Nov. 16, 2013
*Another Tight Tussle: With the 43-38 loss, tonight marked the sixth game of the year that was decided by five points or less, and Georgia is 3-3 in these games. Auburn takes a 55-54-8 edge in the series with tonight's win in the 117th all-time meeting in the Deep South's oldest rivalry. Up next, Georgia (6-4, 4-3 SEC) plays host to Kentucky Saturday at 7 p.m.
*Deficits: Auburn held a 10-0 lead through the 1st quarter as the previous nine games this year Georgia either led (six games) or was tied (three) after the first 15 minutes of action. Today, the Tigers outgained Georgia in the 1st quarter 147 yards to four with time of possession in favor of the Tigers 12:07 to 2:53. At the half, Auburn led 27-10, and it was only the second time this year that the Bulldogs trailed after two quarters (Missouri). The Bulldogs had a halftime lead in six games and were tied twice this year. Georgia trailed #25 Missouri 28-10 and lost 41-26 on Oct. 12. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Auburn led 34-17. It was only the third time this year Georgia trailed after three quarters (@ Clemson, vs. Missouri) while holding a lead in six games plus one tie game. Georgia cut it to six at 37-31 with 5:59 left and took its first lead with 1:49 left at 38-37. AU converted a 4th and 18 for a 73-yard TD to regain a 44-38 lead with 25 seconds left and would hang on for the win.
*Murray Picks Up Another SEC and Georgia Record: Senior Aaron Murray finished 33-for-49 (career highs) for 415 yards and 2 TDs plus had 37 yards rushing on nine attempts with 2 TDs. With Georgia trailing 27-10 to start the second half, the Bulldogs focused on the air attack. In the first half, Murray was 12-for-17 for 138 yards with one INT. In the second half, he started out 7-for-7 for 63 yards before an incompletion. On the next play, he scampered for a 16-yard TD to cut the deficit to 27-17 to cap a 75-yard, 10-play drive. Tonight, Murray added the Georgia record for Career Pass Attempts now with 1,455, which ranks 3rd in SEC history passing former Bulldog David Greene. Also in the 2nd half, Murray set the SEC Career Record for Completions with his 896th on a five-yard TD pass to Rantavious Wooten that made it 37-24 with 9:35 left. Murray's career tally in that category is now 903. On 4th goal at 5 with 1:56 left, he ran it in for a TD to culminate erasing what was a 20-point deficit at two different times today (27-7 in the 2nd quarter and 37-17 in the 4th quarter). It was a 9-play, 45-yard drive in 2:48. However, Auburn would rally back for the victory.
*Gurley Running & Receiving Threat: Sophomore tailback Todd Gurley (15 rushes, 79 yards, 1 TD, 10 rec., 77 yards) had nearly as many receptions as carries tonight. Gurley is the first Bulldog to have at least 10 receptions in a game since 2008 when Mohamed Massaquoi had 11 versus Ga. Tech. In the first half, he finished with seven rushes for 34 yards and one TD plus had a team-leading and career-high six catches for 39 yards. His previous high in catches for a game was three in four previous games. With 10:11 left in the second quarter, Gurley had a nine-yard TD to run to cut the deficit to 13-7. It capped an 8-play, 75-yard drive in 2:56. He caught a four-yard pass that was Murray's Georgia record-setting 1,441st career attempt.
*SEC Tackle Leader Wilson Sets Career High: Junior linebacker Ramik Wilson finished the game with a career-high 18 tackles including 12 solo stops. Coming in today, he ranked as the SEC leader in tackles with 92 and his previous high was 15 in the road win over Tennessee.
*Blocked That Kick: Freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd blocked a 36-yard field goal with Georgia trailing 20-7 in the 2nd quarter. It led to an interception with 2:40 remaining in the half that AU converted into a TD. It was the second straight game with a blocked field goal as Jordan Jenkins had one last week against App. State.
*Points Off Turnovers: Auburn converted an interception (Ryan Smith off Aaron Murray) in to a touchdown for a 27-7 lead. The Bulldogs are now minus-eight in turnover margin, which ranks 13th in the SEC. Auburn came in 9th in the league at +1. It was Murray's eighth INT of the year.
*Starters: Freshman Tray Matthews (FS) returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the LSU game on Sept. 28. He started the first four games this year before being sidelined with a hamstring. He returned to action last week. Senior Arthur Lynch (TE) returned to his starting spot after missing last week with bruised ribs.
*Conley Returns: Junior FLK Chris Conley returned to action for the first time since the Vandy game. He had missed the past two games due to an ankle injury. He had two catches for 24 yards.