What looked like a runaway win for the Auburn Tigers became a huge nailbiter as the Georgia Bulldogs came storming back in the latter part of the game. The Tigers went on to win in the final seconds of the game.
Auburn completely owned the first quarter of the game. Starting off with a field goal, the Tigers opening 16-play drive was held at 4th and goal shy of 5 yards. Cody Parkey kicked the first strike with the clock at 8:15 in the first quarter.
After a 3-and-out situation for Georgia, Auburn tacked on a touchdown to boost their score up to 10. Auburn covered 63 yards in just six plays with several players making double digit gains. Corey Grant made the score with a 21-yard rush. Parkey's extra point was good.
At the beginning of the 2nd quarter, the Tigers added another field goal. The 11-play drive was able to cover 56 yards before getting stopped at the Georgia 18. Parkey kicked the 35-yarder to bring Auburn up to 13.
The Bulldogs finally came alive a few minutes into the second quarter. The 8-play drive started with a 42-yard gain by an Aaron Murray pass to Michael Bennett. From there, Georgia pushed down to the endzone and score with a Todd Gurley rush for 9 yards. Marshall Morgan kicked the extra point.
The Tigers didn't allow for the Bulldogs to gain any momentum from the score. Their next drive was over in 6 plays and covered the necessary 73 yards for another touchdown. The first play of the possession saw QB Marshall complete a pass to Ricardo Louis for 10 yards before Louis fumbled the ball. The officials ruled the ball recovered by Louis, a belief not held by Georgia coach March Richt. Richt argued the point enough to get a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.From there, a deflated Bulldog defense couldn't stop the Auburn offense from sweeping down the field. Nick Marshall ended the drive with a 6-yard rush and Parkey added the extra point to make the score 20-7.
On their next possession, Auburn worked to get down the field and went for a kick on 4th and 8 at the Georgia 19. The field goal was blocked, but it worked out in the Tigers' favor when an Aaron Murray pass was grabbed by Auburn's Ryan Smith. The next drive lasted for 6 plays and covered 61 yards. Tre Mason added another touchdown to the scoreboard by breaking free for a 24-yard rush.
With 1:07 before halftime, Georgia was looking for points. The final drive of the half consisted of nothing but Murray passes and was able to get to the Auburn 20 with 2 seconds left on the clock. Kicker Marshall Morgan was able to add the 3 points with a 37-yard kick to bring the score to 27-10.
After the half, Georgia came out swinging with more passes by Murray. It was enough to keep the Auburn defense perplexed and the 10-play drive covered 75 yards for the score. Murray finished the drive with a 16-yard rush. Morgan added the extra point.
Auburn against answered the touchdown with one of their own. During the 7-play drive across 77 yards, Sammie Coates found 20 yards from a Marshall pass and Ricardo Louis gained a whopping 44 yards on a later pass. Marshall made the touchdown with a 5-yard rush. Parkey's kick set the score at 34-17.
In the 4th quarter, Auburn started off with a field goal. The 10-play drive suffered from several penalties and covered 46 yards. Despite a 32-yard rush by Ricardo Louis, Auburn was held to 4th and 9 at the Georgia 19. Parkey was able to boot in the 32-yard field goal.
The Bulldogs continued to fight to close the gap. A 9-play drive for 75 yards helped Georgia to add another touchdown. The biggest gain for the Bulldogs was a Todd Gurley rush for 12 yards with 15 yards added due to a facemask penalty on Auburn's Jermaine Whitehead. Rantavious Wooten finished the drive by taking a Murray pass 5 yards into the endzone. Morgan's extra point put the score at 37-24 in Auburn's favor.
A 3-and-out from the Auburn offense gave Georgia a shot at being back in the game. A five play drive got the Bulldogs another touchdown and put the game score at a 6 point difference. The first play of the series saw Todd Gurley carry a Murray pass for 22 yards. The final play of the drive got the score from another Murray pass, this time to Arthur Lynch for 24 yards. The extra point put the score at 37-31.
The Auburn offense again suffered some issues and was forced to punt away. The extremely motivated Bulldog offense was given 4:47 to try to take the lead in the game. The drive came down to Aaron Murray rushing towards the endzone and being tackled right at the endzone. Officials ruled a touchdown and confirmed it after reviewing the play. Morgan's kick put the Bulldogs ahead by 1 at 38-37.
Auburn began the following drive after Quan Bray carried the ball to the Auburn 22. The offense then pushed their way down the field, but was pushed back to a 4th and 18 situation from their own 27 yard line. What happened next was one of the most amazing moments to ever exist in football. Marshall threw down the field and the pass was bobbled by two Bulldog defenders before being grabbed from the air by Auburn's Ricardo Louis for a 73-yard touchdown. The was set at 43-38 as Auburn coudn't make 2-point conversion.
Georgia made a valiant attempt with their remaining seconds, but could not get to the endzone in time. Auburn wins 43-38.
Next week, Auburn has a bye week in anticipation of Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
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