Alabama and Georgia featured the top two quarterbacks nationally in passing efficiency, but with both defenses not giving anybody any time to throw, they let the running backs and their stout offensive lines carry the fight. Afterward, as Alabama's Australian noseguard Jesse Williams, who's 6-foot-4 and full of muscles, limped to the locker room, assistant coach Lance Thompson asked him how he felt. "Sore," Williams said, with a brace on the right knee he hurt during the game. We didn't get a chance to see how Georgia defensive back Bacarri Rambo feels. It can't be good.
“I knew my teammates needed me. It never crossed my mind to come out of the game,” said Jones, Alabama’s senior center and one of the pillars of a Crimson Tide offensive line that took matters into its own hands when it looked like Georgia might be on its way to blocking Alabama’s path to history. “There were a lot of questions before the game about who was the more physical team. I’d say most of those questions were answered.”
With Alabama down three points and the SEC title and a shot at the national title hanging in the balance, Nick Saban put the game in the hands of two freshmen. Two players barely a year out of high school football would decide the fate of Alabama’s 2012 season. Boy did it pay off. “Two big plays by freshmen there,” senior center Barrett Jones said. Big doesn’t even begin to describe them. You need more hyperbole for this one, like mammoth or gargantuan.
Alabama won its first SEC championship since 2009, handing Georgia an SEC championship game loss for the second straight season. The Tide got it done on the ground. They ran for 350 rushing yards, the most in SEC championship game history. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon became the first teammates to each run for 100 yards in SEC championship game history. Lacy’s 181 rushing yards are the third-most in the history of the SEC title game.