VIDEO: 1993 – The Last Time Alabama Went to New Orleans for a National Championship


I have great memories of the last time Alabama went to the Superdome in New Orleans in order to try and win a national championship. The coach was Gene Stallings & the starting quarterback was none other than Jay Barker.

Alabama & Miami came into the game as a consensus #1 & #2 team, only the 3rd time in college football history. Both teams were riding high with incredible win streaks. Alabama had 22 consecutive victories while Miami had 29.

Miami looked as though they were starting a dynasty in college football, but Alabama took them down Alabama 34. Miami 13.

The game was thrilling, but one of the plays that most remember most about this game was a play that did not even count. There was a penalty that brought it back. Defensive back George Teague had his first big game as a college athlete in that game. He had his first interception with a return for a touchdown, but the play that really cemented his image in Alabama folklore was only five plays later (and was the one that did not count except for dejecting Miami).

In the play, he raced downfield and caught up with sprinting University of Miami wide receiver Lamar Thomas who had just caught a pass from Geno Toretta. He then slapped and stripped the ball from him in full stride, maintaining possession of the ball as he returned it upfield. Although the play was called back on an offside’s penalty against Alabama, it effectively quashed Miami's effort to regain their offensive momentum: Miami was forced to punt soon afterward, and never mounted another substantial offensive threat in the Crimson Tide's 34-13 victory.

The rest was history. Let’s hope we see another big name team go down like that New Orleans on Jan 9th, 2012. Alabama fans are pumped for another chance to shine in New Orleans!

Here is the video! (Funny how better television graphics have gotten since then!)

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