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No. 6 Georgia makes playoff bid, routs No. 4 Auburn 28-7

ATLANTA (AP) Kirby Smart took the customary drenching with an ear-to-ear smile. He bounced up and down on the sideline with as much exuberance as his players. And when the coach waved his visor to the red-and-black faithful, he knew better than anyone how much this meant after a long, long wait.

Rebounding emphatically from a blowout loss at Auburn just three weeks ago, the No. 6 Bulldogs doled out a whipping of their own on Saturday. And what a time for some revenge, with the Southeastern Conference championship and almost surely a trip to the College Football Playoff going to the winner.

Roquan Smith gobbled up two crucial turnovers, freshman Jake Fromm threw a pair of touchdown passes and Georgia cruised to a 28-7 victory over the No. 4 Tigers in an SEC title game that was a total reversal of the last meeting between the teams.

''It's great to bring it back to Georgia,'' said Smart, who played defensive back for the Bulldogs in the 1990s. ''The Bulldog Nation is certainly starved.''

Smart needed only two seasons to return his alma mater to national prominence, though he certainly learned a thing or two about what it took to get there in his previous job as Nick Saban's defensive coordinator at Alabama.

''It's hard to do,'' Smart said. ''This one feels the same way.''

Georgia (12-1) claimed its first SEC title since 2005.

Of course, there's a bigger prize for the taking.

The Bulldogs haven't won a national title since 1980, a drought that has only grown more and more irritating to Georgia fans as schools all around them - Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State - finished No. 1 in the years since.

''It's been an incredible journey,'' said Fromm, who took over as the starter when Jacob Eason was injured in the season opener and never relinquished the job. ''I never thought it would shake out this way.''

Auburn (10-3) didn't see it coming, either.

The Tigers rolled into Atlanta as the hottest team in the country after impressive wins over Georgia and then-No. 1 Alabama in its last three games. But the Tigers were stymied by their own mistakes, which also included a blocked field goal, and they had no answer for a Georgia team eager to make up for its embarrassing 40-17 defeat on the Plains .

''They flipped the script on us from the last game,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and freshman D'Andre Swift provided a much more effective running game , which opened up things for the young quarterback. Fromm completed 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to Isaac Nauta in the second quarter and a 6-yarder to Terry Godwin with just over 13 minutes remaining that essentially sealed Georgia's victory.

The Bulldogs, who were No. 6 in the latest CFP standings, should move into the top four after their dominating performance. Auburn was ranked second in the CFP poll, only to have its hopes fade away with a lackluster offensive performance. The Tigers were up held to 259 yards after piling up 488 in their Nov. 11 romp.

Swift, another impressive Georgia freshman, finished it off with a 64-yard touchdown run through a huge hole. He dashed to the end zone without being touched, sending the Georgia fans into a raucous celebration that figured to go on well into the night.

Swift finished with 88 yards, Chubb had 77 and Michel added 45 before he left the game in the third quarter with what is believed to be a minor knee injury. In the last game against the Tigers, Chubb was held to 27 yards and Michel 21 - their lowest outputs of the season.

Auburn started out like it was headed for another big win. Jarrett Stidham capped the opening possession with s 6-yard scoring pass to Nate Craig-Myers, and the Tigers pushed into position to extend their lead early in the second quarter.

That's when the game suddenly turned.

Stidham dropped back to throw, couldn't find anyone open and didn't sense Davin Bellamy coming up behind him. The Georgia linebacker stripped the ball away and Smith fell on it for the Bulldogs at the 16.

Georgia drove the other way for the tying score and tacked on the first of two field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship for a 10-7 lead at the half.

Auburn wasted another scoring opportunity in the third quarter when Daniel Carlson's 31-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle . Then, trailing 13-7, another turnover on the first play of the fourth quarter finished off the Tigers.

Kerryon Johnson, who played despite an ailing right shoulder, was stripped of the ball and Smith scooped it up again at the Auburn 39 , retaining the spiked, Road Warrior-style vest that Georgia awards to players who take the ball away from the other team, the Dawgs' version of the turnover chain.

