Conquer the Knights! (Auburn vs. Central Florida Open Thread)
It’s a Peach Bowl extravaganza!
(Can we pretend that this statue outside the stadium is an Eagle?)
War Eagle, everybody, and Happy New Year! This New Year’s morning, the Auburn Tigers will take on American Conference Champion, undefeated Central Florida. It’s a chance for the Tigers to become only the 7th team in school history to win 11 games. Furthermore, it’s a chance to finish the year in the Top 5 in the nation. Lose, and Auburn will likely fall out of the Top 10. For the Knights, it’s a bittersweet day. It’s their last game with departing head coach Scott Frost, who heads back to coach at Nebraska, his alma mater.
Nationally, I expect a lot of interest in this game. Currently, FBS football is divided into 2 echelons. There are the “Power 5” conferences that compete for playoff spots. Then there is the “Group of 5,” which is the conferences that thus far have not. Central Florida was the only team in the FBS that finished undefeated, but it didn’t get any serious consideration for a playoff spot. Meanwhile, Auburn was decidedly in the mix, until losing the SEC title game. If Central Florida can win against Auburn, Group of 5 pundits can argue that they should no longer be left out of consideration.
I expect Central Florida to play this game as is it has a lot to prove. Some of their players have been rather chippy in the media leading up to this one. I think they really want to prove that they belong in this game. On the other hand, it might have been a really bad move to stir up and motivate an Auburn Tiger team that was down after losing the SEC title game. My opinion is that Auburn has big advantages on the lines of scrimmage, especially when on defense. Central Florida will try to counter Auburn’s strength by getting the ball out quickly, I’m thinking. I feel that Auburn will try to run over UCF on offense, run the clock and minimize the time UCF has the ball.
Luckily for the players, this game will be played in perfect 72-degree temperatures indoors in Atlanta in Mercedes Benz Stadium while the Southeast goes into a serious deep freeze this week. I really would not want to be tailgating in Atlanta this morning. Temps will not get out of the 20’s, prior to kickoff. Any precipitation should be well south of Atlanta this morning, but the area will have dangerously low wind chills. Be safe out there and stay warm, fans!
As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard for my usual play by play, armed with a big mug of coffee and a bowl of holiday Chex Mix. War Eagle, and let’s see if Auburn continues a memorable season against a tough bowl opponent. War Eagle!
…..At the half, it’s 10-3 Alabama over Clemson. I am out, folks. Too much to do with an early start, tomorrow, and lots to get done. You know what? I hate Dabo and those guys over in the ACC worse than Bama, right now. Hoping Bama hangs on.
…..The Alabama lead remains at 10-3.
….Second try from Pappanostos, from 38. DOINK! No….
…..You know what’s interesting about Hurts, this game? He has time to just stand there, and look. Most QBs these days are coached to keep pumping their legs. We have seen several shots where Hurts looked like a statue. Still, Clemson is not getting there. And we have a flag on Bama on the FG attempt.
….4 minutes past my bedtime, and my conclusion is that Clemson is lucky to eek out a positive play or two, and Bama is barely being kept away from the fatal chokehold. Alabama should win this comfortably, in the end.
….3rd and 5 Bama, at the Clemson 45. Hurts throws short, for only one yard, but Bama has moved it enough to salvage great field position out of this drive.
…..Clemson makes a few miraculous plays, and cuts the Bama lead to 10-3. It still looked like they were battling uphill.
End of the first. Alabama leads Clemson, 10-0, and looks in control.
….Nice replay on the TD. Riddley just ran to space, after the play broke down. Nicely done.
…..I’m sensing a Clemson dunking. The SEC hasn’t done well in bowls thus far, but we still are looking like an all-SEC title game next Monday. Won’t the pundits be griping about that! And they will be whining for the UCF’s of the football world, too. We live in interesting times.
…..Hurts made a heck of a throw under pressure and running, and Alabama is up 10-0. How does Riddley get THAT wide open?
