Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Alabama earned its way into the BCS title game this year.
AJ McCarron's go-ahead 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 remaining lifted No. 2 Alabama to a 32-28 victory over No. 3 Georgia in a back-and-forth SEC Championship Game thriller.
The Crimson Tide, who are looking for their second straight national title and third in four years, will play No. 1 and undefeated Notre Dame in the BCS title game on Jan. 7, 2013.
Alabama shut out LSU, 21-0, in last season's BCS Championship tilt, despite not playing for the SEC crown after finishing second in the SEC West.
Aaron Murray guided the Bulldogs to the 8-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining, but the clock ran out following his 3-yard completion to Chris Conley.
Georgia was out of timeouts.
Eddie Lacy carried the ball 20 times for 181 yards and two scores, while T.J. Yeldon added 153 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 25 rushes for the Crimson Tide (12-1), who ran for an SEC Championship-record 350 yards in the triumph.
Murray finished 17-of-32 for 262 yards with a touchdown and interception for Georgia (11-2) which hasn't won the national title since 1980 and lost to LSU, 42-10, in last year's SEC Championship Game.