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NCAA Game Summary - Auburn at Georgia



(Saturday, November 10th)

Final Score: (10) Georgia 45, (18) Auburn 20

Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Knowshon Moreno ran for 101 yards on 22 carries and scored twice in a critical third quarter to help 10th-ranked Georgia down 18th-ranked Auburn, 45-20.

Matthew Stafford was equally effective in helping the Bulldogs win their fourth game in a row, throwing for 237 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception on 11-of-19 passing. Thomas Brown added 81 yards rushing and one touchdown for Georgia (8-2, 5-2 SEC), and Sean Bailey caught four passes for 96 yards and a score.

Brandon Cox threw for 133 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-30 passing, but also tossed four interceptions for Auburn (7-4, 4-3). Ben Tate rushed for 58 yards and a score on 13 carries for the Tigers, who snapped a two-game winning streak.

Georgia, which wore black jerseys, was trailing, 20-17, after Wes Byrum kicked a 33-yard field goal at the end of an 11-play, 45-yard drive with 6:47 left in the third, Auburn's first lead of the contest.

However, the Bulldogs went to work, carried by their leaders, Stafford and Moreno. After Byrum's field goal, the Bulldogs took the ball on their own 32- yard line.

Stafford hooked up with Bailey on a 45-yard pass to get the ball into Auburn territory on the second play of the drive. Two plays later, Moreno slashed and cut his way 24 yards to the end zone to give the lead back to Georgia with 5:00 left in the third.

On the ensuing drive, Kelin Johnson intercepted Cox for his second pick of the game, giving the Bulldogs the ball on Auburn's 48. The same offensive sequence played out for Georgia. Stafford completed a 33-yard pass to Bailey, and Moreno rushed twice to finish the drive with a three-yard score as the third quarter ended.

Georgia had a 31-20 lead in hand, and it only grew from there, as the Bulldogs defense held Auburn's attack in check. Brannan Southerland and Brown each scored on one-yard runs in the fourth quarter, with 12:11 and 6:48 left, respectively.

"We just couldn't get over the hump tonight," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We got whupped pretty good on defense. We hadn't given up that many points in I don't know how long."

For the game, Georgia gained 417 yards to Auburn's 216, and scored 40 points in its third straight game. The Bulldogs had previously put up 42 against Florida and 44 against Troy, and continued their high-powered show on Saturday.

"We're pretty good on running the football and have two special guys back there to do it," Stafford said, speaking of Brown and Moreno. "When teams are playing one-on-one coverage we're doing a pretty good job of making plays."

Though, that didn't necessarily show in the first half. Georgia got a field goal from Brandon Coutu just 3:32 into the contest and Auburn got a 22- yarder from Byrum with 4:46 left in the first.

The Bulldogs added a touchdown with 3:09 left. Stafford threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi, who beat every Auburn defensive back on the play, catching the pass in stride up the right sideline.

The Bulldogs turned the 10-3 lead into a two-possession game four minutes into the second quarter, with another touchdown. Stafford completed a 13-yard pass to Bailey, who reached over the head of Auburn's Jonathan Wilhite in the end zone for the score.

Auburn made it a 17-10 game before halftime, after Tate capped an eight-play drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Less than three minutes into the second half, the Tigers tied the game, when Cox connected with Mario Fannin for a 12- yard score.

Game Notes

The Bulldogs face Kentucky at home next week...Auburn closes out its season in two weeks by hosting Alabama...The Tigers hold a 53-50-8 series lead over Georgia.

11/10 20:54:36 ET


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