Georgia and Auburn Renew Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
Nov. 8, 2010
The Georgia-Auburn Series
The Georgia-Auburn series is the Deep South's oldest rivalry that began in 1892. The teams will be meeting for the 114th time, and Auburn leads the series 53-52-8. It is the seventh most played series in the country, tying with Oregon-Oregon State. In the Georgia-Auburn series, the road team has enjoyed more success. The Tigers are 18-11 in Athens while the Bulldogs are 14-9-2 in Auburn. However, one of the more unique notes about this series involves points. That is, in 113 meetings, Georgia has outscored Auburn by a total of 56 points, 1,778 to 1,722. Georgia has won four straight in the series for the first time since a stretch from 1944 to '48 where the Bulldogs claimed five in a row.
Overall, the Bulldogs are 4-2 versus top-10 foes on the road under head coach Mark Richt. Georgia's last win over a top-10 team came by a score of 30-24 over No. 7 Georgia Tech in Atlanta last year. The last time the Bulldogs faced an undefeated team this late in the season was the 2008 Sugar Bowl. Fourth-ranked Georgia posted a 41-10 win over a 12-0 Hawai'i team that was ranked 10th.
Speaking Of Facing A Ranked Auburn Team . . .
The Bulldogs are 4-13-1 when they are unranked and face a ranked Auburn squad. Before this Saturday's meeting, the last time it happened was 2006, and Georgia emerged with a victory. In 2006, the Bulldogs upset fifth-ranked Auburn 37-15 in Auburn. Safety Tra Battle snagged a trio of interceptions to to tie a school record and highlight the play of the Georgia defense. The last time the Bulldogs faced an undefeated Auburn team this late in the year was in 2004. The third-ranked Tigers came away with a 24-6 win over eighth-ranked Georgia.
1994 UGA-AU Flashback On The Plains: Third-ranked Auburn, under the direction of Terry Bowden, was undefeated and on a 20-game winning streak following a perfect 11-0 1993 season. That day, the Tigers (9-0) struggled against unranked Georgia and QB Eric Zeier. Georgia tied the game 23-23 in the fourth quarter. However, Auburn had a chance to win, but Mike Hawkins' 44-yard field goal sailed wide right and the game ended in a tie. Auburn would lose their next game in the Iron Bowl and finish the regular season 9-1-1.
SEC KOR Leader Boykin On Pace To Set School Record
With 22 kickoff return yards against Auburn, junior CB Brandon Boykin will set a Georgia record for KOR yardage in a career. He had no returns versus Idaho State. Boykin stands at 1,616 yards on 60 returns thanks in part to an SEC-record three 100-yard returns in his career. In addition to five tackles and the first sack of his career versus the Gators, Boykin piled up 111 return yards. His performance was highlighted by a 51-yard return in the fourth quarter that set up the Bulldogs' final touchdown and helped send the game to overtime. Boykin along with Vanderbilt's Warren Norman (1,608 on 62 ret.) are just outside the top 10 in the SEC record book for KOR yards. Boykin snagged his fifth career interception (second of 2010) versus Idaho State.
In 2010, Boykin has 22 returns totaling 630 yards (28.6 yds/ret.) and is leading the SEC and No. 9 in the nation with an average of 28.6 yards per return. More about Boykin's kickoff returns on pg. 5.
Green Tallies Sixth 100-Yard Game
A.J. Green made his 2010 debut versus the Buffaloes and picked up just where he had left off in 2009. Green opened the year with seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he had a 40-yard end-around that set up an acrobatic one-handed catch in the end zone for the Bulldogs' first score of the game (Green's catch was No. 1 on ESPN's Top-10 List following the game). Green recorded the sixth game of his career with 100 yards or more versus Idaho State. He registered six catches for 103 yards and two scores.
With 21 career touchdown catches, Green ranks second in UGA history. He trails only Terrence Edwards (30). Green was suspended the first four games of 2010 by the NCAA.