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November 11, 2012

Murray leads No. 5 Georgia past Auburn 38-0

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Georgia was almost as methodical and businesslike in its postgame celebration as in its dominant, balanced win over Auburn.

The Bulldogs are saving a bigger celebration for a bigger game.

Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards and No. 5 Georgia overwhelmed Auburn 38-0 on Saturday night, sending the Bulldogs back to the SEC championship game.

Georgia (9-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) got the first shutout for either team in the series since its 28-0 win in 1976. The Bulldogs, who have won four straight, appear to be peaking at the end of the regular season.

"I think we've been improving as we go and hopefully we can keep it going," said coach Mark Richt.

Auburn (2-8, 0-7 SEC) was held to 238 yards, including 57 yards rushing, as its disappointing season with embattled coach Gene Chizik suffered another embarrassing low.

"It's what you see," Chizik said. "It's been frustrating. Again, it's just been one of those years where it has kind of snowballed in momentum and we haven't been able to catch any."

Georgia, the Eastern Division champion, earned its second straight trip to the Dec. 1 SEC championship game in Atlanta. Top-ranked Alabama, beaten by No. 15 Texas A&M 29-24 on Saturday, can win the Western Division title by defeating Auburn on Nov. 24.

Georgia lost to Louisiana State in last year's SEC championship game. This year, the Bulldogs want more.

"I think there's a different feeling in everybody's spirit that Atlanta is not the end of the road," Richt said.

Richt said "I don't want to belittle" winning the Eastern Division.

"It's a big deal and there are six other teams in the East that would have loved to have done it," Richt said. "I just think we really feel like since we were there last year and didn't do well, we want to play better. We want to have a better performance when we get there."

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