Smith picked up another prize after the game: the MVP award.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: Smart did a masterful job of motivating the Bulldogs after they were thoroughly outmuscled in the first meeting. ''They just physically whipped us up front,'' Malzahn said.

Auburn: After being knocked out of the playoff, the Tigers will turn their attention to Malzahn's future. He's been mentioned as a possible candidate at Arkansas. ''I'm happy at Auburn,'' he insisted. ''I think the best is yet to come.''

OFFENSIVE WOES

Johnson, whose status wasn't known until game time, managed just 44 yards on 13 carries. Clearly, he was bothered by his ailing shoulder, but he wasn't the only one who struggled.

Stidham, who played brilliantly during a five-game winning streak, was held to 16 of 32 for 145 yards by a Georgia defense that brought heavy pressure all game. He was sacked three times.

UP NEXT

Georgia: Will likely head to either the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl to play in a semifinal playoff game.

Auburn: Could wind up returning to Atlanta on New Year's Day for the Peach Bowl against Central Florida.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:34
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
7
Touchdown 10:34
7-D.Swift runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
01:38
pos
27
7
Two Point Conversion 13:06
11-J.Fromm complete to 5-T.Godwin. 5-T.Godwin to AUB End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 13:06
11-J.Fromm complete to 5-T.Godwin. 5-T.Godwin runs 7 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on AUB 91-N.Coe Offside declined.
4
plays
39
yds
01:43
pos
19
7
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:30
98-R.Blankenship 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
62
yds
03:18
pos
13
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:03
98-R.Blankenship 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
73
yds
03:30
pos
10
7
Point After TD 10:14
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 10:14
11-J.Fromm complete to 18-I.Nauta. 18-I.Nauta runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
98
yds
02:50
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:54
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:54
8-J.Stidham complete to 3-N.Craig-Myers. 3-N.Craig-Myers runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
92
yds
05:06
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 18
Rushing 11 9
Passing 6 7
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 2-11 4-13
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 408 235
Total Plays 63 63
Avg Gain 6.5 3.7
Net Yards Rushing 238 114
Rush Attempts 41 31
Avg Rush Yards 5.8 3.7
Net Yards Passing 170 121
Comp. - Att. 16-22 16-32
Yards Per Pass 7.7 3.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 3-24
Penalties - Yards 7-91 5-39
Touchdowns 3 1
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-44.0 6-40.7
Return Yards 3 34
Punts - Returns 1-3 2-14
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-20
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 1/2
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 2/2 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
6 Georgia 12-1 01031528
2 Auburn 10-3 70007
170 PASS YDS 121
238 RUSH YDS 114
408 TOTAL YDS 235
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Fromm 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.7% 183 2 0 172.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63% 2173 21 5 168.2
J. Fromm 16/22 183 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Swift 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 88 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 597 3
D. Swift 7 88 1 64
N. Chubb 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 77 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
191 1175 13
N. Chubb 13 77 0 20
S. Michel 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
131 948 13
S. Michel 7 45 0 18
B. Herrien 35 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
61 265 1
B. Herrien 2 16 0 13
E. Holyfield 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 293 2
E. Holyfield 5 9 0 4
J. Fromm 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 107 3
J. Fromm 3 4 0 17
M. Hardman 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 51 1
M. Hardman 1 4 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Hardman 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 67 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 323 3
M. Hardman 4 67 0 34
T. Godwin 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 48 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 540 6
T. Godwin 5 48 1 31
S. Michel 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
S. Michel 2 38 0 32
D. Swift 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 146 1
D. Swift 3 17 0 8
N. Chubb 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
N. Chubb 1 11 0 11
I. Nauta 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 114 2
I. Nauta 1 2 1 2
R. Ridley 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 136 2
R. Ridley 0 0 0 0
J. Wims 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 631 6
J. Wims 0 0 0 0
N. Patrick 6 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Patrick 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Smith 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 1.0
R. Smith 11-2 1.0 0
L. Carter 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
L. Carter 6-1 0.0 0
D. Baker 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
D. Baker 5-0 0.0 0
D. Walker 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
