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Mark Richt stands by decision to not spike the ball

Georgia's head coach stood firm in his choice to run a play with 15 seconds left in the SEC Championship rather than spike the football.

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With just 15 seconds to go in the SEC Championship game and trailing by four, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt had a decision to make. Following a completion to Arthur Lynch, do you instruct your quarterback to spike the ball or run a play? Richt made the decision to run a play and a three yard completion from Aaron Murray to Chris Conley moved the ball ahead three yards to the five yard line. But without any timeouts and with Conley being downed in bounds, that was all she wrote for the Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide survived to win 32-28 and advance to the BCS Championship. Does Richt regret the decision? Not one bit, even a week and a half later.

Richt spoke to the media Wednesday and reiterated that his offense was running up-tempo and he didn't want to stop that. Murray added he could've spiked it if he wanted but was completely behind Richt's decision to run a play.

The No. 7 Bulldogs face the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl on New Years Day at 1 p.m. ET.

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