After the affair at Jordan-Hare, BI’s sports intern, Davis Baker, and I were trying to define the game in a few words. We finally boiled it down to one word – workmanlike. A quick Google search yielded this definition of the term – “showing efficient competence.”
To me, “workmanlike” sums up the game pretty well. Kirby and Company seemed to have come to Auburn with the intent to play to the strength of the team and let the Bulldogs superior talent carry the day, and it worked.
Auburn’s Bo Nix was able to use his unique ability as an escape artist to give hope to the packed house of Tigers until UGA’s depth worn down the Plainsmen in the second half. As it had all day, Georgia continued to grind on Aubie’s defense by effectively using its superior depth to crush any hope of a comeback. Nix, however, deserves some credit for his uncanny ability to feel pressure and take evasive action. Some of his scrambles were impressive, but his elusiveness should not take away from the fact that he had no alternative but to use his talents because Georgia’s defense was breathing down his neck constantly.
Stetson Bennett (Is there a better example of showing efficient competence?) had some big plays in the passing game, finding Ladd McConkey on a couple of huge throws, but it was the relentless run game that did in the Tigers. The offensive line played up to the reputation of its namesake, playing with a tenacity befitting a bulldog. Georgia played its game on both sides of the line of scrimmage: Nothing fancy, go out and beat the guy across the line of scrimmage and allow the running back stable to complete the job.
In the end, a game that held the potential to an upset (right, Alabama?) became another solid victory for this team. Dan Lanning’s defense continued its development as one of the best in the nation.
I haven’t seen a better group of defenders – neither has Auburn. Describing them as one of the best does not do this squad justice.