A Battle of Eagles!
Auburn vs. Georgia Southern Open Thread
War Eagle, everybody! This evening marks Auburn’s opening game of the 2017 college football season! In the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn will take on the Georgia Southern Eagles. This game will kick off at 6:30 PM Central Time and will be televised on the SEC Network.
It was not a typical year for Georgia Southern last season. A season with 5 wins and 7 losses was quite the come-down for this team, and most of the offensive coaching staff was let go. This year, the Eagles hope to return to their option-running roots and give teams like Auburn fits. Last year for Auburn, it was a season that started slowly then picked up a lot of steam. But, the wheels came off in November as injuries piled up. This season, the Tigers hope to be deeper and start off on a better note.
Weather should be just about perfect for this game. Dry air is in place over the area, and skies should be mostly clear. Kickoff temperature will be around 80 degrees.
As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I’ll be here hopefully by the second quarter and jump right into a play by play and some fired-up commentary. This is what it’s all about, folks! College football is back! War Eagle, and beat Georgia Southern!
…..Mizzou was being challenged towards halftime, but kind of sprinted away. Me, if I was a Mizzou fan, I’d be worried about that defense.
…..Ballgame in the ATL. Bama changed up the blitz at the last second, and FSU did not pick up a fast nickelback blitz. The FSU QB is being carried off, and Alabama’s 24-7 lead is now insurmountable. Who were these media dufuses that figured the ACC had supplanted the SEC? New star NC-State couldn’t even beat South Carolina, a 6-7 team from a year ago. FSU is no threat to Bama. Media favorite Louisville is struggling against lower-echelon competition this Saturday, too.
I liked the way Missouri’s defense got torched for 43 points vs an FCS team, makes me feel optimistic about our trip there this year.
…..Hated how inept Florida looked against Michigan. Save two pick sixes, they got absolutely blown out in this one. I find it strange that offensive guru Jim McElwain can’t find a quarterback. And Florida is running out of Muschamp defensive players, right and left.
looks like the SEC is undefeated this week so far, with the exception of Florida.
listening to the press conference right now. the bad boys will be back next week, but SW will be back week three. it’s another super-secret thing that Malzahn refuses to discuss the reasons.
…..I know one thing. I’d rather be trying to run on Clemson with Pettway, than with Kam Martin.
…..Kerryon Johnson’s injury looked very much like the same thing that got Pettway last year. It’s a shame, too. KJ was having a pretty good game.
…..What I’m most worried about is the “suspensions” of Pettway and White. A few years ago, we had a couple of weed bust. Jerome Mincy got benched for a series, and Nick Marshall for a half. These guys got a whole game, and possibly more. What did they do?
…..If we give Stidham time, he’s really a dangerous passer. We got him beat up a little, in the first half. The Eagles did send the kitchen sink after an inexperienced left side, and got pressure. It dried up in the second half.
…..I missed the first quarter, but I thought Auburn seriously outclassed this team. Auburn has weapons on offense. The new linemen on the left had issues, but the staff did a good job of coaching them up at halftime.
12 tackles for loss by 8 different players.
Offense needs work, i like defense. We need to get a lot better before next week
…..Lotta youth on offense, and I guess we should have suspected a few warts here and there. The defense was absolutely dominant. Only 78 total yards given up. There was a LOT of good play, through all three levels.
I didn’t get a chance to watch it, just listened to the game over the radio. Would it be fair to say that it was a pretty lackluster game? The injury to Kerryon didn’t help.
and that’s another one thousand dollars for the “picks for kids” program by wells fargo.
…..Tigers win, 41-7, over Georgia Southern.
…..PICKED OFF! Daniel Thomas, and that’s ballgame!
…..Here’s Werts, will drop, heaves…
…..At the 42. Werts will run again, near the 50, clock stops at 9 seconds.
…..Werts will scramble, has the first down on an 8 yard run.
…..Eagles on offense. Werts will fire to Richardson, and hammered immediately on the hitch by John Broussard.
…..Adams to throw, and fires over everyone. Miscommunication. Receiver stopped, Adams threw deep.
…..This crew is a bunch of idiots.
…..And a flag? Illegal substitution on Auburn.
…..Clock under 2 minutes, 4th and 1.
…..3rd and 6, give to Barrett, and down at the 25.
….Give him a yard on the reception.
…..2nd and 7. Adams keep, fires to Igbanoghbe on the RP-option, and nothing doing. Took WAY too long to develop.
…..New set of Auburn downs. Tigers in no hurry. Clock runs. Give Barrett, stood up inside the 30.
….Give to Barrett, will pick up another first down, to the 34!
…..And refs miss it. Ruling stands! First down Auburn. Who is the doofus in the replay booth?
…..Knee was down WELL short of the stake.
