After the first scoreless quarter in SEC Championship history, the University of Georgia showed it’s defense could stand up to big game pressure until Alabama switched on the ground and pound to lead 10-7 at the break.
The Dawgs took the lead after converting a surprise fourth down play. Tight end Arthur Lynch floated a pass for a 16-yard completion to cornerback Sanders Commings to open the second quarter.
Jay Rome followed with a touchdown reception giving Georgia first blood.
After a sack to end Bama’s next possession, Georgia failed to advance with great field position.
The Tide refused to let the momentum get out of hand.
Amari Cooper caught a 44-yard bomb to shock the Dawgs. Bama picked up the tempo down to the goal line.
Georgia bowed up forcing the Tide into a third and goal situation. Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron launched a ball into tight coverage that Commings intercepted.
With UGA unable to capitalize on the turnover, Bama turned up the jets. Eddie Lacy ran in for a 41-yard score to tie.
Aaron Murray erased good work in the two minute drill by throwing an interception on a pass intended for Chris Conley.
Alabama’s offensive line owned the second quarter setting them up with a made field goal from 22-yards. The Tide hit the locker room with the energy.
Bama rushed for 152 yards in the first half. Eddie Lacy led the charge with 90 yards, while freshman T.J. Yeldon showed his pedigree with 42 of his own.
Murray was 10-of-18 for 96 yards, one TD and one interception. Gurley showed some pop with 46 yards rushing but needs to pick it up in the second half.