Alabama Defeats Georgia For The SEC Title, Tide To Play Notre Dame For The National Title
The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs to take the SEC title and the right to face the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS National Championship in Miami. Both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson tide left everything on the field in a nail biter of a game that saw both teams battling until the last second.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after the win:
“This was the most exciting, biggest win. We did a good job competing to come back against a very good Georgia team.”
The game started out with a record, being the fist SEC title game with a scoreless first quarter. Both teams scored in the second quarter and Alabama hit a field goal to put the game at 10-7 Alabama going into the half.
Giving the Tide a lead is something most teams never come back from, especially over the last few seasons. The Crimson Tide asserted itself on the ground in the second half. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon combined for 334 yards and three touchdowns, and wore down the Georgia defense. Lacy was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.
Lacy said in a post game interview:
“Coming from the injury and having the success with the help of my teammates, I’m just happy right now.”
Georgia was able to come back from the deficit in the third regaining the lead briefly. Alabama scored again and then converted for two points to get within three points of the Bulldogs.
The Crimson Tide produced two more touchdowns before the end of the game making the final score 32-28
Alabama took the lead for good on a 45-yard pass from AJ McCarron to freshman Amari Cooper. The extra point made it 32-28.
Georgia had one chance to bring the trophy home with possession and 2 minutes to go with no timeouts. The got the ball to 4 yards from the end zone when time expired handing the Tide the wins.
“We kept telling them that’s what we trained them to do. We played for sixty minutes.”
Alabama and Notre Dame will meet in four weeks time to decide who the best in the country is.