Best/worst in 2012: Georgia

Georgia is up next as we continue to look at the best and worst moments for all 14 SEC teams in 2012:


Two big plays stand out when you bring up Georgia's 17-9 win over Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., back in October. After a dreadful first half of football for quarterback Aaron Murray, he made one of the biggest throws of his Georgia career with about seven minutes remaining and the Bulldogs clinging to a 10-9 lead. It was a simple quick pass to the outside to Malcolm Mitchell that turned into a game-winning 45-yard touchdown. Mitchell caught Murray's pass, slipped out of a tackle attempt by Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, cut past a charging Matt Elam and broke away from tackle attempts by Jon Bostic and De'Ante Saunders before getting into the end zone. But the game wasn't truly in hand until Jarvis Jones came to the defense's rescue when he stripped a galloping Jordan Reed at the 5-yard line. The ball flew into the end zone and the Bulldogs recovered, ending the Gators' hopes. It was the second win over Florida in as many years and eventually proved to be the difference in the Bulldogs making it back to the SEC championship game.


That last drive by the Bulldogs against Alabama in the SEC title game will haunt players and coaches forever. With Georgia trailing 32-28 with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, the ball was put into Murray's hands. Murray completed five of his seven pass attempts, but it was his final completion that ended the game and crushed the Bulldogs' BCS title hopes. After hitting tight end Arthur Lynch for a 26-yard gain down to Alabama's 8-yard line, Murray sprinted down the field with his teammates to line up for the next play. With no timeouts remaining and the clock about to start, he looked to the sideline and at coach Mark Richt to see if he needed to spike the ball. The call was to run a play, so Murray lined up and attempted to throw to Mitchell's back shoulder on his fade route in the end zone. Before the ball could reach Mitchell, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley tipped it, forcing it to fall into receiver Chris Conley's arms. He caught the ball in bounds at the 5 and fell to the turf, causing the time to run out and the game to end. The loss sent Alabama, not Georgia, to the Discover BCS National Championship.

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