Technically this is not yet official, but I'm pretty sure the Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 2) have punched their ticket to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game by defeating the Georgia Bulldogs (No. 3) 32-28 in the 2012 SEC Championship.
The Tide took a 10-7 lead going into halftime, before falling behind 21-18 at the end of the third quarter. They scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy (20 attempts/ 181 yards/ 2 TDs). The Bulldogs re-gained the lead (28 - 25) with a touchdown run of their own just two minutes later. Amari Cooper (7 catches/ 127 yards/ 1 TD) made the play of the night with a 45 yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron (13 for 21/ 162 yards/ 1 TD/ 1 INT) with just over 3 minutes left.
Georgia had one last shot when they started out on their own 15-yard line with just over a minute left. With no timeouts left, quarterback Aaron Murray drove them down the field. With first and goal from the Bama 8-yard line, and unable to find a receiver in the end zone, Murray threw it to wide receiver Chris Conley who was just passed the line-of-scrimmage. Conley was tackled at the 5-yard line as the clock expired.
Labels: 2012 SEC Championship Game, 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish