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Alabama vs. Georgia: Mark Richt proud of Bulldogs, even in defeat

Georgia head coach Mark Richt was emotional when speaking with the media after the Dawgs' loss to Alabama in the SEC title game, but was still proud of his team's effort.

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Georgia head coach Mark Richt held an emotional press conference following the Georgia Bulldogs' loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. Richt, who is normally calm and soft-spoken when speaking with the media, appeared to be upset following his team's last-second, 32-28 loss. But he went out of his way to say that he was proud of his team, and only upset at the result:

"I told them I was disappointed (in the outcome), but I wasn’t disappointed in them. That was the main thing. I told them they were warriors in there, and I was proud of them."

The Dawgs came up just short of clinching a berth in the BCS Championship Game when Aaron Murray's pass was tipped and receiver Chris Conley was tackled inbounds, which allowed the last few seconds to run off the clock. The game has been lauded by many as one of the best SEC Championship Games of all time, containing ferocious hitting and explosive plays. Even though Georgia came up short, Richt thinks the Bulldogs are still a very good team, and said as much:

"Thought it was a great football game. Unfortunately, we ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard. I think Alabama is a great football team, obviously. I think we’re pretty good, too."

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