As part of the recognition of the 150th anniversary of college football, the Southeastern Conference is recognizing 150 of the greatest games and moments in the history of the 14 institutions of the SEC.
Each of the SEC's 14 members submitted to the Conference Office 10 great games or moments, and the SEC added 10 conference-wide highlights to produce a total of 150 great moments to be celebrated throughout the 2019 football season. To view the other weeks, click here.Week 13 - SEC Football 150 Greatest Moments (2008-2012)
Final score: Vanderbilt 16, Boston College 14
Date: December 31, 2008
Site: Nashville, Tennessee
Head Coach: Bobby Johnson
Title: "Hometown Bowl Statement"
After versatile D.J. Moore helped the Commodores to a sixth win by registering two touchdown passes and two interceptions at Kentucky, Bryant Hahnfeldt sealed Vanderbilt's 16-14 win over Boston College in Music City Bowl with three field goals. It marked the Commodores' first postseason appearance in 26 years. Vanderbilt won a bowl game for the first time in exactly 53 years, with Hahnfeldt kicking a 45-yard field goal with 3:26 left to do the deed for the Commodores. Vandy hadn't even played in a bowl since 1982 -- the SEC's longest drought. The victory gave the Commodores (7-6) their first winning season since that year. It was just the fourth time in the past 50 years that Vanderbilt has won seven games in a season. It was only appropriate that Hahnfeldt, a Nashville native who grew up only a few miles away from LP Field where this game was played, provided the winning margin.
Final Score: Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
Date: January 8, 2009
Site: Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Head Coach: Urban Meyer
Title: Gators Outlast Oklahoma in BCS Title Battle
Major Wright's crushing hit set the tone minutes into the game, and the Gators ground out a back-and-forth defensive struggle to win their second BCS National Championship in three years. Following a scoreless first quarter, Louis Murphy hauled in a 20-yard touchdown reception from Tim Tebow less than a minute into the second frame. Oklahoma answered on the ensuring driving, leaving the game knotted at 7-7 at halftime. Percy Harvin's two-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter capped a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive which put Florida in front, 14-7. Once again, Oklahoma responded with a touchdown of its own to tie the game at 14-14 with a little over 12 minutes left in regulation. Tebow led the Gators on a 68-yard drive that ended in a field goal, then sealed the game late in the fourth quarter with his second touchdown pass to Nelson - which capped an 11-play, 76-yard drive. Tebow finished with a total of 340 yards and two touchdowns, garnering MVP honors. Harvin had nine rushes for 112 yards and a touchdown to go along with five catches for 49 yards. Florida's defense limited the Sooners to six conversions on 13 of the third downs they faced, while the Gators converted 12 of their 17 third downs.
Final score: Alabama 37, Texas 21
Date: January 7, 2010
Site: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Head Coach: Nick Saban
Title: Back on Top
The top-ranked Alabama football team held true to its ranking, defeating No. 2 Texas, 37-21, in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game to claim the program's 13th national title. It was the first at Alabama and the second title overall for the Tide's third-year head coach Nick Saban. Alabama took a 24-6 lead into halftime when defensive lineman Marcell Dareus intercepted a shovel pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. The Longhorns rallied in the second half, but the Crimson Tide dashed Texas' hopes with 3:08 remaining in the game when blitzing linebacker Eryk Anders came free for a blindside sack and stripped the ball deep in Texas territory. Courtney Upshaw recovered, and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram punched in his second touchdown of the game to seal the win. Ingram finished with 116 yards on 22 carries and teammate Trent Richardson added 109 yards and two scores. The Crimson Tide had reached the BCS National Championship Game with a 32-13 win over Florida in the SEC title game, exacting vengeance after the Gators' fourth-quarter comeback in the game a season before.
