Iron Bowl Rally Propels Alabama to College Football Game of Week Honors

Posted by | December 02, 2009 | News & Events | No Comments

Alabama’s dramatic come-from-behind 26-21 victory over in-state rival Auburn was selected by the United States Sports Academy’s panel of experts as the College Football Game of the Week.

The Crimson Tide’s national championship hopes were in jeopardy before Alabama embarked on a seven-minute fourth-quarter drive that culminated with a four-yard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy to Roy Upchurch with 1:24 remaining. Alabama coach Nick Saban declared the 15-play, 79-yard march as one of the greatest drives he’s ever been associated with.

The victory kept Alabama unbeaten at 12-0 heading in to a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against top-ranked Florida in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship game on Saturday.

Two other games receiving serious consideration for the Game of the Week were unranked West Virginia’s 19-16 win over No. 8 Pittsburgh and Mississippi State’s 41-27 upset of No. 20 Mississippi.

Disagree with our experts? Email us at games@ussa.edu and tell us your thoughts on the Game of the Week, and nominations for Game of the Year.

Top nominations by week so far this year are:

  • Week 1: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
  • Week 2: Houston 45, Oklahoma State 35
  • Week 3: Washington 16, USC 13
  • Week 4: Oregon 42, California 3
  • Week 5: UTEP 58, Houston 41
  • Week 6: Arkansas 44, Auburn 23
  • Week 7: Florida 23, Arkansas 20
  • Week 8: Clemson 40, Miami 37 (OT)
  • Week 9: Oregon 47, USC 20
  • Week 10: Navy 23, Notre Dame 21
  • Week 11: Stanford 55, USC 21
  • Week 12: Ole Miss 25, LSU 23

The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by Daniel Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year. Moore is a well-known artist for his paintings on college football.

At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.

The Academy’s expert panel includes such former esteemed coaches as Hall of Famers Vince Dooley from Georgia and Jack Lengyel, the coach at Marshall University after a plane crash claimed the lives of 75 team members and coaching staff in 1970.

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