ATLANTA — Jake Fromm had arguably the best game of his career. In the end, it wasn’t enough to lead the Georgia Bulldogs past Alabama.
Georgia’s sophomore quarterback was on fire Saturday as the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs collided with No. 1-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. In the first half, Fromm tied a conference title game record with 10 consecutive completions. In the third quarter, he threw a 23-yard touchdown on Georgia’s first offensive possession of the second half.
That pushed his quarterback rating for the day to 202.7. At that point Fromm had had just four incompletions in the game and two of those were drops.
Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama quarterback who came in favored to win the Heisman Trophy, was at 38.7 at the time.
Not that either quarterback cared. The Bulldogs were leading 28-14 and were poised to push it to 31-14 when Rodrigo Blankenship hooked a 30-yard field goal attempt wide left for a rare miss. That came with 8:20 remaining in the third quarter.
The going was considerable tougher for both Fromm and the Bulldogs’ offense after that. But Fromm kept the chains — and clock — moving. Fromm was 25-for-39 passing for 301 yards with 3 TDs. On third downs he was 5-for-12 for 54 yards and 1 TD and was sacked once. He was 2-for-2 for 14 yards on fourth down.
As a team Georgia finished with 454 yards total offense. It was the most Alabama has allowed all season.
Fromm didn’t do it alone. He completed passes to nine different receivers, including four each to Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley. He also got over 150 yards rushing from D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield.
But the Bulldogs couldn’t get much else from there. Alabama shut down the Bulldogs in the final quarter. And with backup Jalen Hurts relieving an injured Tagovailoa, Hurts managed to convert three third downs and tie the game at 28 with 5:19 to go.
Then, after the Bulldogs attempted an ill-advised fake punt on fourth-and-11 at midfield, Hurts drove the Crimson Tide 52 yards in just five plays and scored the winning touchdown on a 15-yard run.
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