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AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn used a 14-point third quarter to wrestle away momentum from Georgia en route to a 49-31 win to keep the number two team in the nation undefeated with just one regular season game remaining. Auburn trailed by 14 points in the first quarter but outscored Georgia 42-10 over the last three quarters to move to 11-0, 7-0 SEC on the season and clinch a berth in next month's SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
Auburn used a punishing ground attack, led by quarterback Cam Newton's 150 rushing yards and Onterio McCalebb's 71 yards and three rushing touchdowns, to rack up 315 yards on the ground on 57 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and scoring five of its seven touchdowns on the ground.
The other two Auburn scores came courtesy of two Netwon to Philip Lutzenkirchen tosses as he hit the tight end for an 18-yard score in the closing minutes of the first half to tie it at 21-21 and then again on Auburn's first drive of the fourth quarter with a 13 yard pass to go up 42-31. Newton finished the night with 148 yards passing and in the process became the first player in SEC history and the eighth different player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Auburn tailback Michael Dyer also etched his name in the school's record book as he gained 60 yards on 13 carries, establishing a freshman record for yards in a season with 859, snapping Bo Jackson's 28-year old record of 829 yards set in 1982.
Tied at 21-21 at the half, Auburn successfully converted and recovered an on-side kick that lead to a nine-play, 59-yard scoring drive, capped by McCalebb's second touchdown of the day, this one a two-yard scamper to go up 28-21.
After Georgia (5-6, 3-5 SEC) answered to tie it at 28-28 on Washaun Ealey's seven-yard touchdown run, Auburn went 81 yards in seven plays, capped by McCalebb's four-yard score to go up 35-28, a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
In Auburn's 14-point third quarter, the team rushed for 140 yards on 16 carries while not attempting a pass.
After allowing 162 yards and three touchdowns to Georgia on each of its first three possessions, the Auburn defense stiffened, allowing just 192 yards the rest of the way.
Craig Stevens led Auburn with nine tackles while Nosa Eguae had two sacks of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who finished the game 15-for-28 for 273 yards.
Emory Blake had three catches for 64 yards to lead all of Auburn's receivers while A.J. Green led Georgia with nine catches for 164 yards and two scores.