Emmalynn VanDyke – Section Editor
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs competed in the annual SEC Championship game on Saturday, December 1. The game was held in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The first score of the game was a 20-yard touchdown by Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta. The kick made by Rodrigo Blankenship was good, putting Georgia in the lead 7-0.
Alabama running back Josh Jacobs was the next score of the game. He ran a touchdown at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, putting Bama on the scoreboard. The score then became tied 7-7 when Joseph Bulovas was successful with his kick.
Georgia then scored twice more in the second quarter, leaving Alabama trailing behind 21-14 at the half.
After the half, Jake Fromm, Georgia starting quarterback, threw a 23 yard pass to Riley Ridley who scored another touchdown for the team. With 12:39 left in the 3rd quarter, Jaylen Waddle caught a 51-yard pass from Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, resulting in a touchdown for Alabama.
The fourth quarter was a comeback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jerry Jeudy caught a pass from Jalen Hurts, ran a touchdown and tied the game 28-28. With 1:04 left in the game, Hurts ran a 15-yard touchdown putting Bama in the lead 35-28.
“They just made more plays than us. Tough catches, tough throws, they were making them,” Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker said.
As the clock ran out, the University of Alabama became the 2018 SEC Championships.
After the game, Hurts tweeted: “You can’t stop what’s destined. THANK YOU LORD! #allglory2God #neverlosefaith #blessed #wow,” along with a picture of him and a few teammates under the celebratory confetti.