VIDEO: Remembering When Terrence Cody Blocked Tennessee's Game-Winning FG Attempt to Preserve Perfect 2009 Season

By David Hayes
Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody blocks Tennessee's 44-yard field goal attempt in 2009.
Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody blocks Tennessee's 44-yard field goal attempt in 2009. / YouTube/Austin's Highlights

Most of today's college football fans likely envision Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide program as practically unbeatable and the model of success, but the roads to these great heights always have to start somewhere.

For Saban and Bama, that road began in the 2009 NCAA football season, when the Tide ultimately finished a perfect 14-0 as the country's BCS National Champions.

However, that perfect season didn't come without imperfect moments, perhaps, none more memorable than Alabama facing a 12-10 deficit to unranked Tennessee as the Vols lined up to attempt a potential game-winning 44-yard field goal with just four seconds remaining.

Terrence Cody Blocked Field Goal vs Tennessee Video

But thanks to a little late magic from 345-pound Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody, Tide fans went from biting their nails to jubilant celebration as Tennessee's attempt was sent right back into the grass as time expired.

Not only did Cody's blocked kick preserve Alabama unbeaten record, but it also extended a then-two-game winning streak against the Tide's classic rival in Tennessee. In fact, that same streak has now gone on to last even beyond the 2019 season, with Alabama currently boasting a 13-game winning streak over the Vols.

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