Georgia 27, Auburn 10
What Happened: Down 7-6, Georgia scored 21 unanswered points with Jake Fromm throwing two second quarter touchdown passes – a 14-yarder to Tyler Simmons and a 38-yarder to Terry Godwin – and a punctuation mark from D’Andre Swift on a 77-yard scoring dash.
Auburn came up with a trick play for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Anders Carlson nailed a field goal in the second, but the running game was non-existent and the offense fell flat the rest of the way.
What Mattered: Fromm completed 13-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two scores with a pick, and Swift ran for 186 yards and a score. What got the base excited, though, was that Justin Fields got to throw a pass. He didn’t go anywhere running the ball, but he completed both of his throws.
– Jarrett Stidham had to try carrying the team, but the passing game just didn’t make anything happen down the field. He completed 24-of-36 passes for 163 yards, but there were only two completions of over ten yards. The ground game came up with just 102 yards.
– Georgia took over and never let Auburn get into the game. It controlled the clock for over 35 minutes and owned third downs. It helped that Big Kat Bryant was ejected for targeting – taking away a big part of the Auburn defensive front – but it was a great game for the Dawg O line.
What It All Means: Auburn might be in the midst of a disappointing season, but there’s no shame in losing at Georgia. The Liberty game won’t exactly be a week off – the Flames can bring it a bit – but the Tigers have to find a wee bit of something that consistently works on offense this late in the season, or else the Iron Bowl is going to be a total wipeout.
– Georgia has to use the UMass game as time to prepare for what’s coming. The Georgia Tech offense is humming, and then comes the shot at Alabama. The Dawgs are talented enough and good enough to get to the College Football Playoff, but after a rough run of LSU, Florida, Kentucky, and this, it needs a break.
NEXT: Alabama 24, Mississippi State 0