So much for questioning the Vegas odds wizards installing a double-digit point spread for Georgia over a ranked SEC rival.
The Dogs didn’t just cover the spread, they buried it deeper than Jimmy Hoffa as they demolished Auburn convincingly and set themselves up with a chance to clinch the SEC East title next week.
Georgia’s’ blowout win over the defending national champion was the sweetest moment Between the Hedges since the 2007 Blackout win over the Tigers, and the home crowd deserves some of the credit for making Sanford Stadium as noisy as it’s been since then.
They had a lot to cheer about, though.
The offense and defense both played lights-out ball Saturday. How about 528 yards of offense with two running backs topping 100 yards and little Carlton Thomas averaging 8.5 yards per run. Four touchdown passes for Aaron Murray as he passed Matthew Stafford for the UGA season record and tied him on the career list. The much maligned Georgia offensive line moving the pile time after time, opening gaping holes for the backs and protecting Murray. The Dogs converting on 12 of 15 third downs while holding the Tigers to just three of 11. Ten tackles for loss and five sacks from Todd Grantham’s defense, with Bacarri Rambo making a terrific return for a pick 6.
Aside from a couple of fumbles by the returning Isaiah Crowell, there wasn’t much to gripe about and a lot of highlights in the game for Georgia fans. But I think my favorite was that impressive touchdown catch where Michael Bennett laid out for a score reminiscent of A.J. Green.
And all of it on national TV, to boot.
Yeah, this was definitely a statement game for Mark Richt’s remarkable, resilient comeback kids.
How ’bout them Dawgs!
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