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  • The UGA photographer who suffered a concussion after being accidentally flattened by a Bulldogs player on the sidelines of the Georgia-Auburn game expressed her appreciation for all the prayers and support on Sunday. 'Last night was very scary, but I'm so glad to be walking away with nothing more than a concussion and some bruises,' tweeted Chamberlain Smith, the photographer who works for UGA athletics department. 'I will be home resting and recovering for the next several days, but I'm looking forward to being back on the sidelines soon.' The nasty hit was caught on national TV, and stopped the football game for several minutes, shortly before halftime. Smith was transported to a local hospital, diagnosed with a concussion, and released late Saturday night. It was UGA running back Brian Herrien who accidentally collided with Smith. Herrien was visibly shaken, and Herrien asked UGA quarterback Jake Fromm to join him in a prayer for Smith before the team returned to the field after intermission. Scary scene at #UGAvsAUB Appears a photographer was knocked unconscious pic.twitter.com/GgTJrWeyQd Nick Cole (@NickColeSports) November 16, 2019 The post Injured UGA photographer says thanks for support appeared first on DawgNation.
  • A car crash left a woman injured and her husband dead in Monroe County Saturday, officials said.  The wreck happened on Highway 74 about 12:30 p.m., according to Monroe sheriff’s office spokeswoman Anna Lewis.  Julia Stallings was driving a Ford Edge,  and her husband William Stallings was a passenger, she said.  Harlee-Grace Dean was driving a Chevrolet Camaro east on the highway, Lewis said. Stallings entered the highway at Norwood Drive, and the two cars collided, she said.  Dean and Julia Stallings both suffered minor injuries, Lewis said. Dean was treated at the scene.  However, William Stallings was seriously injured. Both Julia and William Stallings were taken to Navicent Health.  About 10 p.m., William Stallings died of his injuries, Lewis said.  No other details were released. An investigation is ongoing.  In other news: 
  • The Georgia Bulldogs pulled off another big win on Saturday, as they took down the Auburn Tigers with a 21-14 victory. And because of the win, Georgia leapfrogged the Alabama Crimson Tide to settle in at the No. 4 spot in both the AP and Coaches Polls for week 13. Georgia (9-1, 6-1) also clinched the SEC East for the third consecutive season with the win over Auburn. That means Georgia will be playing the winner of the SEC West on Dec. 7 in Atlanta. Should LSU beat Arkansas next week, the Tigers would lock up the SEC West. However, Georgia isn't looking past its next opponent, as the Bulldogs have a tough game against Texas A&M this coming Saturday. Georgia coach Kirby Smart wasn't looking past the Aggies and head coach Jimbo Fisher after Georgia finished off Auburn. 'There's significance in coming here and beating a ranked team in their place in an unbelievable environment,' Smart said. 'There's a lot of significance to that and the East, but we're worried about Texas A&M.' Related: Even after winning third-straight SEC East, Georgia football knows it isn't done yet The Aggies are ranked No. 24 in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll this week. Georgia had previously jumped the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff rankings, as the Bulldogs were No. 4 in that poll. The next version of those results comes out on Tuesday. Alabama did lose its starting quarterback, as Tua Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip and will miss the remainder of the season. The only other teams ranked ahead of Georgia in the polls are LSU, Ohio State and Clemson. The Buckeyes take on No. 9 Penn State this week, while Clemson is off as the Tigers have a week to prepare for the South Carolina Gamecocks. For the full Week 13 AP Poll and Coaches Polls, see below. AP Poll Top 25 Week 13 1 LSU (10-0) 1 SEC 1,542 2 Ohio State (10-0) 2 Big Ten 1,478 3 Clemson (11-0) 3 ACC 1,442 4 Georgia (9-1) 5 SEC 1,343 5 Alabama (9-1) 4 SEC 1,263 6 Oregon (9-1) 6 Pac-12 1,243 7 Utah (9-1) 8 Pac-12 1,155 8 Oklahoma (9-1) 10 Big 12 1,144 9 Penn State (9-1) 9 Big Ten 1,030 10 Florida (9-2) 11 SEC 984 11 Minnesota (9-1) 7 Big Ten 902 12 Michigan (8-2) 14 Big Ten 829 13 Baylor (9-1) 12 Big 12 787 14 Wisconsin (8-2) 15 Big Ten 746 15 Notre Dame (8-2) 16 IA Independents 676 16 Auburn (7-3) 13 SEC 623 17 Cincinnati (9-1) 17 American Athletic 536 18 Memphis (9-1) 18 American Athletic 520 19 Iowa (7-3) 23 Big Ten 493 20 Boise State (9-1) 19 Mountain West 379 21 SMU (9-1) 20 American Athletic 328 22 Oklahoma State (7-3) 25 Big 12 200 23 Appalachian State (9-1) Sun Belt 154 24 Texas A&M (7-3) SEC 132 25 Virginia Tech (7-3) ACC 61 Coaches Poll Top 25 Week 13 Ranking Team Record 1 LSU 10-0 2 Ohio State 10-0 3 Clemson 11-0 4 Georgia 9-1 5 Alabama 9-1 6 Oregon 9-1 7 Oklahoma 9-1 8 Utah 9-1 9 Penn State 9-1 10 Florida 9-2 11 Minnesota 9-1 12 Michigan 8-2 13 Baylor 9-1 14 Wisconsin 8-2 15 Notre Dame 8-2 16 Auburn 7-3 17 Cincinnati 