Top Plays in Sugar Bowl History
Here’s a look at some of the top plays in Sugar Bowl history; the plays aren’t listed in any particular order.
1997 – Stop and Pop
Ike Hilliard had a sensational performance in the 1997 Sugar Bowl victory for Florida against their archrival Florida State. The great play shown became known as the “Stop and Pop” as he snagged a Danny Wuerffel pass, took one hard step towards the end zone, then stopped on a dime as the Seminole defenders could only wave at him as he dashed the remaining 15 years to the end zone. It was the second of a Sugar Bowl-record three touchdowns for Hilliard and it gave the Gators a 24-10 advantage in what ended as a 52-20 Florida victory.
1993 – The Play That Didn’t Count
Alabama’s George Teague snagged his first career interception and returned it for his first career touchdown on the second play of the second half of the 1993 Sugar Bowl against Miami. But on the next possession, he lined up in the wrong position and Hurricane quarterback delivered a strike to a streaking Lamar Thomas who had a wide-open lane to the end zone for an 89-yard score. However, Teague, racing from the opposite side of the field, somehow tracked down Thomas and in one swipe stole the ball out of Thomas’ hand at the Alabama 7 and began running back the other way. “I knew it was going to be my fault if I didn’t hurry up and catch him,” said Teague.” The funny thing is that Alabama was offsides on the play and it was nullified when Miami accepted the penalty – one of the greatest plays didn’t even count.