AUBURN, Ala. — Marshall Morgan didn’t allow himself to think about the kick’s importance until after he made it.
“I honestly was trying not to think about any pressure,” the Georgia kicker said. “I always just try to look at the yard line and see how long the field goal is going to be and just go out there and hit it.
“Once I hit, I realized we’re up by 10.”
Morgan’s 38-yard field goal with 6:49 to play Saturday gave Georgia a 20-10 lead over Auburn, providing the Bulldogs with a two-score cushion in the hard-fought game. Georgia held on to win 20-13.
“It’s pretty big, especially just for the whole team’s morale,” Morgan said of the win. “I’m a senior and it’s my last SEC game, and every game from here on out has special meaning.”
Morgan also accounted for Georgia’s only first-half score Saturday with a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter to chip away at an early 7-0 Auburn lead.
With his two field goals and two PATs against Auburn, Morgan now has 391 career points, third most in SEC history. The only two ahead of him are former Georgia kickers Blair Walsh (412 points from 2008-11) and Billy Bennett (409 points from 2000-03).
Morgan’s performance was part of a strong overall effort Saturday by Georgia’s special-teams units, which delivered several key late-game plays: a 53-yard punt-return touchdown by Isaiah McKenzie, a 42-yard punt out of the end zone by Brice Ramsey and a recovery of an Auburn on-side kick by Malcolm Mitchell.