9-1 18 Memphis 9-1 19 Boise State 9-1 20 Iowa 7-3 21 SMU 9-1 22 App State 9-1 23 Oklahoma State 7-3 24 Texas A&M 7-3 25 San Diego State 8-2 More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Extremely athletic' Travon Walker churns freshman potential into performance WATCH Auburn's Gus Malzahn: Tigers stuffed' Georgia in fourth quarter The Dawgs' sputtering offense isn't doing great UGA defense any favors WATCH Jake Fromm after 21-14 win at Auburn: We have to get better on offense' Kirby Smart details Georgia football injuries: Lawrence Cager and O-Line banged up Auburn player: Shout out to Georgia they are a great team' Georgia football stock report: Bulldogs' cash in at Auburn The post Georgia football jumps Alabama in AP, Coaches Polls after win over Auburn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • A college senior who police say was murdered by her roommate and her roommate's boyfriend was laid to rest Saturday. Alexis Crawford's story captured the hearts of people across the country. She attended Clark Atlanta University and was from Athens. Crawford’s roommate Jordyn Jones, and Jones’ boyfriend Barron Brantley, have been charged with her killing. Police say just days before her death, Crawford reported that Brantley sexually assaulted her. Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at Cornerstone Church in Athens to show just how much Crawford was loved as they laid her to rest. “We’re not here because she died, but we’re here because Alexis lived,” the Rev. Markel Hutchins told the congregation of hundreds Saturday. Channel 2’s Christian Jennings sat in on the service that she said both praised God and commemorated the woman friends called a beautiful soul. “You were always there to encourage the ones you love,” one friend said about Crawford. TRENDING STORIES: Kaepernick workout moved to high school 'to ensure transparency,' agents say Atlanta woman pleads guilty to using NBA player's stolen ID to try to get $2.5M loan Plan would create a Marietta shelter for immigrant children Slain Clark Atlanta student surrounded by white roses for visitation During the funeral service, Crawford’s parents and siblings held each other close as her sister, Alexandria Crawford, told the congregation about the last text she got from her sister. “Alexis texted me, ‘All this is in God’s plan. It will work out for me. Praying it will,’” Alexandria Crawford said. “She refused to live her life with guilt and fear. She put her faith in God. God was her rock through her hard times so now we should take her lead and lean on God.” Close friend Deajia Kershaw talked about the long-lasting impact Crawford had on her life. “I know she wouldn’t want me crying. She would want me smiling and just keep on going. So Lex, for the both of us, I’m going to get that degree and I’m going to go to law school,” Kershaw said. The Clark Atlanta choir sang for the service and the university’s president, the Rev. Dr. George French, Jr., gave a sermon about hope. “God still has your back and if you never depended on God before you better depend on him right now,” French said. Jennings said one of the most touching moments was seeing Crawford's parents and her brothers and sisters on stage. The congregation lifted their arms, prayed for them, cried with them and let them know this community is here for them.
  • AUBURN The Georgia football had to come through in the clutch at Auburn, fending off a feverish Tigers' comeback. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) prevailed 21-14, clinching the SEC East Division with the win over No. 12 Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Stock up Defensive lineman Travon Walker came up with a sack on Auburn's last-gasp drive on fourth-and-10. Dominick Blaylock took the top off the Auburn defense and set the tone with his 51-yard TD catch in the first quarter. Blaylock got behind the defense and caught the high-arcing pass in stride. Punter Jake Camarda came through with four kicks inside the Auburn 20 and a 58-yard punt from the Georgia 2-yard line. Camarda had 11 punts and averaged 50.7. Tailback D'Andre Swift went over 1,000 yards this season with his 106-yard rushing performance. Linebacker Monty Rice came up with a team-high 10 tackles. Jake Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for three touchdown passes and 110 yards, protecting the ball and only getting sacked once. Jermaine Johnson had 4 tackles and a forced fumble. Stock down Tyler Simmons had a personal foul penalty on punt coverage, helping Auburn to an added 15 yards in field position in the third quarter. Otis Reese was ejected for targeting on a blind-side special teams block Eric Stokes dropped an interception in the end zone and then on fourth-and-5 committed a pass interference that gave Auburn a first down at the Bulldogs' 3-yard line Channing Tindall had a two false starts while playing on the punt team. The post Georgia football stock report: Bulldogs' cash in at Auburn appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • ATHENS Georgia football opened as a two-touchdown favorite over Texas A&M, the Bulldogs final SEC hurdle to clear this season. