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Georgia vs. Auburn: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 2:  Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers rushes the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 35-17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Chris StephensCorrespondent IINovember 16, 2013

Final: Auburn 43, Georgia 38

The Auburn Tigers held on to beat the Georgia Bulldogs.

For full stats, check the live box score at NCAA.com.

Auburn Tigers Game Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB-B
Rush OffenseA+A-
Pass DefenseBD-
Rush DefenseAB-
Special TeamsCC+
CoachingA-C-
vs. Georgia

 

Final Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall made perhaps the biggest throw of his career late in the fourth quarter, completing a 73-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis for the game-winning touchdown. In total, Marshall finished with 230 yards through the air.

Rush Offense: The Tigers finished with 322 yards rushing but only had 76 yards after halftime. Because Auburn got away from running the ball, Georgia was able to get back into the game. That's something for the coaches to think about heading into the Alabama game.

Pass Defense: Aaron Murray went 33-of-49 for 414 yards as the Bulldogs nearly pulled off the upset against the Tigers. Auburn did have one interception but couldn't do anything to stop the Bulldogs in the second half.

Rush Defense: The Tigers held Georgia, and Todd Gurley, in check in the run game, allowing only 118 yards on the ground. Gurley had 80 of those yards, while Murray had two touchdown runs.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey made three field goals, and Steven Clark added 40 yards per punt. Overall, a decent effort in this area by the Tigers.

Coaching: After the way the first half went, there's no reason Georgia should have been in the game. That is the coaching staff's fault.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs is tackled by Anthony Swain #43, Craig Sanders #13, and Jonathon Mincy #6 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty
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1st-Half Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall completed seven passes for 67 yards in the first half. Six different receivers have caught passes, but the passing game isn't really needed in this one. Look for the Tigers to pound it more in the second half.

Rush Offense: Auburn continues to get things done on the ground, rushing for 246 yards on 38 carries. Tre Mason has 20 rushes for 99 yards and one touchdown, while Marshall has 70 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.

Pass Defense: Aaron Murray completed 12 of 16 passes for 138 yards. One of those incompletions was an interception by Ryan Smith when Murray overthrew his receiver. Gurley led all receivers with six receptions, while Michael Bennett had 49 receiving yards.

Rush Defense: Auburn has held Todd Gurley in check all game, allowing him to rush for only 34 yards on seven carries. However, one of those carries was a nine-yard touchdown.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey made two of three field goals, with a long of 35 yards. However, he did have one of his field goals blocked.

Coaching: Auburn was prepared for this game from the outset. The offense is doing whatever it wants, while the defense is holding down the Bulldogs offense.

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