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2012 SEC Championship: Mark Richt, Aaron Murray discuss final play

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Mark Richt and Aaron Murray step up and defend the play calling that led to the Bulldogs coming up just short of the endzone in the SEC Championship Game.

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It's a play that will likely be watched again and again, reviewed and dissected endlessly. With time winding down, Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray's pass was tipped, and when wide receiver Chris Conley caught the ball anyway, time wound off the clock and the SEC Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide came to a close with Georgia on the wrong end of a 32-28 final.

After the game, many questioned the call to proceed with another play instead of spiking the ball. Georgia coach Mark Richt was quick to shrug off that suggestion, saying the play he had was designed well for the circumstance.

"We had the play we wanted. We had a good play," Richt said during the post-game press conference. "The ball got tipped at the line of scrimmage and it fell in the arms of a guy in play. The ball was going to the back end of the end zone, either a catch or out of the end zone."

Murray had a similar reaction to the outcome of a play that was specifically designed with the situation in mind.

"We still thought we thought we had some time to get one quick play off," Murray said. "I mean if that balls not tipped then it's a fade. It's either a catch and touchdown or it's an incomplete pass and we still four or five seconds to go."

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