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) clinched the SEC East Division with a 21-14 win at Auburn on Saturday, but Georgia can't afford another loss if it hopes to make the College Football Playoff field of four. The Aggies are 7-3 overall and 4-2 in league play after a convincing 30-6 win over South Carolina last Saturday. Coach Jimbo Fisher's team has won four straight dating back to a 47-28 loss to then-No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 12. That was the same Saturday the Bulldogs got humbled at home by the Gamecocks, 20-17 in overtime. Coach Kirby Smart said little about UGA clinching the SEC East Division following the win a Auburn because he wants he focus to be surely on the upset-minded Aggies. The Bulldogs have won four straight, but they're a beat up football team with two starting offensive linemen injured along with the top receiver. Lineman Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland both missed snaps and Lawrence Cager was unable to play after the first quarter with the shoulder separation that has plagued him throughout the season. 'There's significance in coming here and beating a ranked team in their place in an unbelievable environment,' Smart said after handing Gus Malzahn the first loss he's had in his career as a head coach coming off a bye week (11-1). 'There's a lot of significance to that and the East, but we're worried about Texas A&M.' South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who seemingly had all the answers for the Georgia offense, said his team couldn't stop the Aggies' run game. 'We knew Jimbo was going to try and run the football,' Muschamp said. 'And we were trying to stunt to create to make some plays, and you end up giving up some plays.' Texas A&M out-rushed South Carolina 319-45, an indications of the Aggies power in the trenches. Carolina's offense, like Georgia's, is also having issues creating explosive plays. There are enough similarities that plenty of Bulldogs' fans will be on the edge of their seats come the 3:30 p.m. kickoff next Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Georgia appears to be catching Texas A&M at the wrong time. Fisher is regarded as one of the best minds in football, as he has a national championship under his belt and has his team playing its best football of the season. Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Gus Malzahn says Auburn 'stuffed' Georgia in 4th quarter WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post Georgia opens as double-digit home favorite over red-hot Texas A&M appeared first on DawgNation.
  • With two games left in the regular season, it has become clear that Kirby Smart's 2019 Dawgs will live or die by their top-level defense. That was the case Saturday at Auburn, where the Georgia D was magnificent for three quarters, carrying a shutout of the Tigers until the final 10 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, that almost wasn't enough. The Dawgs' defenders, who have notched a remarkable 28 scoreless quarters this season, were on the field way too long against Auburn, due to an only fitfully effective Georgia offense that, despite taking a 21-0 lead, was held to a ridiculous nine three-and-outs by the best defense they'd faced all season. As a result, the Georgia defense 'lost composure,' as Smart put it later, and let Auburn back into the game with a pair of too-easy fourth-quarter scoring drives. As the Georgia head coach told the Bulldogs radio network's Chuck Dowdle after the game, 'Defensively, we just wore down. And we can't do that. We've got to be able to play four quarters.' The Bulldogs had to defend a season-high 86 plays, the most by an opposing team in theSmart era. It didn't help that, perhaps because his troops were tiring in spite of his liberal substitution policies, defensive coordinator Dan Lanning had the Dawgs' defense in soft zone schemes in the fourth quarter that allowed Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix to slice and dice his way downfield with the sort of short passing game that unfortunately seems to have gone absent from UGA's offensive playbook. It also didn't help that Georgia again appeared to try to sit on a lead (you'd think Smart would have learned that lesson after being burned twice by Alabama), with Georgia's already less than prolific offense going ultra conservative in the fourth quarter, resulting in no first downs for the Dawgs in that period. In the end, the Georgia defense, so stout against the run all season, even gave up its first rushing touchdown of the year (though it held the Tigers' rushers in check most of the game, with AU netting only 84 yards on the ground). Auburn QB Nix was the Tigers' leading rusher, with a net 42 yards on 13 carries. Nix put the ball in the air 50 times, completing 30 of them for 1 touchdown. Georgia's Jake Fromm completed just 13 of 28 passes for 110 yards, but 3 of those passes were for TDs. Part of the problem with the 2019 Dawgs is that the word long has been out on how to defend