Part 2, AU 43, UGA 38: News, Notes & Quotes

Comments from Dee Ford and notes on his team's victory over UGA are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--It was a bookend night for Auburn senior defensive end Dee Ford.

He sacked Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on the first series of the game and then hit Murray's arm as he was attempting to pass on the final play of the game to preserve Auburn's thrilling 43-38 victory over the Bulldogs.

With an opportunity play for the SEC West title against Alabama in two weeks at Jordan-Hare Stadium and the SEC Championship Game a week later, Auburn held off a last-second Georgia drive. That came after Auburn had taken the lead at 43-38 on a fourth-down deflected pass taken in by Ricardo Louis off the strong right arm of Nick Marshall.

"We are going to find a way to win--that's what we are doing," said Ford, who registered his eighth sack of the season to remain among the SEC leaders in that stat. "We practice and execute in games to put ourselves in position to win. That's what we did tonight (against Georgia) and that's what we have done all year."

Ford admits there may have been anxiety and frustration as Georgia erased a 27-10 Auburn lead to go ahead 38-37 with 1:49 to play before the Tigers rallied on the 73-yard deflection.

"I know in the bottom of our minds we had some frustration, but we didn't bring it out," he said. "We have no negativity. That's one of the things we don't dwell on. Individually, and as a team, we talk about what we need to do to move forward."

After leaving the game earlier in the second half with an apparent leg injury, Ford returned to make the big play at the end of the game. "It's just a bone bruise and I'm okay. Someone fell on my leg," he said.

As for the big touchdown play from Marshall to Louis, Ford said he was standing up when it happen. "Then I fell on my back, he said. "I had to come back to my senses because the defense and to go back out on the field."

In other news and notes:

*With 10 wins Auburn now has 13 10-plus win seasons.

*Auburn has now won 86 consecutive games when scoring 30-or-more points. Auburn is 303-4 all-time when scoring 30-or-more points.

*With Tre Mason rushing for 115 yards, Auburn now has 26 100-yard rushing performances against Georgia. The Tigers have now had a 100-yard rusher in seven of the last 13 matchups between the two.

*Auburn is now 98-141-6 all-time when facing ranked opponents. Auburn is 43-36-2 at home against ranked opponents. When both Auburn and its opponent are ranked, Auburn is 67-59-4. When both Auburn and its opponent are ranked and Auburn is the higher-ranked team, Auburn is 39-23-3.

*With 3,523 yards rushing for the season, Auburn now has the most rushing yards through 11 games of a season. In 1985 Auburn had 3,438 yards after 11 games.

*Auburn has now rushed for 300 yards for the sixth time this season. This was Auburn's fourth game with 500-plus yards total offense and second SEC game. The other was Texas A&M.

*Auburn had a 100-yard rusher (Tre Mason, 115 yards) and a 100-yard receiver (Ricardo Lewis, 131 yards) in the same game for the fourth time this season. The other times were against LSU, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

*This is the first time Auburn has rushed for at least three touchdowns in seven consecutive games through records kept since the 1967 season.

*Georgia recorded the first block of an Auburn field goal attempt since Mississippi State in 2010

*Ryan Smith's second-quarter interception was his third of the season. He had interceptions vs. Ole Miss and Texas A&M. It was the first interception against Auburn in four career starts against the Tigers for the SEC's all-time leader for touchdown passes and yards passing.


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