It was a great night in Athens with the exception of one play. Our thoughts and prayers are with Todd Gurley, who if there's any justice in the world only suffered a sprain. We'll let you know as soon as there's official word on Gurley's injury, but until then here's what's going on in the aftermath of Georgia's 34-7 woodshedding of the Auburn Tigers.
Gurley knee injury clouds big Bulldog victory
As I noted last night Gurley's fourth quarter injury was the lone dark mark on an otherwise perfect evening. Gentry Estes cites sources within the team who fear that it may be a "serious" injury, but of course that could mean anything from the dreaded ACL/MCL combo tear to a meniscal tear to a hyperextension. All have their own varying degrees of severity. The bottom line is we just don't know yet, but we should all keep Todd in our thoughts.
Gus Malzahn says Auburn "got it handed to us" in Georgia loss | AL.com
#GusFuss #GusBusRunsOutOfGas Auburn by the way becomes the sixth of the last nine defending SEC champions to lose at least three games the following season. It's hard to stay on top in this league, partially because you need a lot of seniors to get there in the first place, and they won't let you keep them indefinitely.
Georgia Postgame Notes Versus #9 Auburn - Georgia Official Athletic Site
As these notes point out, Auburn had been one of only four teams to score more than 20 points in every game since the beginning of 2013. Not anymore.
While I am really excited to see what Jeremy Pruitt can do with this defense as players become more familiar with the system and younger guys (especially in the secondary) develop, there's no doubt that this team will miss senior leaders like Damian Swann and Amarlo Herrera. Also lost in last night was the job that senior Mike Thornton, now playing his 74th season in Athens it seems, did against Auburn's All-SEC center Reese Dismuke. Thornton sped by Dismuke on several plays, showing what a defensive tackle with a really quick first step who uses leverage can do. He was truly disruptive.
Damian Swann reflects on the Auburn game, including a crowd that came early, stayed late and was loud in between, even on a cold, cold night in Athens.
Two Gators block each other. Again. - ESPN
Oops, they did it again. It's like a Britney Spears video with a group of garishly dressed, obese backup dancers.
We'll be back later with more post game reaction and news. Until then . . .