Georgia Postgame Notes Vs. Auburn
Nov. 10, 2012
*SEC Eastern Division Champions: With tonight's 38-0 victory, Georgia (9-1, 7-1 SEC) will represent the East in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 1 in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. This will be the fifth trip for the Bulldogs, all under Mark Richt including second in a row. Georgia is 2-2 in these games, winning the SEC in 2002 and 2005. Richt's overall record at UGA is now 115-39 (69-31 in SEC). Tonight's shutout was the first by the Bulldogs against Auburn since 1978 when they won 28-0 in Auburn. Tonight's 38-point margin of victory matches last year's 45-7 win in Athens and tied for the second largest margin of victory. The largest was a 41-0 win in 1946 in Columbus.
*Another Shutout: Georgia's defense blanked Auburn for its seventh shutout in the Mark Richt era including third in the SEC. The last one came to Vandy in 2010 (43-0) and the first on the road since 2006 when it blanked South Carolina 18-0. Georgia's defense has played the last six quarters without giving up any points. The Tigers had 124 yards on 25 plays in the first half, and the Tigers finished with 238 yards on 49 plays.
*Georgia-Auburn Series: Since the first year of SEC football (1933), the UGA-AU rivalry has decided the conference fate of one or both of the teams 21 times, whether it was a division crown or overall title. The Bulldogs are now 12-8-1 in these games. This was the first time since 2002 when Georgia came to Auburn with the Eastern Division crown and a trip to Atlanta on the line, and it has won both times. In the overall series history, Georgia has evened it now at 54-54-8 including winning six out of the last seven. This is the seventh most played rivalry in NCAA FBS and tonight was the 120th year it has been played as it dates back to 1892.
*Big First Half and Game For Aaron Murray: Junior QB Aaron Murray was 16-for-20 for 186 yards and 3 TDs (to 3 different receivers) to build a 28-0 advantage in the first half. He led the Bulldogs to four TDs on their first four drives, covering 76, 80, 64 and 90 yards. He ended up 18-for-24, 208 yards, 3 TDs. On Georgia's first drive, Murray was 4-for-4 for 30 yards, capped by a six-yard TD pass to sophomore. Chris Conley. The big play came from a 59-yard run by freshman Todd Gurley. On the second possession, he went 5-for-5 for 41 yards including a five-yard TD pass to Malcolm Mitchell. At that point, Murray was 9-for-9 for 71 yards, 2 TDs. On the third possession, he had his first incompletion on his 11th attempt after starting out 10-for-10 for 87 yards. The third drive culminated with a TD. Murray sat out one play after taking a hit from the AU defense. Then he returned to fire a 17-yard TD strike to Tavarres King on a great catch that was reviewed and upheld for 21-0 lead. Murray led a 90-yard TD drive on 4th possession for a 28-0 lead.
*Leading Tacklers: Junior linebacker Alec Ogletree led the team with 10 stops and 1 sack. Senior safety Bacarri Rambo had seven tackles in the first half and finished with eight including an interception. Junior linebacker Jarvis Jones had four tackles and two sacks tonight. Jones has 10.5 sacks for the year and 24 in his Bulldog career. The defense forced a turnover on AU's deepest drive, ending at the Bulldog line. Senior Shawn Williams forced the fumble, and it was recovered by senior linebacker Mike Gilliard. For Rambo, it was his 15th career INT, one shy of the school mark held by Jake Scott (1967-68). Neither turnover led to any points.
*"Gurshall" Combines for 200+ Again: For the third time this season, Georgia's freshman tailbacks each went over 100 yards. In the first half, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 12 carries and 116 yards, and they finished with 19 carries for 221 yards and 2 TDs. Gurley tallied 116 yards on 11 carries while Marshall had 105 yards on 8 carries. Earlier this year, they combined for 294 yards on 34 carries with five TDs in a win over Tennessee, and in a win over Fla. Atlantic, they combined for 215 yards on 20 carries with 2 TDs.
*New OL Starting Unit: Due to a shoulder injury to junior guard Chris Burnette, the Bulldogs featured a different starting offensive line for the first time this season. Tonight, the Bulldogs went with Mark Beard (LT), Kenarious Gates (LG), David Andrews (C), Dallas Lee (RG) and John Theus (RT). It was the first career start for Beard while Gates has been the starter at LT and Lee at LG for the first nine games this year. Burette had an 18-game starting streak end. Also of note, sophomore flanker Chris Conley made his first career start. Conley snagged a six-yard TD on the first drive of the game and had 4 receptions total for 32 yards.
*TK Honors Teammate: Senior flanker Tavarres King wore jersey number 15 tonight instead of his number 12 to honor senior Marlon Brown who saw his collegiate career end last Saturday due to an ACL injury. King's first catch tonight was an impressive 17-yard TD. It was the 19th TD catch of King's career, moving him to a tie for 4th in school history with Brice Hunter. King had 3 catches for 73 yards and 1 TD, all coming in the first half.