AUBURN, Ala. — Top-ranked Georgia was not a disciplined football team Saturday against Auburn and it showed in a 40-17 loss.
The Bulldogs finished with just 230 yards of total offense and 75 penalty yards. The penalties also seemed to occur at the absolute wrong times.
Here are five takeaways from the loss.
Georgia lost its composure
Of the seven penalties, the one that hurt the most was D’Andre Walker’s personal foul in the second quarter, when Auburn led 9-7. Walker was called for roughing the kicker on an Auburn punt, and the 15-yard penalty moved the ball to Auburn’s 46. Three plays later, Auburn scored on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham to Darius Slayton. Georgia also had a personal foul called on senior running back Sony Michel on special teams, and Auburn scored to plays later for a 30-7 lead. Another special teams mistake came when sophomore wide receiver Mecole Hardman muffed a punt after Georgia held Auburn on its first drive of the second half. The muffed punt came at Auburn’s 23, and the Tigers scored a TD four plays later for a 23-7 lead.
Georgia could not run the ball — or stop the run
Georgia entered with the SEC’s best rushing offense, but finished with only 46 yards on the ground. Auburn outrushed Georgia 237-46. Kirby Smart attributed it to Auburn winning the line-of-scrimmage battle on both sides of the ball. Nick Chubb was Georgia’s leading rusher with 27 yards. It almost brings back memories of the lowly 21-yard performance against Florida in 2016.
Georgia had no answer for Kerryon Johnson
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was Auburn’s most valuable player on Saturday, with 32 carries for 167 yards — 5.2 yards per carry. Johnson also helped in the passing game, as he had two receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown. The majority of those yards came on a 55-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
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