Auburn at Georgia Game: News, Notes, Quotes

A report on Auburn's football loss to the Georgia Bulldogs is featured.

Athens, Ga.--Freshman C.J. Uzomah threw his first college touchdown pass on Auburn's opening possession of the game on Saturday vs. Georgia. At the time it looked like it would be the first of multiple scores for the Tigers, but that didn't happen as Auburn was whipped 45-7 by the Bulldogs.

"It was surreal really, throwing to Lutz (fellow tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen) who is also an in-state guy," said Uzomah, who was playing quarterback and receiver last season at North Gwinnett High School.

The seven-yard pass play with the pair of Georgians hooking up capped a drive of 76 yards on eight plays as the Tigers raced down the field and scored in just two minutes and forty seconds. However, after that the Tigers' offense was stuck in neutral most of the remainder of the game, which is an AU-UGA contest most Auburn fans and players will try to forget as soon as possible.

However, Uzomah, who played his high school football just up the road from Athens in Suwanee, Ga., won't forget his first Auburn-Georgia game.

"It was a great feeling that I helped score a touchdown against the home state team, but the game wasn't what we were looking for," he said.

Uzomah said the play was one the Tigers had been working on for a while, but had not run it in a game until Saturday. "The line protected beautifully, the defense bit on the fake and that helped a lot," he noted.

Uzomah said his team expected to play much better against the Bulldogs and said they were "kind of shocked" by what happened between the hedges in Sanford Stadium. "We have to come back and look at film, really evaluate what went wrong with our schemes and really get after it,"?he said. "We have a lot to work on and focus on after this game."

In other news and notes:

*How bad was it for the Tigers? Georgia's margin of victory was the largest in the series since UGA won 41-0 in 1946.

*Auburn's offensive line struggled almost the entire game. Georgia defenders made 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks for 27 yards in losses.

*Auburn came into the game averaging 191.1 rushing yards per game and netted just 51 yards on 25 carries vs. the Bulldogs.

*Auburn sophomore Ryan Smith made his first college start, playing ahead of fellow sophomore Demetruce McNeal. Smith made two solo tackles with three assists. McNeal made two solo tackles with five assists.

*Auburn's lead in the SEC's oldest rivalry is down to one game. The Tigers have 54 wins, 53 losses and eight ties vs. the Bulldogs in the series that started in 1892. Auburn has an 18-12 lead in games played in Athens.

*Georgia scored its first defensive touchdown of the season on a 24-yard interception return by Bacarri Rambo, his seventh pick of the season. It was also his third touchdown of his career on an interception.

*Georgia's eight-game winning streak is its longest since 2002 when the Bulldogs opened 8-0.

*Georgia's Aaron Murray broke the school record for touchdown passes in a season. He has 27, two more than the old mark of 25 held by Matthew Stafford. Murray tied Stafford's career touchdown passes record at 51.

*The Tigers suffered their fourth loss of the season, all on the road, all to teams ranked in the Top 15. That group includes No. 1 LSU, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Clemson, No. 14 Georgia and No. 15 South Carolina.

*Philip Lutzenkirchen's seven-yard touchdown reception was his sixth of the season and 13th of his career. Lutzenkirkchen is tied for eighth on Auburn's career touchdown reception list with Emory Blake.

*Blake caught six passes for 101 yards as he reached the century mark for the third time at Auburn. He now has 1,125 yards for his career. That puts him 20th on Auburn's all-time list.


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