The SEC championship and default national semifinal is afoot. Alabama seeks to extend its dominance over both the conference and the nation, while Georgia has the opportunity to take a necessary step to end its three decade-long title drought.
Well that’s an anticlimatic ending
Arthur Lynch has been clutch on this drive, UGa inside the 10
Murray hits King up the middle, great grab but King got smashed. That’s a truly tough play to take without flinching.
Arthur Lynch moves the chains, get out of bounds, but nearly tries the always awful hurdle.
Incomplete pass is the right call. Still a difficult one to make.
Ball bounced on what would be a game-sealing INT for Dee Milliner, who missed the previous such opportunity.
Oh my, should have been a first down/out-of-bounds, flubbed, then the interception is missed. Bullet dodged for Georgia
Georgia is forced to punt with zero movement on the possession. Three-and-out may have been better than stalling around midfield, but the defense *HAS* to prevent a first down.
Hubbard just barrels right up the gut for a huge sack. That doesn’t end it for Georgia, but there’s some sweaty palms among Dawg fans now.
With how the pass has worked out in this half, that was a real YOLO play call from Nussmeier.
Well that pass play worked. Amari Cooper found streaking on the left side, McCarron drops a bomb right into his hands for the touchdown.
What a stretch by TJ Yeldon to get the first down. Georgia read it and still couldn’t stop it. Williams had Yeldon wrapped up.
Alabama passing plays are really perplexing at this point. 3rd and five must be a rush.
Just a tremendous job rising up by the Alabama front on 3rd and 1. Six minutes left, and the two-point conversion looms large. Only needing a field goal for a tie changes how the Tide can operate.
Huge 3rd and 6 for Georgia. Very surprised Nussmeier called for a pass formation with the big gains ‘Bama was rolling off.
My goodness what a game. Todd Gurley just bulldozing his way into the end zone, and Georgia retakes the lead. Folks celebrating the Dawgs’ lack of clutch might want to hold off a moment.
Aaron Murray with savvy. Two great gains on big pass plays have the Bulldogs in the red zone. Time to go to the ground, perhaps.
Alabama back ahead with workmanlike rushing. Just ground it and pound it. 25-21 Alabama, the two-point conversion becomes huge here as Georgia cannot tie with a field goal.
Ugh, rhetoric against the spread from Gary Danielson. Not every program has 235-pound running backs.
After several huge gains that included spins out of danger, trucking would-be tacklers and a stiff arm that lasted about 8 yards, Lacy is finally dragged down in the backfield. 281 rushing yards for Alabama.
Eddie Lacy is running like a man possessed.
Eddie Lacy just hit all the buttons on the video game controller
I love Georgia’s dog bone helmet stickers. Aside from La.-Lafayette’s peppers, probably my favorite. Florida State’s tomahawks are pretty great as well.
TJ Yeldon, true freshman.
Big pass interference, obvious flag. Interesting putting the tight end out wide and running the slot deep up the middle has shown some life for Alabama. Liked that spotlight on the broadcast.
Part of Kansas’ decided schematic advantage, which resulted in a 1-11 season without a single win over an FBS opponent? Zero TD passes to a wide receiver. Stat via Jesse Newell: https://twitter.com/jessenewell/status/275018011323281411
Cornelius Washington may have just wrapped up MVP honors of the SEC championship. His tip on the pass interference flag allowed for his field goal block, which Alec Ogletree returns to the house. 21-10 Georgia lead.
Wow, Holiday Bowl rep taking shots at former Chargers coach Mike Riley. Were I a hack I’d make a “stay classy San Diego” reference https://twitter.com/LindsayRae19/status/275019321569312768
Hoo, whoa! Flick to Yeldon could have been pick-six had Ogletree been paying attention to the ball.
Boise State outlasts Nevada 27-21, nearly surrendered a 17-point lead. This was the weakest Bronco team since 2007 yet still won 10 games and a share of the Mountain West championship, but should be past by Northern Illinois in the BCS standings. Not that it matters with Oklahoma’s win.
What a huge third down conversion on the screen pass to get Alabama past the 50. This is playing out more like I had anticipated either Alabama-LSU game to be last year.
Gotta love SEC officials blowing a play dead after the ball carrier has been tackled by three different defenders.