Georgia's talented but incomplete offense, resulting in a wash-rinse-repeat storyline week after week: Stack the box with 8 men to slow down or stop the run, because the Dawgs' passing game isn't consistent. While it's true that Georgia's receiving corps lost an awful lot of talent at the end of last season, the relative youth and inexperience of the Dawgs' pass catchers isn't the main problem. In fact, they made some terrific catches Saturday, including the 51-yard bomb caught by Dominick Blaylock that gave Georgia its first score, and a third-quarter pass to Kearis Jackson in the corner of the end zone that was ruled out of bounds on video review but was still a fantastic effort. (Georgia did manage to score on that drive, thankfully.) No, the problem wasn't receivers not getting open; it was ineffective scheming. Sorry if this sounds like a broken record stuck on the same phrase over and over, but the offensive play-calling again was problematic. Too many times Saturday, we saw the Dawgs facing a 3 rd -and-medium or 3 rd -and-long situation, and too many times offensive coordinator James Coley and Fromm seemed fixated on difficult sideline routes 15 or 20 yards downfield. If you need just 5 to 9 yards for a first down, why send so many receivers deep? Two years ago, in Georgia's march to the national championship game, the short slant pass was Fromm's bread and butter, to the point that opposing defenses centered their trash-talking on that tendency. Remember the 'anyone can throw a slant' diss that Fromm made the Gators regret? However, this season, Coley calls a slant (the sort of pass that Auburn was so successful with on its two scoring drives) only once or twice a game, if that often. Instead, Georgia fixates on those back-shoulder sideline routes that are wonderful when they work, but which don't work often enough. The 3 rd -down magic Georgia had back in the Florida game seems to have evaporated, as they converted only 3 of 15 tries Saturday. (Auburn was a similarly dismal 5 of 18.) The result was a decidedly lackluster day offensively for the Dawgs. Remember how a week ago we were complaining that Georgia relied too heavily on Rodrigo Blankenship, settling for too many field goals instead of scoring touchdowns? If only that had been the case Saturday, as Hot Rod never even got to try one against Auburn. Instead, it was Georgia punter Jake Camarda getting the stiff workout, kicking an incredible 11 punts for an average 50.7 yards. That included a magnificent field-flipping 66-yarder in the first quarter. In the end, with Auburn having seized the momentum after a second scoring drive that took just over a minute off the clock, it was Georgia's defense that put the game away, with a couple of 4 th -down stands. On the first one, Nix misfired on a short pass, but the play that nailed the coffin shut on the subsequent Auburn drive saw freshman Trayvon Walker sacking Nix. That ended the Tigers' final chance. Thus, Georgia will represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta for the third consecutive year. It was Georgia's 12 th win in the past 15 games of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn wound up the game with more first downs than Georgia (22 to 16) and more offensive yards (329 to 251), and dominated the time of possession (32:17 to 27:43), but most of it was too little too late. Those 329 yards the Georgia defense held Auburn to were the Tigers' lowest home output of the season. Dawgs defenders also got a bit of that 'havoc' Smart always is harping on, tallying eight tackles for loss and two sacks. Georgia's leading tackler was Monty Rice,with 10 stops. Dawgs safety Richard LeCounte also recovered a Nix fumble, though Georgia wasn't able to do anything on the ensuing drive. Offensively, Georgia never really established its rushing attack (which, Smart noted, makes it tough to get the play-action passing game going), but D'Andre Swift did rack up 106 yards on his 17 carries and, for the second straight year, went over a 1,000 yards for the season. He is the fifth Bulldog in history to have a pair of 1,000-yard seasons. Brian Herrien added 26 tough yards and a couple of catches, including one for a touchdown. With Fromm's favorite receiver, Lawrence Cager, again going out injured, Demetris Robertson and Blaylock ended up the day as Georgia's leading receivers, with Robertson catching 3 passes and freshman Blaylock snagging 2 (including one TD). On special teams, Smart noted after the game that Georgia needs to 'fix' the problem of too many penalties (on one punt, Georgia was flagged for both a false start and delay of game, though the latter was a bad call by the officiating crew). So, bottom line: The defense is great, but the offense has a lot that needs fixing. As Swift said after the game, 'I can't say it enough: We've got to sustain drives. We've got to be better on third down. Third down has always been our strength. We didn't do well today, not well enough. We'll go back and look and see what we can do in those situations.' Still, there's one thing that shouldn't be overlooked amid