ATLANTA (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Bulldogs are the 2017 SEC Champions.
“It means a lot to come back and get revenge on them,” offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn said after the Bulldogs’ 28-7 win over Auburn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “We owed them this one.”
Auburn handled Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium three weeks ago, and after beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl, faced the Dawgs again in the SEC Championship Game.
Georgia was the dominant team this time, rushing for 238 yards while holding Auburn to just 114.
“You rarely get a second chance in life,” says defensive back Tyrique McGhee. “Rarely a second chance in a game, in a sport like this, so for us to get the second chance and to redeem ourselves in a big game like this, it was huge.”
It was a total team effort. Special teams blocked a field goal in the third quarter. The defense forced and recovered two fumbles.
“All we had to do was just simplify it,” McGhee says. “Come out and just play physical, one for one, hat on a hat, and just play all out for the Dawgs.”
Georgia marched right down the field after Kerryon Johnson’s fourth quarter fumble. Jake Fromm found Terry Godwin for a touchdown and two point conversion to make it 21-7.
DeAndre Swift had the final score of the night, a 64-yard run to put the game out of reach.
“Jake, the running backs, our receivers, everybody,” McGhee says. “I’m proud of everybody. I’m glad the fans came out. It was a great win.”
Linebacker Roquan Smith was named the SEC Championship Game MVP.
It’s Georgia’s first SEC Championship since 2005. Next up: the College Football Playoff.