Bama outlasts Georgia, 24-22 In what was the 1st big time game of the year, it certainly delivered as both coaches played conservative yet played a clean game and it resulted in a great finish. Georgia knows what they are and that's a ball control offense. With James Scales, they have a QB who has the ability to take over a game with his arm and legs. Meanwhile on Bama's side, you have a star RB in Richardson who is a workhorse, similar to one of the all-time Bama RB's in Mark Ingram. This game would be all about who can get that turnover key in the game...but that never happened. Bama relied heavily on star RB T.Richardson and he delivered, rushing for 146 yards on 27 carries. On total, Bama ran the ball 35 times on the game and controlled TOP, 17:58 to 14:02. Meanwhile Georgia had 27 rushes, with their big time RB Mike Anderson running for 96 yards on 18 carries. Georgia was more balanced offensively with Scales completing 15 of 21 passes for 237 yards and a TD with Mike Brown (yes the 6'5" beast) being his #1 target as he caught 5 balls for 166 yards and the lone TD. So what was the difference? Again Bama controlled TOP and Richardson seemingly kept the ball moving when they needed a 1st down. A 14-0 run put Bama up on Georgia 24-16 with 7:15 to go. Georgia kept it's poise and let Scales do his thing as he led Georgia down the field. With 3:34 Georgia hit paydirt when Anderson ran it in from 3 yards out. Down 24-22, the unquestioned move was to go for two to tie the game. Georgia lined up and called slants. Scales tried to pass to his left but the ball was tipped at the line and fell harmlessly to the turf. Georgia wouldn't sniff the ball again as Bama ran off the rest of the time, leading to a huge 24-22 win over the Bulldogs.