…..If they are reviewing the spot, it may well be reversed. I think the spot was a little generous, on that.
…..Lane Ecton. Gets up, and is ushered off. Glad to see that the young man is ok.
…..Where they have spotted it, Auburn should have the first down. We have 4:14 left in the ball game, with Auburn leading, 41-7.
…..And an eagle down on the play, trying to tackle big Devin Adams.
……Here comes the blitz. Adams will take, and keep off the right, close…
…..4th and one, Auburn going?
…..3rd and 6 for Adams. He’ll step up, runs, and will go out of bounds a yard short, I think.
…..Adams changing his play. Will give to Barrett, falls forward to the 49.
….miller loses a yard, 2nd and 11.
…..2nd and 7, clock running. Give to on the sweep, Noah Igbanogaghne. Gonna have to learn to spell that one…
…..Gives to Malik Miller, bashes for three.
…..And Adams, it is!
…..Auburn is in a bit of an offensive quandary, here. They won’t play Sean White this game, for undisclosed reasons. Do they burn the redshirt on Malik Willis? Or put Devin Adams in? I vote for Adams, and let him throw!
Time to getl Malik some reps
Thats it for stidham
…..4th and 5, and the punt team takes the field. Ryan Davis deep. Flynn will boom it, and Davis with the fair catch.
…..3rd and 9. Werts flushed, and will go out at the 30, short.
…..2nd and 10 Eagles. Give to Ramsby, maybe a yard.
…..Clearing the defensive bench.
…..Give to Fields, nothing doing once again. McBryde.
….The score is actually 41-7. Carlson will kick, another touchback.
…..That’s about as good as that combo can be executed. They isolated Hastings beautifully on a safety.
Hastings be in needs to be in every play. He will be our Wes Welker to Brady
….Carlson, up and good, and with 9:18 left, Auburn leads, 40-7!
Tigers with a play fake, and Stidham on the smash corner route to Hastings, open, TOUCHDOWN!
….There is 9:47 left in the ball game, 4th and 1 Tigers at the Eagle 26. Tigers lead, 34-7.
…..4th and 1, and I think Auburn is going… they dither too long, and have to call time.
…..Spot him a yard short.
…..3rd and 11. Stidham will be flushed, and fires to Martin, will fight, and I think he has the first down!
…..2nd and 11. Play fake, Stidham, fires on the deep out, and Cannella dropped it.
……Here’s Martin again, buried trying to run left, lost a yard.
….The last man pushes him out at the Eagle 34!
…..Auburn takes over on offense, with 11:24 left in the ball game. One back set. Give Martin, will get loose!
…..Tigers take over.
…..4th and goal, going. Werts will throw to Fields, and he’s dumped at the five! Darrell Williams, good coverage on the flat route!
……Keeper, will fight to the three.
…..A fumble, spot it at the 7 instead of the 5.
…..2nd and goal. Option to the short side, Werts will get close to the 5.
….2nd and goal at the 9. Werts will change his play, and has to call time. With 12:38 left in the ball game, we have a stoppage. Auburn leads Georgia Southern, 34-7.
….First and goal. Werts keeps, got maybe a yard.
…..They’ll take it, and move the ball to the nine.
…..Offsides on Holland.
…..4th and inches, give to Fields, hurdles for the first. A flag…
….They mark him a half yard short.
…..3rd and 7. Starting d-line back in. Werts will roll right, trying for the stake, and fought for the first down.
…..Another dive, to Fields, and he gets stood up at the 21.
…..Eagles at the Auburn 24, up the gut goes Ramsby, and not much.
…..Auburn with a lot of backups on defense, now. And the 3rd quarter ends, with the Tigers leading, 34-7.
….No huddle, and Ramsby got two up the gut.
…..3rd and 7. Werts will give to Ramsby on the dive, but a yard short of the stake.
…..2nd and 10. Werts will run, and will go out of bounds at the 32.
…..New set of downs at the Auburn 35. Give to Fields, nothing doing. Coe drops him.
…..Give to Ramsby, will bull to the Auburn 35, and a 12 yard run.
…..They missed the fair catch signal.
…..Flags down, and Auburn gets a facemask.
…..And Shannon will be shanked, bounces, then fielded, and tries to run after a fair catch sign?
…..In comes Ian Shannon, for his first punt of the night.
……3rd and 6. Twins either side, Stidham looking, looking, and sacked.
…..2nd and 10. Give to Martin, and he loses his hat again after a 4 yard gain.
…..Here’s Stidham on 1st and 10, will throw deep down the boundary, and can’t get Barrett on the wheel.
When was the last time AU had this many sacks? Seems like forever.
…..Matt Flynn back in to punt. Booms it out, and it’s over Roberts’ head, downed at the 20. Wow, 61 yards!
…..3rd and 8. Werts takes, and he has no chance. Holland with a big sack!
