Alabama Crimson Tide | Top Five Best Plays in Alabama Football History
Have you ever attempted to rate, in order, the best plays in Alabama history? It seems easy, but it's not.
Think about the great plays produced by the many outstanding teams in Alabama's storied past. I will rate them from five to one.
This was quite the challenge, but I was able to pull it off. If you do not agree with these, comment and tell me where the specific play should be placed. Also, don't forget to make my article the Pick of the Day.
5- 2007 Alabama-Arkansas: Wilson to Cadell game-winning touchdown
In the 2007 contest between Alabama and Arkansas, both teams came in 3-0, but one team would go out with a disappointing first loss.
In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Arkansas was up 38-34. With 14 seconds remaining on the clock, the Tide couldn't settle for a field goal.
A touchdown was all they could leave with. Anything less would destroy all hopes.
They were on the Arkansas eight yard line, with inches to go for the first down. The snap was low, but John-Parker got it. Here comes the pressure, but Wilson gets it off.
Jump-ball, TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA! Wait there's a flag, here's the call. "Off sides on the defense. Penalty is declined, touchdown!" The words of the ref were final, it was the best game of 2007, and my pick at No. 5.
4. 1986 Alabama-Notre Dame: Bennett Forces Beuerlien to Fumble
Linebacker Cornelius Bennett had a astounding career with the Tide and made many great plays, but of all of them this was by far the best. In 1986, Bennett sacked QB Steve Beuerlien.
The sack knocked Beuerlien back THREE yards, and forced the fumble that was also recovered by Bennett.
This play is definitely one of the top five best plays in Alabama football history, no doubt.
3. 1979 Alabama-Penn State: Krauss, McNeal, and Lyons Stop QB to Win National Title
In the 1979 National championship, it was a battle of Joe Paterno and Paul "Bear" Bryant. The Tide were up by a small margin, and the Nittany Lions needed a touchdown to win.
With time enough for one last play, all was well for the lions. From Alabama's two yard line going in, it looked bad for the Tide.
All they needed to do was stop the run, and they would be crowned champs. All Penn State needed to do was jump over Alabama's line to be crowned the champs.
Who would win this battle? Alabama, of course! I wouldn't put it in the top plays if Penn State had won.
Alabama's defensive line stopped the Lions just short of a win, and the National title. If they wouldn't have, Alabama would only have 11 titles instead of 12. How incredible.
2- 1985 Alabama-Auburn: Van Tiffin kicks a 52 yard field goal to top the Tigers
This play should definitely be in the top five. Alabama only needed a field goal to win against hated rival Auburn, and that's exactly what they get. In the final seconds Van Tiffin lined up for a 52 yard kick.
It didn't even take him long to set up, he just simply rared back and kicked it, and with great accuracy and power, he hit the up rights for the win!
1- 2005 Alabama-Southern Miss: Tyrone Prothro's Catch for a Touchdown
This is my pick for the No. 1 play in Alabama football history. "The Catch" by Tyrone Prothro will be remembered by everyone, not only Alabama fans. The College world knows it now as the best catch in the history of college football. I agree.
It has been popular ever since the second it happened. You can watch it again and again, and still not believe it happened. This catch marked Tyrone's career at Alabama, and if it wasn't for the career ending injury, he would have made it into the NFL for sure.
This catch was induced into the College Hall of Fame, and will forever be remembered.
Thanks for Reading
Now, there were many more that deserve to be on this list. An Example is The 1992 Alabama-Miami: George Teague robbed Lamar Thomas of a Touchdown. The Alabama Crimson Tide have produced many outstanding teams in their storied history, and you can't list all of the great plays in order from least greatest to greatest, but i listed five of them. Thank you for reading this article. Roll Tide!