Bulldogs absorbed a lot of punches

ATLANTA -- Throughout Georgia's postgame locker room, Bulldogs players stared blankly at the floor Saturday night as if they were spent both physically and emotionally -- and it was understandable on both counts.

The Bulldogs' dreams of playing for a BCS championship died at Alabama's 5-yard line when Chris Conley caught a deflected pass and fell to the turf with Georgia out of timeouts. A glance at the final score -- Alabama 32, Georgia 28 -- served as one last punch to the gut on an evening when the second-ranked Crimson Tide and third-ranked Bulldogs traded knockout shots throughout.

"It was a heavyweight championship fight. There was a lot of haymakers thrown," Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "They made plays, we made plays on both sides of the ball and we just came up a little short. That's it."

Alabama's punishing offensive line and tailbacks Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon proved to be every bit the physical force Grantham and his players expected leading into the game.

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