Georgia Loses SEC Championship to Alabama
Sanders Commings intercepts a pass  in the endzone in SEC Championship Game


Sanders Commings intercepts a pass in the endzone in SEC Championship Game
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Dec. 1, 2012

ATLANTA, Ga. - The third-ranked University of Georgia football team came up just short, falling 32-28 to No. 2 Alabama on Saturday evening in front of a capacity crowd at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. Georgia ends the regular season with an overall record of 11-2, which includes a 7-1 mark in league play, while Alabama improves to 12-1 and 7-1 in the SEC.

Aaron Murray finished with 267 yards, completing 18-of-33 of his passes. Tavarres King was Murray's top target, finishing with 143 yards on five receptions. Malcolm Mitchell finished with four catches for 41 yards, while Jay Rome was on the receiving end of the lone touchdown pass of the day. Todd Gurley was Georgia's leading rusher, finishing with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Alec Ogletree, who racked up 11 tackles, nine of which were unassisted, led the Bulldogs defensively. Shawn Williams finished with nine tackles, while Bacarri Rambo added eight stops.

Georgia marched 55 yards before the drive stalled on third-and-11 at the Alabama 37. The Bulldogs dialed up a fake punt that saw Arthur Lynch find Sanders Commings over the middle for a 17-yard pickup that set up first-and-10 at the Alabama 20. Two plays later, Murray completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rome to put the Bulldogs up 7-0, following the Marshall Morgan extra point. The completion allowed Murray to pass Peyton Manning for most touchdown passes in SEC history with 90.

Alabama looked to answer, making its way down to the Georgia one-yard line. The Crimson Tide fumbled the ball, recovered it, but the play pushed the Crimson Tide back to the Georgia five. On third-and-goal, Sanders Commings intercepted AJ McCarron in the end zone for a touchback.

The Tide tied the game at seven late in the first half on a 41-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy. Alabama then intercepted a Murray pass and drove all the way to the Georgia five-yard line with five seconds left in the half, Alabama kicked a field goal that sent the Crimson Tide into the half holding a 10-7 lead.

On the opening drive of the second half, Georgia drove 75 yards on 10 plays to take a 14-10 lead on a three-yard Gurley run. Gurley came up big for the Bulldogs during the drive, picking up 44 yards on seven carries, including an 18-yard scamper that picked up an important first down that put Georgia inside the Alabama five-yard line.

The Crimson Tide looked poised to answer on its next possession, driving 43 yards on 11 plays, but a tipped passed forced Alabama to attempt a 49-yard field goal. With Cade Foster on to attempt the field goal, Cornelius Washington came up with the block, which was recovered by Ogletree and taken back for a touchdown that put the Bulldogs up 21-10, following the Morgan PAT.

Alabama didn't wait long to score, taking the ball 43 yards on 11 plays for the touchdown by T.J. Yeldon. The Crimson Tide went for two and converted to make it a three-point game at 21-18. On its next possession, the Tide took a 25-21 lead on a one-yard run by Lacy that capped off a seven-play, 74-yard drive.

The Bulldogs retook the lead on the next possession. A 17-yard completion from Murray to Mitchell gave Georgia first-and-10 at their own 24. Murray then found King for a pickup of 45 yards that put the Bulldogs inside the Alabama 15. Gurley found the end zone two plays later on a 10-yard run that made it a 28-25 game, following the Morgan extra point.

With just under five minutes on the clock and with the ball on the Georgia 45-yard line, McCarron threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper that put the Crimson Tide up four at 32-28.

Georgia flipped the field on the final drive of the game, traveling all of the way down to the eight-yard line, but time ran out on the Bulldogs, with the clock winding down as the final pass was caught just short of the goal line.

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