Final Score: South Carolina 35, Alabama 21
Date: October 9, 2010
Site: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Title: Down Goes No. 1
Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes, two to Alshon Jeffrey, and Marcus Lattimore scored three times as 19th-ranked South Carolina stunned No. 1 Alabama, 35-21. Never before had the Gamecocks beaten a team ranked No. 1 - at least not in football. The defending national champions had won 19 straight games since losing the Sugar Bowl to Utah after the 2008 season. South Carolina shredded the country's top-rated scoring defense, putting up the most points on Alabama since a 41-34 loss to LSU in 2007. The Gamecocks scored four touchdowns when they got inside the Bama 20 - double what the Crimson Tide had allowed coming in. Garcia was a tidy 17-of-20 for 201 yards and the one interception. He also picked up a critical fourth-and-1 on the Gamecocks final scoring drive. Jeffery had seven receptions for 127 yards, including TD catches of 26 and 15 yards.
Final Score: Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27
Date: October 23, 2010
Site: Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium, Columbia, Missouri
Head Coach: Gary Pinkel
Title: "A Return for the Ages"
In a beautiful mid-October Homecoming weekend, Mizzou and Columbia, Mo., became the center of the college football universe. The 18th-ranked Tigers were 6-0 and drew the undefeated and third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, who also carried the No. 1 ranking with them in the first BCS poll of the season, released earlier in the week. It was enough to draw ESPN's iconic "College GameDay" crew to set up shop in CoMo, and give the program, its fans and community a chance to bask in the nation's spotlight. A GameDay record crowd of over 18,000 showed up on historic Francis Quadrangle in the morning to show the nation that Mizzou loved its football, and all that stood in the way to put a cap on a perfect weekend was a win over the top-ranked Sooners later that evening. Mizzou would do just that, and it was the first play of the game that will be remembered forever in Tiger Football lore. With Memorial Stadium buzzing, the Sooners kicked off to open the game, and a pooch kick bounced into the arms of up back WR Gahn McGaffie, who broke through the initial wall of Sooner defenders and got to midfield untouched. McGaffie outraced the OU kicker the rest of the way for an 86-yard touchdown just :14 seconds into the game to declare the stage wasn't too big for Mizzou. It was an evenly-matched game the rest of the way, with OU taking a 21-20 lead into the final quarter, but the Tigers wouldn't back down. Junior QB Blaine Gabbert led a 72-yard drive that was capped by a 38-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception by WR Jerrell Jackson to give MU back the lead. They would never relinquish it the rest of the way, scoring the next 10 points (16 unanswered in all) for a 36-21 lead with just over six minutes to play. A late OU touchdown didn't change the outcome, and it was celebration time all over Columbia, as Mizzou closed out a 36-27 win, marking the first time the Tigers had ever defeated a team with a No. 1 ranking of any kind.
Final Score: South Carolina 36, Florida 14
Date: November 13, 2010
Site: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida
Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Title: First SEC Eastern Division Title
After years of being the top Gator, Steve Spurrier led South Carolina to its first division crown in the stadium he nicknamed The Swamp. Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns, Stephen Garcia played turnover-free and the 22nd-ranked Gamecocks upset No. 24 Florida, 36-14, to clinch the SEC's Eastern Division. The Gamecocks won for the second time in 19 tries against Florida, snapped an 0-for-12 streak in Gainesville and earned a spot in the SEC title game for the first time, while the Gators lost to a division opponent for the first time in 17 games. Players doused Spurrier with - what else? - Gatorade with 1:01 remaining. Spurrier spent the final few seconds with cameras in his face then got carried to midfield on players' shoulders.
