ATLANTA – The No. 1-Ranked Georgia football team couldn’t keep up with No. 3 Alabama, falling 41-24 in the SEC Championship Game.
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Georgia’s historically good defense, which allowed 6.9 points per game through the 12-game regular season, could not stop quarterback Bryce Young.
Young was 26-of-44 passing for an SEC title game-record 421 yards along with 3 passing touchdowns. Young also added 40 yards rushing and a TD.
Alabama (12-1) rushed for 116 total yards, just enough to keep the UGA defense off Young, the Bulldogs (12-1) failing to record a sack.
Receiver Jameson Williams finished with 184 yards receiving and a score on 7 receptions.
Quarterback Stetson Bennett was 29-of-48 passing for 340 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Alabama returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown that essentially put the game out of reach.
Freshman tight end Brock Bowers led the way for the Bulldogs, contributing 139 yards receiving and one touchdown on 10 receptions.
Georgia 17, Alabama 38, 11:59: Junior Battle 42-yard interception return for TD (Reichard kick). Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards, 1:17.
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Georgia 17, Alabama 31, 13:10: Jameson Williams 55-yard pass from Bryce Young (Reichard kick). Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:50.
Update: Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III out for rest of the game (leg).