Georgia Clinches SEC East with 38-0 Shutout of Auburn
Nov. 10, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Aaron Murray threw for three touchdowns to lead the No. 5 University of Georgia football team to second-straight SEC East title and a spot in the SEC Title game with a 38-0 win over the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, Ala. With the win, the Bulldogs move to 9-1 on the year, including a 7-1 mark in league play. Auburn remains winless in the conference at 0-7 and is 2-8 on the year. It is the sixth SEC East title in 12 seasons for head coach Mark Richt. Murray also passed Eli Manning for fifth-place in Southeastern Conference history for touchdown passes.
Murray finished with 208 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs through the air on 18-of-24 passing, completing 10-straight passes to start the game. Six different receivers saw action, with Tavarres King leading the way with 73 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Malcolm Mitchell finished with 47 yards on five catches and a touchdown, while Chris Conley was also on the receiving end of a touchdown pass. Todd Gurley went over 100 yards for the seventh time this season, finishing with 116 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts. Keith Marshall went over the century mark for the third time this season, rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
The Bulldog defense racked up four sacks, one interception and forced and recovered a fumble. Alec Ogletree led the team with 10 tackles, including nine solo stops and a sack for a loss of eight yards. Bacarri Rambo added eight tackles, seven of which were unassisted and grabbed Georgia's only interception. Shawn Williams and Jarvis Jones finished with five and four tackles, respectively. Jones also recorded two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.
The Bulldogs did not waste any time getting on the board, using a 49-yard run by Gurley set up a six-yard touchdown pass to Conley to put the Bulldogs up 7-0, following the Marshall Morgan extra point, on the opening possession of the game. Georgia made it a 14-0 game on its next possession. Murray spread the ball around to three different receivers for 36 yards and rushed for 15 yards before finding Mitchell in the end zone.
King did his part to help the Bulldogs to a 28-0 lead with 5:09 left to play in the first half. Facing third-and-seven from the Auburn 17, Murray lobbed a passed down the right sideline to an open King, who managed to get a foot down for the score that put Georgia up 21-0, after the Morgan PAT. On the next drive, King hauled in a 55-yard pass over the middle that made it first-and-goal and set up the Bulldogs fourth touchdown of the half. Gurley finished the five-play, 90-yard drive off with a six-yard touchdown run that put Georgia up 28-0 after the extra point.
Georgia received the ball to start the second half and marched 73-yards to the Auburn two-yard line. Gurley did much of the damage on the drive, carrying the ball five times for 39 yards, including a 15-yard scamper that put the Bulldogs in Auburn territory. The Bulldogs tacked on three points on a field goal Morgan that put them up 31-0 with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter.
After the Bulldogs forced an Auburn three-and-out late in the third quarter, Marshall broke free for a 62-yard touchdown on the second play of the drive to extend Georgia's lead to 38-0, following the PAT.
Georgia will return to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17 when it takes on in-state, non-conference foe Georgia Southern. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., and will be televised locally on WSBTV-Atlanta.