…..2nd and 10. Werts gives up the gut, for maybe a yard. Maybe two.
…..Eagles will try again, up the gut, and Fields is slammed down by Byron Cowart!
……Here’s the boot, and caught near the endline for a touchback.
…..Daniel Carlson has now passed Wes Byrum as Auburn’s all-time leading scorer.
…..With 5:20 left in the third, Auburn leads, 34-7.
…..This will be from 37 yards. It’s up, and this is good!
….Incomplete, and I think we’ll see Carlson.
….They stick with the original call.
…..The ground seemed to cause that. He had it and took a couple of steps.
…..Ruled incomplete, but reviewing.
…..3rd and 7. 4 wides. Stidham changing his play. Will fire over the middle to Slayton, and hit on the knee.. ouch.
…..2nd and long. Give to Stove on the sweep, and not much. Maybe two.
…..Fake to Miller, and Stidham gets only a yard.
…..Trips right. Stidham will fire on the slant to Hastings, and he’s to the 23, and flipped over.
…..Lost his helmet, too.
…..New set of downs. Give to Martin, stuffed.
…..3rd and 1. Shotgun? Nigh in at H. Kam follows him, for two and a first down.
…..Fake, screen to Ryan Davis, will be close to the stake. 4 yards.
…..Kam Martin on the give, will fight for about 5.
Early to say this but right now, defense has to carry us until offense jells
…..Flynn, a busy man. He’s punting out of his own end zone, and Roberts will fair catch at the Eagle 49.
…..3rd and 19. The snap, and Marlon Davidson will rip Werts down at the seven!
…..2nd and 9. Werts will be flushed hit, and spun down back at the 16!
…..And the Eagles are 1st and 10. Werts gives to Fields, nope. 1 yard.
…..Carlson with the boot, and this is 8 yards deep, touchback once again.
….Carlson is good, and with 10:56 left in the 3rd quarter, Auburn expands the lead to 31-10.
…..TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN. A quick slant against the blitz, easy.
…..Double twins, changing the play on 3rd and 5. Stidham will fire over the middle, Ryan Davis, will take it to the corner, and…. SCORE!
…..I’ve been bashing on them, but Horton and Wanagho have been steamrolling guys in the run game, thus far this half.
……He’s been in, but Stidham can’t even think about throwing left, with the way that line is playing on that side.
Is Nate Craig Meyer playing? Seen him a lot in A game but not at all tonight
…..And we have a big Eagle lineman down. Ian Bush?
….Give Miller, he’ll bash inside the 20 to the 19.
…..2nd and 10 on the Eagle 24.
…..Stidham on the fade, overthrown.
…..And in comes Malik Miller.
…..2nd and 1. Quick give to Martin, fumbles… whewww. Darius James covered that thing!
…..New set of downs. Martin up the gut, powers near the stake!
…..Stidham rolling, fires to Stove, to the 36!
…..New set of downs. Blitz coming. Martin up the gut, for about 3.
…..2nd and 5 Tigers. Give to Martin, dodging, will fall across midfield, to the 49 of the Eagles.
…..Give Martin up the gut, got 5.
……He’ll shank it, bounces down to the Auburn 39.
…..In comes Flynn to punt. Stephen Roberts deep.
…..3rd and 6. Werts will step up, launch it, and over everybody. Miscommunication?
…..2nd and 6. Here’s a keeper, and Werts is wrapped up by Davidson, lost a half yard.
…..1st and 10 at the Eagle 25. Werts will take, and he gives to Ramsby, to the 29.
…..Here goes Carlson, 5 yards deep, kneed, and it’s a touchback for the Eagles.
…..Stidham does look uncomfortable. That’s because Auburn’s line calls and protection are shaky. Brent Venables is licking his chops, at what he’s unleash on this line at Clemson next week.
Stidham looks uncomfortable, no Pettway, no Kerryon. Thank goodness it is Ga So. Lots of work to do before Clemson
…..Defensively, the stats are staggering. Georgia Southern has amassed just 37 yards of total offense.
…..As spotty as it looked, Auburn has 302 yards at the half, and it really doen’t look like they are in danger of losing this game.
…..On the sack-fumble-TD, the two guys over there just let the defensive end go free. Wanagho took the tackle, who was lined up a bit wide, and Horton didn’t block anybody. They should have adjusted wide on that protection.
…..It was a sloppy second quarter, particularly for the offense. The three turnovers is concerning, most of all. However, two of them were really on the offensive line. The left side looks rough.
Lordy, I hope the offense can pull it together before next week.
…..Two seconds remain. And Auburn takes a knee, and it’s halftime. Tigers lead, 24-7.
…..Tyler Bass… DOINK! No good!
….4th down, and in comes the field goal unit. From 45..
