GAME GRADES: Scoring how Georgia did in its loss to Alabama

Rushing Offense: B-

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Georgia running back Todd Gurley had 122 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

What went right: Todd Gurley ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

What went wrong: Despite Gurley’s numbers, Georgia couldn’t maintain much momentum on the ground.

Bottom line: Georgia really needed to get some rushing first downs the second half to give the defense some rest but didn’t.

Passing Offense: B-

What went right: Aaron Murray threw a touchdown to Jay Rome and Tavarres King caught five passes for 142 yards.

What went wrong: Murray’s second-quarter interception took away all of Georgia’s early momentum.

Bottom line: An inconsistent running game meant that Georgia had to throw and the Bulldogs came up about one play short.

Rushing Defense: D

What went right: Georgia made a late stop to get the ball back for one more drive that might have won the game.

What went wrong: Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon combined for 334 yards and three touchdowns.

Bottom line: Alabama won the game with overpowering production on the ground.

Passing Defense: B+

What went right: Sanders Commings made an interception in the end zone.

What went wrong: Alabama scored its game-winning touchdown on a 45-yard pass from A.J. McCarron to Amari Cooper.

Bottom line: Georgia held Alabama in check for most of the night. But deficiencies in the run defense left the Bulldogs secondary vulnerable in the fourth quarter.


Special Teams: A-

What went right: Georgia’s Alec Ogletree scored a touchdown off of a blocked field goal by Cornelius Washington and converted a fake punt on a pass from Arthur Lynch to Sanders Commings.

What went wrong: Marshall Morgan missed a 50-yard field goal.

Bottom line: Georgia made potential game-winning plays in the kicking game and Alabama didn’t.

Coaching: B+

What went right: Georgia’s defense forced two first-half turnovers and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

What went wrong: No matter how much it tried, Georgia couldn’t stop Alabama’s running game.

Bottom line: The biggest mismatch of the game was Alabama’s running against Georgia’s defense and the Crimson Tide exploited it ruthlessly.

Players of the game

Sanders Commings, cornerback

The senior made an interception in the end zone and caught his first career pass to convert fake punt. He finished with three tackles, one pass breakup one interception and caught a 16-yard pass.

Todd Gurley, running back

Gurley made his biggest impact with a pair of second-half touchdowns that showed his power-running skills. The freshman finished with 122 yards on 23 carries.

Alec Ogletree

Ogletree finished with a team-high 11 tackles, including one for loss. His biggest play was scooping up a field goal blocked by Cornelius Washington and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown.

Turning Point

On third-and-1 with 5:50 left in the game and Georgia clinging to a 28-25 lead, Todd Gurley was topped for no gain to force a punt. Alabama scored the eventual game-winning touchdown four plays later.

Play of the Game

Alabama trailed 28-25 but had just converted a third-and-5 with a 5-yard run by T.J. Yeldon to the Georgia 45-yard line. The next play A.J. McCarron hit Amari Cooper for the game-winning touchdown with 3:15 left.

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