Scores

Final/OT

(22) Georgia 26

(3-1, 1-1 SEC)

(16) Alabama 23

(3-1, 2-1 SEC)

7:45 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

1 2 3 4 OT T
#22UGA 7 3 7 3 626
#16ALA 0 3 7 10 323

Top Performers

Passing: M. Stafford (UGA) - 224 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Moreno (UGA) - 17 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Brown (UGA) - 5 REC, 39 YDS, 1 TD

Stafford's 25-yard TD strike dumps No. 16 Alabama in OT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford and Mikey Henderson crashed Alabama's latest celebration, and touched off one of their own.

Henderson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to lift No. 22 Georgia to a 26-23 overtime victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.

"When you make plays you erase the what-ifs," Henderson said. "He gave me a perfect ball and I caught it."

The Tide started overtime with the ball but failed to gain a yard and Leigh Tiffin put Alabama ahead with a 42-yard field goal.

The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) needed one play to win it. After faking a handoff, Stafford lofted a pass to the left side of the end zone for Henderson, who made an over-the-shoulder catch and ended the Tide's hopes of a second straight dramatic victory.

Georgia coach Mark Richt felt good about the play when the saw the safeties creeping up to defend the run, leaving the receivers in man-to-man coverage.

"Matthew threw a beautiful ball," Richt said. "When [Henderson] caught it, I dropped my playbook and started celebrating.

"A game like this makes it all worthwhile. Rings and trophies are nice but the memories we made tonight are going to last a lifetime," he added.

Henderson's first career touchdown catch was a big one for a team that was flirting with its first 0-2 SEC start since 1993.

"We just tried to give Mikey a chance," said Stafford, who completed 19-of-35 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted twice. "He's a speed guy who would just kind of burst by them. I just tried to get him the ball and he ended up making the play for me."

Stafford was excellent on third downs, helping Georgia convert 9-for-19 and keep the ball nearly nine minutes longer than Alabama.

"I think the biggest difference in the game was time of possession and their ability to keep the ball," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "It was really a problem in the first half."

The Tide (3-1, 2-1) had rallied to beat Arkansas 41-38 last week on John Parker Wilson's touchdown pass to Matt Caddell with 8 seconds left, the team's first fourth-quarter comeback win since the 2004 Independence Bowl.

This one might have been even more improbable if Alabama could have pulled it off after scoring 10 points in the final 6:30 to force overtime. Wilson threw for 185 yards, ran for a touchdown and completed 17-of-35 passes.

Last week's win had vaulted the Tide back into the rankings and worked already title-hungry fans into a frenzy. They were even more excited when it appeared Saban's team was going to do it again, only to watch the Bulldogs celebrate instead.

"These are the types of games you come to Alabama to play," Tide cornerback Simeon Castille said. "It was a big game for us and Georgia. We never quit. We just came up a little short."

Georgia, which hadn't gone to overtime since a 2004 Capital One Bowl win over Purdue, nearly got the win in regulation time. Stafford moved the ball downfield in the final 1:09 despite having only one time out to work with, but Brandon Coutu's 47-yard field goal attempt went wide left as time ran out.

The Tide had started its late comeback with Tiffin's 22-yard field goal on a drive kept alive by a pass interference call on fourth-and-7.

Alabama held Georgia without a first down and got the ball back at its own 12 with 4:44 left. Wilson hit Keith Brown down the left sideline for a 43-yard gain after Brown broke free from cornerback Bryan Evans, moving into Georgia territory.

Roy Upchurch's tackle-breaking 10-yard run up the middle gave Alabama first-and-goal from the 6. Then Wilson dropped back before quickly darting into an open lane and zigzagging into the end zone with 1:09 left.

Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno rushed for 74 yards apiece for Georgia, which jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. Coffee and Terry Grant combined for 142 yards rushing for Alabama.

"You can't execute the way we did in the first half and do some of the things that we did out there and have a chance to be successful against a team like that," Saban said. "We put ourselves in a hole and were unable to overcome it."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
ALA
1st Downs2018
Total Yards377349
Passing224185
Rushing153164
Penalties9-714-39
3rd Down Conversions9-193-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers21
Possession34:2225:38

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stafford19/352246.422
AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson17/351855.300

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown20743.7016
Moreno17744.4119
AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant11807.3030
Coffee16623.9013

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey57414.8033
Brown5397.8112
AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown37324.3043
McCoy6477.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUGAALA
TD09:30Thomas Brown 10 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Brandon Coutu Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUGAALA
FG06:21Brandon Coutu 45 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 42 yds, 4:30
100
FG00:00Leigh Tiffin 40 Yd 103
THIRD QUARTERUGAALA
TD10:15John Parker Wilson 1 Yd Run (Leigh Tiffin Kick) 1010
TD06:08Knowshon Moreno 6 Yd Run (Brandon Coutu Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 74 yds, 4:00
1710
FOURTH QUARTERUGAALA
FG12:23Brandon Coutu 47 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 30 yds, 3:50
2010
FG06:30Leigh Tiffin 22 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 61 yds, 5:45
2013
TD01:09John Parker Wilson 6 Yd Run (Leigh Tiffin Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 88 yds, 3:35
2020
OVERTIMEUGAALA
FGLeigh Tiffin 42 Yd 2023
TDMikey Henderson 25 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford 2623