Western Arizona Community College getting a shout on the broadcast. Located in Yuma, just across the California border and close to the midway point on an exhausting drive I’ve made too many, San Diego to Tucson and vice versa.
Todd Gurley rolled off 44 yards on that scoring drive, none bigger than the final. Tenacious push to cross the goal line and get the Bulldogs six.
Georgia with a tremendous response out of the locker room after looking like Alabama had stolen all momentum.
Odd strategy on the timeouts by Nick Saban costs Alabama a possible touchdown. Nevertheless, a 10-7 lead feels much larger than three points considering how much Georgia outplayed ‘Bama initially. Lotta bullets withstood.
@PeterBurnsRadio screen-capped Murray fractions of a second before getting crushed. https://yfrog.com/gz5v7doj:iphone
I know that a QB becomes a defender on a turnover, keep your head on a swivel, etc. But that hit on Aaron Murray by Quinton Dial looked deliberately dirty.
Last year, a punt changed the dynamic of the SEC championship game. Did Aaron Murray’s arm-punt accomplish the same?
Like the broadcast showing the great blocking. Key to everything Alabama does, outstanding blocking all over the field. Georgia was able to exploit that earlier; will it be able to in the second half?
From earlier, here’s the Amari Cooper reception: http://saturdayblitz.com/hub/amari-coopers-amazing-grab-over-bacarri-rambo/
Eddie Lacy to the house, and we have a 7-6 game; kick pending. Big drive for Alabama, to be outplayed like it has and have a shot at being tied at the half is a major win.
My goodness did the Georgia defense rise up in the red zone. Forced fumble to push Alabama back, then an interception of AJ McCarron
Incredible snag by Amari Cooper! Looked like McCarron was throwing a pick, but what a leap.
If a basketball team loses a heartbreaker and no one sees it, did it really happen? Alabama drops its upset bid of Cincinnati on Cashmere Wright’s buzzer beater.
Georgia’s defense has come to play. AJ McCarron is swarmed, huge sack by Jenkins. ‘Bama forced to punt from its own end zone.
Mark Richt has lost control of Alabama special teams. Fake punt sets up the game’s first score http://saturdayblitz.com/hub/georgia-fake-punt-trips-up-alabama/
Georgia’s offense on point. 13 plays, 87 yards and a 7-0 lead.
First scoreless first quarter in SEC history? That shocks me. Legitimately.
Aaron Murray just whipped a gorgeous ball to King to get the Dawgs deep in Tide territory. If Murray comes back next season, he’ll factor prominently into the preseason Heisman hype.
Wow, NC State either hoping no one notices, or is trying to steal some SEC thunder. Either way, Dave Doeren reportedly hired. If so, tremendous get.
Georgia’s ground game is moving the ball nicely on the Alabama front…so Georgia gets a false start penalty. Antsy as the Tide make shifts
A delay of game just before a fake punt attempt. Which was more un-Saban-like?
Alabama basketball is leading Cincinnati after the 8-min mark of the second half. Suppose *anyone* in the state is tuned into the Crimson Tide hoopers? Anyone at all? I mean, UC is No. 17 and…forget it.
Alabama’s defense responded nicely to having its back against the goal line, Georgia has to try long field goal and it’s still 0-0. Saved by the block in the back on a big gain.
Jarvis Jones is making his Heisman case, here forcing a fumble from AJ McCarron. Jones adds to his nation leading total of forced fumbles with seven. http://saturdayblitz.com/hub/jarvis-jones-forces-mccarron-fumble/
Bacarri Rambo made a tremendous play to dislodge a pass attempt http://saturdayblitz.com/hub/bacarri-rambo-big-hit-vs-alabama/
Georgia’s defense is making tremendous plays after Alabama rolled off decent gains on its first two carries.
Kinda funny hearing description of Georgia and Alabama going “uptempo.” The SEC does a lot of things better than the rest of the nation, but what was employed wouldn’t qualify as uptempo in my book.
In his pregame interview with Tracy Wolfson, the always affable Nick Saban went with the heavyweight title fight analogy. Well, in the first quarter we’re at the circle-the-ring-size-each-other-up phase. Two possessions, two punts. Lotta defensive talent on the field.