Mark Richt was stunned.
During a break only minutes after Georgia scored its first touchdown early in last Saturday night's game, Auburn fans suddenly cheered.
Richt said at first he didn't know what led to the roar from the home fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Then he realized the Auburn fans were cheering top-ranked Alabama's loss to Texas A&M.
"After a little bit of thinking, I thought that might have been it," Richt said with a smile.
The Alabama loss also could be big for No. 5 Georgia, though Richt said he didn't take time to consider the ramifications for his team.
"I didn't get too caught up in it," Richt said of the Alabama loss. "I really was most concerned about this one."
Richt's players followed his lead and kept their focus on Auburn. The result was the Bulldogs' most complete effort of the season in a 38-0 win that clinched Georgia's spot in the SEC championship game, likely against Alabama, on Dec. 1.
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