Auburn rally falls short in loss to No. 4 Georgia

By JONATHON SWAM, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 11/16/19

AUBURN — After leading 21-0 in the fourth quarter, the Georgia Bulldogs survived a fourth-quarter surge by Auburn to win 21-14 at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday.

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Auburn rally falls short in loss to No. 4 Georgia

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AUBURN — After leading 21-0 in the fourth quarter, the Georgia Bulldogs survived a fourth-quarter surge by Auburn to win 21-14 at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday.

Georgia led 14-0 at the half after holding the Tigers to four 3-and-outs and five punts, and a field goal attempt that was missed wide right with 11:18 left in the first quarter.

“When we get that first first-down, we are a better offense,” Malzahn said about his team’s first half.

The Tigers’ offense would go on to struggle and fail to score for the first three quarters in Saturday’s matchup.

The Bulldogs led 21-0 going into the fourth quarter after a touchdown pass from Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm to Eli Wolf with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.

That’s when Auburn’s offense came to life.

The Tigers dominated the fourth quarter, accumulating 158 yards, including a three-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Bo Nix to Eli Stove and a two-yard rushing touchdown from Nix — the first rushing touchdown scored on the Bulldog defense this season.

Auburn had two chances to draw even, but were stopped on fourth down both times.

When asked if he thought to go to his 2 minute offense sooner, Malzahn said, “in the 3rd quarter we came out and tried to spread them out and run the football and we thought we could, we got down there and got to the 40 and didn’t get any points.

“In the 4th quarter we got some momentum and we end up scoring twice, got the ball down to the 23 yard-line and got a play overturned. Then we got the ball back one more time and couldn’t do anything with it.”

Nix finished the day 30-of-50 passing for 245 yards and the touchdown. He also led the Tigers in rushing with 13 attempts for 42 yards on the ground.

“Bo competed. He’s a winner, he competes, he’s a great competitor, he battled and he fought,” Malzahn said of his quarterback who has come under fire after some struggles throughout the season.

Seth Williams led the Tigers in receiving with 13 catches for 121 yards. Auburn’s second leading receiver, Anthony Schwartz, had seven receptions for 48 yards.

The Tigers defense forced the Bulldogs to nine 3-and-outs and 11 punts on the day.

While Auburn put up 329 yards of offense, they held Georgia to just 251 yards, including just 110 through the air.

“In a game like this,” Malzahn said, “with two great defenses we knew it would be a big factor”.

Auburn (7-3, 4-3) is home again next week as the Tigers host in-state FCS team, Samford, before the Iron Bowl against No. 5 Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium to close out the regular season.