On the first play of the fourth quarter, Georgia did what it had done all day. It swarmed Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson and swiped at the ball. Finally, it came loose. And shortly after that, as Georgia scored yet again to take full control over the SEC championship game, more than a decade worth of Bulldog frustration had ended.
Georgia is going to the College Football Playoff after an impressive 28-7 victory against Auburn, reversing the Tigers’ complete domination when they played three weeks ago.
Georgia ended the SEC’s East’s eight-year championship drought by playing sound, opportunistic, physical football and getting a near-perfect performance from freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.
For Georgia (12-1), it’s the first SEC title since 2005 in Mark Richt’s second season, matching what Kirby Smart did Saturday by winning it in his second year. It’s also the first time anyone besides Alabama or Auburn has won it since LSU in 2011.