Because with this year’s model of Georgia football, nothing says “we got this one, thanks” quite like running plays from the huddle for a solid quarter of the game.
Unless it’s giving carries to Boo Malcome.
Anyway, on to what I saw.
- I don’t think there’s any question that the game turned on the McCalebb fumble that occurred after Crowell dropped the ball. Whatever hope Auburn had to make a game of things quickly evaporated in the next minute.
- That was big, but the most electric moment, not just of the day, but for a longer time than I can remember, was the Rambo pick-six.
- But neither of those wound up being my favorite play. Honors for that had to go to Bruce Figgins and his TD catch. I’m a sucker for 344-Fullback and that was the best executed version of the play I’ve seen yet. Kudos in particular go to Carlton Thomas who threw a killer block to set things up.
- Murray looked as poised as I’ve ever seen him. Every one of those TD passes came off of beautiful throws. All of which goes to show that if he’s got the time to set and go through his mechanics properly, he’s a damn fine quarterback. Right now, he’s playing on a different level.
- In the Battle of the Highly Paid Coordinators, it’s now Malzahn 1, Grantham 1.
- The thing I bet Grantham took away from Auburn’s first drive wasn’t that the Tigers scored, but that they gave up on the run.
- And Mike Bobo vs. Ted Roof wasn’t a fair fight. That was the best-prepared, best-called game of Bobo’s career. Murray’s abuse of the Auburn secondary was a beautiful thing to watch and that’s a tribute to Bobo getting him ready and putting things to work at the right time.
- The first fumble was Crowell’s fault. The second one wasn’t. That was just a case of the Auburn defender getting the snap count right and disrupting the handoff.
- What gives, Drew Butler?
- John Jenkins is quietly, steadily turning into a dominant player.
- Jarvis Jones was his usual play making self yesterday, all over the field. Auburn paid a lot of attention to him, not that it did much good.
- The other problem with paying too much attention to Jones is Alec Ogletree.
- Another bouquet deserves to go to Will Friend. Okay, maybe the o-line still needs some work blocking running back screens, but that was the most dominant run blocking performance we’ve seen in a long, long time. And some of Murray’s confidence in the pass blocking was reflected in his mechanics.
- Speaking of blocking, the fullbacks kicked some major ass. Watch the replay on Crowell’s TD run and see what the Auburn defender does as Ogletree comes up to lay the wood on him.
- Speaking of which, is there anything more beautiful in SEC play than watching an offense line up and ram the ball down the opponent’s throat as we saw on that drive? Georgia didn’t throw a pass after the first drive of the second half and still outscored the Tigers 10-0 the rest of the way.
Really, I could go on, but one of the dangers in recounting a game like yesterday’s is that you wind up coming off as little more than a sunshine pumper. It’s just that you had to be there to see it.
Congrats on the win, gentlemen. You deserve it.
UPDATE: If you haven’t looked at the box score yet, you should. It’s mind-boggling.
Team Stat Comparison
Auburn Georgia 1st Downs 9 30 3rd down efficiency 3-11 12-15 4th down efficiency 0-2 0-0 Total Yards 195 528 Passing 144 224 Comp-Att 12-23 14-18 Yards per pass 6.3 12.4 Rushing 51 304 Rushing Attempts 25 56 Yards per rush 2.0 5.4 Penalties 3-14 8-60 Turnovers 3 2 Fumbles lost 2 2 Interceptions thrown 1 0 Possession 19:05 40:55
Sometimes you have to admit that stats aren’t bullshit.