The Best Images from College Football Week 14

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 2, 2012

With bowl game berths and conference championships on the line, Week 14's slate of games produced moments that college football players around the nation will never forget. 

The SEC championship game was the marquee matchup on the weekend, and it undoubtedly lived up to its billing. Alabama won in an incredible game, and while the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC championship games did not offer as much excitement, Wisconsin, Kansas State and Florida Sate fans all enjoyed themselves. 

But the action started Thursday when Louisville bested Rutgers to secure a sport in a BCS bowl game, and the thrills continued into Friday night as the Pac-12 and MAC championships produced thrilling contests. 

Stanford is Rose Bowl bound while Kent State has fallen short of a shocking BCS bid. 

Here are the best images from all of these fantastic games. 


Bama Ready to Go Back-to-Back

The showdown between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will not be forgotten anytime soon, and the Crimson Tide came out on top in a wild game. The most talked-about play from the first half came when Alabama's Quentin Dial blindsided Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and somehow was not penalized for this hit. 

Even though Alabama led 10-7 at halftime, the Bulldogs came out and took control of the game after Alec Ogletree returned blocked field goal for a touchdown.  

But Alabama's ground game ensured that the Bulldogs did not run away with the SEC championship. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon could not be stopped, and the tide racked up 350 rushing yards in this contest. 

Todd Gurley was Georgia's response to Alabama's talented pair of backs, and the freshman had 122 yards and two touchdowns.

After a back-and-forth battle the knockout blow came on a play-action pass that led to a 45-yard touchdown catch for Amari Cooper. This gave the Tide a 32-28 lead, and there were no more scores in the game. 

Then, Alabama celebrated a second consecutive trip to the national title game. 


Seminoles Squeak By Yellow Jackets

No. 13 Florida State won the ACC as expected, but Georgia Tech made sure the Seminoles had to work for a spot in the Orange Bowl. FSU's James Wilder Jr. had two second-quarter touchdowns and helped build a big lead. 

These scores put Florida State up 21-3, and despite not scoring in the second half, the team still won 21-15, earning the right to celebrate. 

Big Ten Blowout

Wisconsin started fast against Nebraska and did not let up until they had roses in their teeth. Montee Ball had three of the Badgers' 10 touchdowns in the 70-31 rout. 

This was a shocking result considering Wisconsin was the underdog, but despite the odds, the Badgers are headed to their third straight Rose Bowl.

Wildcats Coast Into Fiesta Bowl

The Big 12 has no conference championship game, but the conference's teams still had to finish up their schedule. The marquee match was No. 18 Texas taking on No. 6 Kansas State, and Collin Klein made one final Heisman push by accounting for three touchdowns. 

KSU running back John Hubert chipped in another three touchdowns, and this game was never close. 

With the victory, the Wildcats won the Big 12 and secured a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. 


Roses are Red Cardinal

UCLA faced off with Stanford for the second time in six days, and once again, the Cardinal came out on top. This time, it was a much closer contest with significantly higher stakes. 

The Bruins looked to be the better team early and were driving towards a two-touchdown lead, but an Ed Reynolds interception and long return flipped this game on its head. 

Johnathan Franklin certainly left everything on the field in his last game for UCLA, and finished with 194 yards and two scores. The Stanford defense got used to looking at the back of his jersey.

But Kevin Hogan showed remarkable poise and maturity for a freshman, and this touchdown pass to Drew Terrell tied the game in the fourth quarter. A Jordan Williamson field goal gave the Cardinal the lead, and the defense held for a 27-24 win. 

When the final whistle blew, the flowers flooded Palo Alto. Stepfan Taylor went with the classic "Rose between the teeth" pose, while David Shaw held his bouquet up for everyone to see (h/t to USA Today Sports).


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— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) December 1, 2012


Battle for the Big East

While many college football fans would argue that no Big East team deserves to be in a BCS bowl, supporters at this game cared little and were completely aware of what was on the line. 

The difference in this contest was Teddy Bridgewater, who played with a broken left wrist and a sprained ankle. Rutgers did not go easy on the sophomore, but he played through the pain and threw two touchdown passes. 

Louisville squeaked by with a 20-17 victory, and defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks certainly had his hometown of Miami on his mind after the result. 

Kent State Can't Cut It

Kent State was on the verge of cracking the Top 16 in the BCS standings, and that would have booked them a spot in a BCS bowl. Northern Illinois now has a chance to break that threshold, and the players held out hope after their 44-37 victory.

Jordan Lynch crossing the goal line is an image that will be etched in Kent State players' minds, and they got to see it three times. The quarterback's final touchdown came in overtime and won the game for the Huskies. 

There was no shortage of top-level talent on the field in Week 14, and the best football teams from around the country once again produced plenty of memorable images. 


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