Auburn shocks Georgia on late TD

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AUBURN, Ala. — Ricardo Louis scored on a deflected 73-yard pass on fourth and 18 with 25 seconds left to lift No. 7 Auburn to a stunning 43-38 victory over No. 25 Georgia on Saturday night.

Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis makes the game-winning touchdown catch as Georgia strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons looks on late in the fourth quarter.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis makes the game-winning touchdown catch as Georgia strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons looks on late in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) had blown a 27-7 lead but pulled out one more huge play to continue the biggest turnaround in major college football. From 3-9 last year, they can win the SEC West with a victory in two weeks against No. 1 Alabama.

Auburn's Nick Marshall heaved the ball downfield with two defenders around Louis. It bounced off safety Tray Matthews and Louis reached out his left hand to corral it.

Aaron Murray, who had engineered the comeback with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, could only stare helplessly from the bench. A win could have kept the Bulldogs alive in the SEC East.

Murray led Georgia (6-4, 4-3) all the way to Auburn's 20 but his final two passes fell incomplete as time ran out. Dee Ford hit him on the last pass as Murray ran toward the line before trying to throw.

Some Auburn players climbed into the stands to celebrate with students, and most fans stayed put to celebrate the victory.

It only came after Murray gave the Tigers a big scare. He had plowed into Ryan Smith at the goal line for a 5-yard touchdown with 1:49 left.

Auburn challenged the final TD, but replay officials upheld the call on the field.

That left the Tigers starting at their own 22 with 1:45 left. They managed one first down but Jordan Jenkins sacked Marshall to set up fourth and 18.

Marshall then produced the biggest play of his career against the Bulldogs, where he played as a freshman defensive back. He was dismissed from the team in February 2012 for violating team rules and returned to the SEC after a season in junior college.

He finished 15-of-26 passing for 229 yards after attempting only 15 passes combined in the past two games thanks to a steamrolling running game. Marshall also ran 19 times for 89 yards.

He also threw a game-winning TD pass with 10 seconds left against Mississippi State, but there was much more on the line this time. The 2010 national champions are potential contenders again.

Tre Mason ran 27 times for 115 yards, and Louis had his career game.

He caught four passes for 131 yards — nearly doubling the 160 yards he had entering the game — and gained 66 yards on five rushes.

It was just enough to survive Murray's furious onslaught.

The prolific Georgia passer completed 33 of 49 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns in the final 9:35, with an earlier interception.

Murray also ran for two scores and had 160 passing yards in the fourth quarter.

Todd Gurley ran 15 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 77 yards. Auburn gained 566 yards, Georgia 532.

The Tigers ran for 323 yards against a defense that came in giving up 126 yards a game on the ground, 20th nationally.

They had lost the last two meetings in the Deep South's oldest rivalry by 38 points apiece. Now, the Tigers hold a razor-thin 55-54-8 edge.

Auburn rode that punishing running game and Georgia mistakes to a 27-10 halftime lead, at one point outgaining the Bulldogs 170-4.

Cody Parkey hit three field goals and had a fourth blocked for the Tigers.

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KSL
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KSL 11/16/13 - 10:38 pm
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Great Sorry jtf, really.

Great Sorry jtf, really.

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Riverman1 11/16/13 - 10:53 pm
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OMG, what a game. Sorry, JTF.

OMG, what a game. Sorry, JTF. Carolina won, too, so the SEC East is possible for them.

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bubbasauce 11/16/13 - 10:58 pm
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Ga.. has got the absolute

Ga.. has got the absolute worse defense ever! Heads should roll!

KSL
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KSL 11/17/13 - 05:05 am
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Wasn't it not long go there

Wasn't it not long go there were complaints about the offense and Bobo?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/17/13 - 06:55 am
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Unbelievable game!!

Even though Ga lost it was a knockout game...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/17/13 - 07:45 am
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Murray

What a DGD. He will be missed. Certainly deserved better than he got this yr. Lady Luck just didn't give any love to the Dawgs in '13. But, they somehow have to get off the deck and finish the season. Very proud of their effort. Most teams would have mailed it in. They fought to the finish. Especially Murray.

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soapy_725 11/17/13 - 08:54 am
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What a defensive battle. LOL LOL Go Dawgs !!!!!!
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What a defensive battle. LOL LOL Go Dawgs !!!!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/17/13 - 08:54 am
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the cream always rises to the top. LOL LOL
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the cream always rises to the top. LOL LOL

Jake
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Jake 11/17/13 - 10:40 am
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Great finish

Too bad UGA didn't play the type of defense in the first half like they did in the 4th qtr. I still thought they had a chance with only 27 seconds left, though.

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itsanotherday1 11/17/13 - 11:07 am
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Let's talk about the

Let's talk about the knucklehead DB's trying to catch a 4th and forever pass instead of knocking it down. Did no one think to remind them of that on the sidelines? Or did they get reminded and just wanted to showboat? Bush league either way.

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Riverman1 11/17/13 - 01:02 pm
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JTF, Murray is something

JTF, Murray is something. I really thought they were going to come back with 25 seconds left he was so hot. Just a fluke play cost them. That ball just bounced perfectly to the receiver behind the defenders. If he hadn't scored, I doubt they would have with the way the UGA defense was playing the 4th quarter. Wow, a game for the ages. I think Carolina gets in the big game now. MO is going to lose one more.

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Grandpa Jones 11/17/13 - 01:33 pm
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Hated to see the Dawgs lose that one.

I just chalked it up as the "Football gods" getting back at UGA for the "iffy" touchdown run by Murray.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/17/13 - 02:21 pm
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River

Thanks river. Cocks may get in. Grandpa, really?

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