Bulldogs finally start fast, win 38-0

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Georgia-Auburn series history is littered with examples of the underdog rising to crush its rival's championship hopes.

But Georgia didn't need any miraculous pass breakups to cause sugar to fall from the sky or last-minute touchdown catches reminiscent of David Greene to Michael Johnson to clinch its spot in this season's SEC championship game.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs immediately took command against an overmatched Auburn team on Saturday night, with their 38-0 victory clinching their second consecutive SEC East title and fifth in Mark Richt's 12 seasons at the helm.

"Our goal really was to start fast. That's why we came out with the tempo, the no-huddle," said Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, whose players picked up 70 yards on five scripted plays to open the game before scoring with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Chris Conley on the sixth.

"We do no-huddle all the time, but we ran a faster-paced no-huddle with some set plays. The guys did a great job of executing that -- and that was big to take the first drive down and score a touchdown."

The last thing Georgia (9-1, 7-1 SEC) needed was to give the punchless Tigers (2-8, 0-7) any reason to believe they could compete on Saturday. Not after the way the Bulldogs allowed a similarly hapless Kentucky team to hang around into the fourth quarter before Georgia finally hung on for a 29-24 victory three weeks ago.

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