UGA gets revenge against Auburn to win SEC title and likely earn spot into playoff

The Bulldogs defeated Auburn 28-7 on Saturday.

ATLANTA -- The revenge tour is complete.

There was an unexpected detour for the Georgia Bulldogs as they went through the 2017 season playing several teams they needed to beat to avenge losses. 

Getting revenge on Tennessee after the Hail Mary, check. Vanderbilt after a disappointing 1-point loss, check. Florida, too easy. Georgia Tech, Georgia kept them from going to a bowl.

But after Auburn embarrassed the Bulldogs for their only loss of the 2017 season, they were added to the list. And it just so happened the two sides got to meet again in the SEC Championship on Saturday. Win and move on to the College Football Playoff.

After a shaky start, Georgia gained its composure and its ferocious defense created turnovers while Jake Fromm threw for two touchdowns, helping Georgia get its revenge. Georgia defeated Auburn 27-7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

PHOTOS: UGA vs. Auburn

It didn't start out well for Georgia. What should have been a three-and-out by the defense kept the Tigers' opening drive alive because off a pass interference. Georgia later had 10 men on the field and 12 men on the field on another play, and they left receivers wide open. Jarrett Stidham threw 6 yards to Nate Craig Myers for the opening touchdown of the game.

The Bulldogs offense looked out of sorts, too, and the Auburn defense got two sacks on Fromm in the opening drive. 

As Auburn was 14 yards away from making it a two-possession game, Davin Bellamy strip-sacked Stidham and Georgia recovered it.

It was all Georgia from there.

Nick Chubb and Sony Michel helped move Georgia down field by getting hot and breaking tackles, and Jake Fromm found Isaac Nauta in the end zone for the touchdown. Georgia had a touchdown on their next drive, but it was called back because off offensive pass interference. Rodrigo Blankenship gave Georgia a 10-7 lead at halftime. He was 2-for-2 on field goals.

Auburn tried to tie the game in the third quarter, but DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle blocked the kick and Aaron Davis recovered. 

In the fourth, Kerryon Johnson fumbled after getting hit by Lorenzo Carter, and Roquan Smith recovered it. Fromm threw to Terry Godwin in the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown, and then again for the 2-point conversion to take a 21-7 lead.

Fromm threw for 183 yards. Chubb rushed for 77 yards. Michel had 45 yards before he left the game with a left knee injury. But it didn't matter, D'Andre Swift took over for Michel and had a 64-yard touchdown to help put the game away. He finished with a game-high 88 yards.

After back-to-back losses in the SEC Championship in 2011 and 2012, Georgia returned to the conference title game with an itch to finish. In 2012, a win would have put them in the national championship against Notre Dame, a game they likely would have won. But time ran out as Georgia moved all the way down to the Alabama 5-yard line, and lost in heartbreaking fashion.

Now, Georgia is likely in the College Football Playoff and are one win away from playing for their first national championship since 1980.  And they're doing it all under Kirby Smart who's only in his second season as a head coach.

The final rankings will be released on Sunday, and that's when Georgia will learn which bowl game they will play in.

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