Post Written By: Steve Dooley IV
#2 Alabama 12-1
Sep 1. #2 BAMA vs #8 MICH W 41-14
The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled on Opening Day of the 2012 Season in Jerry Jones’ grand castle. The trip to Dallas was definitely a success. A. J. McCarron tossed for 2 TDs while the Tide’s defense bullied Denard Robinson and punished the Wolverines. The win help them overtake USC for the #1 spot.
Sep 8 #1 BAMA vs WKU W 35-0
AJ McCarron threw four TD passes as the Tide cruised past the Hilltoppers. Bama looked focused on Arkansas.
Sep 15 #1 Bama @ ARK W 52-0
Without Tyler Wilson and former Coach Bobby Patrino, the Razorbacks were relegated to punching bags for Saban’s crew. Bama got five turnovers in the program’s Conference Opening win. Eddie Lacy’s three TDs was more than enough for the Tide to roll.
Sep 22 #1 Bama vs FAU W 40-7
The Owls were only able to pick up one first down through 3 quarters and were outgained 397 yards.
Sep 29 #1 Bama vs MISS W 33-14
Alabama’s Amari Cooper had a tremendous night catching 2 TD’s from McCarron. After early deficit, the Crimson Tide answered quickly and Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards in the third quarter for six more, leading the Crimson Tide to a 33-14 victory over Ole Miss.
Oct 13 #1 Bama @ MIZZ W 42-10
Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon gave Bama a one-two punch that had the Tigers on the mat. The two runners both ran for 100 yards and the duo combined for 5 TD’s.
Oct 20 #1 Bama @ TENN W 44-13
Locked in on the Vols, Bama got another great day from their QB. A.J. McCarron threw for a career-best 306 yards and 4 TDs. The Crimson Tide routed Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. The Tide have scored at least 30 points in each of their first seven games. Amari Cooper had the most receiving yards ever by an Alabama freshman. He caught 7 passes for 162 yards.
Oct 27 #1 Bama @ #11 MISS ST W 38-7
The Bulldogs were no match for the Tide when the two squared off in late October. Bama scored on their 1st 3 possessions and never looked back. The Bulldogs who averaged over 35 points a game didn’t score their only points of the day until the final minutes of regulation.
Nov 3 #1 Bama @ #6 LSU W 21-17
The rematch of the 2012 National Championship game was one of the best games of the year and maybe it’s most dramatic. Down 17-14 to LSU in Baton Rouge, the Tide started at their own 28. In 5 plays McCarron, who was 1-7 for 0 yards in the 2nd half, took the Tide down the field and connected with Yeldon on a 28-yard TD pass to win the game. Afterwards McCarron had this to say,”I just love moments like that. I like having the ball in pressure situations. When you’ve got teammates like I have, it makes your job easy.”
Nov 10 #1 Bama vs #15 Texas A&M L 29-24
After such an emotional win, the Tide experience an emotional loss. The Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel came out the gates smoking and torched the Tide to start the late season bout. A&M raced out to a 20-0 lead. Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 and had Bama on their heels. The Tide would respond but Manziel’s TD pass to Malcome Kennedy with 8:37 left would be too much to overcome. Aggies win 29-24
Nov 17 #4 Bama vs WCU W 49-0
The Tide took out their anger on Western Carolina. Lacy rushed for three 1st half TDs and McCarron set Alabama single-season record for passing TDs in a 49-0 win.
Nov 24 #2 Bama @ AUB W 49-0
With renewed life the Tide easily dismantled the Tigers, and ended Gene Chizik’s tenure at Auburn. Back in the National Championship picture Bama outgained the Tigers 483-163 and had 25 first downs to Auburn’s seven. Setting up a playoff between the Tide and Georgia Bulldogs for a trip to Miami.
Dec 1 #2 Bama @ #3 UGA W 32-28
In a heavyweight bout that went the distance, Bama landed the biggest and most decisive blow. “It’s just the never-give-up attitude,” McCarron said. “You’ve got to keep fighting through it.” They did down by 3, the Tide answered the bell once again. AJ McCarron threw a 45-yard TD to Amari Cooper with 3:15 remaining. The Bulldogs didn’t quit though. They drove down with the remaining time and came up 5 yards short as the Tide moved on to Miami.