Third in a series
Even those who lament the annual Alabama calendar, including a small handful of cupcake opponents, recognize - as does the world of college football - that Nick Saban's Crimson Tide teams must have performed well in games championship and games that open up championship opportunities.
Most of these games result in memorable games by exceptional players.
Previously, we had revealed our picks for the best # 20-11 pieces, during Saban’s 13-year career as head coach of Crimso Tide. There could have been 50 or a hundred, but we selected 20.
Here are our selections for exceptional pieces n ° 10-6.
December 1, 2012 in Atlanta - Wait! Didn't we just say there would be another game in the 2012 Southeast Conference Championship game against Georgia after reporting AJ McCarron's 45 yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper for winning hit in Bama 32-28 win? Yes, it was No. 11. But it was not the end of the story in this game that decided that Alabama No. 2 would head to Miami to face Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray led the Bulldogs to Alabama 8 with 15 seconds remaining. Georgia did not have a good game, two receivers in the same area with three Tide defenders and no one in the end zone. Murray's pass, however, was signaled by linebacker Tide C.J. Mosley, then was caught by a Georgia catcher on his lap, within limits, and with no timeout remaining, the clock ran out.
November 3, 2012 at Baton Rouge - LSU was still reeling from Alabama's 21-0 victory over the Tigers in the BCS National Championship game 10 months earlier in New Orleans when the No. 1 tide arrived in Death Valley. LSU # 5 withstood a 14-3 halftime deficit to gain a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. Alabama had to play with just over 7 minutes to play. The Tigers then made an 11-game, 54-yard game that ended in a missed basket. The important thing, however, was that the player had used everything except 1:27 of the clock and cost Bama two timeouts with the Tide at 28. AJ McCarron made three consecutive passes to Kevin Norwood for a total of 44 yards, then knocked down Norwood in the end zone. In second place after 28, LSU started a blitz and Tide tailback T.J. Yeldon slipped out of the backfield, took the screen pass and went into the end zone without touching with 51 seconds to play. Bama continued its second consecutive national championship.
January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona - Since the time Alabama playmaker Adam Griffith tied the 2015 national championship game against No. 1 Clemson at 24-24 with 10:34 playing in the fourth quarter, there were a dizzying number of critical plays, starting with a side kick from Griffith to Marlon Humphrey leading to a Jake Coker at OJ Howard's touchdown pass. Clemson responded to these 10 consecutive Bama points with a basket and then started with 7:47 to play. Kick-off went to Kenyan Drake at Alabama 5. He went to 20, then cut left and down the left touchline, avoiding a tackle and edging the final defender for a touchdown 95 yards. That made 38-27 and the number 2 Bama then won a 45-40 victory and the national championship.
January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida - Alabama # 2 had a tough schedule, including the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia # 3, and traveled to South Florida to meet the undefeated , n ° 1 classified Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The nation had fallen in love with the linebacker of Our Lady, Mantí Teó, but even in his remarkable imagination, he could not suspect what he and his teammates expected. Eddie Lacy was one of a handful of Bama players who had excellent games, and his first series predicted the outcome. In the fifth game of an 82-yard run, Lacy came back to the middle, left the Irish in the dust and scored standing with a jump into the end zone. Later in the first half, Lacy would take an 11-yard pass from AJ McCarron for a TD - one of four from McCarron. Lacy would rush 20 times for 140 yards while Bama's 42-14 defeat resulted in Tide's consecutive national championships.
December 1, 2018 in Atlanta - Georgia may be looking forward to playing Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2020. The last five games, all in Georgia (two in Athens, two at the SEC Championship Games in Atlanta and one in a national championship game in Atlanta) resulted in five wins for Crimson Tide. Barely 11 months after Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama replaced Jalen Hurts as quarterback in the national championship game against Georgia in Atlanta, the Crimson Tide reversed this substitution pattern against the Bulldogs in the same building. Hurts left the bench early in the fourth quarter with Bama behind, 28-21. The Tide completed a 16-game, 80-yard game with Hurts passing 10 yards to Jerry Jeudy to tie the game at 28-28. The trip lasted more than seven minutes, leaving the Bulldogs just over five minutes. The actual game of the game may have been a brain decision by Georgia coach Kirby Smart to try a dramatic punt which failed dramatically and gave the ball to the tide in the midfield with three minutes to play. From there, Hurts made a 19-yard pass for tight end Irv Smith, a 16-yard pass to Jaylen Waddle, and then Hurts caught him in the middle of a quarterback designed draw , 15 yards for the winning touchdown.
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