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RollTide1987
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Alabama's 1992 national championship team

For a lot of the older fans, I feel like this one still resonates due to the amount of time that went by between that national championship season and the next one which followed in 2009.

It was a season that few anticipated but one that brought tremendous excitement to the state. They weren't a particularly dominant team but the defense was one of the best ever and led us through the majority of that season. Eric Curry and John Copeland, those two book ends on the defensive front, were absolute monsters who used to say to one another in the huddle: "We'll meet at the quarterback." Then of course you had a defensive secondary filled with studs like Antonio Langham, Sam Shade, Tommy Johnson, and George Teague - to say nothing of the underrated Chris Donnelly. Lemanski Hall, Antonio London, and Michael Rodgers were also invaluable components of that defense at the linebacker position.

On offense you had the indomitable (and newly criminal) Jay Barker managing an offense which featured a backfield of absolute animals: Derrick Lassic, Chris Anderson, Sherman Williams, Martin Houston, and Tarrant Lynch. Opening holes for them was an OL made up of studs like Roosevelt Patterson, Tobie Sheils, and George Wilson. Out wide you had the all-everything David Palmer as well as his underrated understudies in Curtis Brown, Prince Wimbley, and Kevin Lee. I shouldn't leave out the tight ends Steve Busky and Dabo Sweeney, however.

They weren't a flashy team, they weren't a dominant team, they just refused to lose. As you can see by the scores from the individual games in that season:

vs. Vanderbilt (W) 25-8
vs. Southern Miss (W) 17-10
@ Arkansas (W) 38-11
vs. Louisiana Tech (W) 13-0
vs. South Carolina (W) 48-7
@ Tulane (W) 37-0
@ Tennessee (W) 17-10
vs. Ole Miss (W) 31-10
@ LSU (W) 31-11
@ Mississippi State (W) 30-21
vs. Auburn (W) 17-0
vs. Florida (W) 28-21 [SEC Championship Game]
vs. Miami (W) 34-13 [USF&G Sugar Bowl]

Such an epic season that should not be forgotten. If you want to relive the highlights of that magical season, check out my YouTube playlist that I made several years back in the link below:

YouTube - 1992 Alabama Football Season

Sadly I could never get my hands on a copy of the 1992 Alabama-Louisiana Tech game so that one is excluded from the playlist.


This post was edited on 7/18 at 4:12 pm


Crimson K
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Member since Dec 2018
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This was my freshman year at the Capstone. Can't believe that was 30 years ago.


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UAgrad93
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My junior year on the Capstone after spending the first 2 as a walk on there. I was really close to these guys. One correction for you though, Dabo was a WR, not a TE with Busky.


McGregor
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I was a Jr then and my dad got me two tix to the Sugar Bowl for Xmas, best present I ever got by far. The tix were behind the goal posts in the Miami endzone. There were no fans left in the section in the 4th quarter. It was great. That and the SEC Title game were amazing.


Doug Heffernan
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Are you still making videos? I always enjoyed them.


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East Coast Band
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Anybody know what Alabama's 1992 regular season schedule going to be hadUSCe and Arkansas not joined the conference that year?


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footswitch
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Remember Corky Simpson?
He was the only writer that voted us number one in the AP poll every week.


McGregor
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anyone remember the line in the Miami game, -7.5 or -8?


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My2Bits
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Corky was made the Guest of Honor in the National Championship celebration parade for his unflinching support.


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Kerrygold
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That was the loudest game I’ve ever been. When the defense was on the field it was electric. I was in a Miami section also, they started the game cocky as hell. Did t last long.


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Magnum73
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That without a doubt is my #1 favorite Bama win. Miami favored by more than a TD,on a 30 something game winning streak with the Heisman winner Gino Torretta & a cocky team that did a lot of trash talking leading up to the game. What a genius game plan by Bill Oliver.Had the pleasure of getting to meet & talk to Coach Oliver a few years ago at the beach. That game still gives him great satisfaction as he enjoyed talking about it.


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BCBAMA
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That team will always be so special in my heart. The defense that team fielded was one of the best if not the best I ever saw play. If the other team scored any points, you were surprised as an Alabama fan.


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Centinel
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The inaugural SEC championship game was the first Bama game I ever attended. I remember it being cold as shite that day.


m2pro
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What a great season under my favorite coach of all time. I was a kid but I remember it all. In most regards it is still my favorite championship b/c it's the one I can reach back through time and see how well forged as a Bama fan I already was before it happened as a kid. It was such a young age to be able to appreciate the glory of it all. I was 10 freaking years old.

The Dubose and Shula era never shook me for a second. Being a Bama fan is more than just the W's to so many of us. Besides, heartbreak makes the wins infinitely more sweet.

Roll Tide, boys. The season is almost here.


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JackieTreehorn
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I was 12 years old and to this day that’s the proudest I’ve ever been of Alabama.


Marktastic86
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Member since Dec 2020
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I was only 6, but I remember my dad telling me about Lamar Thomas's comment a saying the Tide DB's "aren't real men." Of course he was the guy George Teague ran down and stripped in maybe the best moment of the game.

Takes the ball!


phil4bama
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The inaugural SEC championship game was the first Bama game I ever attended. I remember it being cold as shite that day.


I attended the Moo State game that year in StarkVegas with my roommate who was an Ole Miss fan first and Bama fan second. That game was cold as shit, probably the coldest I’ve ever attended. Felt a lot colder in the 3rd quarter when the game went to hell and State took the lead and the cowbells went to clanging. I was surrounded by maroon and cowbells and they were giving me hell. Then the defense buckled down and did their job and Bama pulled it out. They STFU pretty quick when the Tide reasserted themselves. That might have been the scariest game of that entire season.


Othello
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It took a blocked punt returned for a TD late in the 4th by Antonio Langham to win that one against Moo State. Amazing that Saban is undefeated against Tennessee, Arkansas, and Moo State at Bama except for the 2007 loss to MSU. Those are teams that gave most our coaches hell.


There needs to be a 30 for 30 on the 1992 team or about the Miami game. In the U documentary I don't think they even mention it. Lol. And that 30 for 30 on the SEC Championship game was good but not enough.


I was 15 and watched it on TV with my dad, mom, and best friend. Still one of the greatest nights of my life.


I was just thinking about it yesterday and how there needs to be a 30 for 30 if not just on the game against Miami but the whole season because it was one of the greatest upsets in CFB history and it was a total beatdown. Miami just didn't lose back then.




Chad4Bama
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Of course he was the guy George Teague ran down and stripped in maybe the best moment of the game.


One of the best moments in Alabama football history. 2nd and 26 might have passed it in my mind as the greatest Bama play ever, but it's stupid to say it "didn't count" because of the penalty. Stripping the ball and forcing the change of possession forced Miami to take the penalty and not the huge gain as they were trying to come back. That play took their soul.


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Grievous Angel
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Member since Dec 2008
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They weren't a particularly dominant team


The hell you say.

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but the defense was one of the best ever


Yes. There were some close games. I was at the MS State game that year.

But any team that goes wire to wire, knocks off Spurrier in the SECCG, AND humiliates and ends the Miami Dynasty?

And they did it with an average QB who threw for 2 picks and not much else in the Sugar bowl....they may remind me a little bit of UGA last year.


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