2018 SEC Championship Game

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2018 SEC Championship Game
Conference Championship
1234 Total
Alabama 014714 35
Georgia 71470 28
DateDecember 1, 2018
Season2018
StadiumMercedes-Benz Stadium
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
MVPJosh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
FavoriteAlabama by 14
RefereeMatt Loeffler
Attendance77,141
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS, Westwood One, SEC Radio
AnnouncersBrad Nessler, Gary Danielson, and Jamie Erdahl (CBS)
Ryan Radtke, Derek Rackley and Ross Tucker (Westwood One)
Dave Neal, David Archer and Stephen Hartzell (SEC Radio)
SEC Championship Game
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2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Georgia x   7 1         11 2  
No. 16 Kentucky   5 3         9 3  
No. 10 Florida   5 3         9 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 5  
No. 24 Missouri   4 4         8 4  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 6  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$^   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 Texas A&M   5 3         8 4  
No. 11 LSU   5 3         9 3  
No. 18 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Auburn   3 5         7 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
As of December 16, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 SEC Championship Game was played on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, to determine the 2018 football champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game featured the East Division champion Georgia against the West Division champion Alabama. The game was televised by CBS for the eighteenth straight year. Alabama came back from a 21–14 halftime deficit to defeat Georgia, 35–28.

2017 season[edit]

In the 2017 SEC Championship Game, the East champion Georgia defeated the West champion Auburn 28–7 in a rematch from three weeks prior where Auburn defeated Georgia 40–17. It was the first time since 2008 an East Division team won the SEC Championship.

Teams[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Also on November 3, Alabama secured its spot in the title game by defeating LSU. This gave Alabama a two-game lead over LSU in the West Division, with the Crimson Tide holding the potential tiebreaker.

Georgia[edit]

Georgia won its November 3 game against Kentucky, securing the East Division. While Georgia could have finished in a tie for the division title with any combination of Kentucky and Florida, Georgia also defeated Florida during the season, giving the Bulldogs all possible divisional tiebreakers.[1] The Bulldogs ultimately won the East title by two games.

Alabama vs. Georgia series history[edit]

This match up will be the 69th all time meeting against the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs. They last played each other last season for the College Football Playoff National Championship . Alabama defeated Georgia, in overtime, 26–23.[2] The win brought Alabama to its 17th National Title. After the January 8, 2018 match up, Alabama leads the all time series 39–25–4. This match up will be the first time since 2012, that the two teams face off in the conference title game.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP BAMA UGA
1 3:08 7 60 3:08 UGA Isaac Nauta 20-yard touchdown reception from Jake Fromm, Rodrigo Blankenship kick good 0 7
2 14:56 8 75 3:12 BAMA Josh Jacobs 1-yard touchdown run, Joseph Bulovas kick good 7 7
2 7:31 13 74 7:25 UGA D'Andre Swift 9-yard touchdown run, Rodrigo Blankenship kick good 7 14
2 4:05 6 51 2:22 UGA D'Andre Swift 11-yard touchdown reception from Jake Fromm, Rodrigo Blankenship kick good 7 21
2 2:18 4 75 1:47 BAMA Josh Jacobs 0-yard fumble recovery 14 21
3 12:39 3 51 1:14 UGA Riley Ridley 23-yard touchdown reception from Jake Fromm, Rodrigo Blankenship kick good 14 28
3 3:02 4 72 1:29 BAMA Jaylen Waddle 51-yard touchdown reception from Tua Tagovailoa, Joseph Bulovas kick good 21 28
4 5:19 16 80 7:08 BAMA Jerry Jeudy 10-yard touchdown reception from Jalen Hurts, Joseph Bulovas kick good 28 28
4 1:04 5 52 2:00 BAMA Jalen Hurts 15-yard touchdown run, Joseph Bulovas kick good 35 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 35 28

Statistics[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Crimson Tide 0 14 7 14 35
No. 4 Bulldogs 7 14 7 0 28
Statistics Alabama Georgia
First downs 21 23
Total yards 403 454
Rushes–yards 29-157 39-153
Passing yards 246 301
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 17-34-2 25-40-0
Time of possession 24:30 35:30
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Tua Tagavailoa 10-25, 164 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT's
Rushing Josh Jacobs 8 carries, 83 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Jaylen Waddle 4 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD
Georgia Passing Jake Fromm 25-39, 301 yards, 3 TD's
Rushing D'Andre Swift 16 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Isaac Nauta 4 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 6 Georgia, No. 9 Kentucky meet in pivotal SEC East game". ESPN.com. STATS LLC. October 30, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Alabama won the national championship over Georgia on a play called … "Seattle"?".