Auburn, Ala. -- The last time Auburn scored 30 or more points and lost was back in 1996 when Georgia outlasted the Tigers, 56-49, in a four-overtime thriller. It looked like the Bulldogs would be the one to end the streak, which was up to 85 games, but Auburn made a play late and survived a scare from its cross-division rival.
Now it’s time to hand out some helmet stickers from Saturday’s game.
WR Ricardo Louis: Some might argue that Louis was in the right place at the right time for the 73-yard touchdown reception that put Auburn in the final seconds, but credit the sophomore wide receiver for staying with it and making a difficult catch. He asked for the ball before the play, and when it came his way, he didn’t waste his opportunity. Instead, he made the most of it. It was a career game for Louis who finished with four catches for 131 yards and the go-ahead score. He also rushed five times for 66 yards. Before Saturday, he had just 19 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown through the first 10 games. He only had four catches in Auburn’s last four games and was held without a catch last weekend at Tennessee.
QB Nick Marshall: It was an emotional game for Marshall, who faced his former school. Marshall, however, didn’t let the emotion affect him. He looked like the same cool customer he has been all season. The junior college transfer went 15-of-26 for 229 yards and threw the long touchdown pass to Louis in the final minute. But he did most of his damage on the ground again this week, rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Still, he was forced to throw more, and he showed that he could still sling it. After the game, coach Gus Malzahn said Marshall’s name deserved mention with the other top players in the country. That might be a little generous, but he has been the catalyst for this Auburn team that is now 10-1 on the season.
DE Dee Ford: Aaron Murray might wake up with nightmares of Ford for the next week or so. It seemed like every play, the senior defensive end was either in Murray’s face or wreaking havoc in the backfield. On Georgia’s second play from scrimmage, Ford sacked Murray and forced a fumble. He abused right tackle John Theus to the point where Mark Richt turned to backup Kolton Houston before the end of the first quarter. When it was over, Ford had just the one sack, but he finished with a team-high six quarterback hurries. The most notable came on the final play when Ford hit Murray and forced an errant throw that fell incomplete as the clock hit zero. It was a fitting way for the game to end.
Honorable mention: RB Tre Mason