I’m utterly speechless!
Auburn improved to 10-1 and beat Georgia 43-38, and here are several takeaways from the SEC’s best game:
The Miracle: Nick Marshall’s 73-yard prayer on 4th and 18 was a thing of pure miracles, and for Georgia, it’s something of a curse. From injuries to a last-second home run prayer, it’s been a tough — but eventful — 6-4 year. The defensive fundamentals of a last play Hail Mary include batting the ball down. Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews didn’t do it; Ricardo Louis caught the tipped pass en route to the winning touchdown. You can’t make this stuff up.
A tale of two halves: Auburn dominated the first half and led 27-10, while Georgia dominated much of the second half. At one point in the first half, Auburn had 22 first downs compared to Georgia’s 20 total plays. The Bulldogs scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to get the 38-37 lead before the miracle happened.
Already looking ahead? Heading into halftime and especially early in the third quarter with the 34-17 lead, you almost got the sense the game was over and Auburn was already looking ahead to Alabama and the Iron Bowl.
The Warrior: Aaron Murray was a warrior for Georgia, and he put it all out on the line for his team, who needed him in the running game. Murray threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns, but he also carried nine times for 37 yards and two scores, even splitting his forehead wide open for the go-ahead score late in the fourth.
Iron Bowl: It’s going to epic and crazy. Auburn will have to play much better than they did against Georgia, but the Tigers are right where they want to be for the divisional championship against their hated rivals. The Iron Bowl will decide the SEC West and could help shape the national championship. It’s going to be crazy!
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