Georgia football has used its passing attack to get the job done during the first five weeks of the season, but in Week 6, the rush attack has reintroduced itself and won the ballgame 42-10. The Dawgs have found a ton of success from its running backs against Auburn’s front seven and won the battle of the trenches.
While the passing game has gotten going in the second half, the Dawgs won this ballgame from its physical rush attack. The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry didn’t disappoint as the Dawgs won their sixth straight over Auburn.
On the ground, the Dawgs toted the rock 39 times for 292 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 7.5 yards a touch. When you’re running the ball like that, you know it’s a good game. We haven’t seen the Dawgs run the ball like this all season, and it was good for them to get back to what we all love seeing Georgia do.
Don’t get us wrong, Georgia being successful through the air is great, but when the Dawgs can rush for almost 300 yards, it’s what you want to see. There is nothing like seeing your rush attack average 7.5 yards a run.
Georgia football ran over Auburn, literally.
As a whole, the Dawgs collected 500 total yards, 292 on the ground and 208 through the air. Georgia’s offense started sluggishly, but they found their way. Starting quarterback Stetson Bennett said in his postgame conference that when they started having fun, it clicked, so maybe they should do that more.
He was also someone that contributed to the rush attack. His 64-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter really gave the Dawgs all the momentum. However, it was the Dawgs’ third and fourth-string running backs that stole the show.
Branson Robinson and Daijun Edwards were the workhorses against Auburn, as they both recorded 12 carries. On those 12 touches, Robinson recorded 98 yards, averaging 8.2 yards a touch, while Edwards tallied 83 yards and averaged 6.9 yards.
Edwards paced the Dawgs, scoring three of the six touchdowns, and Robinson saw his first career score. Those are huge numbers for running backs that don’t usually get that many touches.
Unfortunately, Kendall Milton went out with a groin injury and didn’t come back into the game. Kenny McIntosh did his thing, getting eight carries for 37 yards and one touchdown.
Through the air, Bennett went 22-of-32 for 208 yards, which isn’t his best performance, with most of that yardage coming in the second half. He hasn’t been right in the last three weeks, which isn’t great to see, but it makes seeing the rush attack step up that much better.
We also have to give it to the Dawgs’ young defense this week, too, as they gave up just 10 points. Those numbers are much better than what we saw from them against Kent State and Missouri.
Georgia held Auburn’s offense to 93 yards on the ground and 165 through the air for a total of 258 offensive yards. The Dawgs held Tank Bigsby to 10 carries for 19 yards, which is a 1.9 average. That average has to be one of his lowest since he enrolled at Auburn.
The Dawgs gave up a 62-yard touchdown, but outside of that, it was a strong performance for this side of the ball. Georgia gritted its teeth, but the crowd helped Auburn make mistakes too. The Tigers recorded 10 penalties for 60 yards, most of those being false starts or offsides.
Georgia regained some life against the Tigers, but it will only get harder from here. Vanderbilt is next for Georgia, and they aren’t the normal bow-down and quit Commorodes. The Dawgs must build off this momentum win over Auburn and shut down Vanderbilt. This week was a good team win, but there is still work to do.