1993 Sugar Bowl

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1993 USF&G Sugar Bowl
National Championship Game
1234Total
Miami330713
Alabama31014734
DateJanuary 1, 1993
Season1992
StadiumLouisiana Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
MVPAlabama RB Derrick Lassic[1]
FavoriteMiami by 8
Attendance76,789
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC Sports
Announcers:Keith Jackson and Bob Griese
Sugar Bowl
 < 1992 1994
 
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1993 USF&G Sugar Bowl
National Championship Game
1234Total
Miami330713
Alabama31014734
DateJanuary 1, 1993
Season1992
StadiumLouisiana Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
MVPAlabama RB Derrick Lassic[1]
FavoriteMiami by 8
Attendance76,789
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC Sports
Announcers:Keith Jackson and Bob Griese
Sugar Bowl
 < 1992 1994

The 1993 Sugar Bowl took place on January 1, 1993, in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It served as the final game and the National Championship of the 1992–93 college football season. The game featured two unbeaten teams in the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Miami Hurricanes. This game marked the first National Championship selected by the Bowl Coalition, a predecessor to the current Bowl Championship Series.

Alabama was sent to the National Championship following their 28–21 victory over the Florida Gators in the inaugural SEC Championship Game. Miami, from the Big East, was led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Gino Torretta, and was playing for back-to-back undefeated seasons and consecutive National Championships.

Though Miami were favorites to claim the victory, Alabama's defense held the Hurricanes to just 13 points, while intercepting Torretta three times, en route to a 34–13 victory to claim their 12th National Championship. Alabama rushed for 267 yards—67 more yards than the Hurricanes had allowed all season.

A legendary play in Alabama football lore, known as "The Strip",[2] occurred when Miami wide receiver Lamar Thomas caught a pass and sprinted for an 89-yard touchdown throw from Torretta, when Alabama's George Teague caught him from behind, stripped the ball from him, and started running the other way before being tackled. [3] The play became famous following Thomas's pre-game comments regarding the SEC, the superiority of the Miami receiving corps, and the manhood of the Alabama defensive backs.[4] The play was negated by an Alabama offside penalty, but the strip was still successful in preventing a Miami touchdown on the play, as Miami would have simply declined the penalty had the strip not taken place.[3] At one point, the Tide lined up all eleven players up to the line of scrimmage, confusing Torretta, which led to an interception returned for a touchdown.[5]

Following the poor performance, some reporters began to question whether Torretta deserved the Heisman.[6]

Scoring summary[edit]

QuarterTimeTeamScoring Information[7]Score
AlabamaMiami
110:56Alabama19–yard field goal by Michael Proctor30
7:49Miami49–yard field goal by Dane Prewitt33
210:48Alabama23–yard field goal by Michael Proctor63
6:09AlabamaSherman Williams 2–yard touchdown run, Michael Proctor kick good133
0:00Miami42–yard field goal by Dane Prewitt136
310:12AlabamaDerrick Lassic 1–yard touchdown run, Michael Proctor kick good206
9:56AlabamaGeorge Teague 31–yard interception return for touchdown, Michael Proctor kick good276
412:08MiamiKevin Williams 78–yard punt return for touchdown, Dane Prewitt kick good2713
6:46AlabamaDerrick Lassic 4–yard touchdown run, Michael Proctor kick good3413
Final Score3413

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tide Washes Away Miami Mystique -- Sweet Sugar Victory For Alabama". The Seattle Times (Associated Press). 1993-01-02. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  2. ^ Lieser, Jason (2008-08-13). "Lamar Thomas brings fiery spirit to job as Boynton Beach football assistant". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  3. ^ a b "The Sugar Bowl 1993". Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  4. ^ Murphy, Austin (1993-01-11). "The End Of The Run". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  5. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/al/bamacrimsontide/livinguptoalegend.html
  6. ^ Mizell, Hubert (1993-01-02). "Alabama Speaks Loudest". St. Petersburg Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2008-12-29. "... I thought it correct to label Gino "good, and successful" but not "great, and best player in the land."" 
  7. ^ "1993 Game Recap / Allstate Sugar Bowl". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 

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