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No. 3 Georgia clinches spot in SEC title game

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 8:14 p.m.

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs collected a trophy at midfield for another win over their state rival, then got some encouragement from the governor in their quest for a bigger reward.

No. 1.

Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of TDs, and third-ranked Georgia stayed right in the thick of the national championship race with a 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Gov. Nathan Deal presented the “Governor's Cup” to the Bulldogs (11-1) after they beat the Yellow Jackets for the 11th time in 12 years. He congratulated both teams on a “great game” before turning toward the jubilant Georgia players.

“Keep up the good work,” Deal said. “We're looking for a national championship.”

Georgia is two wins away.

The Bulldogs will face No. 2 Alabama for the SEC championship in Atlanta next Saturday. The winner of that contest will likely advance to play in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.

“This is everything,” Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said of the SEC finals. “This is what you play for.”

Georgia Tech (6-6), amazingly enough, still has a chance to win the ACC title next weekend and earn a BCS bowl bid. The Yellow Jackets clinched a spot in the championship game against No. 10 Florida State after Miami pulled out from postseason consideration.

The Yellow Jackets won't have any chance of beating the Seminoles if they don't turn in a much better effort than this.

“Well, I look at it like another opportunity,” Johnson said. “We'll see how they respond. You don't get those opportunities very often, so you need to take advantage of them.”

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