The No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs scored 34 unanswered points as it upset the ninth-ranked Auburn Tigers 34-7 on Saturday, Nov. 15 in front of a sold out crowd of 92,746 and a nationally-televised ESPN audience in Athens, Ga. UGA led 17-7 at halftime then scored 17 in the second half to route the Tigers.
The Bulldogs improve to 8-2 on the season that includes a 6-2 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn falls to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in league action. The win marked highest ranked team Georgia has beaten since outlasting No. 6 LSU here last year 44-41.
Georgia was 6 of 6 in red zone scoring opportunities. The Dawgs had four touchdowns and 2 field goals. Anytime you are that successful in the red zone you are going to have a good day.
The running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb carried the Georgia offense. Each runner went for over 100 yards marking the first time since 2012 that the Bulldogs have had two 100-yard rushers. Chubb led the team with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, while Gurley finished with 138 yards and one touchdown on 29 attempts. Along with his 144 yards, Chubb became the 12th Bulldogs in program history to rush for 1,000 yards. All in all Georgia had 300 yards rushing on the day.
Hutson Mason was 10-for-19 for 123 yards and touchdown on the night. Chubb was hit top target, finishing with 48 receiving yards. Michael Bennett added 29 yards, while Malcolm Mitchell registered 13 yards and a touchdown.
Amarlo Herrera led the team defensively, finishing with 12 tackles, including two solo stops and one tackle for a loss and an interception. Damien Swann and Ramik Wilson finished with eight tackles each. Leonard Floyd had the lone sack of the night.
Auburn struck first, taking a 7-0 lead on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that took just over four minutes. Cameron Artis-Payne scored the touchdown on a 26-yard run.
A muffed punt and a fumble recovery by Lucas Redd breathed new life into the Georgia offense. Sitting at the 20-yard line, Gurley got the call on first down and rushed 11 yards. Three plays later, Mason found Mitchell at the goal line for a touchdown that tied the game at 7-7.
The Bulldogs took the lead on their first drive of the second half. Chubb was the star of the drive, racking up 51 of Georgia’s 83 yards. Facing 4th-and-1 at the Auburn 9-yard line, Georgia called a timeout and decided to go for it. The gamble paid off as Chubb carried it nine yards to the end zone for a touchdown that put the Bulldogs up 14-7.
Georgia was forced to punt on its next drive, but Auburn was flagged for roughing the kicker, which resulted in 15 yards and a first down for the Bulldogs. Georgia worked its way into Auburn territory but settled for a 32-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan that made it a 17-7 game.
Auburn got the ball back with 23 seconds left in the first half, but did not connect on the deep ball as time expired, allowing Georgia to enter the locker room with a 17-7 lead. The seven points was the fewest by Auburn this season.
The Bulldog defense shut down Auburn on its ensuing possession Georgia got the ball back near midfield and stuck to the ground on the drive. Chubb went over 1,000 yards on the drive, racking up 51 yards on five carries. Gurley finished off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run that put Georgia up 24-7 with 7:28 left in the third quarter.
Auburn turned the ball over on downs with 4:56 left in the third quarter after a Nick Marshall fourth-down pass to C.J. Uzomah fell incomplete. Georgia then put together a nine play, 46-yard drive that resulted in a 28-yard field goal by Morgan. A pass interference call and a 27-yard run by Chubb set up the field goal.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Auburn marched all the way down to the Georgia 15 yard line, but couldn’t get any further as Georgia’s defense had an answer for every play call. The Tigers went for it on 4th-and-13, but Herrera picked it off at the two-yard line, ending the chance for an Auburn score.
The Bulldogs kept the hammer down, driving 98 yards on 11 plays and taking up 6:34 on their next drive. Georgia methodically worked the clock and got the first downs when needed before Chubb rushed 11 yards up the middle for the touchdown, his second of the game, that extended Georgia’s lead to 34-7.
Auburn got another chance, but a fumble with just over two minutes left in the game was recovered by Davin Bellamy. Georgia then got the ball back and ran out the clock, sealing the 34-7 win.
The Tigers were 0-2 on fourth down. Both times were crucial points in the game when Auburn needed to keep the chains moving.
Georgia continues its home stand next Saturday, Nov. 22 at noon when it welcomes Charleston Southern to Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.