For all the thrilling plays, for all the flip-flops of momentum, for all the debatable decisions, the latest entry in the Auburn-Georgia rivalry didn't change a whole lot in the Southeastern Conference race.
The Bulldogs lost one of the greatest games yet in the Deep South's longest-running series, but they're still in good shape to play for the SEC championship on December third.
And Auburn? Sure, the Tigers prevailed 31-to-30 last night with a memorable play on fourth down and John Vaughn's chip shot field goal with six seconds left, but they'll need help to play for their second straight conference title.
The No. 14 Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2 S-E-C) can wrap up the division title by beating lowly Kentucky (3-6, 2-4) at home next Saturday.
Georgia owes a thank-you note to longtime nemesis Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks, who upset Florida to give the Bulldogs some much-needed breathing room.
Another SEC game severely damaged Auburn's hopes before Devin
Aromashodu went 62 yards on a fourth-and-ten pass, setting up Vaughn's 20-yard field goal.
When LSU defeated Alabama in overtime, the Bayou Bengals moved
into position to clinch the West with wins over Mississippi and Arkansas the next two weeks. Those teams have a combined record of
LSU already had defeated Number 11 Auburn (8-2, 6-1) in overtime last month.
While the game in Athens may not have any effect on the eventual SEC champion, it surely will be remembered through the ages -- a gut-wrenching series of punches and counter-punches, the lead changing hands eight times over the course of the long night, four of those occurring in the last 12-and-one-half minutes.
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