January 1, 2013 |
Southern California was ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, and Matt Barkley was a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. The year ended with Barkley on the sideline as the Trojans lost to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead the Yellow Jackets (7-7) to a 21-7 victory on Monday in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Barkley, the first three-time captain in team history, injured his right shoulder in a loss to UCLA and was not cleared to play.
December 30, 2012 |
Ainsworth Mallett and his family were returning home to Georgia from a Christmas visit with his mother in Connecticut when their car was rammed from behind by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. Mallett, 51; his wife, Jacqueline, 49; and their 12-year-old son, Drew, died in the wreckage, as did the family's dog. The couple's 18-year-old daughter, Nicole, survived with minor injuries. As the investigation into the crash in Mount Laurel continues, those who knew the family were trying to come to terms with the tragedy.
December 2, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Alabama is heading back to the national championship game - by a mere 5 yards. AJ McCarron threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining, and the No. 2 Crimson Tide barely held off No. 3 Georgia, 32-28, in a Southeastern Conference title game for the ages Saturday. After an apparent game-clinching interception by Alabama was overturned on a video review, Georgia's Aaron Murray completed a 15-yard pass to Arthur Lynch, a 23-yarder to Tavarres King, and a 26-yarder to Lynch, who was hauled down at the Alabama 8 as the clock continued to run. The Bulldogs were out of timeouts.
December 1, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The national championship could be decided with a dream matchup between two of college football's most storied programs: Notre Dame vs. Alabama. Of course, Georgia might have something to say about that. The third-ranked Bulldogs are eager to wake up some echoes of their own. Coach Mark Richt's team will take on No. 2 Alabama in a Southeastern Conference title game that essentially serves as a national semifinal. The winner of Saturday's contest at the Georgia Dome will surely land a spot against top-ranked Notre Dame in the BCS title game at Miami on Jan. 7. While Alabama (11-1)
December 1, 2012 |
Remember a few weeks ago when it didn't look as if enough teams would get the required six victories to fill all 70 bowl participation slots? Rest easy, folks, we have 70, and more. Georgia Tech received a waiver from the NCAA to participate even with a 6-7 record if it loses in the ACC championship game against Florida State. If Connecticut and Pittsburgh win their Big East finales, each will become bowl eligible and ready to be plucked during Sunday's selections. So that gets us to 73. Joy, right?
November 27, 2012
With Georgia one win away from playing for a national championship, quarterback Aaron Murray has suddenly imposed a media blackout. The school said Murray met with coach Mark Richt and got permission to be relieved from his media responsibilities leading up to the Southeastern Conference championship game between the third-ranked Bulldogs and No. 2 Alabama. Murray has always been one of Georgia's most accessible players, usually meeting with the media on Tuesdays and after games.
November 25, 2012 |
AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns, and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores to lead second-ranked Alabama to a 49-0 beatdown of rival Auburn (3-9, 0-8 Southeastern Conference) in Tuscaloosa on Saturday in the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years. The Crimson Tide (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Western Division title outright and a spot in the conference title game against No. 3 Georgia, with the winner likely getting a national championship shot. Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10 - Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of TDs, and the No. 3 Bulldogs (11-1)
November 23, 2012 |
TBILISI, Georgia - Georgia's new prime minister said Thursday he would move quickly to expand the cabinet's powers, a change that would take away even more influence from the ex-Soviet nation's beleaguered pro-Western president. Bidzina Ivanishvili, an eccentric billionaire philanthropist who has promised to repair broken ties with Russia, also slapped his bitter rival for living in the lavish presidential palace rather than a more modest residence. "The buildings that the Georgian president had had built for himself are more appropriate for a feudal lord than a demo–cracy," Ivanishvili said at a news conference.
November 22, 2012 |
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - Moonshine distillers are making their first batches of legal liquor in this tiny Georgia town's city hall, not far from the mountains and the maroon, orange, and gold canopy of trees that once hid bootleggers from the law. A handful of moonshine distilleries are scattered around the South, but observers say this is the first time they've ever seen one in a city hall. The distilleries are part of a trend spurred by increased interest in the United States for locally made specialty spirits and beer brewed in homes and microbreweries.
October 21, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Villanova scored on runs, a pass, a punt return and an interception return just in the first half, as the No. 24 Wildcats poured it on Georgia State en route to a 49-24 win. The backbreakers came just 18 seconds apart. Coming out of a Georgia State field goal that got the Panthers (1-7) on the board at 21-3, Villanova marched 66 yards, and Kevin Monangai capped it off with a 12-yard touchdown run that put the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 CAA) up 28-3. Then, on the first play of the ensuing possession, Eric Loper intercepted Georgia State quarterback Ben McLane and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown that put it out of reach by halftime.