By: Raynard Churchwell
The Georgia Bulldogs have secured the SEC East title for the 3rd straight year as they defeated the Auburn Tigers 21-14. The Bulldogs will now face either the LSU Tigers or the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. The Dogs have now put themselves in a prime position to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff if they can win their remaining two games.
Jordan-Hare Stadium was hype and ready for an epic showdown between the two SEC rivals. Both the Bulldogs and Tigers had a lot riding on the game, knowing that a loss could end their championship aspirations. The game was a slugfest from the very beginning. Both defenses came in rated among the top 20 in the nation, and it showed. Neither team could get anything going offensively as both quarterbacks faced constant pressure midway through the first quarter. Georgia would strike first with quarterback Jake Fromm throwing a 51-yard dagger to Dominick Blaylock to put Georgia up 7-0.
In the second quarter, Georgia would begin to take over the game. Running back D’Andre Swift gained some big runs and opened the field up for the passing game. At the end of the quarter, Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn would call an ill-advised timeout. This would stop a running clock and give Georgia a chance to execute with extra time. Due to this mistake, Georgia running back Brian Herrien scored a 5-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the quarter. This would end the half with Georgia up 14-0.
The Bulldogs would begin to run away from the Tigers in the 3rd Quarter. Georgia’s defense completely dominated Auburn’s offense as they shut down every offensive attack in the Tigers’ gameplan. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix couldn’t get anything going, and it looked like it was going to get ugly. Georgia would score again as Jake Fromm threw a five-yard touchdown to Tight End Eli Wolfe. This made the score 21-0, and things looked very bleak for the Tigers. Jordan-Hare Stadium was as quiet as a mouse, and things looked like they were going to get embarrassing for Auburn.
In the 4th Quarter, Auburn would continue to fight. Auburn Running Back Eli Stove would score the Tigers’ first points of the game with a 3-yard reception. A few drives later, Auburn Quarterback Bo Nix would lead a 51-yard drive in a little over a minute and finish with a 2-yard touchdown. This would make the score 21-14. Life had been injected into the Auburn crowd, and the Tigers had hope once again. In the end, Georgia’s defense was able to make enough plays and hold on for a close win.
Georgia Quarterback Jack From threw for 110 yards and three touchdowns. With the win, Georgia moves to 9-1 on the season and will remain one of the top four teams in the College Football Playoff Rankings.