…..7 seconds remain in the half.
…..3rd and 3. Werts will take, and rolls right, will have to throw it away!
…..A spike, stops the clock with 12 seconds left.
…..Werts will fire to the left, and caught on the square-in to the 27.
….29 seconds left in the half, the Eagles are down to one left. Auburn leads, 24-7.
…..At the 34, Eagles slow lining up. And they have to waste a timeout!
….Tunnel screen to Slayton, big gain, fumbles, and Georgia Southern has it.
…..Wanogho is having trouble on Stidham’s blind side.
…..No, he didn’t catch that.
…..Stidham holds it, holds it, dumped to Martin, for 5, and down, and the clock runs.
…..Fake, stidham under duress, and he’s down in bounds at the 20.
…..Flynn to punt, and a low liner, bounces Juuuust into the end zone for the touchback.
…..Substitution on Southern.
…..And a flag stops the punt.
…..At the Auburn 37, Tigers call time, stopping the clock with 1:18 left in the half.
…..4th and 24, and out of field goal range.
…..THat was a bad blocking assignment. No one accounted for Holland!
…..3rd and 16. Werts will take, and he is clubbed to the ground by Holland!
……2nd and 20. Werts will pump, then goes up the middle for about 4.
….Safety blitz from Roberts, lost yardage.
…..Werts will fake, and he is BURIED!
…..Trying to beat Derrick Brown off the ball, that time. Cost ’em 5.
…..Georgia Southern threatening. 1st and 10. And they jump. Back ’em up!
…..2nd and 5 Eagles. Will give again to Fields, and he’s got the first down to the 23.
…..First and 10 in Auburn-land. Fields on the dive, gets about 5 to the 29.
…..At the 40, new set of downs. Werts fakes, will keep, and he’s got room. pulled down from behind at the 34.
…..Flag… facemask on Marlon Davidson.
…..Werts will give to Fields, nothing doing.
…..Carlson will kick again, Campbell 7 yards deep, takes a knee.
…..Ronnie Brown sez that KJ is out for the game with a hamstring.
…..Carlson is up and good once again, and with 4:52 left in the half, Auburn leads, 24-7!
…..Draw to Kam Martin, and they won’t catch him!
…..3rd and 7. Blitz, Stidham hits Hastings on the option route, and has another first down!
….2nd and 5. Stidham will fake, and he’s losing a yard.
…..Tigers at the 46. Martin has it, stuttersteps, across midfield to the 49.
…..Tigers take over with good field position.
….4th and 12. Flynn waits, will get a hold of this one, angled out of bounds for about 40.
…..Lost a couple more.
…..3rd and 10. Werts will take, and he’s in a lot of trouble, wrapped up by Derrick Brown!
…..2nd and 7 Eagles. Werts fakes, option to the wide side, nothing doing, Ramsby loses three!
…..Wow. Split backs, option, Ramsby will hurdle to the 18.
….Spot it at the 12.
Three suspended white Myers pettway
…..Carlson will boot it to the goal line, Campbell, is down just over the ten!
…..I’m off to a late start on this one, trying to catch up. Pettway evidently is out?
….Wow, that was a low snap….
…..Carlson is up and good, and with 8:36 left in the half, Auburn leads 17-7!
……2nd and 12 Stidam with one back. Fakes, keeps, and he IS GONE!
…..Pitch to Martin, loses two into the boundary.
…..Kam Martin check in, as Auburn has first down in the red zone.
……Down inside the 20, but he looked just like Pettway did last year. Oh, no.
……KJ cuts back, and he’s pulling up lame!
Lol. The wild cat is working great. Yuck
……Wildcat, KJ keeps, and he’s knifing for the first down to the 46.
…..Possession play, 3rd and 3. Please, no wildcat!
……2nd and 6 Tigers. Pistol set. Give to KJ, tripped, at the 49.
…..KJ up the gut, gets about 4.
…..Tigers take over, leading 10-7. 10:53 left in the half.
…..On 4th and 5, the punting unit comes back on. A short, wobbly punt, and it’s out of bounds at the Auburn 42!
…..Werts will scramble, and he’s pulled down short! Javaris Davis!
….3rd and long Eagles, at their 30.
…..A two yard gain for Rambsby.
……Thus far, the Eagles have gotten little done against the Tiger defense. The offense has had a fumble taken in for a touchdown, and Daniel Carlson has missed a couple of field goals.
I’m very concerned. Where is our team and why is no one commenting. I think I’m in the twilight zone
…..Hopping into the thread! A sluggish start for the Tigers, as they lead Georgia Southern just 10-7, early in the 2nd quarter.
What the hell is going on?
Your guess is as good as mine…. but SW in particular seems like a discipline issue, since there isnt any reason to hold him otherwise.
Any insight on the SW, KP, and KD situation?
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