ATHENS, Ga. -- It was supposed to be all about Todd Gurley and his return Saturday night, and while he was great -- 29 carries for 138 yards before leaving the game with an injury -- it was a complete team effort by No. 15 Georgia that propelled the Bulldogs past No. 9 Auburn, 34-7.
How the game was won: Everybody expected a shootout between two of the top offenses in the SEC, but somebody forgot to tell that to Jeremy Pruitt and his Georgia defense. The Bulldogs held Auburn to 292 total yards and just 7 points. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall went 11-of-23 for 112 yards and an interception in his return to Athens.
Game ball goes to: On the night Gurley returned from a four-game suspension, he was overshadowed by fellow running back Nick Chubb. The freshman, who has been tremendous in place of Gurley, finished with 144 yards rushing, 48 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Chubb became the second back in the SEC to go over 1,000 yards on the season.
What it means: The pressure is on Missouri now to win the East. If the Tigers lose one more game, Georgia will make the short trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship.
Playoff implication: Earlier this month, Auburn was No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings and the top one-loss team in the country. Now, after back-to-back losses to Texas A&M and Georgia, the Tigers are no longer in contention. Georgia is a long shot, but winning the SEC might give Mark Richt’s team a shot.
Best play: Had he not stepped out of bounds, it would have been a "SportsCenter" Top 10-worthy play, but Chubb’s 27-yard catch in the third quarter was still pretty impressive despite stepping out. He took a short middle screen, ran right, bounced off Auburn cornerback Jonathon Mincy and weaved his way into the end zone. Unfortunately, he just stepped out when he bounced off Mincy.
What's next: Both Auburn and Georgia host FCS schools next Saturday before finishing the regular season against their in-state rivals, Alabama and Georgia Tech.