D. Walker 4-0 1.0 0
D. Sanders 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
D. Sanders 3-0 0.0 0
J. Rochester 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Rochester 3-0 0.0 0
J. Reed 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
J. Reed 3-1 0.0 0
N. Patrick 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. Patrick 2-1 0.0 0
J. Atkins 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Atkins 2-0 0.0 0
T. Thompson 78 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Thompson 2-0 0.0 0
T. Clark 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Clark 2-0 0.0 0
D. Marshall 51 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Marshall 2-1 0.0 0
D. Bellamy 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Bellamy 1-0 1.0 0
R. Carter 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
R. LeCounte III 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. LeCounte III 1-0 0.0 0
J. Ledbetter 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Blankenship 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
15/17 55/55
R. Blankenship 2/2 35 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Nizialek 92 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 44.5 0
C. Nizialek 4 44.0 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hardman 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 10.8 3 0
M. Hardman 1 3.0 3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 145 1 0 98.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 2827 17 4 154.0
J. Stidham 16/32 145 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
263 1320 17
K. Johnson 13 44 0 15
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 178 4
J. Stidham 9 25 0 12
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 429 2
K. Martin 4 20 0 7
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 292 1
E. Stove 3 19 0 11
M. Miller 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 135 1
M. Miller 2 6 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 65 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
76 768 5
R. Davis 7 65 0 29
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 264 0
E. Stove 1 26 0 26
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 55 0
C. Cox 1 21 0 21
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 574 5
D. Slayton 2 14 0 9
M. Miller 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
M. Miller 1 11 0 11
N. Craig-Myers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 231 3
N. Craig-Myers 1 6 1 6
D. Barrett 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 29 1
D. Barrett 1 1 0 1
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 188 2
K. Johnson 2 1 0 7
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 56 1
K. Martin 0 0 0 0
J. Harris 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
J. Harris 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 1.0
T. Matthews 7-1 1.0 0
D. Davis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
D. Davis 5-5 0.0 0
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
D. Williams 5-2 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
J. Davis 4-1 0.0 0
D. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Brown 4-0 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Dean 3-2 0.0 0
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Roberts 3-0 0.0 0
C. Davis 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
C. Davis 3-1 0.0 0
J. Dinson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Dinson 3-0 0.0 0
R. McBryde 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. McBryde 2-0 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Russell 2-0 1.0 0
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Davidson 2-0 0.0 0
J. Holland 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Holland 1-1 0.0 0
T. Williams 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
J. Shockley 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Shockley 1-0 0.0 0
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
T. Moultry 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Moultry 1-1 0.0 0
M. Atkinson 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Atkinson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
21/28 54/54
D. Carlson 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Marshall 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 40.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 39.4 1
A. Marshall 6 40.7 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 22.1 20 0
N. Igbinoghene 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 7.8 8 0
S. Roberts 2 7.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:54 UGA 25 3:26 7 31 Punt
4:18 UGA 32 1:51 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:04 UGA 16 2:50 8 84 TD
8:33 UGA 32 3:30 8 58 FG
0:49 UGA 22 0:32 2 -3 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UGA 25 2:51 5 22 Punt
8:13 UGA 28 1:35 4 3 Punt
4:48 UGA 20 3:18 6 62 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 AUBURN 39 1:43 4 39 TD
12:12 UGA 25 1:38 3 75 TD
10:08 UGA 28 7:55 14 54 Downs
0:38 AUBURN 32 0:00 1 -2
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AUBURN 25 5:06 12 75 TD
6:16 AUBURN 20 1:48 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:19 AUBURN 24 1:58 11 -8 Fumble
10:14 AUBURN 25 1:29 3 -1 Punt
4:59 AUBURN 25 4:04 8 48 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 AUBURN 20 3:39 8 66 FG Miss
6:23 AUBURN 46 1:26 5 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:21 AUBURN 22 1:20 5 26 Fumble
13:06 AUBURN 25 0:46 3 4 Punt
10:34 AUBURN 25 0:18 3 0 Punt
2:07 AUBURN 18 1:23 7 14 Downs