The UGA victory cut Auburn's all-time lead in the series to 53-50-8 and ended Auburn's 15-game winning streak in white jerseys.
"Tonight was a tragic loss," said Groves. "They have a good offense and a good team. Once we scored and went up on them, myself and everybody on our team thought we had them and would win, but they responded and kept going to Sean Bailey deep and we couldn't stop it. They were on tonight, making really big plays and teams better watch out for them."
The game went against the trend of Auburn to have success vs. Top 10 teams and the Bulldogs in games played at Sanford Stadium, where Auburn had won six of its last seven contests. The Tigers had won nine of 11 games vs. Top 10 opponents prior to losing to Georgia for a second straight year.
Other news and notes from the game include:
*Sophomore defensive end Antonio Coleman led the Auburn defense with eight solo tackles, including four for lost yardage and one quarterback sack. Patrick Lee was next with five solos and one assist while Groves had four solos and one assist. Coleman now leads the Tigers in sacks with seven this season.
*Auburn was the last team left in the country to have led every game at halftime, but that streak ended with the Tigers down 17-10 at intermission.
*Redshirt freshman running back Mario Fannin scored his first receiving touchdown.
*The 45 points were the most given up by the Tigers during the Tommy Tuberville Era. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Tigers since losing 42-17 to Arkansas in 2001. The worst defeat during the Tuberville Era was 38-7 to Florida in 2000.
*Georgia was penalized a season-high 10 times for 98 yards. The previous high was seven for 77 vs. Florida.
*The Bulldogs doubled their interception total for the season with four picks vs. the Tigers.
*Georgia senior safety Kelin Johnson said it was important to start strongly. "We waneted to set the tempo from the first play, and that is what we did," he said. "We wanted to know Auburn off their seats and get ready to play ball. We had to fight pretty much all game long. This is a feeling you can't describe."
*Georgia's 45 points were the most scored by the Bulldogs vs. Auburn since winning 56-49 in four overtimes in 1996. The last time Auburn gave up more points to UGA in a regulation game was in 1951 when a winless AU tell fell 46-14.
*Georgia scored more than 40 points for a third straight game for the first time since 1942, the year Auburn knocked off the No. 1 Bulldogs in Columbus, Ga.