Once again, the Mailman delivered.
Backup quarterback Stetson Bennett started for the second straight week for the injured JT Daniels to lead No.2 Georgia to a 34-10 win over 18th ranked Auburn at a sold out Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.
Bennett completed 14 of 21 passes for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bennett also directed a Georgia offense that racked up 201 yards on the ground.
Georgia improves to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC while Auburn drops to 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference.
The Tigers struck first on an Anders Carlson 24 yard field goal with 8:19 remaining in in the first quarter. The 3-0 deficit marked the first time this season that the Bulldogs trailed in a game.
The Bulldogs recorded their only turnover of the game as Nakobe Dean picked off a Bo Nix pass that went thru the hands of running back Shaun Shivers. The interception resulted in a Georgia first down at the Auburn 26 with 5:14 left in the first quarter.
Despite the great field position, the Bulldogs could only turn the interception into a 22 yard Jack Podlesny field goal that tied the game at three with 2:55 left in the quarter.
Georgia took its first lead of the game as Zamir White went over the top early in the second quarter for a 10-3 advantage. It was White’s 5th rushing touchdown of the season.
The Bulldogs extended the lead to 17-3 with 9:03 left in the half as Bennett found AD Mitchell on a 3 yard touchdown pass. It was Bennett’s team leading 7th TD pass of the season. The big play to set up the score was a Bennett to Ladd McConkey connection for 45 yards to give Georgia a first and goal at the Auburn six.
Georgia missed a 43 yard field goal on its first possession of the second half, but the Bulldogs increased the lead four minutes later to 24-3 as Bennett found McConkey on a 60 yard TD pass. The touchdown came on the very first play following an Auburn drive that stalled out on downs at the Georgia 40.
McConkey led the Bulldogs’ receivers with 5 catches for 135 yards. Both numbers were career highs for the redshirt freshman from Chatsworth.
The Tigers bounced back with their only touchdown of the day as Tank Bigsby scored on a six yard run to cut the Georgia lead to 24-10 with 4:01 to play in the 3rd quarter. It was just the 2nd touchdown allowed by the Georgia defense this season.
The Bulldogs then made it a 3 possession game as Podlesny hit a 21 yard field goal eight seconds into the 4th quarter. That capped a 10 play, 71 yard drive that saw Bennett go 3-3 for 24 yards and also pick up 30 yards on the ground on a big 3rd down conversion.
Georgia then put the game out of reach at 34-10 when White scored his 2nd touchdown of the day on a 10 yard run with just over seven minutes remaining. White led the Bulldogs’ ground game with 79 yards on 18 carries.
Georgia returns to action next Saturday at home against the 16th ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 3:30 ET.
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