Dawgs exact sweet payback in return to Jordan-Hare Stadium

Mark Richt has a team headed to the SEC Championship ... again. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt has a team headed to the SEC Championship ... again. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

What a difference two years can make.

The 2010 Georgia Bulldogs lost a tough, bruising, ill-tempered game to a Gene Chizik Auburn Tigers team that was on its way to a Cam Newton-led undefeated national championship season.

The 2012 Dawgs returned to Jordan-Hare Stadium with the scenario not completely flipped, but close enough, as Georgia hammered the Tigers 38-0 in taking their second consecutive SEC title and notching their fifth trip to the conference championship game in the past 11 years.

Maybe the been-there-seen-that crowd that constitutes a vocal minority of the Bulldog Nation and measures the worth of a program strictly in how many crystal footballs you’ve won doesn’t find that particularly impressive.

But while Georgia might face long odds in their hopes of making this year’s BCS game, even if they win out and beat Alabama in the Georgia Dome, I think anyone who doesn’t consider this already a successful season for Mark Richt’s Dawgs should be sentenced to having to serve frustrating time in Tennessee fandom.

There was none of that messing around in the first half that has plagued Georgia at times this season, as the Dawgs jumped on Auburn hard from the start, scoring on their first four drives. Aaron Murray was superb, completing 18 of 24 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns (despite his two top receivers being lost for the season). And he did it the hard way in the three quarters he played, taking numerous hits though he was sacked only once.

Murray also did a good job of getting Georgia into the right plays, with Richt noting after the game that Marshall’s long touchdown run came on a play where the UGA quarterback changed the call on his own. Murray’s evening was, as his head coach put it, “some clinic reel stuff.”

Keith Marshall broke the 100-yard mark again, as did Todd Gurley. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Keith Marshall broke the 100-yard mark again, as did Todd Gurley. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Georgia’s offensive line might still need to work some on protecting its QB, but they did an excellent job of run-blocking against Auburn, resulting in the Dawgs’ “Gurshall” tandem again both topping 100 yards, with Todd Gurley getting 116 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, with a long run of 49 yards and an average of 10.5 yards per carry. Keith Marshall electrified the Georgia fans who made the trip to Auburn with a 62-yard touchdown run that saw him again turning on the after-burners once he hit the secondary. He wound up the evening with 105 yards on eight carries and a 13.1 yard average per carry.

Despite Mike Bobo pulling his offensive starters and emptying the bench in the fourth quarter, Georgia racked up 497 yards of total offense, with 289 yards on the ground and 208 in the air.

Meanwhile, Todd Grantham’s defense was stifling and notched the shutout that the defensive coordinator obviously wanted badly, since he kept his starters in the game through the fourth quarter. Or perhaps that was a bit of payback for Chizik and company from the ugly end to the game two years ago.

Led by freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace, the Tigers wound up with 238 yards of offense, with just 57 on the ground. Alec Ogletree led the Dawgs with 10 tackes, a sack and two tackles for loss and Bacarri Rambo had eight tackles and an interception. Jarvis Jones got another couple of sacks and a piece of a third.

Georgia still doesn’t have a punt return game to speak of, with a zero yards of return, a couple of balls hitting the ground and a couple more awkward fair catches on which the receiver fell down. But otherwise the Dawgs’ special teams play was excellent, with Marshall Morgan making all his PATs and a field goal and Collin Barber having another fine game punting, averaging 47.3 yards on four kicks and downing three of them deep inside Auburn territory. In fact, Barber and company kept the Tigers backed up most of the second half, even after the Dawgs offense had checked out for the evening.

What more can you say about a game where six different Georgia players scored and the Dawgs had only three penalties and no turnovers, except it was a complete performance. Let folks in Columbia gripe all they want. This 9-1 Bulldogs team deserves the division title it once again secured at Auburn — against whom, for my money, all Georgia SEC East championships should be won.

Now, it’s your turn. Feel free to share your views of another terrific Saturday night to be a Georgia fan.

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Complete Game All 3 Phases

November 10th, 2012
11:46 pm

Domination. Dawgs on top. Offense & Defense are clicking now, fantastic special teams game tonight. GA Southern gonna be tougher than tech.

Go Dawgs! Finish the Drill!

Lenny

November 10th, 2012
11:47 pm

Always great to beat Auburn, regardless of the stakes.
That it was for the East crown is just icing on the cake.