…..The players in this game look a lot faster than what we had in Atlanta. I’m still going back to the shoes. Auburn coaches and players likely can’t complain about the Underarmour equipment due to contracts and the threat to be sued. I’m convinced that a lot of Auburn’s problems today were due to footing, and poor shoe choices. The company and Auburn need to really work to get this fixed, before Auburn opens in Atlanta, next fall.
…..Bama dropped out in to 8-man coverage, and Bryant found an open man for the apparent first down, and the pass was dropped. That’s a nervous offense.
…..Wow. Bama is really attacking on D.
…..I’m setting myself a 9:00 PM CST bedtime, but I’m going to watch, till then. Interested to see what Saban and Co. have cooked up, with a month to prepare.
…..Pappanastos hits, and Alabama leads, 3-0, with 5:23 left in the first.
Neither can I , Acid —
…..Watching a little Clempsun/Bammer. I can’t stay up and watch all of this one, though.
….The SEC pulls to 3-5 in the bowls, this season.
What an ending
…..UGA wins, and is headed for the championship game.
…..Wildcat Michel, and he will score!
….UGA running into the boundary for a loss, too.
….Wheeew. That was tipped, but still made it through for 3.
….Siebert, FG up and good. 51-48 Oklahoma. Georgia’s turn.
…..3rd and 12. and ANOTHER throw well behind the stick. 4th down.
…..And a screen into the boundary, dumped for a 4 yard loss. Who has taken over play-calling, for Okie?
…..The old speed-option. Well, that didn’t work, into the boundary. Looked like a Scot Loeffler play.
…..Okie now has 3rd and 5. I’d have taken a shot, by now.
…..Kick is Good! Tied at 48. Okie goes first, in the second OT.
…..And Okie will try the FG.Me, I’d have my heisman winner out there. Oklahoma took Mayfield out of the game, on that series. Mistake.
…..Speed sweep handoff, and UGA was ready. 4th down.
….Speed shovel for 3. “THIRD DOWN!!!” as the announcers at Sanford Stadium like to yell!
…..Nope, a 4 yard run with no lead blocker. Tired UGA D?
…..Can Mayfield be stopped? I expect Oklahoma to run some double routes, roll Mayfield out, and throw for the endzone on first down.
…..Blankenship for the FG. It is…. good. UGA leads, 48-45.
…..I’m worried about Georgia’s depth on the defense. They have looked tired, in the 4th quarter while Okie came back. If UGA doesn’t get a TD here, their chances are dim, I think. And we are to 4th down and 6.
…..And we are likely headed to OT in the Rose, with Okie and Ugga tied at 45 apiece, 17 seconds left in regulation. Georgia is punted way deep, and likely will take a knee.
…..And it’s back to the old grind, tomorrow. Auburn’s losses aside, I’ve had a wonderful holiday season. I’m thankful, especially for the family members who are still hanging in there with me!
…..Okie is soft against the run, but you have no chance against Mayfield unless you hit and pressure him. That’s where we messed up against Central Florida. We were going to let him bust a hundred on the ground, anyway. Should have tried to get him rattled.
….I’ve been bummed all afternoon. I hate putting the Christmas stuff up. I worked in the yard cleaning up fireworks debris and taking decorations down. It was frostbite weather, and I’m still sitting here in my wool P-coat, watching the Rose. Wow, what a shootout! I knew we didn’t want to face Mayfield again.
Sorry – that should have been “the team” – not then.
Then Auburn team I saw today wasn’t ready for anyone.
Another embarrassing post season loss after CGM gets a big bump in pay. Nice! Six sacks, two picks-one for 6 points, and a lost fumble. Don’t think they were ready for UCF.
Having access to the field to take the photos shown in the comments section was cool. Thank you, Acid, for handling that. But the best part of the day was being able to meet up with fellow TET staff members AUTigerman, wpleagle, and mvhcpa!
Well….I think it’s safe to say stidham won’t be declaring for NFL.
I rewound it. Clearly offsides. We played like crap, but that no call decided the ballgame.
…..My time is up, and I thank you for yours.
