Each day this week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a quick look at a matchup in the SEC Championship game. Today: Alabama’s passing offense vs. Georgia’s passing defense.
Alabama passing offense
Key stats: Quarterback AJ McCarron has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 2,507 yards and a school-record 25 touchdowns and, most impressively, has thrown only two interceptions in 265 passes.
Season high point: Trailing LSU 17-14, Alabama took over on its own 28-yard line with 1:34 to play. McCarron led the Crimson Tide to a game-winning touchdown in 49 seconds, completing passes of 18, 15, 11 and 28 yards.
Season low point: McCarron threw his only two interceptions of the season against Texas A&M, the Tide’s lone loss.
Name to know: Freshman Amari Cooper is Alabama’s leading receiver, with 45 catches for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.
Georgia passing defense
Key stat: The Bulldogs rank second in the SEC in pass defense, giving up 174.4 passing yards per game.
Season high point: Georgia’s defense had two interceptions and five sacks (three by Jarvis Jones) in holding Florida without a touchdown for the first time in the series since 1988.
Season low point: Tennessee passed for 281 yards, the most against Georgia this season. (But the Bulldogs intercepted three passes in that game, two by Sanders Commings.)
Name to know: Safety Bacarri Rambo has 16 career interceptions, tied for the UGA record.
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