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Georgia Bulldogs 34, Auburn Tigers 7: Georgia Dominates Auburn, But Gurley Goes Down

Todd Gurley's return came in a dominating win for the Bulldogs, but Gurley left the game with an apparent knee injury

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Georgia beat Auburn 34-7 tonight to even the all time series at 55 wins apiece and inflict the worst loss of the Gus Malzahn Era at Auburn. Georgia scored 34 unanswered points after Auburn opened the scoring with a 10-play, 70-yard drive on the opening series of the game.

After Auburn's opening touchdown, Todd Gurley marked his return from a four-game suspension by returning the kickoff for a touchdown and sending a Sanford Stadium decked out in black into a frenzy. But the return was called off due to a penalty. The early penalties continued for Georgia on their opening series as a fake punt appeared to have the Bulldogs set up inside the Auburn five yard line, but a questionable ineligible receiver downfield penalty wiped the fake off the board.

Auburn was unable to capitalize on that good fortune and, after the Tigers stopped Georgia on the next possession of the first quarter, Quan Bray botched the punt return and Georgia recovered at the Auburn 19-yard line. Four plays later, Georgia tied the game on a Hutson Mason pass to Malcolm Mitchell, and the Bulldogs never looked back. Georgia scored on six of their next seven possessions and ran out with a dominating victory in all phases of the game.

On offense, Gurley and Nick Chubb both broke 135 yards, but the victory was marred by an apparent knee injury to Gurley late in the fourth quarter. Chubb ran for two touchdowns and had another highlight reel touchdown run called back after stepping out of bounds. That drive was ended with a touchdown run by Gurley.

The Bulldogs defense stepped up after giving up 70 yards on Auburn's opening scoring drive. Auburn was limited to 222 yards on their remaining drives and Cameron Artis-Payne was held under 100 yards (86) for the first time since Auburn's loss at Mississippi State. Quarterback Nick Marshall was held to an under 50 percent completion percentage and only 112 passing yards, while no Auburn receiver had more than 40 receiving yards.

Missouri's second half comeback at Texas A&M kept Georgia in second in the SEC East, but with Georgia being finished with their conference slate, a loss for Missouri against either Tennessee or Arkansas will give Georgia the division crown. Auburn is out of the running for the SEC West after their third loss, but could still ruin Alabama's division chances in the Iron Bowl.