ATLANTA. The first touchdown in the 2022 SEC Championship game was one of the highlights, with No. 1 at Georgia surprisingly catching up with No. 14 LSU in a 95-yard touchdown return after a blocked field goal attempt.
The change in momentum came in the first quarter at the end of a 14-game 69-yard play from LSU. The Tigers, stopped on goal three by a solid Bulldogs defense, brought kicker Damian Ramos out for a 32-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Nazir Stackhouse and stopped at the Georgia 5-yard line. Most of the Tigers’ SWAT unit had retreated to the touchline without noticing Christopher Smith, the Bulldogs guard, standing over the ball. When Smith saw a spot along the left touchline for a take-off, he took advantage of it and followed the wall of blockers along the left touchline for a touchdown that spanned the entire length of the pitch.
Here’s a look at how it was:
This is the fifth blocked field goal in the history of SEC championship games, four of which were scored by the Bulldogs. Coach Kirby Smart’s team is almost certainly heading to the college football playoffs, but could use some style points to keep Michigan’s No. 2 in the rearview.