The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide don?t play that often, but there has been no shortage of fireworks over the years. Although some games have slipped away from the Dawgs in recent memory, there have also been some amazing plays. The 2012 SEC Championship Game is certainly one example.
Playing at the old Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the first half, especially the first quarter, was a bit of a snoozer. There wasn?t much scoring and it was tough for either team to gain much momentum with national title hopes on the line. Then all hell broke loose in the second half.
It was a prize fight college football game worthy of admission and one of the greatest plays from the showdown is a blocked field goal and touchdown by Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree in the third quarter.
Alec Ogletree?s Blocked Kick Touchdown
Midway through the third quarter, Alabama kicker Cade Foster lined up for a 49-yard field goal attempt. He had a strong leg and the play just looked normal. It turned into mayhem pretty quickly.
The snap was good. The hold looked fine. UGA just got some great push on the line. The kick was ultimately blocked and scooped up by Alec Ogletree, who sprinted 55 yards to the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 21-10 lead on CBS.
Suddenly, the momentum shifted in the SEC title game. Georgia, including head coach Mark Richt, was celebrating on the sideline. Alabama coach Nick Saban just kept throwing up his hands.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that celebration didn?t last long. Alabama?s offense, led by quarterback A.J. McCarron, running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, and wide receiver Amari Cooper, scored two consecutive touchdowns to take the lead.
Georgia?s offense, highlighted by quarterback Aaron Murray, running back Todd Gurley, and wide receivers Tavarres King and Arthur Lynch, had an answer in the fourth quarter, but a late 45-yard touchdown pass helped the Tide escape with the victory.
The Southeastern Conference title game had tons of future NFL talent on the field and didn?t go the Bulldogs? way, but that blocked kick touchdown was special and arguably one of the best moments in school history.
Just imagine if something like this were to happen in the 2020 showdown during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak.