Georgia beats Auburn 28-7 to win SEC Championship

By: Zach Klein

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Story Highlights

  • Auburn rolled into Atlanta after wins over Georgia and then-No. 1 Alabama in its last three games.
  • Jake Fromm completed 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to Isaac Nauta in the second quarter.
  • The Bulldogs claimed their first SEC title since 2005.
  • UGA will likely head to either the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl

ATLANTA - Shaking off a blowout loss to Auburn just three weeks ago, Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Georgia made its bid for a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 28-7 victory over the No. 4 Tigers in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

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Auburn (10-3) was the hottest team in the country, rolling into Atlanta after wins over Georgia and then-No. 1 Alabama in its last three games. But the Tigers were stymied by two crucial turnovers, a blocked field goal and a Georgia team eager to make up for its embarrassing 40-17 defeat on the Plains .

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Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and freshman D'Andre Swift provided a much more effective running game for Georgia than the first meeting, which opened up things for the freshman quarterback. Fromm completed 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to Isaac Nauta in the second quarter and a 6-yarder to Terry Godwin with just over 13 minutes remaining that essentially sealed Georgia's victory.

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The Bulldogs claimed their first SEC title since 2005 and capped an impressive rise in Kirby Smart's second season as coach. Georgia went 8-5 a year ago, but Nick Saban's former defensive coordinator insisted he was establishing a culture that would return the team to national prominence.

What's next for the Bulldogs? UGA will likely head to either the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl to play in a semifinal game, looking to take another step toward the team's first national title since 1980.


Here's a minute-by-minute look at the game from Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein:

Final: The Georgia Bulldogs win the SEC Championship game, beating Auburn 28 to 7.

10:34 4th quarter

Another Georgia touchdown! The Dawgs have now scored 28 unanswered points and lead 28-7.

12:12 4th quarter

Georgia forces a quick 3-and-out and gets the ball back on their own 25.

13:06 4th quarter

Fromm makes the Tigers pay for the turnover. Touchdown Georgia! Godwin snags the TD and the 2-point conversion.

13:58 4th quarter

Another HUGE play by the Georgia defense and the Dawgs are in business after the turnover.

Start of 4th quarter

The Dawgs lead 13-7 and this raucous UGA crowd can start to feel it.

1:26 3rd quarter

Blankenship's second FG of the day gives Georgia a 13-7 lead.

4:48 3rd quarter

After punts on each side, Georgia has the ball starting at their own 20.

8:13 3rd quarter

Georgia blocks the Auburn FG attempt. Dawgs take over om their own 28.

Start of 3rd quarter

Georgia receives the opening kickoff.

Halftime

The Dawgs take a 10-7 lead into the half.

4:59 2nd quarter

UGA takes a 10-7 lead on a Blankenship FG.

10:14 2nd quarter

Georgia turns the turnover into points! Fromm to Nauta on a 2-yard touchdown.

13:04 2nd quarter

HUGE momentum swing for the Dawgs. Sack-fumble and Georgia recovers. Fromm takes over on their own 16.

End of 1st quarter

Not a great opening quarter for the Dawgs. Auburn leads 7-0 and is driving.

6:16 1st quarter

Georgia picks up a few first downs but eventually stalls on its first possession of the game and is forced to punt. Auburn takes over on their own 25.

9:54 1st quarter

Auburn strikes first. Stidham to Craig-Myers for a 6-yard TD on 3rd and goal. 7-0 Auburn.

12:30 1st quarter

Auburn is driving. Georgia had the chance to get off the field 3-and-out but a pass interference call extended the drive.

15:00 1st quarter

Auburn will receive the opening kickoff.

3:30 p.m.

There are massive crowds inside and outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Both Auburn and Georgia seem to be well represented.

2:45 p.m.

Georgia WR Javon Wims loosening up in ways 99.9% of people cannot.

2:30 p.m.

Some of the first Georgia Bulldogs have taken the field. They seem loose.

 

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