Saturday, November 12, 2011
Final: Georgia 45, Auburn 7
By Edward Aschoff
ATHENS, Ga. -- It's all over with inside Sanford Stadium, as Georgia routed Auburn 45-7.
Georgia has been scoffed at for what many consider to be a less-than-impressive SEC schedule, but the Bulldogs played their most complete SEC game of the season against Auburn.
The Tigers had two weeks to rest and prepare for this game, but was in it for only a quarter. Georgia dominated both sides of the ball, finishing with 528 total yards to Auburn's 195.
Georgia also watched as running backs Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas went over 100 yards.
Aaron Murray continued to play his best football, passing for 224 yards and four touchdowns. Murray's numbers could have been much better, but the Dawgs went to their ground game in the second half. All of Murray's touchdowns and 216 of his yards came in the first half.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said earlier in the week that he didn't relax after Arkansas beat South Carolina last week, hurling the Bulldogs into the SEC driver's set, but as chants of "U-G-A" echoed throughout Sanford Stadium just before the clock ran out in the fourth, you had to think that he exhaled a monster sigh of relief.
Richt went from being left for dead to directing this team to a win away from Atlanta.