Auburn wins 31-30: How they scored

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Posted Nov 13, 2005


ATHENS - Auburn wins 31-30: Here's how they scored.

First Quarter

Key moment: Auburn was driving on its second possession of the first period when freshman quarterback Brandon Cox was intercepted by Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver. The pick gave the Bulldogs the ball at Auburn's 43-yard line, and five plays later, Georgia took a 10-7 lead after quarterback D.J. Shockley found tight end Leonard Pope in the back of the end zone for the 4-yard touchdown and the lead.

Key stat: Auburn running back Kenny Irons entered the matchup averaging 28.8 carries per game, and already had 12 carries in the first period for 77 yards. He scored Auburn's lone touchdown with a 30-yard rush with 9:45 remaining.

The man: In his first game back after suffering a leg injury, Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley came out firing. He finished the opening period 4-of-6 for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Score: Georgia 10-7

Second Quarter

Key moment: Auburn had crossed into Georgia territory on its second drive of the period after a 31-yard pick-up by running back Brad Lester. Two plays later, Brandon Cox found Anthony Mix inside the 10-yard line for a 35-yard pickup. Despite a mix fumble after the play, the Tigers were at the 6, which set up a Kenny Irons touchdown.

Key stat: Auburn's defense proved more stingy than Georgia's heading into halftime. The Tigers gained 110 more total yards in the first half — 155 on the ground, and 119 through the air. Georgia finished the half with 164 total yards.

The man: Auburn tailback Kenny Irons made it his seventh straight game with 100-plus rushing yards on the second play of Auburn's first drive in the period. He added 25 yards to open the quarter to his 77 yards in the first, and went into halftime with 19 carries for 125 yards.

Score: Auburn 14-13

Third Quarter

Key moment: Georgia opened the third with an 80-yard touchdown drive to take a 20-14 lead. But that didn't last as Georgia fumbled an Auburn punt on the very next possession, and the Tigers needed just nine seconds to go 30 yards to take back the lead.

Key stat: Georgia's receivers helped D.J. Shockley look sharp in his return, especiallysplit end Mohamed Massaquoi. The true freshman caught five catches for a career-high 78 yards through three quarters.

The man: Make that "the men." Auburn was down 20-14 and was forced to punt on its first possession when safety Steve Gandy forced a fumble on the punt return. Teammate Karibi Dede fell on it, and the Tigers moved 41-yards down the field, setting up the score.

Score: Auburn 21-20.

Fourth Quarter

Key moment: Auburn had less than two minutes to drive 80 yards as it trailed 30-28. The Tigers were able to do that, and with six seconds remaining, took the lead for good.

Key stat: Georgia kicker Brandon Coutu is 7-of-8 on field goal attempts that range between 40 and 49 yards. He completed two against Auburn — a 49-yarder in the first period, and the game-winning 41-yarder in the fourth.

The man: Karibe Dede's fumble recovery was his second of the game for Auburn, both of which resulted in a Tigers score.

Score: Auburn 31-30.


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