A quarter-by-quarter look at Alabama’s 38-10 victory over Georgia on Saturday at Sanford Stadium:
Big play: After the game’s first five possessions — three by Georgia and two by Alabama — produced no first downs, Alabama quarterback Jake Coker and freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley connected on a 50-yard pass play down the sideline. Ridley gained most of the yards after the catch, averting a would-be tackle by Georgia safety Dominick Sanders. The play and a subsequent Coker-to-Richard Mullaney pass gave Alabama a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line, but the Crimson Tide wound up settling for a field goal.
Turning point: Georgia appeared on the verge of answering Alabama’s score as the quarter ended. A deep pass from Greyson Lambert to Malcolm Mitchell gained 36 yards to the Alabama 34, and five running plays advanced the ball from there to the Alabama 19 for the start of the second quarter.
The takeaway: Alabama limited Georgia tailback Nick Chubb to 13 yards rushing on six carries in the quarter.
Score: Alabama 3, Georgia 0
Big play: After a Marshall Morgan field goal completed the Georgia drive that began late in the first quarter, tying the score at 3-3 about 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter, Alabama began to take comand. Tailback Derrick Henry burst through the middle of the line untouched — and still hadn’t been touched when he reached the end zone on a 30-yard touchdown run for a 10-3 lead.
Turning point: Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked a Georgia punt, scooped it at the 1-yard line and ran into the end zone for a touchdown and a 17-3 Alabama lead. The Crimson Tide continued the momentum on the first play of its next possession, Coker hitting a wide-open Ridley with a deep pass for a 45-yard touchdown.
The takeaway: The game suddenly resembled Alabama’s 2008 trip to Sanford Stadium, when the Crimson Tide led 31-0 at halftime.
Score: Alabama 24, Georgia 3
Big play: On Georgia’s first offensive play of the second half, Brice Ramsey was intercepted at midfield by Eddie Jackson, who returned the errant throw 50 yards for another Alabama touchdown. That boosted the Crimson Tide lead to 31-3, which soon became 38-3. Ramsey started the second half at quarterback for Georgia after Lambert completed seven of 17 passes for 70 yards in the first half.
Turning point: Nothing turned. Alabama had the game well under control at halftime, and any doubt about the outcome had been removed long before Nick Chubb gave the Sanford Stadium crowd something to cheer with an 83-yard touchdown run that put him over 100 yards rushing for a UGA-record-tying 13th consecutive game.
The takeaway: By the end of the third quarter, Georgia had been forced to punt nine times in the game, had thrown two interceptions (both by Ramsey) and had lost a fumble (by Lambert). Ugly.
Score: Alabama 38, Georgia 10
Big play: Alabama running back Derrick Henry gained 22 yards on his final carry of the game early in the quarter, finishing with 148 yards rushing on 26 carries.
Turning point: See second quarter.
The takeaway: After starting the season 4-0 against less-than-stellar opposition, Georgia was absolutely no match for the Crimson Tide.
Score: Alabama 38, Georgia 10