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In the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, the Auburn Tigers lost to the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium 21-14.

Entering the game, Georgia had won four of the last five meetings between the two teams, including the Bulldogs' win over Auburn in the 2017 SEC title game.

Georgia controlled field position and grinded out Auburn in an ugly, SEC-esque contest Saturday.

Here is how Auburn graded out Saturday.

Rushing offense — D: This should have been expected, Auburn was trying to run the ball on Georgia. The Bulldogs were only surrendering 74.6 yards per game entering the afternoon.

Rushing defense — B+: At times they look great, everyone swarming to the ball and creating deep penetration into Georgia's backfield. Then there were times where they'd lapse. Overall, very solid performance.

Passing offense — B-: Short game was the formula to start the day and it was effective to a certain extent. As the game went on they began to work more vertical and that was hit-or-miss.

Passing defense — A+: Besides giving up a 51-yard touchdown pass to Georgia's Dominick Blaylock, the Auburn secondary was strong. Jake Fromm had a rough day for the most part.

Special teams — C: There was literally nothing special about Auburn's special teams. Anders Carlson missed another kick from beyond 40 yards.

Coaching — B+: Gus Malzahn's performance was solid considering the final outcome. Adjustments were attempted offensively to combat Georgia's stingy defense, and were effective late in the game. They just didn't produce the desired outcome.

Overall — B: It was a hard-fought performance all-around by Auburn, effort was never in question. If anything this effort and spirit shone down the stretch as they made a push for a comeback.

This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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