The Auburn Tigers went into Georgia today with a chance to add another quality road win and improve their bowl positioning. Unfortunately, those goals were blown out of the water in a 45-7 loss that dropped the Tigers to 6-4 in 2011.
Auburn has now been outscored 128-31 in their last three SEC road games.
Auburn’s worst performance of the season was their biggest loss in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry since a 46-0 blanking in 1946. The defeat will almost surely knock the Tigers out of the polls as they head into the final two games of the season.
The Tigers had to be seen as underdogs heading into Saturday’s game, but their total lack of competitiveness was a surprise. The game was all but over by halftime, as the Bulldogs raced out to 35-7 lead behind four touchdown passes from Aaron Murray. Murray broke the school record for touchdowns in a season, reaching 27 on the year. Auburn’s run defense was savaged, with Georgia running backs Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas both running for over 100 yards.
The Georgia defense was also dominant, holding the Tigers to 195 total yards and just one score. Michael Dyer struggled to 49 yards, and Clint Moseley was sacked four times with an interception that the Bulldogs returned for a touchdown.
The Auburn offense and defense have each had their ups and downs this season, and the stock for both sides of the ball was obviously down against Georgia. The defense recovered two fumbles but still managed to give up 38 points, while the offense failed to get any push behind a struggling offensive line and some sloppy turnovers.
The LSU and Arkansas games were a good barometer, but today’s result confirms that this year’s edition of the Tigers is not an SEC contender. Auburn will get a chance to bounce back next week against Samford, but it looks like the following week’s Iron Bowl may not be much of a contest barring an unforeseen turnaround from the Tigers.