MOBILE, Ala. – The Georgia Bulldogs knocked off the Auburn Tigers Saturday night 28 to 7 to win the SEC Championship.
Auburn scored on their opening drive of the game, going up 7-0.
Those would be the Tigers last points. Georgia’s defense shut down Jarrett Stidham and Auburn’s offense, holding Kerryon Johnson to only 44 rushing.
The Bulldogs forced two turnovers and blocked a Daniel Carlson field goal Saturday night in Atlanta. Each time it seemed Auburn was poised to get back into the game, a turnover or mental error cost the Tigers.
In the end, Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs got revenge for their November 11th loss on The Plains and punched a ticket to the College Football Playoff.
SECOND HALF MVP
It’s hard to chose between a pair of Georgia freshman.
Quarterback Jake Fromm played a flawless game, completing 16 of 22 passes for 183 and two scores.
Freshman running back D’Andre Swift got extended playing time in the second half of the game after Sony Michel left the game with an injury. Swift ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run to ice the game and put Georgia up 28-7 in the fourth quarter.
Swift finished the game with 88 yards rushing.
SECOND HALF KEY PLAY
At the start of the fourth quarter, Kerryon Johnson took the ball from Jarrett Stidham on a harmless running play. Johnson fumbled though and Georgia’s defense recovered.
At the time, Auburn trailed 13-7. Following the fumble, Georgia drove for a touchdown to go up 21-7, and the Bulldogs never looked back.
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The Auburn Tigers turned the ball over two times Saturday night. Turnovers themselves don’t necessarily lose games, but Georgia was able to score 15 points off those Auburn miscues.
In the second half, Auburn was down 13-7. Kerryon Johnson fumbled and just 1:43 later Georgia would score a touchdown to extend their lead to 21-7. It would prove too much for the Tigers to come back from.
FIRST HALF MVP
Georgia’s Roquan Smith had eight tackles and two tackles for a loss in the first half of the SEC Championship game.
Smith also registered a sack.
Both Jack Fromm and Jarrett Stidham played solid in the first half, but Smith was a difference maker for the Bulldogs defense.
FIRST HALF KEY PLAY
Auburn controlled the first quarter and was hoping to take a two-score lead early in the second quarter of play.
Georgia’s defense had other plans. Linebacker Davin Bellamy sacked Jarrett Stidham forcing a fumble on the play. Not only did this prevent Auburn form scoring, as they were in the red zone, but it was the start of the game-tying touchdown drive for the Bulldogs.
Jake Fromm would lead a 83-yard scoring drive to tie the game and swing momentum in Georgia’s favor.
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Kerryon Johnson’s playing status was uncertain entering Saturday’s game
The running back got the start, but only had 16 yards rushing on eight carries.
Johnson accounted for 233 yards when Auburn beat Georgia a few weeks ago.