Tide Earns SEC Title vs. Bulldogs
The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 32-28 in the Southeastern Conference Championship game Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.
The game was scoreless after the first quarter of play, which is the first time that has happened in SEC Championship game history. Alabama tried a fake punt late in the first quarter and may have gotten the first down, but the play was called back because of a delay of game penalty.
With 14:54 left in the first half, Georgia converted a fake punt on a 16-yard pass to put the Bulldogs at the 20-yard line. The extended drive led to the first points of the game.
The Tide scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half to go into the locker room with a 10-7 lead.
On the first possession of the second half, Georgia marched 75 yards down the field and capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to regain the lead 14-10.
Georgia extended their lead to 21-10 after a blocked field goal attempt by Alabama was returned for a touchdown.
Alabama cut the deficit to 21-18 with a rushing touchdown by T.J. Yeldon, who also ran in the 2-point conversion.
With 5:24 left in the game, the Tide got the ball back trailing 28-25.
Quarterback AJ McCarron found Amari Cooper down the sideline to score what would be the game winning touchdown.
On the final possession of the game, the Bulldogs had the ball at the Alabama 15-yard line and a chance to win the game, but quarterback Aaron Murray’s pass was tipped and caught short of the end zone as time expired.
Eddie Lacy became the second running back to earn MVP honors in the SEC Championship after rushing for 181 yards.