Now that is a Heisman moment.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young had not one, but several Heisman Trophy-worthy moments on Saturday as he passed for 421 yards and three touchdowns — rushing for another score and 40 more yards — against the No. 1 defense in the country. The performance led No. 3 Alabama to a commanding 41-24 win against No. 1 Georgia, winning the SEC championship and punching the Crimson Tide’s ticket to the College Football Playoff.
Georgia (12-1) got off to a hot start, scoring 10 unanswered points before the Crimson Tide appeared on the scoreboard. But once Alabama (12-1) started scoring, it didn’t stop. Young hit Jameson Williams for a 67-yard touchdown on the third play of its first drive in the second quarter. The next drive, Young found John Metchie for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:53 left in the second quarter to bring the game to a 14-10 game. After a field goal the next drive, Alabama added another touchdown on an 11-yard scramble by Young to put the Crimson Tide up 24-17 at the half.
Alabama started the scoring in the third quarter with a five-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Williams to make it a two-score Alabama lead. The two sides remained quiet until the fourth quarter, when Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett was intercepted by Jordan Battle, who returned the ball 42 yards for a touchdown to bring the Crimson Tide advantage to 38-17. Georgia responded with one final score, a touchdown from Bennett to Bowers, but Alabama added a field goal late to cap the scoring.
Now, both teams wait for noon on Sunday to see how the CFP committee evaluated the two sides. Will Alabama be the new No. 1? Is a three-score loss enough to boot Georgia from the picture, or will they be as high as No. 2 or 3? Those are questions that await a resolution, and still hinge on the Big Ten Championship.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 Alabama on Saturday. Follow below for complete results from the 2021 SEC championship game.
Alabama vs. Georgia score
Alabama vs. Georgia updates, highlights from 2021 SEC championship
7:46 p.m.: Bowers drops a pass attempt on fourth down, and Alabama is going to win the SEC Championship.
7:43 p.m.: McIntosh catches a 10-yard pass from Bennett to give Georgia a first down.
7:42 p.m.: Georgia will start with the ball at its own 25.
7:41 p.m.: Bryce Young has made a convincing statement for the Heisman.
7:39 p.m. Alabama scoring play: Reichard’s 41-yard field goal try is good, and it is now a three-score game with 1:59 left. Alabama 41, Georgia 24
7:38 p.m.: Robinson is tackled for a loss, and Georgia uses its final timeout with 2:03 left. Alabama will bring the field goal unit out.
7:36 p.m.: Back-to-back rushes for short gains by Robinson, and Georgia uses a timeout after each. 2:08 left to play in this game.
7:33 p.m.: Alabama keeps rolling down the field. Young hits Brooks for a 10-yard gain, and Alabama is now down to Georgia’s 33 with less than 2:30 remaining.
7:29 p.m.: Georgia called for pass interference on a slant route to Williams. Alabama gets the ball at the 50 with five minutes left.
7:28 p.m.: Bolden picks up a huge third-down conversion for the Crimson Tide, catching a 24-yard pass to move up to Alabama’s 43.
7:22 p.m.: Georgia, going for it on fourth down, is called for a false start. Now, it’s a 4th-and-15 and the Bulldogs are going to punt the ball away iwth 7:15 left. Camarda’s punt will start Alabama at its own 14.
7:19 p.m.: Bowers starts the drive with another big catch, hauling in a 19-yard pass.
7:16 p.m.: The Crimson Tide go three-and-out, and Georgia will get the ball back at its own 21 with 8:23 left in the game.
7:14 p.m.: Alabama will begin its drive from the 25.
7:10 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Bowers powers through three tackles to score a touchdown and bring this back to a two-score deficit. Alabama 38, Georgia 24
7:08 p.m.: Bowers with a great catch in double coverage at the Alabama 30 for a 31-yard gain.
7:05 p.m.: Georgia will begin the drive at its own 25. Bennett still out at quarterback for Georgia.
7:01 p.m. Alabama scoring play: Battle nearly had an interception earlier in the game. This time, he’s got the pick, a 42-yard pick-six. Alabama 38, Georgia 17
6:57 p.m.: Georgia’s defense flushes Young out, and he has to throw it away on third down. Punt starts Georgia at its own 20.
6:55 p.m.: Young hits Holden for a gain of 15, and the Crimson Tide have a first down up to their own 34.
End Third Quarter
6:49 p.m.: Georgia goes for it on fourth down, and Bennett has to throw it away after he is flushed out of the pocket and nearly sacked. Alabama will start the fourth quarter with the ball at its own 19.
6:49 p.m.: Bowers had a 19-yard touchdown in his hands, but he couldn’t hold on to the catch in the end zone.
6:45 p.m.: Georgia rolling with an 11-yard rush by Bennett and a 12-yard rush by McIntosh. Bulldogs up to the Alabama 34.