Cuz

November 10th, 2012
11:50 pm

When did they turn on the hoses?

Turkey Buzzard!!!!

Scrambledog

November 10th, 2012
11:50 pm

A Great win…….Way to go Dogs. SEC East champins !!!!!!!!!

Cuz

November 10th, 2012
11:52 pm

But while Georgia might face long odds in their hopes of making this year’s BCS game, even if they win out and beat Alabama in the Georgia Dome, I think anyone who doesn’t consider this already a successful season for Mark Richt’s Dawgs should be sentenced to having to serve frustrating time in Tennessee fandom.

Now that is cold Bill. General Neyland is sitting in the stands all by hisself.

CaliDawg

November 11th, 2012
12:28 am

Roswell DAWG

November 11th, 2012
12:36 am

As always, it’s Great to Be a Georgia Bulldawg. SEC East Champs.

Dawg82373

November 11th, 2012
1:01 am

Great game from start to finish !! This was a focused Dawg team with a trip to the dome on there mind & ready to bulldoze any & everything in there way . Good job coaches & players on the mental approach to this game . With AU struggling this year it would have been a perfect chance for our dogs to lay an egg as in previous years . Murray took a few shots that worried me , but I’m. proud of my DAWGS !!!

dawgdmd

November 11th, 2012
1:50 am

Just got home from the game. We stayed till the end. It truly was sweet to see that empty stadium. The Auburn fans were flat before the kickoff. Understandable. See everyone the next two weeks in Athens and in the Atl in three.

Nothing

November 11th, 2012
2:47 am

Another season of beating UT, UF, and Auburn…gotta love it…much to play for still. Best played game of the season tonight.

Ed

November 11th, 2012
2:54 am

As a side note, we evened the all-time series at 54-54-8.

westtexasdawg

November 11th, 2012
4:31 am

I am tired of people saying “whom did we beat”? To them, FL, Ole Miss are all bad teams. To them: Give me a break. They are now bad teams, B’COZ WE BEAT THEM. No team is bad, until they don’t give 100% effort. GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Bill

November 11th, 2012
5:45 am

I know, I know . . . This is going to be tough on you haters, but you can do it! Condemn the players and coaches for not winning by fifty. Bring up the fact that Auburn could have scored.
Oh, here’s one for you losers: mention that the Dawgs only had two one hundred yard rushers. Please don’t let me down, Haters. I am counting on you.

Strat Cat Dawg

November 11th, 2012
6:05 am

UGA crushes AU every possible way clinching the SEC East and only 13 comments? Come on, trolls, we’re waiting…

RunninWithTheDawgs

November 11th, 2012
6:14 am

Everybody talks about how tough Bama is. Just go in and look at their schedule and tell me who they played that was all that tough. Michigan? — 7-3 on the year and it could be worse if they hadn’t squeaked by Mich St. and Air Force. LSU? — Been struggling all season and played tough against Bama. If Auburn gets rid of Chizik NOW and brings in a good coach Bama may not win the Ironbowl this year. Now wouldn’t that be something .
The Dawgs are playing together better right now than they have since Murray came on at QB. Not just the offense but the defense is playing great. I wouldn’t want Richt, BoBo, and Grantham plotting against me in a SEC championship game.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 11th, 2012
6:21 am

Where, oh where, have the Bama trolls gone?

Oh where, oh where can they be?

RunninWithTheDawgs

November 11th, 2012
6:27 am

Cuz — They turned the hoses on us in ‘86. I was one of the fans on the field that got hosed down. Actually nobody got furious about it even though it was super cold, below freezing if I remember correctly. Later after we got warm and dry we all had a big laugh. Just another Dawg — Cat fuss. GO DAWGS!

RunninWithTheDawgs

November 11th, 2012
6:29 am

Cuz — They turned the hoses on in ‘86. GO DAWGS!

RunninWithTheDawgs

November 11th, 2012
6:30 am

Dang blog monster playing tricks.

Coach Gene Cheesedip

November 11th, 2012
7:20 am

If AU ain’t winning, they ain’t cheatin! What’s up? Two games in a row, Coach Satan’s team is outplayed? LSU gained over 400 yards against that NFL defense. Don’t count on Ritch to give 4 gifts in ATL

ZinoDawg

November 11th, 2012
7:45 am

War TURKEYS!