Final score: Auburn 28, Alabama 27
Date: November 26, 2010
Site: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Head coach: Gene Chizik
Title: Iron Bowl Comeback
After falling behind 24-0 in the first half, Auburn rallied to out-score Alabama 28-3 for the remainder of the game, pulling out a 28-27 Iron Bowl victory in Tuscaloosa. The 24-point deficit marked the largest deficit Auburn has ever overcome to win. The win also clinched the outright SEC West title for the eventual national champions. Alabama pounced early in the game, scoring three first-quarter touchdowns to lead 24-0 with 8:01 left in the half. Auburn responded on its next drive, moving 80 yards on eight plays; facing second-and-six from Alabama's 36, Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton hit Emory Blake in the end zone for the Tigers' first touchdown of the day. Auburn received the opening kickoff of the second half and cut the Alabama lead to 10 on its first possession, when Newton hit Terrell Zachery down the left sideline for a 70-yard touchdown pass. Auburn scored one more time in the quarter, on a 1-yard Newton rush. After a fumbled punt return set up Alabama deep in Auburn territory, the Tiger defense was able to hold the Tide to just a field goal at the 1:05 mark in the third quarter, marking Alabama's final score of the game. Auburn received the ensuing kickoff and worked 67 yards down the field in 11 plays to take the 28-27 lead. Facing third-and-four at the 7-yard line, Newton rolled to the right and found Philip Lutzenkirchen charging for the left corner of the end zone for the game-tying touchdown. Byrum's extra-point gave Auburn its first lead. Alabama got the ball two more times in the game, but was held to just 29 yards on those drives.
Final score: Auburn 22, Oregon 19
Date: January 10, 2011
Site: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Head coach: Gene Chizik
Title: Auburn Claims BCS Title
Wes Byrum kicked the sixth and biggest game-winning field goal of his career on the last play of the game from 19 yards to give No. 1 Auburn a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the BCS national championship game, completing a 14-0 season. After Oregon had tied the score at 19 with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:33 to go, the biggest drive in Auburn history began at its own 25. After a 15-yard pass from Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to Emory Blake, Michael Dyer, named offensive player of the game rushing for 143 yards on 22 carries, looked to be tackled but bounced up to complete a 37-yard run to the Oregon 23. After short gains by Dyer and Newton, Dyer took a 16-yard gain up the middle to the 1 before Byrum provided the final heroics.
Final Score: LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT)
Date: November 5, 2011
Site: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Head Coach: Les Miles
Title: Game of the Century
Drew Alleman kicked three field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as No.1-ranked LSU topped second-ranked Alabama, 9-6, in what was the first regular season meeting between teams ranked Nos. 1-2 in SEC history. Billed as the "Game of the Century" by many, the contest didn't disappoint as the top two defenses in the SEC engaged in a classic defensive battle. Playing perhaps its best game of the season, the LSU defense allowed just six points to Alabama even though the Crimson Tide penetrated inside the Tiger 35-yard line seven times during the contest. After a scoreless first quarter that saw the Crimson Tide miss three field goals, Alabama scratched first on a 34-yard field goal with less than four minutes left in the first half. Alleman tied the game at 3-3 at halftime when he banged home a 19-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter. Alabama regained the lead at 6-3 following a 46-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. Alleman tied the contest at 6-6 with a 30-yard field goal at the 14:13 mark in the fourth quarter. Eric Reid's unlikely interception in the endzone at the 11:03 mark in the fourth quarter stopped another Alabama drive and then a 73-yard punt by Brad Wing on LSU's ensuing possession flipped the field position back to LSU's favor. The teams traded scoreless possessions for the final nine minutes of the contest before going to overtime, tied at 6-6. In overtime, LSU's defense again came up big, holding the Crimson Tide to negative yards and forcing Alabama to try a 52-yard field goal - which they missed. LSU needed just four offensive plays to setup Alleman's game-winning kick - a 25-yarder that split the uprights giving the Tigers a 9-6 victory. For the game, LSU limited Alabama to 295 total yards and just 96 on the ground. LSU managed 148 rushing yards and 239 total yards with Michael Ford leading the way with 72 yards on 11 carries.
Date: January 9, 2012
Site: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Title: Two SEC Teams Square Off for BCS Title
For the first, and only, time in the history of the Bowl Championship Series, two teams from the same conference faced off for the BCS National Championship. LSU was undefeated throughout the 2011 regular season and cruised past Georgia in the SEC Championship Game to land in its third BCS title game in nine years. Alabama, which had lost to LSU during the regular season, vaulted into the national title game after No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State lost a late-season game to Iowa State. Alabama won the rematch with LSU in the Louisiana Superdome to claim its second BCS title in three years. The SEC vs. SEC matchup provided the impetus for college athletics leaders to re-examine the college football championship process, ultimately ushering in the era of the four-team College Football Playoff system.