Score - Georgia: 55 Auburn: 27
Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs rolled into Jordan-Hare Stadium and punched the Tigers in the face and headed back home with an easy victory.
This was a game where Georgia jumped all over Auburn before Gus Malzahn knew what hit him, and the Bulldogs showed why they still have one of the best offenses in the country.
Actually, it was Georgia’s defense that got everything started.
Damian Swann picked off Nick Marshall’s first pass of the game on Auburn’s opening drive and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown. After the Tigers quickly stalled on their next drive with a three-and-out, a great punt return by Reggie Davis set the Dawgs up inside Auburn’s 40-yard line.
Then, Aaron Murray went to work.
Murray completed touchdown passes on Georgia’s next three drives, and the Bulldogs had a 28-0 lead before the end of the first quarter. Michael Bennett hauled in two touchdown passes while Rhett McGowan also had a touchdown grab of his own.
As if things couldn’t get any worse for Auburn, the Georgia defense scored again in the second quarter after Jordan Jenkins forced a fumble that Amarlo Herrera picked up and returned 18 yards for another touchdown, making the score 35-0 and prompting most fans of the home team to head to the exits.
The teams would trade scores throughout the rest of the game, but the damage had already been done. Georgia was dominant from the start and set the tone in the game’s first five minutes. And when the Dawgs play like this, they’re capable of beating anyone in the country.
There were plenty of game balls to go around in this performance, but Murray was the one who helped Georgia establish the big lead and continue to push ahead. He threw for four touchdown passes, including three in the first quarter, and gave Auburn no hope of being able to stay with the Dawgs for four quarters.
At No. 6 in the polls and in good position to head back to the SEC Championship game, Georgia is still very much alive in the BCS Championship race. The Bulldogs must handle their business against Kentucky and Georgia Tech, but those should be two very winnable games. After that, it looks like another battle with No. 1 Alabama will be looming in the distance in the Georgia Dome.