For the second year in a row, coach Mark Richt’s Dawgs are headed to nearby Atlanta as the SEC East representatives in the conference championship game.
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) throws a pass against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (John Reed-US PRESSWIRE)
Now is a good time to gloat at all those silly Gators out there, Dawg Nation.
After a long, hard season, one complete with a massive beatdown at the hands of South Carolina and an intense, defense-oriented struggle in a season-defining win against Florida, the Bulldogs actually made the clinching of the title look rather easy.
The 38-0 final score over downtrodden Auburn is just the perfect picture regarding the direction both of these football programs are headed.
Everyone looked brilliant in this one. Of course, until they were sat down because Saturday’s game was over so early.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had his unit running on all cylinders early as quarterback Aaron Murray led scoring drives on the Bulldogs’ first four possessions. Each of the drives covered at least 64 yards, and Murray would finish his evening with sparkling numbers: 18-for-24 with a wonderfully efficient 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Yes, those numbers are nice, but Murray wasn’t even the star of the show.
Everyone’s favorite roommates, the true freshman tandem better known as “Gurshall” than by each of their individual names of Toddy Gurley and Keith Marshall, combined for 221 yards and two scores on a measly 19 carries.
That is no typo. Gurley took 11 carries for 116 yards, good for a 10.3 yards per carry average.
Not to be outdone, Marshall did more with a little less, breaking the 100-yard plateau on only eight rushing attempts. He averaged 13.1 yards per carry en route to 105 yards and a score.
Everyone made it look easy offensively, but monster/linebacker Jarvis Jones and his defense posted a shutout against an SEC team, no small feat in its own right.
In fact, so rare is a shutout in this rivalry that neither team had been able to hold the other scoreless since Georgia won 28-0 back in 1976.
Jones continued to leave his mark on a potential Heisman Trophy candidacy with two sacks, but he was not alone. Bacarri Rambo intercepted a pass and forced a fumble, and as a team, Georgia held Auburn to a mere 57 rushing yards on the day.
Now it is off to Atlanta as repeat SEC East Champions, and Richt’s team seems to be peaking at exactly the right time. Last year, the Bulldogs lost to LSU (as if we had to remind you of that), but after watching Alabama lose to Texas A&M early Saturday evening, Georgia is expecting things to go differently the second time around.
As is the rest of Dawg Nation, let’s do this Georgia!
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