Georgia vs. Auburn score, takeaways: No. 2 Dawgs treats Tigers with another bruising defensive effort

No. 2 Georgia took a solid 34-10 win over No. 18 Auburn on Saturday afternoon in the Deep South’s oldest rivalry, with the Bulldogs’ defensive defense holding a sixth straight opponent to one touchdown or less this season. Dawgs running back Zamir White rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter that capped a 10-play drive that broke the will of a Tigers defense that clung to life in the second half.

Georgia’s on-rush attack was the closest in this one, as it rose 165 yards from the last two frames after entering the half with a 17-3 lead. This complemented another impressive performance by the defense, which continues to excel this season. Sure, it gave up a third-quarter touchdown from Tank Bigsby — only the third TD to have allowed it all year — but it kept Auburn at his home level to just 4.4 yards per game and allowed the hosts to worked hard for every yard.

Dawgs quarterback Stetson Bennett IV wasn’t much in demand, but he was more than useful in the win, completing 14 of 20 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett started again in place of JT Daniels, who missed his second game in a row with a shoulder injury. Bennett, a former walk-on, has consistently shown this season that he is capable of doing business instead of Daniels.

Auburn QB Bo Nix did everything he could to keep his team in the game. The junior completed 21 of 38 passes for 217 yards and an interception, but he didn’t get much help from a receiving corps that suffered from numerous drops and a hasty attack that couldn’t get the attack into favorable downs and distances.

Georgia improves to 6-0 (4-0 SEC) on the year with the win, while Auburn drops to 4-2 (1-1 SEC) in its first home conference game of the year.

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