ATLANTA — Georgia knew about it beforehand, but on Saturday it had to experience it.
No. 1 Louisiana State University dominated after a slow start, routing No. 12 Georgia, 42-10 in the SEC Championship Game.
The Tigers, who will likely play for the national title, held the Bulldogs scoreless for the last three quarters.
“We saw what – or at least we lived out – a lot of the things that other people have been living out playing those guys, their ability to get stronger as the game goes on,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
After taking a 10-0 lead, the Bulldogs failed to cross midfield until the game’s final minutes.
Tyrann Mathieu, the game’s MVP, returned a punt for a touchdown and recovered a fumble, helping the Tigers rebound.
LSU, which had 12 yards and no first downs in the first half, scored touchdowns on its first three possessions in the third quarter. The Tigers racked up 225 yards and 13 first downs in the second half.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 100 yards in the first quarter despite several dropped passes, but he had only 63 yards the rest of the game and had three turnovers.
“Frankly, it was just a matter of time that this team would rebound and this team would get their feet underneath them and play,” LSU coach Les Miles said.