Aaron Murray breaks down 2012 SEC Championship: It will haunt me for a while or pretty much my entire life
Former Georgia quarterback and current CBS broadcaster Aaron Murray may be haunted his entire life by the 2012 SEC Championship loss to Alabama.
Murray joined host John Crist on the Saturday Down South Podcast to discuss that game, as well as other aspects of his career, including his NFL performance, and similarities between himself and current Dawgs’ QB Jacob Eason.
Crist asked Murray in regards to the final play of Georgia’s 32-28 loss to the Crimson Tide when Chris Conley caught a tipped pass in bounds and the final seconds ticked off the clock: “How many times have you replayed that series and snap in your head?”
“Oh, it’s been a lot,” Murray said. “Unfortunately, it was such an amazing game that people love talking about it. Someone had to lose the game. It wasn’t the national championship, but it was a heck of a lot better than the national championship that year. Both of us knew pretty much whoever won that game would go on and beat Notre Dame …
“But yeah, it will haunt me for a while or pretty much my entire life,” he said. “It was one of those things — that it’s unfortunate the ball was tipped and ended the way it did.”
Crist asked Murray if he had any conversations with Conley after the play.
“We all knew. He understands it was just a reaction. He turned around and the ball hit him in the chest. As a receiver, it’s just instinct to catch the ball,” Murray said. “First off, the play wasn’t even intended for him. It was actually going to be a back shoulder fade to Malcolm Mitchell on the outside, and the ball was tipped. He (Conley) was just running a decoy route. So, in his mind, he was probably thinking the ball isn’t coming to me and (he turned around) and the ball was on his chest.
“If people blame him, they don’t understand football.”
“We just called a fade on the outside. The two inside guys just run quick speed outs. They’re idle,” Murray said. “The draw off of it is to hopefully get one-on-one on the outside and throw a ball that’s 50-50. You catch it, you score and win. You don’t catch it, you have two or three plays to put it in the end zone.”
Check out the full interview with Murray here: