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Alabama vs. Georgia: Aaron Murray accepts blame

Georgia Bulldogs starting quarterback Aaron Murray's struggles against ranked opponents continued on Saturday and the junior quarterback is accepting the blame.

Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs missed out on an opportunity to play in the BCS National Championship Game, after losing 32-28 No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Football Championship Game on Saturday and Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray knows a large portion of the blame falls on his shoulders.

The junior quarterback is now 3-9 against ranked opponents, but all of that could have been forgotten with a win over Alabama on Saturday that would have propelled the Bulldogs to the BCS National Championship Game. Instead, it will be magnified.

As he has the past few years, Murray faced the ups and downs of being a quarterback for a big time program, but ultimately there were more downs than ups for him. He understands that a lot of blame could be put on him, so Murray isn't shying away from accepting it.

"I definitely think I had my share of mistakes and definitely missed some throws throughout the game that I wish I could go take back," he said. "I'm very hard on myself. I feel like I could take a lot of the blame, and I am."

Murray's performance on Saturday could have also been forgotten if made just one more pass instead of falling short on the eight yard line in Alabama's side of the field. Instead, though, his line of 18 completions in 33 pass attempts for 265 yards with one touchdown and one interception will be scrutinized.

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