AUBURN, Ala. – As Marlon Davidson talked about Auburn’s defense shaking up Jake Fromm, fellow defensive lineman Derrick Brown, with a huge smile, grabbed his shoulders and playfully did the same to him
“Shake him up a little, shake him up a little bit,” said Brown as he left the interview room.
Once the No. 10-ranked Tigers slowed Georgia’s tailback tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, its defense shook, rattled and rolled over Fromm in Saturday’s 40-17 win over the top team in the College Football Playoff poll.
“It’s a party,” Davidson said. “We had a party tonight.”
Chubb and Michel rushed for a combined 48 yards, leaving Fromm to win the game.
Auburn didn’t give him a chance to do that.
Brown and Davidson shared a sack while fellow Auburn defensive linemen Jeff Holland and Dontavius Russell each took down the freshman.
“We were like, ‘I’ll meet you at the quarterback,’ ” Davidson said about Fromm, who was sacked four times and was 13-of-28 for 184 yards and a touchdown. “When you have a chance to pin your ears back and get after a freshman quarterback, it feels good.”
Fromm made his best throw on Georgia’s first drive and that led to the Bulldogs scoring on the game’s first possession. On third-and-7 from Georgia’s 33, Fromm, under duress, found Javon Wims for a 28-yard completion to Auburn’s 39. On the next play, Fromm found Terry Godwin for 28 yards. Four plays later, Georgia scored on 1-yard run by Chubb run to take an early lead.
“The first drive, we did this to ourselves,” Davidson said. “We made bad plays, bad calls and stuff like that. We went to the sideline, we gathered and calmed down and said, ‘From here on out, they won’t do it again.’ That was our motto: ‘They won’t do it again.’ ”
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