…..It is great to be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle, and I am going to sign off here. Might be back later with some playoff commentary. For now, it’s time to take down the tree and put Christmas away.
This was just a huge effing embarrassment. I am glad I turned down free tickets to this pos game.
…..I think you are right, but they didn’t show the snap again. We’ll see, later.
…..That is Auburn’s first loss to a non-power five team, since a 10-9 loss to Southern Miss in 1991.
#10 was a full stride into the neutral zone. Stidham would not have done that if he would not have thought there was a flag coming.
And UCF remains undefeated.
Well, this was fun
……Auburn falls to 10-4 on the season, and likely out of the top ten.
Caught…. in the end zone…. by UCF
…UCF can take a knee, and this one is over. UCF 34, Auburn 27.
….And that will do it, with 24 seconds left.
…..Golson at center. Blitz, floated up, picked off. No receiver in the area.
….Dunn being helped off.
…..I think AUburn HAS to throw for the end zone 4 times, here.
….It is 1st and 10 at the UCF 21 with 33 seconds left.
…..33 seconds left, no runoff.
…..Dunn goes down, uh oh.
……Play clock running out. Stidham takes. Time, Fieres, Caught, NC-Myers!
….No late hit flag?
……At the 34. Stidham will throw, out of bounds.
……3rd and 6. Twins each side. Flushed. Got the first down, bit hit.
58 seconds left.
……Here we go. Big blitz coming.Rolls out, KJ, will get out of bounds at the 41.
…..LSU falls in the Citrus to Notre Dame, 21-17 on a late bunch of missed tackles and Domer TD reception.
……We have 1:04 left. 2nd and 10. Stidham and UCF called time.
…….Stidham will go deep, Slayton, can’t get it at the goal line.
…..Fires to Hastings, breaks away, to the 47 over UCF!
Will MF Hastings
…..Here we go. Trips right. Fires, Hastins has it! First down.
…..Clock runs, and it is 4th and 9.
….3rd and 10. Stacks either side. Now twins. Time. Runs, and tripped at the 23.
….Stidham just getting hammered, back there.
…..2nd and 10. Same formation. hit, trying to get it to KJ, incomplete.
…..Stidham changes his play. Four wides. Stidham flushed. Will throw it away, with 2:11 left.
….With 2:18 left, Auburn has the football!
…..Wright will tee it up. Auburn coming. It is, up, he missed it!
…..Trailing by 34-27. UCF will have about a 38 yard field goal attempt coming, to ice the game.
…..Auburn calls their last timeout, with 2:23 left.
…..Here’s Milton with trips to the left. Changing his play. Motion back in. Give to Killins, only to the 21.
…..Will be 3rd and 9, and Auburn does have one timeout left.
….Timeout Auburn, with 2:26 left in the game.
…..That will spot the ball at the 25. 2nd and 11. A pitch, and Anderson goes down at the 22.
…..Officials huddling. We have 2:33 left in the game.
…..AND, they stopped the clock for Auburn by going out of bounds.
…..Call: illegal block below the waist, 15 yards!
…..Milton spreads ’em out. 2nd and 8. Motion back in, pitch, and another first down, but a flag.
Pretty much TO or nothing now. Or hope to hold to a FG and get another block.
…..And Auburn will call time, with 2:37 left in the ball game. Knights lead, 34-27, and they are in field goal range.
…..Trips into the boundary, and Milton will give to Anderson, got a couple.
Secondary is getting shredded when he has time.
Again / no secondary
…..that will about do it.
……2nd and 9. Milton will fake, and fire deep, and Akins is all the way to the Auburn 25.
…..Milton lines ’em up. Give Anderson, not much, and Auburn letting it run.
No Acid, you kick it short, don’t tackle, and almost put them in FG range. Obviously.
Why in the hell do we pooch it knowing full well our special teams aren’t that great
…..And it is pooch kicked, Hughes, and can’t get him down. Out all the way to the 45 yard line. Might as well have onsided, with that effort.
