For Georgia Bulldog (4-0, 2-0 in SEC) seniors the memory of Georgia’s loss to Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship still burns deep.
The heartbreaking 32-28 loss as time ran out was only made worse by the fact that Bama went on its way to their 15th National Title. It’s losses like these that make people question Georgia’s ability to win big games.
When asked if any of them ever thinks back to the final drive that the Bulldogs fell short on, the now seniors on the team seem more interested on focusing on the future than on the past.
“Maybe shortly after that game,” wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said, a freshman in 2012, “but now, no.”
“I don’t think I realized the magnitude of it right then, but it was definitely heartbreaking… Grown men crying and stuff. You make that play, you’re on to the national championship,” now offensive captain John Theus said. In 2012 many were surprised to even see Georgia in the game in the first, now the Bulldogs head into their matchup with Bama the favorites to win.
“I remember (then punter) Adam Erickson the night before saying: “It’s not every year that we go to the SEC championship,” said kicker Marshall Morgan, now in the Bulldog top five for points scored over a career. “Now I think I have a lot more respect for the game, because it’s not every year you make it to a game like that.”
“I’m just glad that we’ll meet them at Sanford Stadium,” he added.