McKenzie, UGA Run Past Auburn

AUBURN - A strong second-half from Georgia (7-3, 5-3) pushed the Bulldogs past the Auburn Tigers (5-5, 2-5), 20-13, in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry marking the 119th meeting between the two storied programs.

Heading into the game the two schools had perfectly split the previous 118 games 55-55-8 since the first meeting on February 20, 1892. UGA now leads the all-time series record 56-55-8.

Despite trailing 10-3 at halftime, Georgia scored 17 unanswered points in the second-half highlighted by a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown with 9:28 left in the fourth quarter by Isaiah McKenzie to put the Bulldogs ahead 17-10. The ensuing possession Georgia’s defense forced a fumble deep in Auburn territory leading to a 38-yard Marshall Morgan field goal extending the score 20-10 with 6:49 remaining in the game.

Georgia’s defense put the final stamp on the game forcing a fumble on the one-yard line on the Tigers second to last possession. Auburn hit a late field goal, but Georgia was able to recover the onside kick and run out the remaining time.

The Bulldogs were led on the ground with 77 yards from running back Sony Michel. Quarterback Greyson Lambert finished 12 for 17 through the air with 97 yards. Georgia’s defense stuffed the Tigers all afternoon holding them to just 62-yards passing and 275-yards overall.

The Tigers were first on the scoreboard punching in a seven-yard touchdown run just over four minutes into the game. An interception by UGA’s Malcolm Parrish on the 40-yard line led to Georgia’s first points of the game, a 40-yard field goal from Marshall Morgan. 

Auburn’s Daniel Carlson hit a 53–yard field goal right before halftime to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead heading into the locker rooms. A slow start offensively and missed opportunities in the red zone limited the Bulldogs’ scoring chances early.

The Bulldogs tied things up at 10-10 with a four-yard touchdown on a sweep to Isaiah McKenzie. The drive was kept alive on a critical personal foul facemask call against Auburn on a third and short. 

Georgia returns to action next Saturday hosting Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. ET at Sanford Stadium. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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