No offense meant in that earlier post. I'd like to say congratulations for taking the #5 team to the woodshed *AT* Jordan Hair-Dye Stadium. Since my first childhood memories in Opelika I've had respect for the Tigers and I've know for a fact that there are some pretty mean Dawgs up there near Athens. Maybe what I should've said was that next Sundy I'd love to see a writeup like the one below with names like Wilson, Darby, McClain, Simpson, Hall, Gilberry, and Brown in there where all the UGA players' names are.
Good luck next week - I expecting y'all to show up for the SEC and "send those Yellow Jackets to a watery grave."
NCAA Game Summary - Georgia at Auburn
(Saturday, November 11th)
Final Score: Georgia 37, (5) Auburn 15
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Kregg Lumpkin rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown and Matthew Stafford threw for 219 yards and a score as Georgia stunned No. 5 Auburn, 37-15, at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Stafford completed 14-of-20 passes without an interception, and ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for the Bulldogs (7-4, 4-4 SEC), who had lost four of their previous five games.
"This team has been through a lot of ups and downs," Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses said. "To start hot the way we did and then hit that slump that we did losing four of the last five games, it was a big burden to overcome. We had to take the criticism that we took and stick together. It was criticism that we deserved, but we stuck together. To go out and beat a top-five team just feels good. It assures us that we go out there and work hard, and we are still a good team."
Brandon Cox struggled through a terrible afternoon as he went just 4-of-12 for 35 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions for the Tigers (9-2, 5-2 SEC), who had a four-game win streak halted and had their national title hopes dashed.
"We didn't get to run the ball too much because we got behind," Auburn running back Brad Lester said. "We ended up having to throw the ball. It isn't good when a wide receiver is your leading rusher."
The Bulldogs took control of the game from the start, as they took the opening possession and marched 65 yards for a 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by a Stafford 53-yard completion to A.J. Bryant down the left sideline that took the ball to the Auburn eight-yard-line. Lumpkin then dashed up the middle and into the end zone for the early lead.
"We couldn't get them off the field," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said of Georgia' offense. "The quarterback draw hurt us. Heck, we knew they were going to run it, and we still couldn't stop them. We just looked like we weren't reacting very well. They had us on the ropes and kind of had us guessing."
A 34-yard field goal from Gordon Ely-Kelso with 12:07 left in the second quarter extended the Georgia lead to 10-0 before the visitors tacked on seven more points on their next possession.
Stafford once again got it done through the air, hooking up with Kenneth Harris on a 40-yard completion to take the ball to the Tiger's one-yard-line. Brannan Southerland then pushed the ball across to give the Bulldogs a 17- point lead.
Things only got worse for the Tigers on their next possession, as Cox fired a pass to the left sideline that was picked off by Tra Battle. The senior defensive back then raced 30-yards for a touchdown and a commanding 24-point cushion for his team.
Lester's 21-yard TD gallop got the home crowd back into the game and cut the Auburn deficit to 24-7, but the momentum quickly returned to the Dawgs as Georgia forced another turnover on Auburn's next possession.
Cox attempted a slant over the middle but had his pass deflected at the line by Charles Johnson. The ball hung up in the air long enough for Battle to settle under it for his second interception of the game, giving Georgia good field position at the Auburn 39.
The Bulldogs cashed in right before halftime as Lumpkin took a screen pass and scurried 14-yards for a touchdown and a 30-7 halftime lead for Georgia.
Cox finally got on track as he connected with Rodgeriqus Smith for a 34-yard touchdown with 4:27 to play in the third. Auburn added the two-point conversion to make it 30-15, but gave the points back early in the fourth.
Stafford sprinted up the middle on a quarterback draw and into the end zone from nine-yards out with 12:28 to go to cap the scoring.
"The quarterback draw is effective just about every game," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "The defense has to account for one more person and if they have to account for the quarterback it spreads them a little bit thin. That is why a lot of teams are going to that."
Auburn running back Kenny Irons rushed 10 times for 49 yards...Georgia outgained Auburn 446-171 in total yards...Georgia lost three fumbles in the game...Auburn will face Alabama in the Iron Bowl game next week while Georgia hosts rival Georgia Tech in two weeks.
11/11 21:01:46 ET