AUBURN — The Georgia football team had to come through in the clutch at Auburn, fending off a feverish Tigers’ comeback.
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) prevailed 21-14, clinching the SEC East Division with the win over No. 12 Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
Defensive lineman Travon Walker came up with a sack on Auburn’s last-gasp drive on fourth-and-10.
Dominick Blaylock took the top off the Auburn defense and set the tone with his 51-yard TD catch in the first quarter. Blaylock got behind the defense and caught the high-arcing pass in stride.
Punter Jake Camarda came through with four kicks inside the Auburn 20 and a 58-yard punt from the Georgia 2-yard line. Camarda had 11 punts and averaged 50.7.
Tailback D’Andre Swift went over 1,000 yards this season with his 106-yard rushing performance.
Linebacker Monty Rice came up with a team-high 10 tackles.
Jake Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for three touchdown passes and 110 yards, protecting the ball and only getting sacked once.
Jermaine Johnson had 4 tackles and a forced fumble.
Tyler Simmons had a personal foul penalty on punt coverage, helping Auburn add 15 yards in field position in the third quarter.
Otis Reese was ejected for targeting on a blind-side special teams block.
Eric Stokes dropped an interception in the end zone and then on fourth-and-5 committed a pass interference that gave Auburn a first down at the Bulldogs’ 3-yard line.
Channing Tindall had a two false starts while playing on the punt team.