all the fretting about the Georgia offense's shortcomings, or how the 4 th -ranked Dawgs nearly collapsed in the fourth quarter: UGA got a third quality win Saturday against the 12th ranked Tigers, to go with a pair of Top 10 victories earlier in the season. As Smart said, playing at raucuous Jordan-Hare Stadium 'was a tough environment,' and the Auburn Tigers are 'a good football team.' Georgia became the first team to defeat Auburn under Gus Malzahn following a bye week, as the Tigers previously were 9-0 after a week off. So, Georgia once again is the best of the SEC East. But, as impressive as that is, it's the least of what was expected of this team. And, the road going forward, to achieve their ultimate goals of making the playoff and having another shot at a national championship, will require better effort from the offense than we've seen so far. Smart summed it up: 'We've got to get better offensively to get where we need to go.' The post The Dawgs' sputtering offense isn't doing great UGA defense any favors appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. It's no secret Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is no fan of Georgia coach Kirby Smart, so Saturday night's loss seemed a particularly bitter pill after the Tigers' fourth quarter comeback fell short. Smart's defense shut out Malzahn's offense for three quarters before the Tigers scrambled for two touchdowns on their final four possessions. It wasn't enough, however, as the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs held on for the 21-14 loss. WATCH: Jake Fromm says Georgia offense must get better, praises defense Malzahn, whose team ran 86 plays, was impressed with the Tigers' effort on offense and defense in the defeat. 'We were down 21-0 and it didn't look good, and we fought back and really had some chances,' said Malzahn, now 9-1 in games where his teams are coming off a bye week. 'Our guys fought their guts out, they fought their guts out for Auburn, and we've got some hurt guys in that locker room,' he said. 'Give Georgia credit, they have a very talented defense and we knew that coming in. 'That's one of the top defenses in the entire country and we still had a chance.' The Bulldogs, however, were only a 2-point favorite at Auburn by kickoff time, and many predicted an upset. Georgia go-to target Lawrence Cager aggravated his shoulder injury in the first quarter and was out the rest of the game, limiting the Bulldogs pass attack. Georgia also had two starting offensive linemen miss snaps, Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland. Still, Georgia's offense was non-existent against Kevin Steele's defense in the fourth quarter, netting just 2 yards with no first downs on 12 plays. 'They stuffed them in the fourth quarter,' Malzahn said. 'We had the momentum and the crowd was in it.' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post WATCH Auburn's Gus Malzahn: Tigers stuffed' Georgia in fourth quarter appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia football passed another test Saturday afternoon, going into one of the most hostile stadiums in the nation and surviving a slugfest. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) clinched the SEC East Division with the 21-14 win over No. 12 Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics The Georgia defense lost its historic streak of nine games without giving up a rushing touchdown, but they came through when they needed to. The Bulldogs turned away the Tigers' final two drives to protect the 7-point lead, Auburn stalling at the UGA 34 with 3:36 left and then going three-and-out with 1:39 remaining. Georgia's offense had a season-low 251 yards, but efficiency was the word of the day. Quarterback Jake Fromm had three TD passes and the Bulldogs played turnover-free for the fourth consecutive game. Here's one viewpoint of how Georgia graded out in each position group. Quarterback (B) Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for 110 yards with three touchdowns playing without top target Lawrence Cager the final 3 1/2 quarters of the game against a stubborn Auburn defense. Fromm and the Bulldogs were just 3 of 15 converting on third downs. Against that Tigers' front, it was impressive Fromm was sacked just once and avoided turning the ball over. Running backs (B) D'Andre Swift had 17 carries for 106 yards, including a 26-yard dash that sparked what proved to be a pivotal scoring drive. Georgia went up 14-0 late in the first half thanks to Swift's big run. The junior from Philadelphia, however, was fortunate his fumble went out of bounds. Brian Herrien was as reliable as ever, earning his 24 yards rushing on seven carries and catching two passes for 8 yards, including a 5-yard TD catch. Zamir White had three carries for 10 yards. Receivers (B-) This group dropped off when Lawrence Cager left the field, and they'll need to continue to work to improve and find separation for the Bulldogs to win the SEC Championship Game. Demetris Robertson had three catches for 20 yards, his longest a 13-yard third down catch. Dominick Blaylock