By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia visited the Plains on Saturday afternoon to take on No. 7 Auburn, and the Bulldogs and Tigers put on quite a show in an eventual 43-38 win for AU. Down by one and facing a fourth-and-long, Auburn (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) used a miracle 73-yard scoring bomb from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis to pull out the incredible win.
Earlier in the second half, it didn’t look like the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3 SEC) had a chance to even make it a game. The Tigers had rolled to nearly 250 rushing yards in the first half alone and had built a 37-17 lead in the third quarter.
Not to be deterred, Georgia’s Aaron Murray rallied off a 16-yard rushing touchdown and consecutive touchdown passes to bring the Bulldogs back to within six points. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth, the senior converted on a fourth down with a gritty 5-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing possession, Auburn could not get anything going until that fateful fourth down. Marshall heaved it deep for Louis, who caught it off a deflection from Georgia defenders and jogged into the end zone untouched to preserve Auburn’s SEC Western Division hopes.
Marshall tallied 318 yards of offense for Auburn to go along with three total touchdowns in the win. Murray did his best for the Dawgs, throwing for over 400 yards and two scores to go along with two TDs on the ground.
Passing – Nick Marshall, 15-for-26, 230 yards, TD
Rushing – Tre Mason, 27 car, 115 yards, TD
Receiving – Ricardo Louis, 4 rec, 131 yards, TD
Passing – Aaron Murray, 33-for-49, 414 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 15 car, 80 yards, TD
Receiving – Rantavious Wooten, 5 rec, 99 yards, TD
• Auburn now leads the all-time series with Georgia by a tally of 55-54-8.
Auburn has scored 30 points in seven consecutive games.
• Tonight marked the sixth game of the year that was decided by five points or less for Georgia, and the Bulldogs are 3-3 in these games.
• Tigers’ running back Tre Mason broke the 100-yard barrier on the ground for the sixth time in 2013 against UGA.