SEC Championship Game Snapshot
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Posted Nov 28, 2005


A quick snapshot of the SEC Championship between LSU and Georgia.

2005 SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
* GEORGIA vs. LSU *
Saturday, Dec. 3 * 6 p.m. ET
Atlanta, Ga. * CBS Sports * Georgia Dome (71,500)

THE TEAMS: Georgia (9-2, 6-2) is the Eastern Division Champion and will be the visiting team. LSU (10-1, 7-1) is the Western Division Co-Champion, along with Auburn (9-2, 7-1), and the divisional representative to the SEC Championship Game based on its 20-17 overtime win over Auburn on Oct. 22. LSU will be the home team.

TELEVISION: CBS Sports will televise the game nationally for the first time (VERNE LUNDQUIST: Play-by-Play; TODD BLACKLEDGE: Analyst; TRACY WOLFSON: Sidelines).

RADIO: Managed by Host Communications, the SEC Radio Network will broadcast the game to the 9-state SEC region (DAVE NEAL, Play-by-Play; JEFF VAN NOTE, Analyst; DAVE BAKER, Sidelines). Westwood One Radio Sports will broadcast the game around the nation (JOHN CASTLEBERRY, Play-by-Play; JEFF BOSTIC, Analyst).

SERIES: LSU leads, 14-10-1

This will mark the fourth meeting of the two teams in the last three seasons ... In the last meeting, the Tigers defeated Georgia, 45-16, on Oct. 2, 2004 in Athens ... The teams have met once in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta .... In 2003, LSU defeated the Bulldogs, 34-13, at the Georgia Dome ... Earlier that season, LSU defeated Georgia, 17-10, on Oct. 20 in Baton Rouge ... 11 of the 25 previous meetings have been decided by 7-points-or-less ... Prior to 2003, teams had not met on the gridiron since 1999, when Georgia claimed a 23-22 win in Athens ... In games played in Baton Rouge, LSU leads, 5-4-1 ... Series is tied, 6-6, in games played in Athens and LSU has won all three neutral site contests ... This will mark just the 13th meeting of the two teams in the last 51 seasons ... Teams represent the winningest programs in the SEC since 2000 ... The Bulldogs are 59-16 (.787) and the Tigers are 58-17 (.773) ... The next team is three games behind (Auburn, 55-20) ... Teams represent three of the last four SEC Champions (2001-LSU, 2002-Georgia, 2003-LSU).

LAST MEETING: Georgia, 45-16 (Oct. 2, 2004 in Athens)

Georgia QB David Greene threw for a school-record five touchdown passes as the Bulldogs defeated LSU, 45-16, in Athens ... The Bulldogs scored the game's first 24 points and led, 24-10, at halftime ... Greene threw three TD strikes in the first half - two to Reggie Brown (25 and 29 yards) and one to Fred Gibson (two yards) ... LSU got on the scoreboard with 1:23 left in the half on an 18-yard TD pass from JaMarcus Russell to Dwayne Bowe ... In the second half, Georgia scored 21 unanswered points on Greene TD passes to Gibson (24 yards) and Sean Bailey (21 yards) and Thomas Brown's 1-yard run ... LSU added a late touchdown to make final margin, 45-16 ... Greene was 10-of-19 for 172 yards while Russell was 9-of-17 for 131 yards and a TD for the Tigers ... Georgia sacked LSU quarterbacks five times, forcing four fumbles and recovering three ... LSU was limited to just 67 rushing yards (29 attempts) by Georgia while the Bulldogs ran for 221 and passed for 209 for 430 total yards.

GEORGIA (9-2, 6-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, Fla., '82)
Overall/Yrs: 51-12 (.810) / 5th Season
UGA/Yrs: 51-12 (.810) / 5th Season
SEC Championship Games: 1-1 (.500)


Key Players

QB D.J. Shockley (6-1, 206, Sr., College Park, Ga.)

