The end of the Georgia-Auburn game on Saturday turned into a mess. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was knocked out of the contest with about two minutes left after Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley rolled into his knee. It was clearly a dirty, intentional play by Fairley, and unfortunately not his only cheap shot on Murray during the game.
In fact, Fairley is one of the dirtiest players in college football as this file from The Wiz of Odds can attest. The play after Fairley knocked out Murray, several Georgia players went after him for revenge. The result was a brawl in which Auburn defensive lineman Michael Goggans was ejected for throwing a punch:
The play after that, more flags were flying and Mike Blanc, another defensive lineman, was also ejected for throwing a punch. An ejection means the players automatically miss the first half of a team’s next game, which in Auburn’s case happens to be the Iron Bowl against Alabama on the 26th. Auburn did not appeal the ejections as of Monday meaning they’ll have two backups missing from their defensive line rotation in the first half against Bama. The Tigers should be fine for a half without those two backups, but what really needs to go punished is the dirty play by Fairley. The commentators may not have thought the plays were intentional at the time but I’m sure they would change their minds after seeing replays.