Alabama George Teague The Strip 1993 Framed Print
Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta completed a pass to speedy Lamar Thomas on a second-and-10 play from the Miami 11-yard line in the third quarter of the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Thomas caught the ball behind cornerback Willie Gaston at the Miami 36-yard line, and the fastest player in college football took off.
What followed was, to at least one generation of fans, the ultimate moment in Alabama football history. George Teague caught Thomas from behind at the 20-yard line, stripped him of the ball, then ran the other direction. It was the exclamation point on a stunning 34-13 victory over the top-ranked Hurricanes.
The Strip became legend.
Other plays in Alabama history might have been bigger -- the goal-line stand in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, Van Tiffin's game-winning field goal in the 1985 Iron Bowl, Kenny Stabler's run in the mud to beat Auburn in 1967, etc. -- but no moment was more spectacular on such a big stage. And it was a measure of comeuppance for Thomas and other brash-talking Hurricanes.