GAME GRADES: A look at Georgia’s dismantling of Auburn

Rushing Offense: A 

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Georgia running back Keith Marshall ran for 106 yards and a touchdown against Auburn on Saturday in Auburn, Ala.

What went right: Keith Marshall converted a third-and-21 with a draw play and scored a 62-yard touchdown.

What went wrong: Georgia lost a little steam when the substitutes came in, but that’s just being picky.

Bottom line: Georgia’s commitment to offensive balance in the first half kept Gurley and Marshall from dominating the game. But that felt more like a conscious choice than inability to penetrate the Tigers’ defense.

 

Passing Offense: A

What went right: Aaron Murray had a standout first half with 186 yards and three touchdowns.

What went wrong: Georgia gave up an early sack and Arthur Lynch dropped a pass.

Bottom line: The yards came easy most of the night against an ineffective Auburn defense.


Rushing Defense: A+

What went right: Almost everything, Georgia just gave up 11 yards in the first half when the game was in doubt.

What went wrong: Still looking and not finding anything to gripe about.

Bottom line: The quick deficit knocked Auburn out of its running game. But it’s not like the Tigers were doing much anyway.


Passing Defense: A+

What went right: Georgia had three first-half sacks, including two by Jarvis Jones.

What went wrong: Auburn freshman Jonathan Wallace completed 8 of 10 passes in the first half.

Bottom line: Auburn picked up some yards from 20-yard line to 20-yard line, but nothing too damaging.

 

Special Teams: A-

What went right: Marshall Morgan was 4-for-4 in first-half extra points and Collin Barber killed two punts inside the 20 in the second half.

What went wrong: Georgia didn’t break any big returns or blocked kicks.

Bottom line: Georgia didn’t make any critical mistakes for one of the few times this year.

 

Coaching: A+ 

What went right: Georgia jumped out to an early lead and didn’t let up.

What went wrong: Auburn didn’t put up much of a fight but that’s not Mark Richt’s fault.

Bottom line: This could have been an embarrassing loss on the same day Alabama fell to Texas A&M. But Georgia took care of its business without drama.