GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia 34, Auburn 10

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. - Stetson Bennett passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns and led the Bulldogs past No. 18 Auburn, 34-10, even if the defense did allow an opponent to reach the end zone for a change.

The nation's top defense gave up only its second touchdown of the year for the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who were still without injured starting quarterback JT Daniels. None of that kept Georgia from another comfortable SEC win and a fifth straight in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

Bennett, who made his first college start in a Top 10 matchup with Auburn (3-2, 1-1) last season, completed 14 of 21 passes and hit Ladd McConkey in stride for a 60-yard third quarter score. He also had a 30-yard run.

Daniels is out with a lat injury for the second straight week, along with some sidelined receivers.

"It's next man up mentality," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "That's what we talked about all week. We've got a lot of guys hurt and beat up, including the quarterback. We feel like he's getting better, but Stetson played a heck of a game."

But the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd didn't seem to bother the Bulldogs, who dominated in the trenches on both sides.

"We won the line of scrimmage battle," Bennett said. "It was so much fun. I had a blast."

Zamir White ran for 79 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, doing most of his damage in the second half.

Bo Nix and the Tigers came in averaging 40 points per game but couldn't solve the Georgia defensive puzzle despite moving the ball at times. Nix completed 21 of 38 passes for 217 yards with an interception off a dropped ball a week after delivering a comeback win at LSU.

Georgia also sacked Nix four times and harried him all afternoon, and the Tigers had some other drops to boot. The Bulldogs allowed just 46 yards on 29 rushes.

"We've got to finish drives," Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said. "That's the most frustrating thing right now. We can drive the field and that really doesn't matter if you don't put points on the board."

Auburn had failed fourth-down passes end its final drive of the first half and its opening one in the second. Nix griped about what he thought was a missed call on the first one intended for Ze'Vian Capers.

"The guy completely grabs him. I thought it should have definitely been a pass interference," he said. "Obviously if it had been them they probably would have called it, but that's just part of the game, part of the rivalry."

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Scoring Summary
First Quarter UGaAuburn
Auburn FG 8:19 Anders Carlson 24 yd FG 0 3
UGa FG 2:55 Jack Podlesny 23 yd FG 3 3
Second Quarter UGaAuburn
UGa TD 14:39 Zamir White 1 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 10 3
UGa TD 9:10 Adonai Mitchell 3 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 17 3
Third Quarter UGaAuburn
UGa TD 6:01 Ladd McConkey 60 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 24 3
Auburn TD 4:01 Tank Bigsby 6 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 24 10
Fourth Quarter UGaAuburn
UGa FG 14:52 Jack Podlesny 21 yd FG 27 10
UGa TD 7:11 Zamir White 10 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 34 10
Team Stats
  Georgia Auburn
First downs 22 17
  Rushing 11 4
  Passing 8 12
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 5-18, 28%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 3-5, 60%
Rushes-Yards 49-201 29-46
Passing Yards 231 272
Return Yards 33 30
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-21-0 24-43-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--10 4--46
Punts 3 6
Punts-Average 45.7 46
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-18 5-34
Time of Possession 33:06 26:54
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Bennett 14 21 231 2 0
Auburn Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Nix 21 38 217 0 1
T. Finley 3 5 55 0 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. White 18 79 4.4 2
K. Milton 9 43 4.8 0
S. Bennett 6 41 6.8 0
J. Cook 7 35 5.0 0
D. Edwards 6 3 0.5 0
S. Clark 1 2 2.0 0
Auburn Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Bigsby 10 28 2.8 1
J. Hunter 5 18 3.6 0
S. Shivers 4 16 4.0 0
B. Nix 10 -16 -1.6 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. McConkey 5 135 27.0 1
B. Bowers 2 43 21.5 0
D. Washington 1 25 25.0 0
J. Cook 2 10 5.0 0
A. Mitchell 2 10 5.0 1
K. Jackson 2 8 4.0 0
Auburn Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Robertson 4 59 14.8 0
K. Hudson 5 50 10.0 0
S. Jackson 2 37 18.5 0
L. King 2 31 15.5 0
C. Newton 1 31 31.0 0
T. Bigsby 3 22 7.3 0
J. Samuel Shenker 1 20 20.0 0
S. Shivers 3 11 3.7 0
L. Deal 1 9 9.0 0
J. Hunter 2 2 1.0 0
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Dean 1 0
Auburn Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Camarda 3 137 45.7
Auburn Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Chapman 6 276 46.0
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. McConkey 1 1 1.0
Auburn Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Robertson 1 0 0
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 1 32 32.0
Auburn Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 1 15 15.0
S. Shivers 1 15 15.0
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length
J. Podlesny 43
Auburn Missed FG
Player Length




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