When it was announced prior to the 1992 season that the SEC championship would be decided by a pre-bowl game between the winners of the East and West Division, no coach or player seemed to like it. The dramatic finish in the inaugural contest between Florida and Alabama would quiet the doubters.
With the score tied 21-all and three minutes remaining, Tide CB Antonio Langham stepped in front of a telegraphed pass by Gators QB Shane Matthews inside Florida’s 30-yard line. The sophomore from Town Creek, AL, weaved through and by both teammates and opponents en route to a game-winning TD.
An ESPNU documentary that premiered in 2011 called Langham’s pick-six “The Play That Changed College Football.” Two decades later, Langham — who currently manages and develops real estate in Birmingham — is still a hero to Crimson Tide fans for sending their team to the Sugar Bowl, where they won the national title with a 34–13 win over Miami (FL).
Today, the SEC Championship Game is one of the most highly anticipated games of the college football season. The latest edition, between Alabama and Georgia, takes place at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. Antonio Langham profile