Defending BCS national champion Alabama got all it could handle from No. 3 Georgia in a 32-28 victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 75,624 fans, who watched the Bulldogs’ last-ditch comeback hopes come up just short at the Crimson Tide’s 5-yard line as time expired.
Alabama rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half and then watched UGA nearly steal the game — and a trip to Miami to play for the national championship — at the end.
“I told them congratulations and now go handle your business,” Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones said. “It was a war. It was a battle all night. You can look at the scoreboard and see.”