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UGA, Bama trading punches through two quarters of SEC title game

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In early September, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson described Georgia’s style of play as akin to “watching Big Ten football. It’s old man football.”

Fast-forward nearly three months, and with Richardson sitting at home watching SEC football, Georgia and Alabama are in the midst of a game of grown-man football, the winner of which will earn the right to keep the conference’s BcS title-winning streak alive..

Despite two turnovers and butchered clock management at the end of the half — memo to Nick Saban: unlike cell minutes, timeouts don’t rollover — the defending national champion Tide was able to head to the locker room with a 10-7 lead on the Bulldogs.  That development bodes well for the Tide as they are 60-3 when leading at halftime under Saban.

After a scoreless first quarter, and following a successful fake punt, Aaron Murray‘s 19-yard touchdown pass pushed the Bulldogs to a 7-0 lead.  That’s somewhat familiar territory for the Bulldogs as, in last year’s SEC title game, UGA held a 10-0 lead on LSU in the second quarter; 42 unanswered points later, the Tigers were headed to the BcS title game.

Despite the hard-hitting, defensive nature of the game, the Tide has still rolled up 246 yards of total offense — to 157 for the Bulldogs — on an UGA defense that against LSU last year allowed 237 for the entire game.

One final note, in memo form for the SEC officiating crew watching this game: if you’re going to throw a flag on UGA for a helmet-to-helmet hit on AJ McCarron, respond in kind when Aaron Murray takes a similar, if not exponentially more “illegal,” shot from the Tide.

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14 Responses to “UGA, Bama trading punches through two quarters of SEC title game”
  1. southernpatriots says: Dec 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    JT: “One final note, in memo form for the SEC officiating crew watching this game: if you’re going to throw a flag on UGA for a helmet-to-helmet hit on AJ McCarron, respond in kind when Aaron Murray takes a similar, if not exponentially more “illegal,” shot from the Tide.” …. Great point, JT!

    Where were the officials for this blatant hit helmet to helmet?! Play in slow and see the obvious late hit not called. One would think the SEC would have its best officials in this showcase championship game. A penalty here may have affected the subsequent series.

  2. jgater1981 says: Dec 1, 2012 6:53 PM

    “time outs are not like cell phone minutes. They don’t carry over.” I think that’s the quote you’re looking for.

  3. southernpatriots says: Dec 1, 2012 7:56 PM

    Congratulations to Alabama!

    May you represent the SEC well in the BCS Championship game.

    Best to the Georgia team for playing well and being in a position to win the game, but falling just short.

  4. 93warchant says: Dec 1, 2012 8:08 PM

    mark richt should be flogged for not spiking the ball with about 15 seconds to go. with so much on the line they had enough time to spike it huddle and still have 2 plays. smh.

  5. jammers11 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:08 PM

    Alabama looks vuLnerable. No way they run for over 300 yards against ND. Georgia had them scrambling in the end.

  6. dcroz says: Dec 1, 2012 8:16 PM

    jammers11 says:Dec 1, 2012 8:08 PM

    Alabama looks vuLnerable. No way they run for over 300 yards against ND. Georgia had them scrambling in the end.
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    Perhaps, but no way ND’s offense rolls up 400 yards on the Tide ‘D’, either. It should be a defensive tilt, so those of you whining about how “boring” the national title game was last year, you’re likely to be disappointed again.

  7. WingT says: Dec 1, 2012 8:21 PM

    Great game. Too bad one team had to lose. Both coaches need a refresher in clock management.

    @ jammers – the offesnse takes what the defense gives them . If ND stacks the box against the run then Bama will move it through the air. Bama is the most balanced team in college.

    @southernpats – agree on the hit on Murray, it shoul;d have been flagged. So should the obvious holding on Mosely on about the 6 yard line when Georgia scored.

    roll tide

  8. southernpatriots says: Dec 1, 2012 8:25 PM

    WingT: You are so right about the holding. I saw it on replay when I came back inside after missing some of the game. I don’t know why some obvious penalties are missed by the best refereeing crew in the SEC?

    I thought Miles of LSU was the only coach with clock management problems…ha.

    Congratulations to you and to all Alabama Crimson Tide fans! It has been quite a year for the Tide again.

  9. goodellsadouche says: Dec 1, 2012 8:39 PM

    Once AGAIN Georgia fans, Marc Richt snatches DEFEAT from the jaws of VICTORY. At the hands of Satan no less

  10. WingT says: Dec 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    @Southernpats
    It really takes away from the game when obvious penalties are not called – the officials truly do their best but they too make mistakes.

    Thanks for the congrats. The ball certainly has bounced Bama’s way this year. Not sure how they will hold up against ND – I suspect it too will be a last second type of game. ND is very very talented, and well coached. The only weakness I see in ND is their fans – they truly suck :) j/k

    roll tide

  11. normtide says: Dec 1, 2012 8:49 PM

    My hats off to UGA. The phantom tipped pass was maybe pay back for missing the bad hit on Murray. ND fans, if you think your team is way better then Georgia, think again. Looking forward to a great, classic bcs title game between two great teams. Roll Tide Y’all!

  12. oaktown49er says: Dec 1, 2012 8:55 PM

    Bama lost at home this year to an SEC team, of course they were a lock for the title game.

  13. tlmoon2112 says: Dec 1, 2012 8:55 PM

    Wow talking $hit about ND already! There are 3 things in life you can count on – death, taxes and Alabama fans acting like total a-holes.

  14. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 1, 2012 9:09 PM

    Congrats to Bama! Represent the SEC with a win….again!

    southernpatriots: you guys moving? if so, let me know, I will bring my truck and maybe a few strong guys. call me.

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