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.