In the first 30 minutes of the game, the No. 9 Bulldogs showcased both the good and bad of the approach. Georgia appeared to have the Tigers’ offense on its heals at times and rolled up 164 yards of offense in the first half.
Tight end Leonard Pope was the biggest beneficiary. The junior had his best 30 minutes of football of the season, with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. He had 19 catches in his first seven games of the season. (He missed one game due to suspension.)
The downside to the no-huddle is time of possession, and Georgia took a big hit in that area. The Bulldogs had the ball for just 3:43 of the first half but led 10-7 despite that fact. At halftime, Auburn had had the ball for 18:17 compared to Georgia’s 11:43.
Defensive fatigue could have played a part in Auburn’s 274 yards in the first half. Tiger tailback Kenny Irons had 125 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards in the first 30 minutes.
Saturday was the most this season the Bulldogs have used the no-huddle offense, which Richt had mostly shelved since his first season in Athens.