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           === Alabama wins SEC, clinches berth in BCS title game ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA (Sports  Network) -  Alabama earned  its way  into the  BCS title
 game this year.
 
 AJ  McCarron's go-ahead  45-yard  touchdown  pass to  Amari  Cooper with  3:15
 remaining  lifted  No. 2 Alabama  to a  32-28 victory over  No. 3 Georgia in a
 back-and-forth SEC Championship Game thriller.
 
 The Crimson Tide, who are looking for their second straight national title and
 third  in  four years, will  play No.  1 and undefeated  Notre Dame in the BCS
 title game on Jan. 7, 2013.
 
 Alabama  shut  out LSU, 21-0, in  last season's BCS Championship tilt, despite
 not playing for the SEC crown after finishing second in the West Division.
 
 "This  group has  been fantastic," Alabama coach Nick Saban said of his squad.
 "They  were  able to accomplish  something of significance, and something that
 last year's team didn't accomplish, which is win the SEC championship."
 
 Crimson  Tide  defensive back Dee Milliner  appeared to seal the win following
 his  diving attempt  for a potential game-clinching interception, but the play
 was overturned following a review.
 
 With 45 seconds on the clock and the ball at Georgia's own 28-yard line, Aaron
 Murray  hit  Arthur Lynch for  a 15-yard gain and  completed a 23-yard pass to
 Tavarres  King  before firing another  strike to Lynch,  this one for 26 yards
 down to the Alabama 8-yard line as the time continued to wind down.
 
 Georgia had no timeouts at its disposal.
 
 The  Bulldogs  elected to not  spike the ball and  Murray snapped it with nine
 ticks  to  play. It appeared  that Murray attempted to  lob a pass for Malcolm
 Mitchell  at the back-right corner of the end zone, but the ball was tipped at
 the  line of  scrimmage and landed into  the arms of Chris Conley in the right
 flat.
 
 He fell down at the 5-yard line and time expired.
 
 "We just ran out of time," Georgia coach Mark Richt lamented. "I told the guys
 I was disappointed, but I'm not disappointed in them. They're warriors."
 
 Eddie  Lacy carried the ball 20 times for 181 yards and two scores, while T.J.
 Yeldon  added  153 yards  and a  touchdown on  25 rushes  for the Crimson Tide
 (12-1,  7-1 SEC),  who ran  for an  SEC Championship-record  350 yards  in the
 triumph.
 
 Alabama, though, used its passing attack to go ahead late.
 
 McCarron,  who threw for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 13-
 of-21  efficiency, fooled the Bulldogs using the play action and lofted a pass
 to Cooper, who ran by cornerback Damian Swann along the left sideline.
 
 Georgia  then had  to  punt  following a  three-and-out  and Alabama  regained
 possession with 2:17 to play.
 
 But the Bulldogs defense made a stand and Georgia got the ball back at its own
 15 with 1:08 left.
 
 Murray  finished 18-of-33  for 265 yards with a touchdown and interception for
 Georgia  (11-2, 7-1),  which hasn't won the national title since 1980 and lost
 to LSU, 42-10, in last year's SEC Championship Game.
 
 With the loss, the Bulldogs will most likely lose out on a BCS bid to idle No.
 5 Florida.
 
 Todd  Gurley had  122 yards  rushing and  two scores  on 23  carries and  King
 concluded the day with 142 yards receiving on five catches in defeat.
 
 The pendulum swung back and forth in a wild second half.
 
 Georgia  trailed,  10-7, at the break,  but took its opening possession of the
 third quarter 75 yards in nine plays and Gurley capped the march with a 3-yard
 TD plunge.
 
 Alabama  countered and  drove to  the Georgia  32, but  Cade Foster's  49-yard
 field-goal  attempt was blocked and scooped up by Alec Ogletree, who scampered
 55  yards to other  way for the score and a 21-10 Bulldogs advantage with 6:31
 remaining in the third.
 
 The tide turned in Alabama's favor as it tallied the next 15 points.
 
 Yeldon  carried  the ball three  straight times  on the Crimson Tide's ensuing
 drive  before  concluding the 5-play,  62-yard trek with  a 10-yard TD run. He
 also ran in the two-point conversion.
 
 Following  a  Georgia three-and-out,  Lacy rushed  for gains of  32, 15 and 14
 yards  prior  to his  1-yard TD  plunge four  plays later  for a 25-21 Alabama
 edge early in the fourth.
 
 It took just five offensive snaps for the Bulldogs to regain the lead.
 
 Murray  hit King  for a 45-yard completion  and Gurley ran it in from 10 yards
 out  two  plays later to cap  the march and make  it 28-25 in favor of Georgia
 with 12:54 to go.
 
 The first 30 minutes was a defensive struggle.
 
 Jarvis  Jones strip-sacked McCarron from behind on Alabama's second touch, but
 Marshall Morgan's 50-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide to the right.
 
 Georgia  head coach  Mark Richt  called a  fake punt  on a  4th-and-10 at  the
 Crimson  Tide 36 and  the up man Lynch wobbled a 16-yard completion to Sanders
 Commings. Murray fired a 19-yard TD strike to Jay Rome two plays later to make
 it 7-0.
 
 Two drives later, Alabama marched to the Georgia 1-yard line, but Lacy fumbled
 as  McCarron alertly  fell on  the  ball at  the five.  McCarron, though,  was
 intercepted by Commings just one snap later.
 
 The  Crimson Tide then  forced a punt and Lacy broke off a 41-yard TD run down
 the  right sideline on  their ensuing touch to knot the score at 7-7 with 1:59
 to go in the half.
 
 Murray  was  picked off by Ha'Sean  Clinton-Dix on Georgia's next drive, which
 led  to a  Jeremy Shelley 22-yard field goal right before the first-half clock
 expired, which gave Alabama its three-point halftime cushion.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Alabama  will attempt to give the SEC conference its seventh straight national
 title ... Lacy won the game's MVP award ... Alabama outgained Georgia, 512-394
 ...  Both  teams were  4-of-12 on third  down ... This  was the Crimson Tide's
 eighth  time in the SEC title game, but the first Alabama has squared off with
 someone other than Florida.
 
 
 12/02 02:03:21 ET