The final play of the Southeastern Conference championship game may have only lasted 15 seconds, but it will likely replay for a lifetime in the heads of many Georgia fans and players.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray spoke at length about the Bulldogs’ final drive on Wednesday, recounting the team’s decision to run a play rather than spike the ball, where the final pass was meant to land and how it is likely to stick with him.
“I can’t sleep at night,” Murray said. “I literally replay the entire game pretty much every night before I go to bed. It’s stressful. It’s a game that will probably haunt me the rest of my life, honestly.”
Alabama’s C.J. Mosley tipped Murray’s pass, which was then caught by Georgia’s Chris Conley, who slipped near the 5-yard line as the final seconds ticked off the Bulldogs’ national championship hopes.
Not all was lost, though. Georgia coach Mark Richt and several players said Wednesday they were excited about facing Nebraska on New Year’s Day in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and that they believe they are still a top-tier team that fell just one play and a few yards short of reaching the BCS title game.
“We’re on top of the mountain right now when it comes to college football,” Murray said. “We earned a lot of respect this season. Obviously we’ve got to finish strong in the bowl game, but I definitely, definitely think Georgia is back.”