ATHENS, GA. — Auburn’s loss to Georgia at the Bulldogs’ Sanford Stadium marked only a new chapter in a series of recent struggles for the Tigers in that venue.
Auburn hasn’t won in that venue since 2005. The Tigers have lost six straight games in Athens, Ga.
Auburn was held scoreless in the second half of its 27-10 loss to Georgia on Saturday, marking the fourth straight game for Auburn in Sanford Stadium that the Tigers were shutout in the second half.
Georgia led 20-10 at the half Saturday. Auburn scored its only touchdown in the first quarter, and tacked on its field goal in the second.
In Auburn’s last three games in Athens before Saturday, the Tigers failed to muster any scores outside of any game’s first quarter.
In 2011, Auburn lost 45-7 at Georgia. Auburn scored early to counter an early Georgia punch to tie it at 7-7 in the opening frame, but Georgia rolled from there, rolling up 38 straight points to close the game.
In 2014, Auburn picked up the opening score of the team’s game back in Athens, but Georgia powered back to score the next 34 straight in a 34-7 win.
Auburn scored first again in the rivalry game in 2016, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but struggles on offense marred the Tigers from there as Georgia won 13-7.
The Tigers’ last win at Georgia game in 2005, when Brandon Cox hit Devin Aromashodu to convert a fourth-down play in the game’s final minutes. Courtney Taylor recovered Aromashodu’s fumble at the 1-yard line to give the Tigers first-and-goal at the 1, which led to a game-winning field goal by John Vaughn in the final minute in a 31-30 Tigers win.
Since then, Auburn is 0-6 in Athens.
Two years after that 2005 game, Georgia famously broke out its black uniforms before a 45-20 shellacking of Auburn in 2007.
In 2009, Georgia won 31-24, scoring a game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Auburn hosted back-to-back games between the teams at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2012 and 2013, as the SEC’s welcoming of Texas A&M and Missouri into the league adjusted the conference’s scheduling.