2019 SEC Championship Game

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2019 SEC Championship Game
Conference Championship
2019 SEC Championship Game logo.png
1234 Total
Georgia 0307 10
LSU 143173 37
DateDecember 7, 2019
Season2019
StadiumMercedes-Benz Stadium
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
MVPJoe Burrow
FavoriteLSU by 7[1]
RefereeJames Carter
Attendance74,150
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersBrad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color commentator), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter) & Gene Steratore (rules anaylst) (CBS)
Ryan Radtke, Derek Rackley and Olivia Harlan (Westwood One)
Dave Neal, David Archer and Stephen Hartzell (SEC Radio)
SEC Championship Game
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2019 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri*   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Missouri ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions.
Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2019 SEC Championship Game was a college football game played on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, to determine the 2019 champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[2] The game featured the East division champions Georgia and the West division champions LSU and was the conference's 28th championship game. LSU became the 2019 SEC champions after winning the game by a final score of 37–10.

Previous season[edit]

The 2018 SEC Championship Game featured East Division champion Georgia against West Division champion Alabama in a rematch of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Like the previous year's national title game, Alabama pulled off a come-from-behind victory with the help of their second-string quarterback, this time former starter Jalen Hurts, coming off the bench, winning by a score of 35–28.[3]

Teams[edit]

The 2019 SEC Championship Game was contested by the Georgia Bulldogs, East Division champions, and the LSU Tigers, West Division champions. The teams had met 31 times previously, with LSU holding a 17–13–1 edge in the series. The teams' last meeting came in 2018; LSU won, 36–16. Georgia's last victory in the series came in 2013, when they defeated LSU 44–41.[4] This was the teams' fourth meeting in the SEC Championship, with LSU previously winning in 2003 and 2011, and Georgia winning in 2005.

Georgia[edit]

Georgia clinched its spot in the Championship Game after its November 16 win over Auburn.[5] This was Georgia's third consecutive and eighth overall appearance in the Championship Game. Georgia was the first school to represent the East division for three consecutive SEC Championship Games since Florida did so for five consecutive seasons from 1992 to 1996.[6]

LSU[edit]

LSU earned its spot after clinching the West Division title on November 23 with a win over Arkansas. This was LSU's sixth appearance in the title game, and the first since 2011 when they defeated Georgia 42–10.

Gameplay[edit]

Georgia received the opening kick-off, but punted on their opening possession. On LSU's first possession, the Tigers marched 75 yards down the field and opened the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Ja'Marr Chase. Georgia had an opportunity to score late in the first quarter, but Rodrigo Blankenship's 52-yard field goal attempt was no good. On the next drive, LSU scored again, this time on a pass from Burrow to Terrance Marshall Jr. Early in the second quarter, Georgia got on the board with a 39-yard field goal by Blankenship. LSU's Cade York converted a 41-yard field goal and also missed a 48-yard attempt in the final minute of the half to make the score 17–3 at half-time.

On the opening drive of the second half, LSU scored again via a 28-yard field goal by Cade York. After another unsuccessful field goal attempt by the Bulldogs, LSU scored a touchdown on the next possession via a four-yard pass from Burrow to Marshall Jr. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was intercepted by LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. on the first play of their next possession, after which the Tigers scored via an eight-yard pass from Burrow to Justin Jefferson to make the score 34–3 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Georgia scored their only touchdown on the day via a two-yard pass from Fromm to George Pickens, and LSU added a 50-yard field goal by York to make the final score 37–10.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns, and was named game MVP.[7]

Aftermath[edit]

LSU, ranked second in the College Football Playoff rankings before the game, moved up to first in the rankings after the win and secured their place in the national semifinal game to be played at the Peach Bowl. Georgia, ranked fourth prior to the game, moved down to fifth and received a bid to the Sugar Bowl.

Game summary[edit]

2019 SEC Championship Game
1 2 34Total
No. 4 Georgia 0 3 0710
No. 2 LSU 14 3 17337

at Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, Georgia

Game information
First Quarter
  • (9:09) LSU – Joe Burrow 23 yard pass to Ja'Marr Chase, Cade York kick (Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:38; LSU 7–0)
  • (0:12) LSU – Joe Burrow 7 yard pass to Jay Ward, Cade York kick (Drive: 5 plays, 65 yards, 1:44; LSU 14–0)
Second Quarter
  • (11:28) UGA – Rodrigo Blankenship 39 yard field goal (Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 3:44; LSU 14–3)
  • (2:22) LSU – Cade York 41 yard field goal (Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 4:22; LSU 17–3)
Third Quarter
  • (8:20) LSU – Cade York 27 yard field goal (Drive: 16 plays, 65 yards, 6:40; LSU 20–3)
  • (2:18) LSU – Joe Burrow 4 yard pass to Terrace Marshall, Cade York kick (Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:59; LSU 27–3)
  • (0:45) LSU – Joe Burrow 8 yard pass to Justin Jefferson, Cade York kick (Drive: 3 plays, 13 yards, 1:25; LSU 34–3)
Fourth Quarter
  • (11:41) UGA – Jake Fromm 2 yard pass to George Pickens, Rodrigo Blankenship kick (Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 4:04; LSU 34–10)
  • (7:41) LSU – Cade York 50 yard field goal (Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 4:00; LSU 37–10)

Statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgia vs. LSU - Game Summary - December 7, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "When Is the 2019 SEC Championship Game? Date, Time, Location". WatchStadium.com. Stadium. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Hurts rallies No. 1 Alabama to 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Winsipedia - LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs football series history". Winsipedia. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Bromberg, Nick (November 16, 2019). "No. 4 Georgia hangs on to beat No. 12 Auburn, clinch SEC East". Yahoo Sports.
  6. ^ Towers, Chip. "No. 4 Georgia survives scare, punches ticket to SEC Championship game". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  7. ^ "Burrow completes Heisman coronation, LSU routs Georgia 37-10". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 7, 2019.