ATHENS — Georgia’s defense made a resounding statement in its home opener, smothering Auburn in a 27-6 win.
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) jumped out to a 24-0 lead and stayed in control throughout, smothering the No. 7-ranked Tigers’ offense from start to finish.
Georgia out-gained Auburn 442 yards to 216, scoring on its first four drives.
Bo Nix was 21-of-41 passing for 177 yards with an interception, and he was sacked three times. Auburn was held to 39 yards rushing on 22 carries.
“I think everyone is recalibrating their analysis on Georgia from what they saw from Week 1 to Week 2,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during the broadcast. “This Georgia defense, we knew they were good, and they were playing with a ton of confidence.”
Indeed, so much so that championship expectations for Georgia are back on the national media’s radar.
“This is the kind of Georgia we thought we would see this season,” ESPN play-by-play man Chris Fowler said. “A playoff container.”
Georgia has a long way to go, though, the reloaded offense took another positive step forward.
Redshirt junior Stetson Bennett was 17-of-28 passing for 240 yards and a touchdown, an efficient 7-of-10 passing for 109 yards on third-down throws.
“It’s so easy to play offense when the defense plays like they dd,” Bennett said. “Being able to be comfortable is easy, because I’m surrounded by great players and the offensive line gives me time.”
The Bulldogs return to action next Saturday at home against No. 21 Tennessee (2-0). The Vols have won eight straight dating back to last season.
FOURTH QUARTER SCORING
• Jack Podlesny misses 43-yard field goal.
THIRD QUARTER SCORING
• Mark Webb interception on Georgia 11-yard line returned to Bulldogs’ 24 on final play of third quarter.
Georgia 27, Auburn 6 (5:51): Jack Podlesny 25-yard field goal. Drive: 10 plays 67 yards, 4:18. Key play: John Fitzpatrick 18-yard catch on first-and-10 at Georgia 37.
Georgia 24, Auburn 6 (10:09): Anders Carlson 45-yard field goal. Drive: 15 plays, 54 yards, 4:46.
Georgia 7.1 yards average per play on first downs
Auburn 1.7 yard average per play on first downs
Stetson Bennett 12-22 passing, 158 yards
Kearis Jackson 7 catches, 104 yards
Zamir White 17 carries, 76 yards
288 total yards for UGA, 81 for Auburn
SECOND QUARTER SCORING
NextGame Ball: Georgia WR Kearis Jackson ignites 27-6 win over Auburn