Auburn-Georgia: 'Dawgs Enjoy Home-Field Advantage

Ryan BlanchfieldAnalyst INovember 11, 2007

IconThis Saturday, Georgia hosted 17th-ranked Auburn in what was expected to be the best matchup in SEC league play.

Georgia enjoyed a 17–10 halftime lead after two Matthew Stafford TD passes and a Brandon Coutu field goal.

Auburn took a 20–17 lead in the third quarter after a 12-yard TD catch by Mario Fannin and a 33-yard field goal by Wes Byrum, but the Tigers wouldn't score again all night.

Four unanswered touchdowns by the Georgia offense broke the game open. All four scores were on the ground—two of them by freshman RB Knowshon Moreno, the others by Brandon Southerland and Thomas Brown.

I guess the black jerseys must have done it for Mark Richt's Bulldogs.

Once again, Moreno was the hero on offense. Moreno has rushed for triple-digit yardage in every game since October 13th.

The Bulldogs didn't even throw the ball 20 times, but of the 19 passes that Stafford attempted, he completed 11 for 237 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick.

At the wide receiver position, Sean Bailey and Mohammed Massaquoi got it done for Georgia. Bailey had four catches for 96 yards and one touchdown. Massaquoi only had one catch, but it was for a 58-yard score.

The Georgia defense showed some cracks in the first half, but looked incredibly stout in holding the Tigers scoreless in the last 15 minutes of play.

Auburn's trio of running backs showed early signs of life in the form of touchdowns from Ben Tate and Mario Fannin. But in the end, no one in the Auburn backfield tallied more than 60 yards.

Senior QB Brandon Cox started the game with high expectations...on which he failed to deliver. Cox was 14 of 30 for 133 yards, one score, and an ultimately insurmountable four interceptions.

With the loss, Auburn goes to 7–4 (4–3 in the SEC).

With their win, Georgia moves to 8–2—and gets one step closer to the SEC championship.