Leads the SEC and rated 17th in the nation in passing efficiency with a 145.06 rating ... Has completed 147-of-265 passes for 2,199 yards with 19 TDs and 5 INTs ... Injured in first half against Arkansas and missed Florida contest ... Since returning to lineup, has completed 52-of-101 passes for 661 yards with 7 TDs and 1 INT ... Owns 9-1 record as a starter ... Finalist for Unitas Award, Semi-finalist for Maxwell Award.

TE Leonard Pope (6-7, 250, Jr., Americus, Ga.)

Leads all SEC tight ends in receptions per game (3.2) and receiving yards per game (47.4) ... Has 32 catches for 474 yards and 3 TDs ... Has started every game this season except UL-Monroe ... Grabbed career-high eight catches for 102 yards against Auburn ... Named to Mackey Award Watch List.

DE Quentin Moses (6-5, 248, Jr., Athens, Ga.)

Has 37 total tackles (29 solos) in 11 games ... Second in the SEC in sacks with 10 (-84 yards) and tackles for losses with 17.5 (-111 yards) ... Has been the SEC Defensive Lineman of the week twice in 2005 (Miss. State & Vanderbilt) ... In last outing, logged five total tackles (all solos) with two for losses (-13), including a 10-yard sack.

SAF Greg Blue (6-2, 214, Sr., College Park, Ga.)

Leads Bulldogs with 82 total tackles (59 solos) and is also second among SEC defensive backs ... Has two interceptions and five pass deflections this season ... Also has 4.5 tackles for losses (-14 yards), a forced fumble and a caused fumble ... Logged 80 total tackles last season ... Has 26 career starts, including the last 24 games ... Had 14 tackles this season against Tennessee and had five stops, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery last week against Georgia Tech.

LSU (10-1, 7-1 SEC)

Head Coach: Les Miles (Michigan, '76)
Overall/Yrs: 38-22 (.633) / 5th Season
LSU/Yrs: 10-1 (.909) / 1st Season
SEC Championship Games: First Appearance


Key Players

QB JaMarcus Russell (6-5, 248, So., Mobile, Ala.)

Second in the SEC in passing efficiency with a 138.79 rating ... Has completed 176-of-291 passs for 2,314 yards with 15 TDs and 8 INTs ... 15 TDs this season is tied for 8th in school history ... Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week against Vanderbilt, throwing for career-best 285 yards ... Is 13-1 as a starting quarterback ... Has thrown for 3,377 career yards and 22 TDs.

WR Dwayne Bowe (6-3, 213, Jr., Miami, Fla.)

Sixth in the SEC in receptions per game (3.3) and receiving yards per game (58.5) ... Has 33 grabs for 585 yards and 8 TDs this season ... Bowe is tied for 9th in school history in single season touchdown grabs ... Earlier this season, Bowe caught at least one TD catch in school-record seven straight games.

FS LaRon Landry (6-2, 187, Jr., Ama, La.)

Has accumulated 60 total tackles (36 solos) this season ... Landry has nine career interceptions, which is second among active SEC players ... Thorpe Award Semi-finalist ... Starter in all 11 games at free safety ... Had season-high 11 tackles against Auburn ... Had five tackles, an interception and two pass deflections last week against Arkansas.

OT Andrew Whitworth (6-7, 322, Sr., West Monroe, La.)

Has earned 50 consecutive starts on the offensive line for the Tigers, highest active number on the squad ... Start in SEC Championship Game will be a school record ... Consensus pre-season All-SEC ... Had 62 knockdown blocks and 17 pancake blocks in LSU's first 10 games of the season.

