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SEC Storied: The Play That Changed College Football

27 days ago
SEC Network

More than two decades ago, the SEC decided to expand to 12 schools and host a conference championship game for the first time in college football history. Many thought that this would jeopardize national title aspirations for the schools involved. The additional game was scheduled at the end of the regular season, pitting the league's two division champions against one other. It was a risk, as the inaugural game in 1992 indicated.

Undefeated Alabama normally would have gone straight to a matchup with Miami in the Sugar Bowl with the national championship on the line, but instead was forced to play Steve Spurrier's Florida squad first for the SEC title. Alabama was on a 21-game winning streak, but the last school to beat the Crimson Tide was Florida, 35-0, just one year earlier. In the fourth quarter of the '92 title game, it looked like Florida would march to victory once again. But then came one play that not only changed the course of the game, but also helped shape the future of college football.

The first SEC Championship Game was ultimately seen as a major success, rather than an ill-conceived experiment.

"The Play That Changed College Football" includes interviews with former team head coaches Spurrier and Gene Stallings as well as former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer, ABC broadcaster Keith Jackson, ESPN's Ryan McGee and a recreation of the play at Legion Field with nine former players including Florida quarterback Shane Matthews and Alabama defensive back Antonio Langham.