Staff Photo: Jason Braverman University of Georgia's Todd Gurley (3) fights his way over Alabama defender Geno Smith for a touchdown during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA -- Anyone who wishes to describe the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championship Game as being one for the ages, that probably won't be mere hyperbole.
There were more than a few new historical notes were added to the game's record book during No 2 Alabama's 32-28 win over third-ranked Georgia on Saturday.
-- The final margin of four points was the third-closest in the game's history. Only two one-point games -- Florida's 24-23 win over Alabama in 1994 and Tennessee's 30-29 win over Auburn in 1997 -- were closer.
-- Alabama's duo of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon set a mark by becoming the first two running backs from the same team to rush for 100 yards or more in the game.
Lacy, a junior, ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while the freshman Yeldon added 153 yards and a TD on 25 carries.
-- Lacy's 181 yards were the third-highest total in championship game history, trailing only LSU's Justin Vincent's 201 in 2003 and Tennessee's Gerald Riggs' 182 in 2004. Lacy's 9.1 yards per rush ranks third in championship game history.
-- Alabama set a championship game record with 350 rushing yards, bettering the 300 it had against Florida in 1999. Its 51 rushes ranked second to the 53 it had against Florida in 2009. The three rushing TDs tied the championship game record held by six other teams.
-- For only the second time in championship game history, each team boasted at least one 100-yard rusher. Georgia's Todd Gurley ran for 122 yards, the seventh- highest total in championship game history to join Lacy and Yeldon.
In 2004, Tennessee's Gerald Riggs rushed for 182 yards, while Auburn's Ronnie Williams tallied 100.
-- The 18 first downs rushing by Alabama is a championship game record, bettering the previous mark of 15 set by the Tide against Florida in 1999.
-- Even the crowd was historic, with the Georgia Dome's sellout gathering of 75,624 marking the fifth largest in the history of the SEC Championship Game.
Hometown heroes make good
With roughly a dozen former Gwinnett County high school players in uniform for either team, it comes as little surprise that those locals had an impact on Saturday's game.
Perhaps the biggest impact, particularly early, came from Alabama's Adrian Hubbard -- one of five Gwinnettians on the Crimson Tide roster.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound sophomore, and Norcross grad, had three tackles and a quarterback hurry in the game's first seven minutes to help the Alabama defense set the tone, and finished the day with four tackles.
But it is his last tackle that was perhaps the biggest as Hubbard sacked Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray for an 8-yard loss with about three minutes remaining that helped thwart a Bulldogs drive.
"That's our motto -- start fast and finish strong," Hubbard said. "Our team executed a game plan to win the game with. I'm not taking any credit for our win (Saturday). I made plays when a play was able ... to be made."
But it was that last one that perhaps made the biggest difference.
Hubbard sacked Georgia QB Aaron Murray for an 8-yard loss with about three minutes to play to help thwart the Bulldogs' first attempt at a potential game-winning drive.
Meanwhile, GAC grad Christian Robinson came up with a big play early for Georgia, recovering a fumble at the Alabama 40-yard line, though the turnover did not lead to a Bulldogs score.
Legendary welcome for Greene
Former Georgia quarterback David Greene was among the 14 former members -- one from each conference school -- of the SEC Football Legends class of 2012.
In addition to being honored at a dinner Friday night, the South Gwinnett grad -- along with fellow class of 2012 members Paul Crane (Alabama), Pat Summerall (Arkansas), James C. Owens (Auburn), Steve Tannen (Florida), Sonny Collins (Kentucky), Kevin Mawae (LSU), Glynn Griffing (Ole Miss), Walt Harris (Mississippi State), Johnny Roland (Missouri), Ko Simpson (South Carolina), Peerless Price (Tennessee), John David Crowe (Texas A&M) and Hunter Hillenmeyer (Vanderbilt) -- were also introduced before the Georgia Dome's crowd before Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome, with Greene getting the loudest ovation.
Greene, the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history, started 52 consecutive games over four seasons (an NCAA record), led the Bulldogs to a 42-10 record during that time, four straight bowl games, three straight national top six finishes, two SEC Eastern Division titles (2002 and '03) and the 2002 SEC championship.