6:43 p.m.: Bennett finds Bowers for a 10-yard gain up to the Georgia 43 and a first down.
6:39 p.m.: Georgia will start with the ball at its own 27.
6:38 p.m.: Georgia gets a huge stop, and nearly an interception, on a 3rd-and-10 from the Alabama 35. Crimson Tide will punt it away.
6:32 p.m.: Bennett is intercepted by DeMarco Hellams at the Alabama 11-yard line. Alabama ball with 6:57 to play in the third quarter.
6:31 p.m.: Bennett sneaks it across for a first down.
6:29 p.m.: Bennett rushes for the first down on a 3rd-and-15, and comes up half a yard shy of the first down marker. 4th-and-inches at the Alabama 21-yard line.
6:25 p.m.: Georgia appears to lose possession on a bad snap, but the Bulldogs weren’t set before the play and were called for a false start.
6:24 p.m.: Pass interference called on Alabama moves the Bulldogs up another 15 yards.
6:22 p.m.: Georgia’s offensive line halts the Alabama blitz, and Bennett finds Burton for a 15-yard gain and a first down.
6:20 p.m.: Georgia will start the drive from its own 25, trailing now by two touchdowns.
6:16 p.m. Alabama scoring play: Young finds Williams with a perfectly placed 55-yard touchdown pass. Alabama 31, Georgia 17
6:15 p.m.: Robinson is able to rush ahead for six yards to pick up the first down at the Alabama 40.
6:13 p.m.: Alabama will start the second half with the ball at the 25. Metchie is out for the rest of the game, a huge loss for the Crimson Tide.
5:46 p.m.: Alabama has been lighting up Georgia in the first half, led by Heisman favorite Bryce Young.
Bryce Young’s 286 first half passing yards are a new SEC Championship game record, breaking Cam Newton’s mark at Auburn
— Laine Higgins (@lainehiggins17) December 4, 2021
End Second Quarter
5:44 p.m. Georgia returns the kickoff up to the 20-yard line. The Bulldogs have all three timeouts with 26 seconds left.
5:43 p.m. Alabama scoring play: 11-yard touchdown run by Young gives Alabama the lead just before the half. Alabama 24, Georgia 17
5:41 p.m.: Young finds Bolden for a 14-yard completion. Alabama gets a first down at the Georgia 11-yard line, and they call a timeout with 39 seconds left to play in the half.
5:38 p.m.: Young scrambles for a 14-yard gain. He fumbled at the end of the play, but recovered it to maintain possession. Metchie is down at the end of the play.
5:37 p.m.: Metchie was completely uncovered on the right sideline, and he makes a 22-yard gain on 3rd-and-10. Alabama up to the Georgia 39 with 1:13 left.
5:34 p.m.: Alabama starts its drive from the 25 with 2:06 left in the half.
5:31 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Bennett hits McConkey with a screen pass, and he breaks loose, scoring a 32-yard touchdown to tie the game. Alabama 17, Georgia 17
5:30 p.m.: McIntosh gets an 11-yard gain on the ground — with no penalties — and Georgia is up to the Alabama 32.
5:29 p.m.: Deep shot from Bennett out to McConkey falls short, but Branch is called for a pass interference penalty. Flags flying on each play of this drive so far.
5:28 p.m.: A holding penalty flag on Georgia, then a pass interference penalty by Alabama. Georgia is now up to its 42 with 2:51 left in the half.
5:26 p.m.: Georgia began its drive from the 25, and Josh Jobe is called for a holding that gives the Bulldogs a first down up to the 35.
5:23 p.m. Alabama scoring play: Young is flushed out on 3rd-and-2 from the Georgia 15 and his pass is incomplete to bring up fourth down. Will Reichard makes the 33-yard field goal to extend the Alabama lead. Alabama 17, Georgia 10
5:21 p.m.: Young now getting it done with his legs, scrambling 15 yards out to Georgia’s 23.
5:18 p.m.: Young is hit as he throws, but Jahleel Billingsley makes the catch for a 22-yard gain. Robinson follows that up with a 15-yard rush to move the Crimson Tide into Georgia territory.
5:14 p.m.: Another great punt by Jake Camarda. 65-yard punt will spot Alabama at its own 5-yard line.
5:13 p.m.: Bennett’s pass falls short, and Georgia will go three and out again.
5:11 p.m.: Georgia back out on offense at the 25 trailing by four points with 9:46 left to go in the half.
5:07 p.m. Alabama scoring play: Young finds Metchie in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama the lead. Alabama 14, Georgia 10
5:06 p.m.: Young was nearly tackled for a loss, but flips the ball to Brian Robinson on a lateral for a 13-yard gain.
5:04 p.m.: Incredible catch by Metchie at the 50-yard line following a holding penalty moves the Crimson Tide up 40 yards. The next play, Williams catches a short pass along the right sideline and drives it up 23 yards to put the Tide in Bulldog territory.
5:00 p.m.: Bennett’s pass falls incomplete, and Georgia goes three-and-out. The Bulldog punt goes into the end zone for a touchback, and the Crimson Tide will come back out to their 20.
4:58 p.m.: Georgia will begin from its 25 on the touchback.
4:54 p.m. Alabama scoring play: It doesn’t take long for Alabama to respond. Young finds Williams wide open down the middle of the field, and he speeds away down the left sideline for a 68-yard touchdown. Georgia 10, Alabama 7
4:52 p.m.: Touchback for Alabama. Crimson Tide will start at the 25.
4:50 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Darnell Washington just leaps over the Alabama linebacker to haul in a floating pass from Bennett for the 5-yard touchdown. PAT is good. Georgia 10, Alabama 0
End First Quarter
4:46 p.m.: White rushes for three yards to the Alabama 5 for the final play of the first quarter. Bulldogs will start the second in a great position to score.
4:45 p.m.: Another huge play by the Bulldog offense. George Pickens catches a 37-yard pass from Bennett at the Alabama 8. The Bulldogs are cooking.
4:44 p.m.: Cook picked up the first down on the ground at the 33, and Bennett follows that play up with another big pass, this one for 22 yards, to John FitzPatrick to put Georgia at the Alabama 45-yard line.
4:43 p.m.: Bennett rolls out of the pocket on second down and finds Jermaine Burton for a 16-yard gain up to the 21.
4:38 p.m..: Khyree Jackson catches the punt from Burnip at the Georgia 3-yard line. Bulldogs will take over with 3:32 left in the first quarter.
4:37 p.m.: Young has three straight incompletions, and Alabama will be forced to punt again.
4:36 p.m.: Young finds Slade Bolden up the middle for a gain of six to give the Tide a first down. Two plays later, he hits Cameron Latu for a 13-yard gain to move the Crimson Tide up to the Georgia 43.
4:34 p.m.: CBS broadcast reporting that Bowers is in the medical tent after he made that 18-yard catch earlier in the game.
4:33 p.m.: Alabama will take the touchback and start at the 25.
4:29 p.m. Georgia scoring play: Bennett is sacked on third down back at the Alabama 21. Jack Podlesny drills a 38-yard field goal to give Georgia the lead. Georgia 3, Alabama 0
4:27 p.m.: Big completion from Bennett out to Brock Bowers for an 18-yard line that gives the Bulldogs a first down at Alabama’s 18-yard line.
4:24 p.m.: On a 3rd-and-1, Cook takes a handoff on a sweep and hits the gap for an 8-yard rush and a first down at the Georgia 44-yard line.
4:19 p.m.: A quick pass to John Metchie on third down goes incomplete. Alabama punts the ball away. Georgia will start its drive from its own 27-yard line.
4:18 p.m.: Alabama immediately starts its drive with a 10-yard pass to Jameson Williams for a first down.
4:14 p.m.: Stetson Bennett’s pass on fourth down is nearly intercepted by Jordan Battle, but it will fall incomplete. Georgia will punt the ball from the 50. The ball is fair caught at the Alabama 8-yard line.
4:12 p.m.: First offensive play of the game is a pass to James Cook, who takes the ball to the left for a 14-yard gain. A late hit penalty on Alabama moves the Bulldogs into Crimson Tide territory at the 46-yard line.
4:11 p.m.: Georgia starts with the ball, and returns the kickoff out to the 25-yard line.
4:00 p.m.: This game is minutes away. Nick Saban is looking to win his ninth SEC title. Kirby Smart looking to win his second.
3:33 p.m.: Less than 30 minutes until this game is scheduled to begin. These teams are ready for the biggest game of the year.
Alabama vs. Georgia start time
- Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT
The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled to begin their clash in the SEC Championship at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
What channel is Alabama vs. Georgia on today?
- TV channel: CBS
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The SEC Championship Game will be carried by CBS. Those looking to stream the game can find it on Paramount+ or on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
College football schedule Week 14
Here’s a look at all the games going on around championship weekend, with times and channels. All times are Eastern.
|No. 9 Baylor 21, No. 5 Oklahoma State 16||12 p.m.||ABC|
|Northern Illinois 41, Kent State 23||12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Utah State at No. 19 San Diego State||3 p.m.||Fox|
|Appalachian State at No. 24 Louisiana||3:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 3 Alabama||4 p.m.||CBS|
|No. 21 Houston at No. 4 Cincinnati||4 p.m.||ABC|
|No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 13 Iowa||8 p.m.||Fox|
|No. 15 Pitt vs. No. 16 Wake Forest||8 p.m.||ABC|
|USC at Cal||11 p.m.||FS1|