…..Debate? Onside, or not? I’d kick deep.
…..Carlson is up, and good again. UCF 34, Auburn 27.
….4:12 remains, and all three timeouts left.
…..And we are 3rd and 3. Huddle. Jumbo set. Fake, reverse, Stove will score!
…..A little bit of their own medicine. Give KJ, and loses two.
……Here’s Stidham, with twins, Stidham on the draw, down to the seven.
……5:15 remains in the ball game. Auburn has first and ten at the UCF 14, trailing 34-20.
…..4 wides again for Stidham. UCF calls time.
To the UCF 14. We have 5:32 left in the ball game, and all three timeouts.
……It will be at the 29 of UCF, and possibly more, if the refs uphold the call on the field.
…..Targeting, and reviewing.
Goodness. Will Hastings might not live through the game.
Hastings and Stidham still want it.
……At the 46. Stidham, will hit hastings, helmet to helmet, flag.
…..1st and 10. Steps up, hits Hastings, and slips down at the UCF 46.
…..From the 11. Stidham fires to Hastings, out to the 23.
…..Holding on Auburn.
Gus can go home, count his extension dollars and try to convince us it’s not the end of the world.. just the end of anything great.
War Eagle. We will have to try to break an 0-2 ATL streak in the first game next year. Against s MUCH better opponent than this.
….And a flag on top of it all.
…..Here’s the boot by Wright. Igbinoghene, will go down at the 21. Not blocked well at all.
…..Big return, quick score is the only chance, now.
They peaked with Alabama, and flamed out after that
What’s up with this offense the last 2 games?
War Eagle! Hopefully Malzahn finds a way to get over the hump next season.
…..A lost fumble and a pick six are pretty much the difference in this ball game, right now.
I’m #disGUSted again
…..War Eagle. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger.
Well… Mr. Brightside says, maybe all of our leaning draft eligible players stick around after this crap show.
Game Over. Stidham .. add it up .. brought a great deal of pain to our offense this game. Damn.
…..Wright is up and good on the PAT, and with 5:56 left in the game, UCF leads Auburn, 34-20.
Enjoyed the banter this season guys. Have a great 2018.
And there it went.
…..Slow throw on the slant, behind the receiver, and taken to the house.
…..Stidham will throw a pick six.
……Whew. I like 2nd and 5 better than 2nd and 10, in this game.
…..2nd and 10. 2 each side, and movement… Offsides!
…..sCREEN nothing doing for Davis.
……At the 35. 3 wides. Man coverage to the wide side, JaRRETTT.
…..Pass interference, 15 yards for Auburn and a first down!
…..Huddle, gun. Fakes, will go deep, butted down, and Slayton will get the flag.
…..Notre Dame has converted a touchdown and a two pointer. LSU and Notre Dame are all tied up at 14, midway through the 4th in the Citrus Bowl.
…..Tigers will take over at the 20, I think, after the block.
…..We have 7:40 left in the Peach Bowl, and UCF leads Auburn, 27-20.
…..Auburn is now in a score or die situation.
…..No leap over. That was just Derrick Brown getting some monster push!
Actual effort to block a FG = Block! Who knew!?!?
…..Did we leap over? No flag… Derrick Brown!
…..Wright is up, and blocked!!!!!!!
Jekyll and Hyde season
…..Field goal unit will come in to ice the game.
…..3rd and 9. Bobbled snap, anderson picks it up, out of bounds at the eight.
……2nd and 9. Empty set. Milton fires wide on an out route.
…..1st down in the Auburn red zone. Trips right, changing the play. Dive, Killins, got a yard.
…..2nd and 10. Empty, fires into coverage, but caught anyway by Smith, at the Auburn 15.
……New set of downs. Fake, inside give, and Killins gets swallowed for nothing by Derrick Brown.
And followed by a complete bust.
This is so absurd it’s getting comical
….2nd and 16. Milton will scramble, and he picks up about 30.
…..Killins gave that one up.