SERIES SCORES

LSU leads series, 14-10-1


LSU, 13-12 (Nov. 17, 1928 at Athens)
LSU, 13-0 (Nov. 16, 1935 at Athens)
LSU, 47-7 (Oct. 10, 1936 at Baton Rouge)
LSU, 34-27 (Sept. 25, 1943 at Baton Rouge)
LSU, 27-6 (Oct. 23, 1943 at Columbus, Ga.)
LSU, 15-7 (Oct. 28, 1944 at Atlanta)
LSU, 32-0 (Oct. 20, 1945 at Athens)
UGA, 35-19 (Oct. 4, 1947 at Athens)
UGA, 22-0 (Oct. 16, 1948 at Baton Rouge)
UGA, 7-0 (Oct. 14, 1949 at Athens)
Tie, 13-13 (Oct. 21, 1950 at Baton Rouge)
LSU, 7-0 (Oct. 20, 1951 at Athens)
UGA, 27-14 (Oct. 18, 1952 at Baton Rouge)
LSU, 14-6 (Oct. 17, 1953 at Athens)
UGA, 24-17 (Oct. 14, 1978 at Baton Rouge)
UGA, 21-14 (Oct. 13, 1979 at Athens)
LSU, 23-14 (Oct. 11, 1986 at Baton Rouge)
LSU, 26-23 (Oct. 10, 1987 at Athens)
LSU, 18-13 (Sept. 8, 1990 at Baton Rouge)
UGA, 31-10 (Sept. 7, 1991 at Athens)
UGA, 28-27 (Oct. 3, 1998 at Baton Rouge)
UGA, 23-22 (Oct. 2, 1999 at Athens)
LSU, 17-10 (Sept. 20, 2003 at Baton Rouge)
LSU, 34-13 (Dec. 6, 2003 at Atlanta)
UGA, 45-16 (Oct. 2, 2004 at Athens)



Georgia Dome Contract: Through 2009 game
CBS Sports Contract: Through 2008 game
Highest TV Rating: 10.5 (30 million viewers) - 1994
Largest Crowd: 83,091 (Alabama vs. Florida, Legion Field) - 1992
Top Passer: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (20-35-2, 401 yds, 6 TDs) - 1996
Top Rusher: Earnest Graham, Florida (19 for 169 yards) - 2000
Results: 1992 - Alabama 28, Florida 21 (83,091 at Birmingham, Ala.)
1993 - Florida 28, Alabama 13 (76,345 at Birmingham, Ala.)
1994 - Florida 24, Alabama 23 (74,751 at Atlanta, Ga.)
1995 - Florida 34, Arkansas 3 (71,325 at Atlanta, Ga.)
1996 - Florida 45, Alabama 30 (74,132 at Atlanta, Ga.)
1997 - Tennessee 30, Auburn 29 (74,896 at Atlanta, Ga.)
1998 - Tennessee 24, Miss. State 14 (74,795 at Atlanta, Ga.)
1999 - Alabama 34, Florida 7 (71,500 at Atlanta, Ga.)
2000 - Florida 28, Auburn 6 (73,427 at Atlanta, Ga.)
2001 - LSU 31, Tennessee 20 (74,843 at Atlanta, Ga.)
2002 - Georgia 30, Arkansas 3 (74,835 at Atlanta, Ga.)
2003 - LSU 34, Georgia 13 (74,913 at Atlanta, Ga.)
2004 - Auburn 38, Tennessee 28 (74,892 at Atlanta, Ga.)



Most Valuable Players:
1992 - DB Antonio Langham (Alabama)
1993 - QB Terry Dean (Florida)
1994 - DT Ellis Johnson (Florida)
1995 - QB Danny Wuerffel (Florida)
1996 - QB Danny Wuerffel (Florida)
1997 - QB Peyton Manning (Tennessee)
1998 - WR Peerless Price (Tennessee)
1999 - WR Freddie Milons (Alabama)
2000 - QB Rex Grossman (Florida)
2001 - QB Matt Mauck (LSU)
2002 - QB David Greene (Georgia)
2003 - RB Justin Vincent (LSU)
2004 - QB Jason Campbell (Auburn)


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