Film study: Georgia vs. Auburn


ATHENS, Ga. -- Let’s take a look at three key plays from Georgia’s 38-0 win at Auburn on Saturday.

Conley scores first touchdown

The score: 0-0

The situation: Georgia raced 70 yards in five plays on its first drive when it faced third-and-goal at the Auburn 6-yard line with 10:57 left in the first quarter.

Why it worked: Quarterback Aaron Murray threw over the top of Auburn’s zone and Chris Conley made a nice catch at the back of the end zone for the Bulldogs’ first touchdown.

The breakdown: Conley lined up in the slot to the right, inside of Tavarres King. Tight end Arthur Lynch was unattached from the line to Conley’s left. Malcolm Mitchell lined up to the left of the line.

Conley easily beat his man, Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal, with a quick turn inside toward the goal post and Murray deftly slipped a pass to Conley over cornerback T’Sharvan Bell’s head as he dropped to defend the goal line. The throw was slightly behind Conley, but he reached backward to his left and grabbed the pass before tapping both feet down directly in front of the goal post for a touchdown.

What it means: After Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett -- both of whom spent a lot of time as slot receivers -- both went down with season-ending knee injuries in the span of a month, the Bulldogs shifted Conley into a position he had not played. He handled the new role well against Auburn, making all four of his catches for 32 yards in the first half before Georgia’s offense took its foot off the gas in the second.

Taking Auburn out of it