…..Here’s Milton and an offense Auburn can’t solve, this half. Here’s a fake, and he’s sacked! Holland!
Got to get pressure without letting him scramble. QB I’d much more comfortable than he was in the first half and he’s eating us alive now.
…..Auburn’s defensive preference to try and plug the quarterback running lanes, rather than pass rushing, might have been a mistake, in retrospect. Milton has just killed Auburn this half, being allowed to run around back there. We should have been hitting him.
It’s ridiculous we’re even in this position.
….We have 10:44 left in the ball game. It is imperative that Auburn make a stop, here.
…..Marshall will punt. Fair catch at the UCF at the UCF 33.
We’re getting beat by a program who’s biggest recruiting tool is Disney
……3rd and 9 again. Stidham changing his play. Big rush, lobs it up, no chance. Thrown out of bounds.
…..Craig Myers was open.
……2nd and 9. Two backs. Stidham rolls, throws it away.
…..KJ in. Here’s a give to KJ, gets only 1.
Auburn has allowed 308 yards and 6 – count them 6 sacks
…..Wright to kick off. Martin and Igbinoghene deep. From the six, Igbinoghene will snake out to the 26.
What The Heck!?
…..Auburn simply MUST score, here. And we can’t wait till 3rd and a mile to put Kerryon Johnson back in the lineup.
…..Danny Etling throws a second touchdown pass, and LSU leads Notre Dame 14-6, with about 11 minutes left in the Citrus Bowl.
……The SEC will get out of Tampa with a win. South Carolina beats Michigan, 26-19.
I can think of a few words other than wow…
…..Wright will boot the extra point, and with 11:36 left in the ball game, UCF leads, 27-20.
…..2nd and goal at the nine. Fake, running around, fires, touchdown Snelson.
That was supposed to be our overwhelming advantage.
….1st and goal at the ten. Motion in. Give, Anderson gets maybe two.
DL has made zero plays in this ballgame.
…..3rd and 1 at the Auburn 19. Milton will keep, ang will trip inside the ten. Poor tackling.
Call: INCOMPLETE! Same rule they used on the Matthews pick, earlier.
Ref right there-blind
….Javaris Davis knocked it loose coming in, and he did not possess the ball to the ground and hold on.
….It was being bobbled. He never got control!
They want this game more.
…..Javaris Davis was there, did he catch that?
…..2nd and 1. Milton will fake, and fade, caught at the two.
…..Darrell Williams limps off for Auburn.
……Keeper, and Milton will power to the 18.
…..1st and 5 at the Auburn 23. UCF looking to take the lead.
….Offsides on Derrick Brown.
3 defenders in the neighborhood, but a catch anyway
……1st and 10… flags, and let’s see.
…..New set of downs, fakes, fires complete at the 28 to Davis. Knights moving it…
…..Peters missed a sure tackle.
……2nd and 9. Milton will go empty set. Takes, fires in the flat, and a missed tackle, to the Auburn 42.
……UCF 1st and 10. Draw, and Milton gets only a yard.
……Marshall to punt. Got it out of there, Hughes goes out at the UCF 41.
…..Field goals added in each other bowl game. South Carolina leads Michigan 26-19, with about 3 minutes left in the Outback Bowl. LSU holds a slim 7-6 lead over Notre Dame.
Herb Hand should have been fired after the Clemson game. Actually he shouldn’t have been out OL coach starting the year.
…..Stidham did not even get to take his full drop, on that last sack. And it was only a 4-man rush.
This is what $7 million/year coaching looks like?
Dumbfounded at how quickly out OL can change
Last qtr if the year. Make it a good one boys
….That ends the third quarter. Auburn 20, UCF 20.
Clear that KJ is on some type of a carry count. HUGE drop off when he’s out.
O line looks like high school
…..Braden Smith gave that one up.
……3rd and 13. Stidham, sacked.
……3rd and long, and KJ is back in, probably too late for this drive.
….Martin on 2nd and 13. Martin up the gut, nothing doing.
…..Cox missed a block, on that one. Feet slid out from under him.
