Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and his team hold the SEC trophy after winning the 2012 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football: By The Numbers - SEC Championship Edition

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Alabama won the 23rd SEC Championship in school history and second in four years Saturday night in one of the best – if not the best – SEC Championship games since the game was created in 1992. What were the key statistics in this game and how did Alabama finish off the final week in the regular season. Let’s take a look at the numbers:


That is the total number of points that Alabama scored this season, and the most scored in a single season in school history. Quite a feat for a team that is traditionally known for defense.


That’s the total number of rushing yards Alabama had against Georgia, the most ever in an SEC championship game. It was also the first game that two running backs on the same Tide team had over 100+ yards in a game. Eddie Lacy ended the day with 181 while freshman T.J. Yeldon put out 153.


This is the average number of penalties Alabama accumulated this season, the least number of  yellow hankies that have been thrown against a team in the FBS. The two penalties Alabama was flagged for in the SEC Championship were a delay of game call on a potential fake punt and a unsportsmanlike conduct call after a kickoff.


That’s the number of interceptions AJ McCarron threw in the 2012 season. He threw two in the Texas A&M game and one in the SEC Championship Game. That averages out to an interception every 95 passes on average. Also, all three interceptions came when Alabama was trailing in the game.


That’s the number of yards Georgia came short of beating Alabama and playing for a national title against Notre Dame. Scoreboard and statistics aside, this Georgia team played their hearts out. It’s a shame this team won’t get to prove their worth on the big stage.

Irrelevant Stat of the Day: 75,624

That’s the official attendance number on Saturday. Despite the greatness this game was and how big a matchup it was, it’s only the fifth largest crowd in SEC Championship history.

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