Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and freshman D'Andre Swift provided a much more effective running game for Georgia than the first meeting, which opened up things for the freshman quarterback. Auburn was ranked second in the CFP poll but managed only 259 yards after piling up 488 in its November 11 rout of the Bulldogs.
The Tigers moved 75 yards in 10 plays, capped by Jarrett Stidham's 6-yard scoring pass to Nate Craig-Myers.
When asked specifically if he'll be the head coach at Auburn moving forward, Malzahn said he "certainly wants to be". "They did a lot better job this time with the run fits, and we figured they would".
Auburn was selected to a New Year's Six bowl game for a second straight year and will face UCF in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on January 1.
Auburn started out the game like it was headed for another big win. We have a great foundation for the future.
Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator in 2010, when the Tigers set a record for victory margin in an SEC title game with a 56-17 dismantling of SC.
"Strength and stability go hand-in-hand, and we have both in coach Malzahn", Auburn President Steven Leath said in a statement.
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"I'm happy at Auburn", he said. The Bulldogs picked up a pair of first downs on their first possession to cross midfield, but the drive stalled when Fromm was sacked twice in a three-play stretch. Early in the second quarter, Auburn pushed into position to extend its lead, facing second-and-6 at the Georgia 14. "If my team needs a big play, I'm going to try and deliver it". "Having that guy on the other side of me is really comforting".
On the next play, Fromm found Godwin all by himself for an apparent 3-yard touchdown, only to have Wims - who was blocking on the play - called for an offensive pass interference.
Auburn drove to Georgia's 38-yard line in the waning moments of the half, but Smith broke free up the middle to sack Stidham. But the Tigers were stymied by two crucial turnovers, a blocked field goal and a Georgia team eager to make up for its embarrassing 40-17 defeat on the Plains.
Gus Malzahn has agreed to a new multi-year deal to remain the head football coach at Auburn, 247Sports reports. This forced Georgia to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Blankenship, giving the Bulldogs their 10-7 lead that they would carry into the locker room. "We stressed two words the entire week - composure and physicality".
Penalties kept the Bulldogs doing even more damage.
"We had some moments in there".
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