November 6, 2007

2006 game still gnaws at AU coach

Auburn entered last year's Georgia game 9-1 and ranked No. 5 in the country. But dreams of a BCS bowl quickly went up in flames as a 6-4 Bulldog squad jumped out to a big early lead and won convincingly, 37-15.

It was a bitter defeat for Auburn's coaches, players and fans.

"There's always games that you dislike more than others in the way you lose them," said AU offensive line coach Hugh Nall. "Just like the LSU game is a tough game but our kids laid it on the line. I just didn't think we played very good last year (against UGA).

"That's always a game that will bother you as a coach. When I am 90-years-old that one will make me mad."

Auburn and Georgia will play for the 111th time this Saturday in the Deep South's oldest rivalry. For Auburn, the rivalry will always take a backseat to the Iron Bowl, but still has its own unique history.

It's a game that's been won, more often than not, by the visiting team - AU holds an 18-9 edge in Athens.

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