May 13th, 2013 10:17 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU
Tags: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Dome
It was the kind of decision that typically winds up permanently affixed to a coach’s bio. Like Tom Osborne’s decision to go for two — and the win — against Miami (FL) in the Orange Bowl in January of ’84. Like Les Miles’ decision to eschew a field goal, risk the clock running out and throw for the end zone against Auburn in 2007.
Faced with a bang-bang decision and a clock quickly working its way down to double zeroes in last December’s SEC Championship Game, Georgia coaches elected not to spike the football to stop the clock. Instead Aaron Murray completed a pass short of the goal line on the game’s final play and Alabama secured the SEC title and a berth in the BCS Championship Game by protecting the final five yards of Georgia Dome turf.
Five months later, UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo now says the Dawgs were ready with one more call had the final seconds not evaporated. Interestingly, that play would have come from Urban Meyer’s old playbook and not Georgia’s:
“We had actually gone back to, I don’t know what it was, it was one of the Florida-Alabama games, where Alabama had given up three red zone scores to Florida (2008 SEC Championship Game). It was a play that Florida had actually ran against Alabama. It was an empty set, and had two primary frontside, and a double-slant backside. It was something from ’08 or ’09 that Tebow had completed against them. Because I remember after that game, (Alabama defensive coordinator) Kirby (Smart) was talking about how, ‘We just couldn’t stop them in the red zone.’ So we just studied that hard…
We had some plans, we just didn’t have a chance to call those plays.”
Bobo, saying his team will have to learn to live with the end of the 2012 SEC title game, admitted that “I don’t think we’re ever gonna get over that game.”
You can find highlights of that game below:
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