It just wasn’t Auburn’s night Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against Georgia.
The No. 2 Tigers scored on their opening possession, but that was about it as the No. 6 Bulldogs dominated the rest of the way as Auburn’s offense was out of sorts with a hobbled Kerryon Johnson not at full speed. Georgia won the game, 28-7, and is expected to be one of the four teams selected to the College Football Playoff on Sunday.
Auburn-Georgia recap, score
FINAL: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
Auburn 7, Georgia 28 (10:34, 4Q)
- D’Andre Swift found an opening and just kept going and going — and going. Georgia picked up every ounce of momentum in Mercedes-Benz Stadium as Auburn took a 28-7 lead with just over ten minutes remaining in the game. On that last play it looked like there was some miscommunication and a little bit of a shift from a couple of Auburn defenders. Whatever it was, it ended up costing the Tigers.
Auburn 7, Georgia 21 (13:06, 4Q)
- Jake Fromm finds Terry Godwin in the end zone and just like that Georgia has a cushy lead with a lot of time left in the fourth quarter. Fromm was responsible for a lot of the yards on that drive.
END OF 3rd QUARTER Auburn 7, Georgia 13
Auburn 7, Georgia 13 (1:26, 3Q)
- Rodrigo Blankenship drills a 35-yard field goal which puts Georgia up by 6. The Tigers’ defense has missed a lot more tackles than usual today. It’s been weird and it’s really hurt Gus Malzahn’s team. Still, the defense is keeping Jake Fromm and Georgia from getting into the end zone.
Auburn 7, Georgia 10 (8:13, 3Q)
- Auburn’s defense does its job and gets off the field quick to open the second half. After that Jarrett Stidham scrambles and gets it to Ryan Davis for a gain of 29 yards. Kerryon Johnson adds 15 more yards after that. Auburn comes up short on third down and Daniel Carlson has a field goal blocked.
HALFTIME Auburn 7, Georgia 10
Auburn 7, Georgia 10 (0:49, 2Q)
- Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham goes long and intends to get it to Darius Slayton, but Georgia is called for a facemask. A couple of plays later Chandler Cox misses a big block and Jarrett Stidham is sacked. Aidan Marshall to punt.
Auburn 7, Georgia 10 (5:01, 2Q)
- A couple of missed tackles by Auburn results in Georgia marching down the field. Fortunately Deshaun Davis comes up with a big tackle to make it 3 & 3 for UGA. It looks like Georgia scores, but there’s an offensive pass interference call. It backs the Dawgs up a good bit. Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship comes in and makes a 27-yard field goal to put Georgia up by 3 points.
Auburn 7, Georgia 7 ( 10:14, 2Q)
- Georgia turns to running back Nick Chubb for a couple of rushes and then Jake Fromm picks up the slack on third down with a big-time throw to Mecole Hardman. Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson is shaken up a bit on one of the plays, but walks off the field under his own power. Auburn corner Carlton Davis gets called for pass interference and then Georgia gets its first score of the day, courtesy of Fromm.
Auburn 7, Georgia 0 (13:04, 2Q)
- Auburn is moving toward the end zone when Jarrett Stidham gets hit from behind and fumbles it. Georgia recovers and takes over.
END OF 1st QUARTER Auburn 7, Georgia 0
Auburn 7 Georgia 0 (9:54, 1Q)
- A pass interference call on Georgia helps Auburn after the Tigers don’t move much on the first couple of plays. After that it’s Kerryon Johnson who forces some movement. Jarrett Stidham finds Chandler Cox for a 21-yard gain and Auburn lands at the 10-yard line. Gus Malzahn calls a timeout and after that Johnson fakes a jump pass, but is gobbled up. On the next play Stidham sends one to Nate Craig-Myers in the end zone and Auburn puts points on the board.
Auburn and Georgia kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, with the SEC title on the line as well as a likely spot in the College Football Playoff.
The two teams met Nov. 11 with the Tigers knocking off then-No. 1 Georgia, 40-17. The two teams enter the rematch with Auburn (10-2) ranked No. 2 in the playoff rankings and Georgia (11-1) sixth.
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Pre-game: Big news, Tiger fans. Kerryon Johnson was just named the starting running back for the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Is he 100 percent? We don’t know, but we knew it was going to be difficult to keep him off the field.
Auburn-Georgia game time, information
- Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
- Date: Saturday, December 2
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- Line: Auburn by 2
Kerryon Johnson: Will he or won’t he?
That’s the big question. The Tigers star running back injured his shoulder against Alabama and Gus Malzahn has been vague about whether or not Johnson will play Saturday against Georgia.
In the first game Johnson ran for 167 yards on 32 carries and had 2 receptions for 66 yards with a 55-yard catch-and-run TD.
Malzahn doesn’t see Auburn’s offense stalling if Johnson can’t play — even with running back Kamryn Pettway (scapula) sidelined, too.
“This team is different. I think everybody sees it,” Malzahn said. “Any time you’ve got one of the best players in all of college football and you’re not for sure if he’s going to play, as a coach, it concerns you. But our team, I think we got depth. I really think that, if he can’t go, our guys will rise to the occasion.”
Malzahn didn’t directly answer a question about a report Thursday that stated his agents approached university president Steven Leath with terms for a new contract.
The fifth-year Tigers coach reportedly is the top candidate for the coaching vacancy at Arkansas, where he played and coached for a brief time.
“I’m focused on this game,” Malzahn said Friday. “This is for the SEC Championship, and I’m the head coach at Auburn.”
According to a report from Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, representatives for Malzahn “presented a package to Auburn president Steven Leath to keep him in blue and orange.”
- Rematches rule: This will be the sixth time Auburn has played a team twice in one season. The Tigers are 4-1 in those rematches, including the 2010 SEC Championship Game rout over South Carolina.
- All about that balance: Auburn, Louisville and Ohio State are the only three Power 5 teams in college football that are averaging at least 230 passing yards and 230 rushing yards per game.