Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
Alabama earned its way into the BCS title game this year. AJ McCarron's go-ahead 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 remaining lifted No. 2 Alabama to a 32-28 victory over No. 3 Georgia in a back-and-forth SEC Championship Game thriller. The Crimson Tide, who are looking for their second straight national title and third in four years, will play No. 1 and undefeated Notre Dame in the BCS title game on Jan. 7, 2013. Alabama shut out LSU, 21-0, in last season's BCS Championship tilt, despite not playing for the SEC crown after finishing second in the SEC West. Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner appeared to seal the win following his diving attempt for a potential game-clinching interception, but the play was overturned following a review. With 45 seconds on the clock and the ball at Georgia's own 28-yard line, Aaron Murray hit Arthur Lynch for a 15-yard gain and completed a 23-yard pass to Tavarres King before firing another strike to Lynch, this one for 26 yards down to the Alabama 8-yard line as the time continued to wind down. Georgia had no timeouts at its disposal. The Bulldogs elected to not spike the ball and Murray snapped it with nine ticks to play. It appeared that Murray attempted to lob a pass for Malcolm Mitchell at the back-right corner of the end zone, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and landed into the arms of Chris Conley in the right flat. He fell down at the 5-yard line and time expired. Eddie Lacy carried the ball 20 times for 181 yards and two scores, while T.J. Yeldon added 153 yards and a touchdown on 25 rushes for the Crimson Tide (12-1, 7-1 SEC), who ran for an SEC Championship-record 350 yards in the triumph.
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