SEC Football: 8 Best Moments of the BCS Era
Football is life in the South. It's safe to say life has been pretty good during the BCS era of college football.
Why? Well, the SEC has never been more dominant. With seven straight national championships (nine total) and four Heisman trophy winners since 1998, the officials might as well rename the BCS era "the age of SEC superiority."
So with all of these victories, what are the greatest games or greatest moments of this era?
Because of the SEC's growing supremacy, recent moments have risen to the top.
8. Larry Munson's Hobnail Boot Call
This is what SEC football is all about.
First of all, the game between Tennessee and Georgia in 2001 was drama at its finest. Tennessee took the lead late with what looked to be a game-winning touchdown reception by Travis Stephens with 44 seconds left to go.
Then, one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever put on a Georgia helmet, David Greene, led the Bulldogs down the field and hit Verron Haynes in the back of the end zone for the 26-24 win with six seconds left to play.
Though the game was a classic, the spotlight was stolen by Georgia play-by-play announcer Larry Munson. The call, "we just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose" will forever give Georgia fans goosebumps.
7. Cam Newton Leads Auburn Back Against Alabama
It was a comeback for the ages.
You couldn't have written the story of the 2010 Alabama/Auburn confrontation any better. The only thing standing in the Auburn Tigers' way of going to the 2010 SEC Championship Game were the Alabama Crimson Tide.
And just like a Hollywood script would have it, Auburn found itself down by 24 points in the second quarter. Yeah Cam Newton is great, but surely, there's no possible way he can mount a comeback against Nick Saban and Alabama.
Someway, somehow, he did. Newton, along with a strong defensive effort led by Nick Fairley, brought the Tigers back and won the game with a pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen in the fourth quarter. The comeback served as Newton's "Heisman moment."
6. Alabama vs. Florida 2008 SEC Championship Game
This isn't your ordinary No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.
Meeting in the SEC championship game is a colossal showdown in of itself, but meeting in the SEC championship with a trip to the national championship on the line makes the game even more meaningful.
Alabama and Florida, two of the most prominent teams in the SEC, traded blows for the entire length of the contest.
The game was extremely tight for three-and-a-half quarters, and that's when "Tebow time" occurred. Sound familiar? Tebow finished the game with 216 passing yards, 57 rush yards and three passing touchdowns. The Gators pulled away in the fourth and won 31-20. A national championship followed.
5. Alabama Destroys Notre Dame
This was the exclamation point.
The SEC put its six-game national championship title streak on the line against one of the most prestigious schools in college football history, Notre Dame.
The game was previewed as a monumental clash of the titans. If anybody could ruin the SEC's streak, it would be Notre Dame, right? Wrong. Very wrong. Like not even close, wrong.
Alabama thrashed Notre Dame, 42-14, in a contest that was about as competitive as the Charlotte Bobcats' past two seasons in the NBA. Alabama proved that the SEC's streak isn't just alive, it's thriving.
4. The Bluegrass Miracle
Seeing is believing.
The Bluegrass Miracle challenges that theory. Let's set the stage, shall we? Alright, Kentucky kicks a game-leading field goal with 11 seconds left to play in a game against LSU.
The Tigers receive the kickoff and move the ball to their 26-yard line with two seconds left to play in the game. Everybody and their momma chalked this game up as a defeat for LSU. But something magical happened on the following play.
Marcus Randall dropped back, threw the ball as far as he could, and after being tipped in the air, Devery Henderson reeled in the game-winning 74-yard touchdown catch. Seeing might be believing, but it might take a few replays to fully grasp what took place. The game-winning Hail Mary pass was absolutely mind-numbing.
3. LSU vs. Florida 2007
The 2007 encounter between LSU and Florida was one of the greatest night games to ever take place in LSU's historic Death Valley.
Before the game, LSU fans got ahold of Tebow's phone number and left him unpleasant messages. Tebow took that to heart. In the game, Tebow was at his best, running and throwing like the Heisman winner he was.
After he scored the first touchdown, he motioned a cell phone hand signal to the LSU student section. The entire crowd then chanted "f*** you Tebow." Did I mention it was an insane night?
As for the game, Florida controlled it, but LSU got back into it with five fourth-down conversions, turnovers and a gutsy late fourth-quarter drive. The drive ended when Jacob Hester scored on a three-yard run with a little over a minute left to play. That last score would be the game decider as the Tigers escaped with a 28-24 victory.
2. Alabama vs. Georgia 2012 SEC Championship
It might only be half-a-year old, but the 2012 SEC Championship Game is already a classic.
Fast forward to the second half. The game went from entertaining to a heart-pounding adrenaline rush. With Alabama leading 10-7, Georgia's offense kicked into gear behind Todd Gurley and Aaron Murray.
The Bulldogs scored the first points of the second half with a Gurley touchdown run. The Bulldogs went up 21-10 after Alec Ogletree returned a blocked field goal to the house. From there, these two teams traded leads for the remainder of the game.
It was big play after big play, and A.J. McCarron's 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 left in the game gave the Tide a 32-28 lead. Georgia came just a few yards shy of scoring the game-winning touchdown in what became last year's best game of the season. It was a mutual understanding among SEC fans that it was the real national championship game.
1. Saban vs. Miles in the BCS National Championship Game
LSU vs. Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game might be the SEC's proudest moment.
Though the action on the field disappointed, having two conference teams meet in the national title game is truly special.
What made the experience great was the lead-up. The SEC's opposition whined and complained about Alabama getting a rematch with LSU, while SEC fans mostly agreed that these were the two best teams in the country.
It was the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12's worst nightmare. It was two prominent SEC schools going at it for the crystal ball. It was the SEC vs. the SEC, and it was an automatic continuation of the streak.