Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry: No. 18 Auburn falls to No. 2 Georgia

Tank Bigsby, Football: Auburn vs Georgia

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Georgia UGA 6-0 , 4-0


Auburn AUB 4-2 , 1-1

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
UGA Georgia 3 14 7 10 34
AUB Auburn 3 0 7 0 10

Game Recap: Football | | By: Jeff Shearer

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AUBURN, Ala. – No. 18 Auburn grabbed an early lead with a 17-play opening drive and Tank Bigsby scored a second-half touchdown but No. 2 Georgia won the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry 34-10 Saturday at sold-out Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Bigsy scored on a 6-yard-run, bouncing outside to his left when the middle was clogged on third-and-1 to make it 24-10 with 4:01 left in the third quarter, ending a string of 24 unanswered UGA points. 

With his older brother, 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, watching from the student section in the south end zone, Caylin Newton’s 31-yard reception was the key play on 78-yard, six-play touchdown drive.

Georgia kicked a field goal in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter and added a 10-yard touchdown run by Zamir White with 7:11 remaining for the game’s final score. 

Auburn got off to a promising start on its first possession, converting two fourth downs while driving to the Bulldogs’ 9-yard-line before Anders Carlson kicked a 24-yard field goal for a 3-0 Auburn lead. 

Auburn’s defense forced a three-and-out on UGA’s first possession but the Bulldogs intercepted a deflected pass at Auburn’s 26 on the Tigers’ second possession to set up a game-tying field goal late in the first quarter.

Georgia scored back-to-back drives touchdowns early in the second quarter on Zamir White’s 1-yard run and Stetson Bennett’s 3-yard pass to Adonai Mitchell to give the Bulldogs a 17-3 halftime lead.

After the Bulldogs missed a field goal on their first drive of the third quarter, Auburn drove 34 yards to Georgia’s 40-yard line before an incomplete pass on fourth down handed possession back to the Bulldogs.

Georgia scored on the next play with a 60-yard touchdown pass to lead 24-3 with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter.

Bigsby’s touchdown pulled the Tigers within two scores but UGA outscored Auburn 10-0 in the final quarter.

Bo Nix completed 21 of 38 passes for 217 yards. Playing against his former team, Demetris Robertson led Auburn with 59 receiving yards on four catches.

Zion Puckett led Auburn’s defensive effort with a career-high 10 tackles. Bydarrius Knighten added nine and Chandler Wooten made eight. Eku Leota registered Auburn’s sack. 

Auburn (4-2, 1-1) plays at Arkansas next Saturday at 11 a.m. CT on either ESPN or CBS, with network assignments due Saturday evening. 

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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