1992 SEC Championship Game
|1992 SEC Championship Game|
1992 SEC Championship logo.
|Date||December 5, 1992|
|MVP||Antonio Langham, Alabama|
|Favorite||Alabama by 10|
|United States TV coverage|
|1992 SEC football standings|
|#10 Florida xy||6||–||2||–||0||9||–||4||–||0|
|#8 Georgia x||6||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#1 Alabama x†||8||–||0||–||0||13||–||0||–||0|
|#16 Ole Miss||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|#23 Mississippi State||4||–||4||–||0||7||–||5||–||0|
|Championship: Alabama 28, Florida 21|
|† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1992 SEC Championship Game was played on December 5, 1992 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) was the first conference in college football to host a post-season conference championship game, and the 1992 game was the first time the SEC Championship Game was held. The inaugural match-up determined the 1992 SEC football champion. The Alabama Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, winners of the SEC Western Division, defeated the Florida Gators of the University of Florida, who won the SEC Eastern Division, by a score of 28-21.
Following the game, undefeated Alabama advanced to the Sugar Bowl, where the Crimson Tide defeated the Miami Hurricanes to win the Crimson Tide's 12th national championship. Florida received an invitation to play in the Gator Bowl, where the Gators defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
The Florida Gators scored first, on a five-yard touchdown reception by Errict Rhett to take a 7–0 lead in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide responded by scoring the next 21 points. The Tide's first points came later in the first quarter on a Derrick Lassic 3-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7–7. In the second quarter, Curtis Brown would score on a 30-yard touchdown reception from Jay Barker to take a 14–7 lead at the half.
Alabama would further extend their lead to 21–7 in the third on a 15-yard Derrick Lassic touchdown run. Down by 14, the Gators would respond with a pair of touchdowns, tying the game at 21 midway through the fourth quarter. Willie Jackson would score first on a 4-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Shane Matthews late in the third, and Errict Rhett would knot the game at 21 with just over eight minutes remaining in the contest. With momentum in the favor of the Gators, with 3:16 remaining in the game, Antonio Langham would return a Matthews interception 27 -yards for a touchdown in providing the final 28–21 margin.
- "SEC Championship History". Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- Welch, Chris (December 6, 1992). "Langham's heroics give Crimson Tide SEC title". The Huntsville Times. pp. D1.