Georgia’s key play was made by James Cook, running back and one of many NFL draft prospects who participated in the game. Cook ran for 67 yards, setting up Georgia’s first touchdown. Cook, the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in February. Cook was able to run for 77 yards in six carries.
Georgia’s senior defensive tackle Jordan Davis was another outstanding draft prospect. He helped to anchor the line for a Bulldogs defense which held Alabama’s running back Brian Robinson to just 68 yards on 22 carries. Georgia linebacker Nakobe, defensive back Lewis Cine, and defensive end Travonwalker (sack), all draft eligible juniors, were key players for the Bulldogs.
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams suffered a serious injury on a 40 yard reception down the middle. Williams did not return to the sidelines. Williams fell awkwardly after the catch, and was left uninjured by a defender. He then fell on his knees, but he returned to the sidelines without needing crutches in order to view the second half. Williams is a junior and a promising draft prospect. He has not yet indicated whether he plans to file for early eligibility.
The first half saw a fierce battle of field goals. Alabama held a 9-6 lead at the break thanks to its defensive stalwarts.
Alabama linebacker Christian Harris sacked Bennett three times and freshman linebacker Dallas Turner sacked him twice, but the Bulldogs held Crimson Tide star pass rusher Will Anderson Jr., without a sack for the first time since Oct. 9 against Texas A&M.