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

November 11th, 2012
7:52 am

Any more dawgs arrested today?

1969 Graduate

November 11th, 2012
7:59 am

As much as I enjoyed beating Auburn, I am certainly of the mind set that we didn’t beat anybody yesterday. This Auburn team is terrible! Beating a team as terrible as this does not constitute sweet revenge.

Go, Georgia Bulldogs!

4WhatIt'sWorth

November 11th, 2012
8:03 am

Look’s like the Gators had their heart ripped out after the loss to UGA. They haven’t been the same since. Also, Thanks to CHIZ and TROOPER for helping motivate us with all of the late hits on our QB 2 years ago. Well done gentlemen!

Bill

November 11th, 2012
8:07 am

Seriously, can Auburn beat Alabama A and M? What do you think?

tndawg

November 11th, 2012
8:13 am

GO DAWGS!! Great game.

First, take care of Ga. Southern and Ga. Tech. Then take care of the SEC championship game.

GO DAWGS!!!

87dawg

November 11th, 2012
8:16 am

I thought it was stupid to hear, once again, the commentators repeat that tired old line about Georgia didn’t have to face alabama and lsu. Um, no, but we did face florida and, without the desired result, carolina, who, if I’m not mistaken, have the same records as bama and lsu. And the tide lost to the #15 team. We certainly didn’t.

And unless I’m missing something, the records between the SEC East and West are pretty much identical, top to bottom.
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Well, we face either bama or lsu, or maybe even A&M, who knocked of the almighty red elephants on December 1 and, after we kick the stuffings out of their overrated teams, what will the excuse be then? Oh, but they didn’t face ALL of those teams. Shut up, people!

JaxDawg

November 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Would have been nice to see the first score but The Duce had the first part of the game blacked out without giving a reason…did anyone else have this problem?

TallaDawg

November 11th, 2012
8:24 am

87Dawg – And, they never mention that Alabama did not have to play UGa, Fla., or SC from the East.

Spike

November 11th, 2012
8:26 am

Take THAT, Spurrier, Muschamp, and Fairley and the “ALL IN” Auburn family!! HAHAHA

Minnesota Dawg

November 11th, 2012
8:27 am

My O My how the tables turn so quickly in the SEC! How many coaches can turn a team around like Rich has. We better keep this man because we will be in the National Championship before he retires.

Camp Bastion Dog

November 11th, 2012
8:28 am

Had to watch the game live on GAMECAST!!!!!!!!!! but good job dawgs! as i said, all the way to the dome, over Bama!

Homeslice

November 11th, 2012
8:29 am

Imagine if we finally start a season with all our players for once, how great would that be?
finally everyone is in tune and we are playing great!

RickEarl

November 11th, 2012
8:31 am

Regardless of how bad Auburn is, it was great to see Georgia come out focused and dominate. This team is improving every game!!

LDawg

November 11th, 2012
8:39 am

AHS69 – wrong place to post. This is the sports section. And BTW – weed is only legal in Colorado and Washington. Maybe you should post before you partake. Maybe then it would make a lick of sense.

LDawg

November 11th, 2012
8:42 am

I’ll bet Spurrier is sucking lemons right now!

Dawg Haus

November 11th, 2012
8:49 am

Great win for the Dawgs!

Murray was playing like he had some bad memories from that stadium or something. ;) I wish Nick Fairley could have been in attendance, but his ankle bracelet wouldn’t allow it.

tell me again

November 11th, 2012
8:50 am

Cut the crappy comments about beating a bad Auburn team – this is BS. Good teams win the tough games, they win the tight games and then when they play the bad teams, they take care of business fast and efficiently – something that – many of us here – have complained about earlier in the year. Not that we beat an inferior teams, but that we didn’t do it convincingly enough. WELL – now we did! What else do we want? We can’t help it Auburn sucks this year. But we did what a good team does. We ht them hard, fast and got the game over quick. This team is getting BETTER every week – they have NOT peaked – that is very encouraging. All of you haters — BRUHAHAHAHAHA! We’re going to the SEC CG – where is YOUR team going??????

Cannot much better

November 11th, 2012
9:00 am

defeating UT, Auburn, and Florida is wonderful. These three te UGA’s BIGGEST rivals.

SC … You will never be considered a UA rival. Three wins in a row? How about UGA WINNING THE SEC EAST in two of those three???