caught a well-thrown 51-yard TD pass from Fromm, and tight end Eli Wolf executed well on his 5-yard TD catch. Kearis Jackson caught his first pass since returning from the broken hand he suffered in the season-opening game and nearly had another before a call was overturned. George Pickens made his one catch count, hauling in an 11-yard third down throw for a first down. Offensive line (A) Excellent pass protection, the one sack was a result of Auburn's pass coverage. The offensive line didn't have any motion penalties despite the deafening crowd, and there were no holding penalties against the premier defensive line in the SEC and perhaps even the best in the nation. The O-Line did this despite having to substitute for starters Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland, both of whom are battling nagging injuries. Defensive line (A) Tyler Clark, Malik Herring and Jermaine Johnson were on their games. Clark had two tackles for loss and controlled his gap seemingly all night. Herring continued to ascend with four stops and a pass break-up. Johnson, who as an outside linebacker is grouped as a down lineman by the head coach, had four tackles and a key forced fumble that led to Auburn's only turnover. Linebackers (A-) Monty Rice had a team-high 10 stops but he was beating himself up in the postgame for missing a tackle on Auburn QB Bo Nix on Nix's rushing touchdown. Tae Crowder had five stops and freshman Nakobe Dean was once again effective in third down situations, make three stops and looking solid in pass coverage. Secondary (B-) DJ Daniel had 6 tackles and a key pass break-up on a deep pass to Anthony Schwarz. The secondary gave up some big plays in the fourth quarter, however. Eric Stokes had an uncharacteristically off night, dropping an interception in the end zone and committing a pass interference penalty on a fourth-and-5 at the Georgia 9-yard line. Richard LeCounte had a fumble recovery, a TFL and 6 tackles. Freshman Tyrique Stevenson had one of the team's two sacks. J.R. Reed had five tackles. Special Teams (B) Jake Camarda had a strong performance, averaging 50 yards on his 11 punts, including dropping four of his six first-half punts inside the Auburn 20-yard line. There were too many penalties, however, with Otis Reese ejected for targeting on a block and Tyler Simmons flagged for a personal foul. Channing Tindall had two motion penalties on the punt team. Not much going in the return game. Overall (A-) Georgia was only favored by 2 points for a reason: Auburn had home field advantage and was coming off a bye week, a big factor this late in the season in the always physical SEC. James Coley deserves credit for his Red Zone package, the Bulldogs scoring each of the three times they drove past the Tigers' 40. The Bulldogs had Auburn schemed up in building a 21-0 lead through three quarters, but the fourth quarter letdown was concerning and likely left many UGA fans unsatisfied or concerned despite the win. Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post Georgia football report card: Bulldogs pass SEC West road test appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia QB Jake Fromm matched his season high with three touchdown passes, cashing in on all three drives the Bulldogs made inside of the Auburn 40. But for all of that efficiency, Fromm and the Georgia offense were not overwhelming. WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart says How 'bout them F****n Dawgs!' They certainly weren't effective in the fourth quarter of the 21-14 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Fromm, now 33-6 as Georgia's quarterback, was the first to say as much after his 13-of-28 passing performance totaled 110 yards with no interceptions and just one sack yielded. The Bulldogs had a season-low 251 yards on their 64 plays in their SEC East Division-clinching win over Auburn. 'Too much pressure on the defense there, we need to sustain drives, we need to get first downs and help them out,' Fromm said. 'But they answered the bell, really thankful they pulled this one out for us.' The Georgia offense had a season-high nine three-and-out series on offense, losing the time of possession battle 32-:17 to 27:43 for the first time this season. The Bulldogs were only 3-of-15 converting third downs, and punter Jake Camarda punted 11 times. Georgia managed just 2 yards of offense on 12 plays eight runs and four passes in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were 0-for-4 on third downs and had the ball just 4:46 of the final 15 minutes. Auburn, meanwhile, scored twice to cut into what was a 21-0 lead. 'When we get back on Sunday morning, we'll watch this film and crush it and flush it and get ready to play Texas A&M, we have to get better on offense,' Fromm said. 'Our defense did a really great job and for us, and we need to get better these next two games.' Georgia QB Jake Fromm Georgia football DawgNation stories RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post WATCH Jake Fromm after 21-14 win at Auburn: We have to get better on offense' appeared first on DawgNation.