Georgia raced out to a big lead against Alabama in the first half of the SEC Championship Game, and people did not know how to feel.
The Bulldogs took a 21-7 lead late in the second quarter. That 14-point deficit was the largest for Alabama so far this season. Remember, the Crimson tide were 13.5-point favorites coming into the game. So fans and media alike were blown away, though some believed this was a real possibility.
This is the biggest deficit Alabama has faced all season. pic.twitter.com/52E3qr1rvq
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) December 1, 2018
Alabama is getting bullied right now and I really don't care who's doing it
— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) December 1, 2018
Georgia -14 looking good. Oh wait, +14
— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) December 1, 2018
On every radio hit I did this week, I got some variation of “Which major upset is more likely — Clemson-Pitt, OSU-NW, or UGA-Bama?”
On every single one, I said that UGA had been Bama’s equal of late, and it’d barely be an upset. Feeling pretty good about that rn.
— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) December 1, 2018
I think we're officially in [eyeball emoji] mode in the SEC title game.
— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) December 1, 2018
Who's getting their ass whipped? pic.twitter.com/0U2CRfaQp8
— Brandon Walker (@BWalker_SEC) December 1, 2018
Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney can often be targets for criticism, but that wasn’t the case Saturday. Both were silencing their doubters in the first half.
Fromm was 14-of-17 for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Chaney orchestrated an offense that gained 228 total yards and scored touchdowns on all three of its red zone possessions.
Everybody who said Georgia should bench Fromm for Fields owes Fromm an in-person apology.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) December 1, 2018
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 1, 2018
Jim Chaney is dealing…
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 1, 2018
Jim Chaney flexing all over Saban right now.
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) December 1, 2018
But then the momentum started to swing in Alabama’s favor when running back Josh Jacobs recovered his own fumble for a touchdown at the goal line.
It was initially ruled a fumble recovery for Georgia, but officials overturned that call when replay showed that Jacob re-gained possession of the ball across the goal line.
…. and a touchdown? pic.twitter.com/KViN5DGVKQ
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) December 1, 2018
That score made it 21-14 just before halftime, and ensured that it will be must-watch TV in the second half.