November 15, 2009

UGA vs. AUBURN: Bittersweet

This Saturday the Tigers came to town for the 113th edition of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. The series started in 1892 and has been played almost every year since with Auburn having a slight edge 53-52-8. Now that's a rivalry! This was my third time photographing the match-up and this one was the most thrilling yet with a 31-24 Georgia victory that came down to the last drive. However, it was also bittersweet.

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Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran high-fives fans during the "Dogwalk" before the Bulldogs' SEC match-up with the Auburn Tigers Saturday Nov. 14, 2009, at Sanford Stadium.

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Georgia majorettes wave flags during a performance before the start of the game.

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Georgia punter Drew Butler and the Bulldogs stretch pre-game.

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Georgia players head off the field after pre-game warm-ups.

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Georgia fans cheer before the Bulldogs take the field.

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Auburn cheerleaders lead as the Tigers take the field.

Although I went to Alabama and love my Tide, I was raised by my dad to be a fan of his Alma Mater Auburn. Ever since I was a baby that A over the U symbol has been burned into my heart, the orange and navy a glorious sight. I can't help but feel like a kid on Christmas when I'm standing on those sidelines with the Tigers. As much as I love Alabama only Auburn can ignite such a nostalgic pride. When I'm shooting, however, I'm not in fan mode. My priority is getting good pictures and any loyalties take a backseat, but it still sucks to see them lose.

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Auburn QB Chris Todd releases a pass in the 1st half.

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Auburn's Terrell Zachery comes down with a touchdown pass with coverage by Georgia's Bacarri Rambo during the first quarter.

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Auburn's Kodi Burns is lifted by teammate Andrew McCain after scoring a first quarter touchdown during the Auburn Tigers' 14-7 halftime lead.

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Georgia's A.J. Green stiff-arms Demond Washington during the 2nd quarter.

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Georgia's A.J. Green runs through a tackle by Auburn's Walter McFadden
during the 2nd quarter.

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Georgia's Washaun Ealey catches himself and gets extra yardage in the 3rd quarter.

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Georgia's Washaun Ealey bursts into the endzone for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.

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Auburn's Darvin Adams bobbles a pass in the endzone with coverage by Georgia's Reshad Jones.

The game was tied as late as the 4th quarter but the Bulldogs pulled ahead with two Caleb King TDs versus one Tiger kickoff return for a TD. Down by a touchdown with just over a minute left Auburn's QB Chris Todd sent one to Mario Fannin near the endzone but Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo slammed into him popping the ball loose. The play was phenomenal, but Rambo hit the turf and didn't move for the next 15 minutes as trainers strapped him down and hauled him off the field in a cart. It was eerily silent in the stadium. Distressed Bulldogs watched nearby forgetting that they still had to stop two more Tiger downs. When the game got back underway their was no stopping the crazed Bulldogs who wanted with passion to win this one for Rambo. A sack and a knocked away pass later they had their victory. I chased them around to get celebration shots as stray Tigers walked by heads hung.

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Georgia's Kade Weston pressures Auburn's QB Chris Todd which resulted in a Reshad Jones interception in the 4th quarter.

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Auburn's Tommy Trott tries to bring down Georgia's Reshad Jones after Jones' interception in the 4th quarter.

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Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez reacts after Brandon Boykin's interception in the first half.

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Georgia QB Joe Cox is sacked by Auburn's Nick Fairley during the first half.

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Auburn's Josh Bynes takes down Georgia's Branden Smith in the 2nd half.

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Georgia's Rantavious Wooten maneuvers through Auburn defenders.

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Auburn's Josh Bynes tips a Joe Cox pass that is then caught by Georgia's Orson Charles (#7) in the 3rd quarter.

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Georgia's Orson Charles is brought down by Auburn's T'Sharvan Bell, left, and Daren Bates in the 3rd quarter.

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Georgia's Tavarres King catches a pass setting up the Bulldogs for a touchdown in the 4th quarter.

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Georgia's Caleb King breaks loose for a touchdown early in the 4th quarter.

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Georiga's Caleb King and Fred Munzenmaier celebrate the first of King's two 4th quarter touchdowns.

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Georgia's Darryl Gamble tackles Auburn's Tommy Trott in the 3rd quarter.

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Georgia's Washaun Ealey runs the ball up the middle in the 4th quarter.

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Georiga's Branden Smith is brought down by Auburn's Craig Stevens in the 3rd quarter.

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Georgia's Joe Cox hands the ball off to Caleb King.

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Georgia's Caleb King bursts past Auburn defenders into the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter of the Bulldogs' 31-24 win over the Tigers Saturday Nov. 14, 2009, at Sanford Stadium.

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The Auburn offense huddles.

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Auburn's Onterio McCalebb bobbles and catches the ball after breaking tackles
in the 4th quarter.

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Georgia's Bacarri Rambo's mouth piece flies out as he hits Auburn's Mario Fannin popping the ball loose in the 4th quarter. Rambo was injured on the play.

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Georgia's Bacarri Rambo hits the ground after the play he was injured on in the 4th quarter.

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Georiga players took on as injured teammate Bacarri Rambo is being strapped down to be carted off the field in the 4th quarter.

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Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo is carted off the field after an injury late in the 4th quarter.

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Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin pumps up the crowd.

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Georgia's Cornelius Washington celebrates after sacking Auburn QB Chris Todd bringing up 4th and 18 in the final minute of the 4th quarter.

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Auburn's Darvin Adams just misses a pass with coverage by Georgia's Bryan Evans, left, and Brandon Boykin on the last play of the Bulldogs' 31-24 win over the Tigers Saturday Nov. 14, 2009, at Sanford Stadium.

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Georgia's Brandon Boykin is lifted by center Ben Jones after Auburn's final play in the Bulldogs' 31-24 win over the Tigers Saturday Nov. 14, 2009, at Sanford Stadium.

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Auburn running back Ben Tate

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Georgia's Marcus Dowtin celebrates after the Georgia Bulldogs' 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers Saturday Nov. 14, 2009, at Sanford Stadium.

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Georgia's Israel Troupe, Brandon Boykin, and Ricardo Crawford dance after the Bulldogs' 31-24 win over the Tigers Saturday Nov. 14, 2009, at Sanford Stadium.

This win was huge for the Bulldogs who are now bowl eligible after securing their 6th win. It was also bittersweet because not only was Bacarri Rambo knocked unconscious with a possible concussion, star wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a sprained joint in his left shoulder and linebacker Darious Dewberry injured his elbow. It is more fun to shoot a winning team and maybe I'll get to go to a bowl game, but it was also bittersweet for me as I had to walk the field with hurting Tigers.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Don't know why, but my favorite is the pre-game stretching photo.