Dawgs' Aaron Murray can't sleep

December, 13, 2012
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Some losses haunt you for the rest of your life.

That SEC championship game loss to Alabama might be one of those for Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

"I can't sleep at night," Murray said Wednesday. "I literally replay the entire game pretty much every night before I go to bed. It's stressful. It's a game that will probably haunt me the rest of my life, honestly."

Murray has taken a beating during his career for not playing well in big games, but he played extremely well against the Crimson Tide and led the Bulldogs right back down the field and into scoring position in the final seconds.

He's confident his pass to Malcolm Mitchell would have been a touchdown had it not been tipped by Alabama's C.J. Mosley and subsequently caught by Georgia's Chris Conley, who slipped down inbounds. The Bulldogs were out of timeouts, and the clock expired.

Georgia coach Mark Richt defended the Bulldogs' decision not to spike the ball and kill the clock before that final tipped completion.

"Part of going no-huddle is when you have the defense on the run, you snap the ball again," Richt said. "You don't need to stop play. Play was stopped because we had a first down. With 15 seconds, strategically if you are able to call a play and it's incomplete, you have time for two more plays. You can run three plays. You want to give yourself as many opportunities as you can.

"If you clock the ball, you probably only get two shots, and hopefully you only need one. If we had clocked the ball, we would have called the same play. It was the play that we wanted to call. The problem was the ball got tipped and landed in play."

Murray finished 18-of-33 for 265 yards with a touchdown and interception against Alabama. For the season, he's thrown for 3,466 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has 90 career touchdown passes, which is second all-time in the SEC to Danny Wuerffel's 114.

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