It wasn’t you. It was us.

One of the most delightful consequences of last season was the redirection of the Denial River.  For years, it was Georgia who talked the great “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game, but now that proverbial shoe is on other feet.  We heard from Florida players at SEC Media Days about how the Cocktail Party was a much closer affair than the ultimate five-touchdown spread indicated to rational humans.

Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis has thought about the SECCG and wants you to know that wasn’t about Georgia.

“I don’t think we played our best the second game, and I don’t know if it was because they made us not play our best, or if we weren’t locked in or focused,” said Davis. The Auburn linebacker told reporters at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday that “If you watch the tape from the first game to the second game, it was two different teams, and not just because we won the first time.”

“You pop in any other time we actually played Auburn football, and you match it with the SEC Championship Game, it simply wasn’t us,” he continued.

He’s got a teammate who agrees.

Auburn defensive lineman Dontavious Russell, once a 2013 Georgia commit from Carrollton who then flipped to Auburn, mentioned the adversity his team was facing, referencing star running back Kerryon Johnson’s rib injury suffered against Alabama.

“Toward the end of the Georgia game, we faced adverse situations, being that Kerryon was out, it was something we didn’t respond as well to.”

Hunh.  Funny, I thought the adverse situation you faced was a Georgia team that got after it.

Here’s to another great season of deflection.

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25 responses to “It wasn’t you. It was us.

  1. jtp03

    Funny how injuries only seem to affect the team who gets their ass kicked.

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    • DawgCity

      Interesting what happens when you run one RB at 35 carries per game for the 2nd half of a season. I guess that’s what happens when you’re not loaded in the backfield as your opponents are. Yeah, they didn’t respond well to that.

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  2. KornDawg

    “You pop in any other time we actually played Georgia football, and you match it with the (first) Auburn game, it simply wasn’t us.”

    See that. Deshaun, it kind of works both ways, doesn’t it?

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  3. gastr1

    I don’t care if they deflect. I enjoy their loser talk in any shape or form. 🙂

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  4. Bright Idea

    They celebrated the first win and Bama and thought they couldn’t be beat. Even Gus was satisfied with that and yes, their best player being hurt didn’t help, but neither did the rest of the team.

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  5. UGA '97

    OK great, Davis understood. So after that game you fixed everything and put your true team back out there in the Peach bowl vs UCF?

    Did Sony or Chubb break any ribs vs Bama? Nope, thought so.

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  6. Uglydawg

    Good grief Deshaun…your team was playing for a shot in the ATL NC game. You were un-inspired? Then you played for the National Championship against UCF and you couldn’t even get inspired for it either?

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    • ChiliDawg

      Yeah, making the case that you were “not locked in or focused” in the biggest game of the year is quite possibly the biggest cop-out one could reach for.

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  7. Hobnail_Boot

    Senator, nice use of “hunh”.

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  8. SCDawg

    Not as good as the Florida player using the Missouri stadium being “too quiet” as an excuse for losing by four touchdowns, but I’ll take it.

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  9. Go Dawgs!

    Auburn had a fantastic two weeks. They whipped Georgia’s ass in Jordan-Hare and then they turned around and played Alabama tough two weeks later and held them off for an easy win there, too.

    Auburn also squeaked out a narrow win over Mercer (24-10), lost to a remarkably mediocre LSU squad (which was beaten by Troy), and got smacked in the mouth by Central Florida (and therefore gave us the UCF National Championship campaign, so thanks for that War Eagles). It’s hard to hold their loss to Clemson against them, but it also happened. So, yes, they smacked Georgia in Jordan-Hare. But then Georgia smacked them by an almost identical score on a neutral field. Georgia either won every other game it played or lost by a single overtime score. Which team was playing true to form that day at Mercedes Benz Stadium? If Auburn was off its game that day, it’s because the Georgia Bulldogs beat the brakes off of them.

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    • The entire game changed on Bellamy’s strip sack of Stidham when Auburn was in scoring position. After that point, the Dawgs completely dominated all 3 phases of the game.

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      • SlobberKnocker

        You are absolutely right. It seems likely that if that play doesn’t happen, and Auburn pushes that drive in for a TD, the outcome of the game may have been very different. That being said, Bellamy made the play and the game turned.

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        • Milledge Hall

          That play happened because of GREAT team defense!! Watch Roquan on that play. He lined up in the A gap to blitz. At the last possible second, he backed out to cover the receiver coming across the middle. Steadham wanted to throw to him and let him run for a first down or TD. Roquan forced him to hold it for a couple of extra seconds. Bellany arrives with an attitude and forces the strip sack. Roquan recovers. The DAWGS score on the ensuing drive. A championship is won!!!!!

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  10. Clayton Davis

    As a Sooners fan, I agree with the Auburn player. I mean, if you watch OU’s defense vs Ohio State and then track that with the Rose… Aw hell, I can’t keep a straight face at all.

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  11. Silver Britches

    Running Kerryon Johnson approximately 500 times in the last 2.5 games without having any established depth behind him is not our problem.

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  12. Spike

    Such bullshit on a galactic scale.. Wow..

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  13. ChiliDawg

    It’s like peering into a mirror that shows your reflection from 5 years ago.

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  14. CB

    They have a point about Kerryon, once I saw him go down against Bama I organized the victory parade because their offense was useless without him. In Georgia’s defense they also had to overcome some pretty bad officiating early in the SECCG that kept Auburn drives alive.

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  15. W Cobb Dawg

    Maybe Gus should’ve kept his huge mouth shut after the regular season game. If they think Kirby isn’t going to remember Gus talkin shit, they’re a batch of fools.

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  16. stoopnagle

    I’m looking forward to seeing U-Dub drub Auburn.

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  17. JCDAWG83

    If a team isn’t focused on the conference championship game, the head coach should have been fired, not given a raise and extension.

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  18. Will from Perry!

    I’ve watched that game a couple of times now (its been a long offseason, ok) and I’m convinced the SECCG outcome was a direct product of the mental and physical preparation our coaches and players committed to the game. Auburn was somewhat diminished, sure, but that’s not why they lost.

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