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2012 SEC Championship: Mark Richt discusses early fake punt

Georgia executed a trick play in the second quarter of the SEC title game to give the Bulldogs some much needed momentum.

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Though the Georgia Bulldogs came up short in their pursuit of the SEC title against the Alabama Crimson Tide, there were plenty of things that went the Bulldogs' way. And that started early, as a converted fake punt helped Georgia grab some early momentum against the Crimson Tide, who were looking to gain a repeat berth in the BCS national title game.

A fake punt that was instead a pass from Bulldogs tight end Arthur Lynch to cornerback Sanders Commings helped Georgia extend their drive and score early in the second quarter — a much-needed first strike against the dangerous Crimson Tide.

"We've been working on that fake punt for over a month," Georgia coach Mark Richt told the Macon Telegraph. "It wasn't designed necessarily for Alabama's defense. It was just designed against a punt-safe situation."

Alabama ran a fake punt play of their own in the first quarter, but the play was called back after a delay of game penalty was assessed against the Crimson Tide.

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