….Under center, pitch Barrett, cut down for a big loss. Where is KJ?
…..Tigers need a good possession, here. Barrett in.
……Here’s Wright to kick off. Igbinoghene and Kam Martin deep. To the one. Breaking tackles, and he’s out to the 32!
Every time the Gus bus stalls, Knights get back into the game
…..Here’s Wright for the PAT, and it’s up and good. This game is tied at 20, with 1:30 left in the 3rd.
…..1st and 10 in the Auburn red zone, fake, flare, and Anderson will take it through traffic, scores.
…..3rd and 4 for UCF. Motion across. Milton improvises and, and fires to Smith, down to the Auburn 14.
Shadowing a receiver is only half of the job – breaking up a catch is the other half
…..2nd and 9 UCF. Fakes, and will roll out, flips to Anderson, out of bounds at the AUburn 31.
…..New set of downs at the Auburn 37. Anderson off tackle for a yard.
……Brings up 3rd and 8. Milton with one back, trips left. Takes, and fires, Akins catches it in traffic down the hash.
…..2nd and 8. Here’s Anderson, gets nothing!
……Orbit sweep, killins found out about SEC speed.
…..Two backs. Milton will give on the sweep, only a couple.
…..Marshall will launch one, rolls to the UCF 35, and Hughes was not back there for UCF.
…..In comes Aiden Marshall to punt. Need a good one, here.
….Darius James flagged for holding, declined.
……3rd and 6, possession play. Stidham has 4 wides, bunched in. Flushed, flag, fires incomplete towards Hastings.
…..2nd and 6. Four wides. Here’s Martin, nowhere to go with no lead blocker.
…..From the Tiger 18. Huddle, under center. Pitch to Martin, he’s out to the 23.
Give em SEC speed
…..Lean on ’em, bash ’em, wear ’em down.
Need a good drive with a TD as the result.
….Time to keep the hammer down, on offense.
….Loudermilk in to punt, will be fair caught by Roberts at the 18.
…..Lost the ball hitting the ground. Wow.
…..Review will be interesting. Incomplete.
…..THat’s an interception, I think!
…..Matthews caught that ball, AND got a foot down!
……3rd and 7. Rabbit package for Auburn. Milton will roll out of it, and fires, incomplete! Great coverage!
…..2nd and 10. Motion out. Draw, and he gets only about 3. Nowhere to go.
……1st and 10 Knights. Milton empty again. WIll step up, and dropped!
…..2nd and 10. Milton will go empty. Takes, and will go deep corner, caught, Davis is out at the UCF 40.
…..New set of downs. Three wides, two backs. Changing the play. Motion. Fake, and Milton will have to throw it away.
……Give to Anderson, willl break several tackles, and is out to the 21.
…..Hughes took a while to get up, after that return. Cramps, maybe?
…..I believe Auburn has changed some shoes, this half. I had been watching turf kick up every time Carlson kicked, and it did not happen, on that kickoff. I’m seeing better traction on the line, too.
…LSU now leads Notre Dame, 7-3.
….Wow. South Carolina has steamrolled back, against Michigan. The Gamecocks now lead, 23-19!
…..Carlson will drill it to the goal line. Hughes, running laterally, will get put down inside the ten!
…..Daniel Carlson to kick off. Watch his plant foot.
…..Key play on that drive was the 3rd and 7. Auburn had trips right, and UCF blized off the left. The line picked it up, and Stidham had a clean pocket. And Slayton was matched up man to man on the left with a small cornerback. Stidham recognized it, and made a good throw.
Auburn crowd really now more into the game. And the team just now needs to impose their will.
Kudos to our guys accepting the wake up call!
Well hello, Auburn
…..With 7:55 left in the 3rd, Carlson is up and good, and Auburn leads UCF, 20-13!
Don’t care what kind of shoes that boy had on… Ryan Davis just juked him out of them.
Well we got our heads on. Keep the push boys.
……First and goal. Give, KJ, will SCORRRRRREEEE!
