Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; Faith in Dawgs Turns out Alright

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; Faith in Dawgs Turns out Alright

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Byline: Trey Dennard

The Dawgs traveled to the plains of Auburn for the 110th meeting in this rivalry, coming off their fourth loss of the season, to take on the Tigers.

The Tigers, ranked fifth in the nation, were 13.5-point favorites at the kickoff, over the down-and-out Dawgs.

This huge rivalry began in 1892. On this day, Georgia was playing for pride. On paper, this should have been a warm-up for Auburn, at 9-1 on the season.

The pre-game festivities were highlighted by fans honoring the great Bo Jackson and ended with the final flight of the eagle Tiger VI, from the stands onto midfield. This is truly one of the most awesome traditions in college football; the circling of the eagle around Jordan-Hare Stadium and landing on the field is a sight everyone should see at least once. The other is the running of the buffalo in game four, Georgia vs. Colorado. But with all this pregame hype, it still wasn't enough for Auburn because the Dawgs came out on this overcast, rainy and cold fall day and dominated Auburn from the opening kickoff to the final tick of the clock.

With the game and the ball in hand, freshman quarterback Matt Stafford took a knee inside the Auburn 10-yard line with 2 1/2 minutes left on the clock to secure the 37-15 win. For most of the season, and especially the last few weeks, I have taken a razzing around town from the fans of other faiths, and have been questioned by my own Dawg brethren as to what is happening in the promised land of Athens, Ga.

My standard response has been "everything will be OK, oh ye of little faith." I had faith in my beloved Dawgs and knew from the bright moments of the past games that the young pups would eventually grow up and play four full quarters of tough, Dawg football.

The Dawgs did not play flawless football Saturday. We had three fumbles and eight penalties. The difference this week was that our fumbles were not in the shadow of our own goal and our penalties were mostly followed up by a big play.

The Dawgs received the opening kickoff and started play from their own 20. Stafford orchestrated an eight-play 80-yard drive. …

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