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Georgia can’t stop Auburn running game, Richt loses his cool

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Outside of one touchdown drive, the first half against Auburn has been nothing short of a mess for Georgia. Auburn leads the Bulldogs 27-10 at halftime, and the Tigers are poised to slam the door on this one in the second half.

Auburn’s defense suffocated Georgia’s battered offense for just 119 yards in the first half but Georgia has been flagged for six penalties accounting for 50 yards and Aaron Murray was intercepted for the only turnover of the half. Georgia’s defense, as many before them, has had real trouble slowing down Auburn’s running game. Tre Mason is easily on his way to a 100-yard game (he has 99 rushing yards at the half, with a touchdown) and quarterback Nick Marshall has hurt the Bulldogs with ver 50 rushing yards and a touchdown and smart passes, completing seven of 11 attempts for 67 efficient yards. Auburn racked up 20 first downs in the first half against a Georgia defense that has allowed an average of 17.4 first downs per game this season.

Mark Richt lost his cool for a moment in the second quarter. After Auburn had fumbled by the Georgia sideline and it appeared Georgia may have come up with the loose ball, the officials ruled Auburn maintained possession of the football. After the ruling was made Richt was in the face of a ref and had a penalty flag called for unsportsmanlike conduct as a result. Auburn capitalized on the sequence when Marshall scored on a short run up the right side of the offensive line for a touchdown and a 20-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

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13 Responses to “Georgia can’t stop Auburn running game, Richt loses his cool”
  1. Deb says: Nov 16, 2013 5:54 PM

    Didn’t care for how the official handled that situation. It did look like a bad call, so Richt was understandably upset. But the guy waited until Richt had calmed down, turned away, and was walking back to the bench with the other official before throwing the flag. Made me think of the DeNiro line from The Untouchables: “If you were a man, you would’ve done it now!” Seems like the ref should have thrown the flag when Richt was face-to-face and arguing with him instead of waiting until it was over and the coach had walked away.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Nov 16, 2013 6:05 PM

    Georgia’s going to be a real force in a couple of years but the injury bug has been with them since the Clemson game this season and they haven’t been the powerhouse everyone thought they would. Auburn looks pretty good but I still think Alabama is gonna take the west this year. The east will be Mizzou or South Carolina, but if you’re expecting the barn burner SEC conference championship from last year again, prepare to be disappointed.

  3. imaduffer says: Nov 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    Maybe Coach Richt turned away and drop the F-bomb to the ref.

  4. realfootballfan says: Nov 16, 2013 7:07 PM

    This is a great game.

  5. realfootballfan says: Nov 16, 2013 7:10 PM

    classyjacklambert,

    Georgia’s injuries were pretty significant, and their defense was young to begin with. It’s not like they lost a player here or there; they were on their 4th string RB or something absurd and both starting wide receivers were out along with a few key young defensive players. If those injuries hadn’t hit them, who knows where they’d be?

  6. classyjacklambert says: Nov 16, 2013 7:17 PM

    I totally agree realfootballfan, I just think they are going to be rebuilding after this year due to losing Murray and Gurley after this season.

  7. liverpoolred04 says: Nov 16, 2013 7:18 PM

    What a crock of sh!t

  8. classyjacklambert says: Nov 16, 2013 7:27 PM

    OMG You gotta knock the ball down! What the hell were those db’s thinking?

  9. realfootballfan says: Nov 16, 2013 7:29 PM

    Wow, what a finish. What a game. That was amazing.

  10. Deb says: Nov 16, 2013 8:10 PM

    That was heart-breaking. Those DBs will be reliving that moment for the rest of their lives. Great game, though.

  11. microbrewuga says: Nov 16, 2013 9:11 PM

    Not losing Gurley. We lose Murray and Lynch.

  12. spacemaker101 says: Nov 16, 2013 9:32 PM

    Hahahah loved the finish!!

  13. mwilson2011 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:47 AM

    I am a FSU supporter but wow…great game. Ga should have won that game. What a fluke with that winning catch. Auburn lucked up and Ga. can not.catch a break. Their both great teams but I feel that the.bulldogs are.a far better.team.

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