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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn on Saturday night, and the Bulldogs clinched the SEC Eastern Division crown with a 38-0 win at Jordan Hare Stadium. With the win, UGA (9-1, 7-1 SEC) has secured itself a spot in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 1.
Murray and the Dawgs started quickly against the Tigers (2-8, 0-7) and never looked back en route to 497 yards of offense. Murray threw all three of his scores within the first 20 minutes of the game, and the Gurshall boys took over from there. Todd Gurley carried 11 times on the game for 116 yards and fellow freshman Keith Marshall added 105 yards on just eight totes against AU. Gurley and Marshall both found the end zone, and by the time the clock struck zero Georgia had amassed 289 yards on the ground as a team.
Jonathan Wallace and the Tigers struggled to get anything going offensively, finishing the game with 238 total yards and two turnovers as a unit. The UGA run defense was strong all night, holding Auburn to a meager 27 rushing yards in the shutout victory. Emory Blake broke the century mark with six receptions for 104 yards, but it wasn’t enough to crack into the end zone against the Dawgs.
The UGA-Auburn series is known as the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, and the two squads have faced off 117 times total, winning 54 times apiece and tying eight times. In the game’s illustrious history, it has now decided the fate of either team – whether in conference or in the division – 22 times.
Passing – Jonathan Wallace, 15-for-22, 181 yards, INT
Rushing – Tre Mason, 11 car, 33 yards
Receiving – Emory Blake, 6 rec, 104 yards
Passing – Aaron Murray, 18-for-24, 208 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 11 car, 116 yards, TD
Receiving – Tavarres King, 3 rec, 73 yards, TD
• Georgia has now won eight of the last 11 meetings in The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
• Georgia will be making its sixth appearance in the conference title game under head coach Mark Richt, and the Dawgs will be looking their third SEC crown in that span.
• Auburn is now 16-8 in home night games under coach Gene Chizik.