TN, AU and Florida wins are the greatest. Next, we pisto
Whip lil GSC and then, we humiliate GT in Athens.

OFF to a major BOWL .. UGA is. SC? Maybe the Independence. N

Half Century Dawg

November 11th, 2012
9:03 am

AHS69, what’s wrong fella? Did Bill still your girlfriend in high school?

BKbroila

November 11th, 2012
9:05 am

Murray may only have been sacked once, but he was removed from the game for safety reasons…very time that classless bunch of goons had a chance to hit Murray, they either tackled them around the neck or used that illegal pile-drive tactic made famous by nick fairley…obviously they are still paying for players…why else would 4 five star players, including 3 from Georgia and the#1 juco player in the country commit to this inevitable dumpster fire? I hate Auburn…wish we’d hung half a hundred on em’

GTDog

November 11th, 2012
9:05 am

I remember two years ago when Auburn had the game in hand late in the 4th, and kept the starters in trying to put up more points, Newton scoring with something like a minute left…

Richt pulled our guys late in the third…

What a difference in class. I propose that the Auburn fans should be stuck with Chizik and Co. till the bitter end, as I seem to recall that they’re “All In”…..lmao today.

Mobile Dawg

November 11th, 2012
9:13 am

JaxDawg, DirectTV blacked it out here in Orange Beach also. We went next door and it was on Mediacom. I was furious with DTV. We have Dish at home and never had any problems.

Another solid game put up by the Dawgs. As much as I liked seeing Bama get beat to watch the toothless, trailer park dwelling portion of the fanbase wollow in misery, I would have much rather the Dawgs played an undefeated Tide, win or lose. Apparently the players that can read spread the word and they started to believe they were annointed w/o having to play the game.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 11th, 2012
9:44 am

Mobile Dawg

I agree; I wish we were getting bama undefeated

The Gator

November 11th, 2012
10:11 am

So, Georgia backs in again, with the SEC’s easiest schedule compliments of the SEC realignment, getting blown out 35-7 by an in-division opponent, and barely sneaking by Florida with two minutes to go even though the Gators had six turnovers in the game, half of which were unforced. You should be very proud of your achievement.

The Gators aren’t quite rebuilt on offense yet, so enjoy your struggles to win a mere division title. We’ll be back to pursuing national championships soon enough.

Rabun Dawg

November 11th, 2012
10:16 am

Direct tv had us blacked out up here on ESPN 2, but finally got the feed with about 8 minutes left in the 1st qtr.and dogs up 7-0.Not sure how they scored that 1st td, but was good to see us hit them in the mouth early. It will be interesting to see how we handle the next 2 opponents who run the same offense. It will be a challenge for our defense, but should have it figured out by he time Tech arrives. Let’s take care of business, then worry about Bama, who do look somewhat vulnerable against the pass. GATA

AltamahaDawg

November 11th, 2012
10:23 am

How BOUT that punt team!

AltamahaDawg

November 11th, 2012
10:28 am

I think “the gator” has got to be a Georgia fan in disquise. Surely nobody would actually post such a funny characature of his own fans.

I-DOG

November 11th, 2012
10:33 am

Great win for the Dawgs. Played well in all three phases and took charge from the start and kept right at it.

Bill, I can’t agree that you can put a grade on this season yet and call it successful. Getting back to the Dome is a great accomplishment true, but lets see what happens from here. If UGA is able to beat BAMA and win the SEC then there is no question it was a successful season.

However, what if the Dawgs lose to GSU or tech? What if they get beaten badly in the SEC title game, in which case there is no championship this year. What if they lose the title game and then lose the bowl game against a top 15 opponent for a 3 loss season.

All of these scenarios are still on the table and it is exciting that UGA is back in the SECCG and has a slim chance to make the national title game if they can beat Bama and 2 of the 3 unbeatens lose. However, to get here UGA beat one of the two teams that had even talent and then beat everybody else that they should beat. So far UGA is playing .500 ball against even talent and they will have 2 more games (BAMA and the bowl game) against similar talent as well. 1-3, 2-2, or 3-1 are all still possible. Here’s hoping for a great win against BAMA and two of the unbeaten teams losing.

SC Dog fan

November 11th, 2012
10:34 am

So glad to see Willie Martinez on the opposing sideline. Hope Auburn will consider bumping him up to HC if they fire Chizik.