With a trip to the national title game on the line, you would hope that the competing teams would put it all on the line in order to win. I think it is safe to say that is exactly what the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide did.
The Bulldogs will likely be kicking themselves over this one as they prepare to play in the Capital One Bowl instead of the BCS title game. Aaron Murray had the ‘Dogs moving and within reach of the go-ahead score, but instead of having him spike the ball to stop the clock the coaches had him run a play (mistake No. 1). Alabama defended the play well getting a hand on the ball before it tumbled into the arms of a Georgia receiver that was falling down (mistake No. 2).
Oh yeah–he was in bounds and the ‘Dogs had no timeouts left so the play that never should have been was the last of the game.
In all fairness, even if Murray had stopped the clock there is no telling whether they Bulldogs would have scored on the two plays they would have had. It would have been nice to at least have the opportunity though…
Second-guessing is a regretful part of the game, but the Bulldogs will be doing plenty of that over the next few days while they resign themselves to not even being in a BCS bowl after such a strong season. Then again, if they had not allowed 350 yards rushing (181 to Eddie Lacy, 153 to T.J. Yeldon, 16 to A.J. McCarron) they wouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.
How does that old saying go? Offense wins games, but defense wins championships?