For six straight weeks, opposing coaches and players entered postgame locker rooms with no choice but to praise Auburn’s efforts. Saturday was different.
Georgia controlled the tempo throughout the game, and the Bulldogs dominated the second half. Auburn couldn’t muster a first down after halftime, and a Sean White pick-six — his first since the 2015 Birmingham Bowl — gave Georgia a big boost en route to a 13-7 upset victory at Sanford Stadium.
Coach Kirby Smart and his players were thrilled with the SEC cross-divisional win, which was only the SEC East’s second over the SEC West this season. The Bulldogs spoke about the interception return for a touchdown, the defensive performance and the victory after the game.
What they said
Smart on Auburn’s rushing attack: “They are a run-first team and not having their big back (Kamryn Pettway) was tough. He’s a great player. It’s tough that he wasn’t healthy, but they ran well with the others. Our kids struck and played hard tonight.”
RB Nick Chubb on Georgia’s defense: “Those guys are amazing. We know those guys would hold them up and they did. They scored one touchdown on us, so we knew it was on us to make some plays, and we were able to do that.”
Smart on pick-six against Sean White: “The touchdown got the crowd invigorated. When Mo (Smith) hit the pick-six, it got electric. It fired the defense up and inspired the offense. We got a lot of energy from that.”
Maurice Smith on his interception TD: “This makes it definitely worth while. It’s a blessing. For me to be a part of this team and be able to help the team, I just love it. I was relieved (after the touchdown). I had been wanting to get one for the longest time and I ended up getting it and God blessed me and the defense did a great job blocking.”
LB Roquan Smith on adjusting to Auburn: “That was the adjustment we needed. They were hitting everything on the perimeter in the first half, so the halftime adjustment was stopping the run there and we stopped it, but I guess they continued to try to do it.”