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."