alabama vs. #1 Miami.  Sugar Bowl, de facto National Championship Game.

"Alabama faced #1 Miami in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. The result was an emphatic 34-13 Alabama victory that completed the perfect season and won a national championship. Jay Barker managed only 18 yards passing in the Sugar Bowl and threw two interceptions, but the Tide running game punished Miami for 267 yards, including 135 rushing yards by Derrick Lassic. 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Toretta threw for 278 yards but, critically, also threw three interceptions, all of which led to Alabama touchdowns.

On the opening possession Alabama drove deep into Miami territory but could not get into the end zone, settling for a Michael Proctor field goal and a 3-0 lead. A 34-yard pass from Toretta to Kevin Williams set up a 49-yard field goal that tied the game. Jay Barker threw an interception in the first quarter that gave Miami the ball at the Alabama 39, but Lamar Thomas fumbled it right back after catching a pass from Toretta and the opportunity was wasted. Barker's second interception killed a drive at the Miami 23 before the first quarter ended. In the second, Alabama drove down to the Miami 1, the key plays being runs of 24 yards and 10 yards by Lassic and a six-yard pass from Barker to Palmer to move the chains on a third down. However, after Lassic's 10 yard run he and Alabama were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct (Lassic spun the ball on the ground as he got up), and the Tide was pushed back 15 yards. Alabama settled for another Proctor field goal and a 6-3 lead. Sam Shade intercepted a Toretta pass in the second quarter and returned it to the Miami 31, setting up a five-play drive that ended in a 2-yard TD run by Sherman Williams, putting Alabama ahead 13-3. A late Miami field goal made it 13-6 at the half.

Early in the third, Tommy Johnson intercepted a Toretta pass and returned it 23 yards to the Miami 20 yard line. A Lassic TD followed soon after. On the first play from scrimmage after Lassic's touchdown, George Teague picked off another Toretta pass and ran it back 31 yards for another touchdown and a 27-6 Alabama lead. Later in the third, Toretta hit Lamar Thomas on what briefly appeared to be an 88-yard touchdown pass. George Teague somehow caught Thomas from behind, so the play briefly appeared to be an 82-yard completion, but instead Teague actually stripped Thomas of the football. Miami retained possession of the ball due to an offsides penalty on Alabama, but Teague's feat in catching Thomas and stripping him of the ball prevented a Hurricane touchdown and sent the ball back deep in Miami territory. Miami was forced to punt three plays later.

Kevin Williams ran a punt back 78 yards for Miami in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 27-13, but Derrick Lassic's four-yard run with 6:46 to go for his second touchdown of the game closed the scoring. Alabama beat Miami 34-13 and finished 13-0.

It was Alabama's twelfth national championship and seventh by vote of either the AP Poll or Coaches' Poll. It was the first 13-0 season in Alabama history, and it was the eighth perfect season in Alabama history, following the perfect seasons of 1925, 1930, 1934, 1945, 1961, 1966, and 1979 (the 1897 season consisted of a single game which Alabama won)."

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