Each day this week, the AJC takes a quick look at a matchup in the SEC Championship game. Today: Georgia’s passing offense vs. Alabama’s passing defense.
Georgia’s passing offense
Key stats: Aaron Murray has thrown for 3,201 yards and 30 touchdowns (seven interceptions), becoming the first quarterback in SEC history with three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons.
Season high point: In his past four games, Murray has thrown 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Season low point: Murray, like his offensive line and the rest of the team, struggled badly in the loss to South Carolina, completing 11 of 31 passes for 109 yards.
Names to know: Georgia’s leading receivers are Tavarres King (34 catches for 704 yards and eight touchdowns) and Malcolm Mitchell (36 catches for 532 yards and four TDs despite playing mostly defense early in the season).
Alabama’s passing defense
Key stats: Alabama leads the SEC in passing defense, allowing 156.7 yards per game. The Crimson Tide defense has given up just six touchdown passes all season; Georgia’s offense, by contrast, has thrown 31.
Season high point: Alabama held Arkansas to 79 yards passing.
Season low point: In its lone loss, 29-24 to Texas A&M, Alabama was burned by Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, who completed 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards.
Name to know: Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner ranks third nationally among active players in pass breakups (32 in three years).
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