This Week’s Crimson Classic Replay: 2012 SEC Championship
Are you missing Alabama football? Stuck in quarantine and bored of the same old shows and programs? Relive some of the biggest games in the Nick Saban era with Eli Gold and Tide 100.9.
Each week for the next five weeks, Tide 100.9 FM in partnership with Learfield IMG College will air classic Alabama games during the Saban era. The games will be aired on Saturdays and Sundays on Tide 100.9 FM, our web browser and the TIDE APP. The game this weekend will air on Saturday, May 16 at noon and on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
This week's game is the first of three championship matchups with the Georgia Bulldogs. In 2012 the Crimson Tide entered Atlanta as the second-ranked, defending national champions, Georgia entered as the third ranked, undefeated SEC East champions. The winner was sure to go to Miami to play in the national title game.
The two sides exchanged body blows in the first quarter with neither side scoring. It was the first scoreless first quarter in SEC Championship Game history.
The Crimson Tide took a three point lead into halftime but allowed a blocked field goal to find itself down by 11 points with a quarter and a half to play. The defending champions knew just what to do.
Alabama's rushing attack of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon went to work and scored twice to put the Tide back on top of the ballgame. Lacy rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the game, Yeldon ran for 153 yards and had a touchdown of his own. It was the first time in SEC Championship Game history that one school produced two 100-yard rushers in the game.
Georgia recaptured the lead with a Todd Gurley touchdown run but the Bulldogs could not hold on. The senior quarterback A.J. McCarron ended up finding Amari Cooper for a 44-yard touchdown for the last score of the game.
Aaron Murray would lead a final drive for the Bulldogs but a tipped pass caught by Chris Conley in bounds saw the clock run out of time with the ball on the 5-yard line.
The Crimson Tide prevailed 32-28 and won its 23rd SEC Championship and advanced to the national championship game to face Notre Dame.
Listen to the Crimson Classic Replay this weekend on Tide 100.9 FM or stream it on the free Tide1009app. The game will at on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 7 p.m.