Auburn, Ala.--Corey Grant can now think about getting to play a game against his former team, Alabama.
The junior running back from nearby Opelika, who had to sit out the 2012 season after transferring from Alabama, talked about playing the Crimson Tide in two weeks after Auburn’s wild 43-38 win over Georgia on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
At stake against Alabama in two weeks is the SEC’s West Division title and a trip to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game.
“We’ve been looking at the season day-by-day and one game at a time,” Grant pointed out. “Now it’s time to start thinking about Alabama.”
A remarkable 4th-down, 73-yard touchdown pass Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis with 25 seconds to play lifted Auburn to the win over the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers are 6-1 in the SEC and 10-1 overall with undefeated Alabama ranked No. 1 in the country going into its game Saturday night at Mississippi State.
“A lot of things depended on this game,” Grant said. “That one play was special and puts us in position to do some more special things. I was on the sideline jumping up and down like everyone else.”
Grant scored Auburn’s first touchdown against the Bulldogs on a 21-yard run and finished with 53 yards rushing on only six carries and caught a pass for one yard. Grant bounced off a Georgia defender near the five-yard line and scampered into the end zone for his fifth rushing TD of the year and sixth overall.
In other news and notes:
*Auburn’s opening possession was its longest scoring drive of the year in time (6:45) and number of plays (16). Auburn has scored on its opening drive in seven of its 10 games this season (five touchdowns and two field goals).
*At the end of the first quarter, Auburn had 10 first downs to none for Georgia. The Tigers picked up 97 yards rushing and 52 passing for 149 yards on 27 plays. The Bulldogs ran six total plays for four yards. At the half, Auburn had recorded 22 first downs compared to the Tigers’ average of 22.8 first downs a game.
*Auburn rolled up 327 first-half yards on 50 snaps while the Bulldogs totaled 174 yards on 27 plays. The statistics were much closer at the conclusion of game. The Tigers and Bulldogs had 29 first downs each. Auburn’s total offense was 566 to 532 for Georgia with the Tigers picking up 323 yards rushing and the Bulldogs with 415 yards passing.
*Nick Marshall’s two rushing touchdowns give him nine rushing TDs for the season and was the fourth time this year Marshall has rushed for multiple touchdowns in a game. With 823 yards rushing, he is third among Auburn quarterbacks in rushing yards for a season, passing Travis Tidwell and behind Cam Newton and Jimmy Sidle who had 1,000-yard plus rushing seasons.
*With 2,316 rushing yards Tre Mason is now 12th on the Auburn career rushing list, passing James Joseph (2,264 from 1986-80). Mason’s 1,153 yards rushing this season is 16th best for a single season in school history. He passed Stephen Davis (1,068 in 1995), Michael Dyer (1,093 in 2010) and Joe Cribbs (1,120 in 1979).
*Mason’s 24-yard second-quarter touchdown run was his 17th rushing TD of the season and 18th overall. He is tied for second for rushing touchdowns in one season with Bo Jackson and Carnell Williams.
*Captains for Auburn were senior defensive back/punt returner Chris Davis and junior center Reese Dismukes. Georgia won the toss and deferred until the second half with Auburn receiving the opening kickoff.
*The South’s oldest series with its 117th renewal is now led by Auburn with 55 wins to 54 for Georgia with eight ties, which arguably is the closest long-standing series in the country.
*The Auburn-Georgia series is tied with Oregon and Oregon State as the fourth longest series in college football. Minnesota and Wisconsin have met 122 times. Miami of Ohio and Cincinnati have teed it up 117 times, as has North Carolina and Virginia going into this season.
*Former Auburn linebacker Ashton Richardson was presented the 2013 Cliff Hare Award and former women’s basketball player and 2012 homecoming queen Blanche Alverson the Leah Rawls Atkins Award Saturday. Now a veterinary medicine student at Texas A&M, Richardson was recently selected a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship after being a finalist for the prestigious award in 2012.
The Hare and Atkins Awards go to the student-athlete that represent the best in athletics, academics and extra-curricular activities--best representing the Auburn Creed.
*PGA champion and avid Auburn sports fan Jason Dufner was recognized at the end of the first quarter. The three-time winner on the PGA tour had street sign with Jason Dufner Drive presented to him.
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