Postgame Notes - #14 Georgia vs. #24 Auburn (Nov. 12, 2011)
Nov. 12, 2011
Winning Streak Continues: Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC) won its eighth straight contest, the first time the Bulldogs have had an eight-game winning streak since the 2002 season when it began 8-0. Today's 38-point margin of victory over Auburn (6-4, 4-3 SEC) was the largest in the series since a record 41-0 win in 1946. Georgia plays host to Kentucky (4-6, 1-5 SEC) next Saturday and can clinch the SEC Eastern Division with a win. Vanderbilt beat the Wildcats 38-8 today. Georgia has won six SEC games in a row for the first time since 1982. In the Vince Dooley era, Georgia had a stretch of 23 consecutive SEC victories from 1980-83. For the first time since 1981, Georgia has beaten, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn in the same season.
Rambo Takes One To The House: Junior FS Bacarri Rambo grabbed his seventh interception of the year and the 12th pick of his career in the second quarter and returned it for a 24-yard touchdown. This marks the third INT returned for a TD for Rambo in his career and the first of 2011. The Bulldogs' last INT returned for a TD was CB Vance Cuff (Idaho State, 2010). Rambo is No. 2 in the nation with his seven INTs and now has 149 return yards for the year. Before Saturday, Georgia was the only team in the SEC this season not to score a defensive TD this year.
Thomas, Crowell Reach Century Mark: Junior TB Carlton Thomas came off the bench to record his first 100-yard rushing game of his career after carrying the ball for 127 yards on 15 carries. His performance included a career-long 27 yarder. Starting TB Isaiah Crowell finished with 132 yards on 24 rushes with one TD. This is the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career. This tandem both going over 100 yards in the same game is the first for the Bulldogs since Washaun Ealey (183) and Caleb King (166) accomplished the feat versus Georgia Tech in 2009. This is the first time the Bulldogs have done it in an SEC game since 2004 (Danny Ware-127, Thomas Brown-122) against Vanderbilt. Today, Georgia had 304 rushing yards.
Murray Ties TD Record: Quarterback Aaron Murray (14-of-18, 224 yards, 4 TD) set the school record with 27 touchdown passes in a season with four scoring passes in the first half. Matthew Stafford had the old mark with 25 TD passes in 2008. Murray also tied Stafford for career TD passes with 51. Murray started the scoring spurt with an 8-yard strike to Tavarres King. King now has the team lead with six scoring catches. Murray's second TD was a diving 27-yard catch by Michael Bennett. This was a career-long grab for Bennett. FB Bruce Figgins hauled in the third TD catch of the day, which was the first of the year for him. Murray's fourth scoring pass went to Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell's 25-yard score was his fourth of the season after sitting out the last three games with a hamstring injury. He finished with three catches for 85 yards.
First Half Flurry: Georgia's 35 points in the first half was the most points in the first half of an SEC game since 2003 when the Bulldogs built a 37-10 lead over Alabama here. Georgia went on to win 37-23.
Sacking The Opposition: The Bulldogs recorded 5 sacks to help hold the Tigers to 51yards rushing on 25 carries. For the game, Auburn had 195 total yards on offense. They came in ranked 2nd in the SEC in rushing offense at 191.1 ypg. Alec Ogletree led the team with six tackles while Jarvis Jones had five stops and two sacks. Jones leads the SEC with 10 sacks, which ranks in the top 10 nationally.
Longest TD Drive: Georgia's first scoring drive in the first quarter lasted 6:03. This was the longest touchdown drive for the Bulldogs this season until the fourth quarter when Georgia had one for 7:23. In the first quarter, it was 12 plays in the drive also matches the most plays in a scoring drive this year. Murray capped the scoring drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to King. In the fourth, it was an 11-play, 71-yard drive capped by Isaiah Crowell from nine yards out. Third Down Precision: Georgia was 12-for-15 on third down conversions, including two that went for touchdowns. The Bulldogs were 7-for-8 in the opening half on third down.
Bogotay Hits First Career FG: Senior Brandon Bogotay connected on his first career field goal for the Bulldogs on a 26 yarder in the third quarter. Bogotay missed a 35 yarder against Idaho State last season.
Turnovers: Freshman Isaiah Crowell fumbled the ball in the second quarter. One play later, Auburn gave the ball right back on a fumble of its own. N Kwame Geathers jumped on the loose ball for the Bulldogs in his first snap of the game. Crowell had his second lost fumble of the game at the beginning of the fourth period. Auburn punted in the next series. Opponents have scored 35 points off 14 Bulldog miscues. Following Geathers' recovery, Murray connected with Figgins for a 15-yard touchdown, which was his first TD grab since the 2010 Georgia Tech game and the fourth of his career. Later in the second period, Rambo made an interception and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers coughed up their second fumble of the game in the third quarter as ILB Alec Ogletree got credit for the forced fumble and fellow ILB Mike Gilliard recovered it. Georgia has forced 23 turnovers and converted them into 83 points.
Injury Report: Sophomore N Kwame Geathers left in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.