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2012 SEC Championship: Alabama comes back to take 10-7 lead at halftime

Alabama scored 10 points in the final 1:59 of the half and takes a 10-7 lead over Georgia into halftime of the SEC Championship.

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After trailing for most of the half, Alabama scored 10 points over the final two minutes of the half. Eddie Lacy put Alabama on the board first with a 41-yard touchdown run. After an Aaron Murray interception was returned to midfield, the Crimson Tide marched 42 yards to set up a 22-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal as time expired.

The Bulldogs dodged a bullet in the second quarter when their defense came up with a goal line stand to stop Alabama. Sanders Commings picked A.J. McCarron off in the endzone but Georgia was unable to do much with their next possession. Following the pick, Nick Saban put the ball in the hands of his talented backfield and Lacy responded with the touchdown run.

Murray and the Bulldogs took over with just under two minutes to go in the half and looked like they might march back down the field. Murray had a receiver open deep but the throw was short and was picked off by Alabama's Ha'sean Clinton-Dix. The Tide got a couple of nice runs from McCarron on the ensuing drive to set up the go ahead field goal.

Murray completed 10-18 passes in the first half for 96 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Todd Gurley has eight carries for 46 yards to lead the Bulldogs.

McCarron is 8-14 for 94 yards for Alabama. Lacy leads all rushers with 90 yards on the ground while T.J. Yeldon has 42 on nine carries.

Georgia has struggled with untimely penalties in the first half that have derailed drives. The Bulldogs were penalized five times totaling 34 yards in the first two quarters.

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