Update 7:59 Alabama wins 32-28 to capture the SEC Championship and a date with Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game. Bulldogs fans were left to wonder a) why quarterback Aaron Murray didn’t spike the ball stop the clock in the final moments and b) why Chris Conley caught that deflected pass instead of letting it drop incomplete and stop the clock.
— Intellectual Ninja (@UGABugKiller) December 2, 2012
— -SA (@seanale) December 2, 2012
Update 7:35 Alabama goes up again on AJ McCarron’s 45-yard TD pass to Amari Cooper.
I smell burnt toast#uga
— Edwin Ortiz (@EddyOrtiz) December 2, 2012
— Gator Content from (@OurTwoBits) December 2, 2012
Update 7:29Georgia forced Alabama to punt for first time in second half, but then goes three-and-out. Bama ball at its 45, 6:25 to play.
— Tony Taylor (@Trandall19705) December 2, 2012
— justin nation (@justinnation256) December 2, 2012
Update 7:11 Georgia answered Bama’s grinding ground game by going to the air. Aaron Murray had completions 17 and 45 yards and Todd Gurley capped the five-play, 2:03 drive with a 10-yard TD run.
— Chandler Guest (@ChandlerGuest) December 2, 2012
Update 7:04The Crimson Tide are back in the lead, 25-21, after Eddie Lacy’s one-yard TD run. Their strategy has been simple: punish the Bulldogs with a bruising offensive line and pile-driving running backs Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
“Alabama is running almost at will,” CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist said.
On a 32-yard run during the drive Lacy sized up Georgia safety Baccari Rambo, who didn’t appear eager for the collision. “He almost turned down the hit!” CBS color analysts Gary Danielson noted.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) December 1, 2012
— DA BLAQ HANS SΩLΩ (@REAL_LYFE_GENQ) December 1, 2012
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) December 2, 2012
Offense has got to step up. Defense is looking so tired. #uga
— Lauren Botsch (@SportsGirl129) December 1, 2012
Update 6:50 Bulldogs fans hardly had time to think about finally playing for the national championship again game before Alabama answered with T.J. Yeldon’s 10-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion. That drive took only a little more than two minutes.
— Juano Mathews (@IotaFinestDeuce) December 1, 2012
The Bulldogs had two 15-yard penalties on the drive.
— Adam Errigo (@aerrigo) December 1, 2012
Update 6:38 Cornelius Washington blocks Alabama field-goal attempt, Alec Ogletree returns it 55 yards for a touchdown and Georgia fans nearly break Twitter.
We bout to win this SEC championship! #UGA
— Demonte Powell (@Mr_TooMuchSwag) December 1, 2012
I want to tweet about booking a flight to Miami. I will NOT tweet about booking a flight to Miami. #uga
— Brent Horvay (@HorvayGroup) December 1, 2012
Update 6:25 Georgia takes back lead after freshman running back Todd Gurley muscles in for a three-yard touchdown. Gurley gained 44 of the 75 yards on that drive.
— Charlie Harper (@IcarusPundit) December 1, 2012
Update 6:18 Good on CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson for pointedly and directly asking Nick Saban at halftime why he didn’t call timeout after AJ McCarron’s scramble. It wasn’t the mealy-mouthed questioning you hear from some sideline reporters. Saban admitted he messed up.
Update 5:53 The Crimson Tide lead 10-7 at halftime after they allowed the clock to run for too long following AJ McCarron’s 22-yard scramble.
— shawn blackjack (@shawnblk) December 1, 2012
Georgia coach Mark Richt, in a halftime interview with CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson, said he’s not concerned about quarterback Aaron Murray’s availability after he took the big hit from Quinton Dial.
— Paul Newberry (@pnewberry1963) December 1, 2012
Update 5:44Georgia QB Aaron Murray throws an interception and then takes a hard hit to the head from Bama’s Quinton Dial but no penalty is called.
“That should have been a flag,” CBS color analyst Gary Danielson said. “That was unnecessary roughness. It was a hit to the head and it was missed.”
Update 5:39 Eddie Lacy runs 41 yards for a touchdown that ties it at 7-7 two minutes before halftime.
— Gehrig Nelson (@mrgehrignelson) December 1, 2012
Bama fans were no where to be found before that touchdown!We still gonna win. #UGA
— Chris Middleton (@Chris_Midd) December 1, 2012
Update 5:23 Georgia holds near goal line when Sanders Commings intercepts a pass by AJ McCarron.
Lol nick saban shoulda known not to trust AJ in this situation. Oh well #UGA
— Demetri Tolbert (@_ImAStandingOva) December 1, 2012
That came after Alabama got a shot for a touchdown on a roughing penalty against Georgia’s Alec Ogletree on third down.
That was DUMB. #UGA
— Nicole Battaglia (@BerkshireNicole) December 1, 2012
Unbelievable.A play like that can cost you this SEC Championship.#UGA bad play.
— Andrew Rosenberg (@kidcue) December 1, 2012
Update 5:10: With Aaron Murray off to a strong start, CBS color analyst Gary Danielson talked about Murray’s decision to avoid interviews in the week before the game.
“He decided this week, ‘I don’t want to talk to the press,’” Danielson said. “Now when you do that people say, what’s the deal? I don’t care. I don’t care if he ever talks to us. He wanted to zero in on his game plan.”
Update 5:02 Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jay Rome for a 7-0 lead.
— Bo Martin (@TheBoMartinShow) December 1, 2012
Update 4:58 The Bulldogs pull off a fake punt after Alabama had one negated by a delay of game penalty in the first quarter.
— Justin (@chinothepit) December 1, 2012
Update 4:56The score is 0-0 after a quarter. It’s the first scoreless opening quarter in SEC Championship Game history.
— Chris McKnight (@datdudeMck) December 1, 2012
Update 4:38: Georgia’s freshman kicker, Marshall Morgan, missed a 50-yard field goal try. That’s not exactly a chippy but Morgan is being judged harshly on Twitter.
Daaaaamn our kicker is so suspect he’s hada few like that multiple times this year #UGA
— JJ✌ (@JordanGame6) December 1, 2012
— Intellectual Ninja (@UGABugKiller) December 1, 2012
In this space will monitor Twitter and the CBS telecast for the SEC Championship game today between Georgia and Alabama. Check back here for updates during the game.
The first Twitter storm erupted earlier today when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went on ESPN’s “College Football Game Day” and picked the Crimson Tide to beat the Bulldogs. As you might expect, that didn’t go over well with Dawgs fans. In the two hours or so following his pick, Ryan was trending on Twitter in Atlanta–and not in a good way:
— Tripp Barwick (@tbar3713) December 1, 2012
— Austin Janowski (@Austin_Jano) December 1, 2012
— Steven Wortman (@swortman25) December 1, 2012
— Eric Andrew Poje (@EricPoje) December 1, 2012
— Chad Daniel (@ChadDaniel13) December 1, 2012
As you can tell from that last tweet, Ryan also picked Georgia Tech to upset Florida State in the ACC Championship game. So there were some appreciative tweets from Tech fans on Ryan’s Twitter mentions along with the vitriol from Bulldogs supporters.
Just when I thought I couldn’t love @m_ryan02 any more, on Natl TV he generously picks my underdog GT vs FSU in the ACC Game. Class Act.-R
— Regina Pierce (@reginapierce) December 1, 2012