…..2nd and 2. Screen, Davis will skate to the four!
….KJ will POWER to the 14!
…..2nd and 12. Stidham will fire to Cox, and he’s to the UCF 22 on the flare route!
Didn’t see that KJ in the SECCG.
….And a flag?
…..1st and 10, Tigers on the move. Twins each side. Confusion on defense. KJ will fight, spin, and loses a yard.
…..At the UCF 36!
……3rd and 7. Trips right. Stidham under the gun. Fires left, Slayton HAS it!
Slant for 15.
…..Nice pass breakup.
…..2nd and 7. KJ back in. Stidham will set, goes deep, and Slayton can’t get it.
…..New set of downs, Martin gets 3 to the 35.
……Stidham will check down, stack to the left. Motion, give Martin, will fight to the 32!
…..Johnson goes to the sideline, on 2nd and 9.
…..Tigers go on offense. Wildcat, and KJ gets only a yard.
Time to assert ourselves.
…..That was a near thing on the false start. Just the slightest flinch.
…..Loudermilk launches a low one, fair caught at the 18.
…..And the punt team comes in!
…..UCF going. Two backs. False start!!!!
…..3rd and 5. Trips right. Milton will change his play. Will run again, fires, Roberts with the hit, and that’s going to be a bit short.
…..2nd and 8 at the UCF 44. Trips right. Empty set, Screen, only a couple more for Killins.
…..Killins up the gut, just two.
…..UCF goes on offense at their 25. Fake, quickout to the slot, caught to Snelson has 15
…..Carlson will boot this one five yards deep, touchback.
…..So, apparently in the Big-12, it is ok to just spear a receiver in the endzone with the crown of the helmet.
…..Carlson is up and good on the PAT, and this one is tied! 13-all.
…..Calls. In bounds!!!! Touchdown, but no targeting.
…..We have 14:05 left in the 3rd quarter.
…..And… did Will Hasting go out of bounds on the route?
……We’re waiting on the review. Meanwhile, Auburn has cut the UCF lead to 13-12, pending the PAT.
…..If the call stands, that’s a huge blow for them.
A lot in those three plays or so really hurt UCF’s mojo.
……Targeting, and that’s their best cover guy, AND punt returner, and kick returner.
….And a flag? Might be targeting in the end zone.
Looks like several of them have changed into what look likes tennis shoes.
…..2nd and 10. Stidham, will fire, HASTINGS! TOUCHDOWN!
…..Auburn did not change shoes, doesn’t look like.
……Tigers with two backs, three wides. Stidham will give to KJ on the delay, noting on the edge.
That’s a start
…..Down to the UCF 26!
…..This boot is down to the Auburn 2. Igbingbinoghene, has room!
……Wright will tee up the football, for the second half kickoff. Igbinoghene and Martin deep.
…..Gus said that they challenged the team to “play some stinkin’ Auburn football!” in the second half.
…..I’m guessing practice shoes are different than gameday, show shoes. Only explanation I can think of that makes sense.
All about the money boys!
All about the money boys!
What I would have given just to sit back and watch a dominating win.
Jonathan, not to mention we had time on the field THIS WEEK.
Shoes! What a gaffe!! We just played on this field… Malzhan getting out coached by a staff that split preparations with their new team.
…..If you had told me that Jarrett Stidham would be 16 of 21 passing for 140 yards, while Milton was just 3 of 17 for 30 yards, I’d have thought a big Auburn lead at the half.
Auburn Band sounded great. That’s really the bright spot so far.
Same guy that picked out our shoes obviously picked out Tim tebow’s suit as well
…..Update on scores. It’s now 19-3 Michigan, and Notre Dame leads LSU 3-0 at the half.
Great! Not only is UCF outplaying us but apparently the have a better equipment staff…
…..We definitely need Jeremiah Dinson back. Someone with the speed to spy that QB, and stop that scrambling.
Defense hasn’t been set, cant call coverages and it cost 3 points.
Can’t believe Malzahn took two timeouts into half while letting his defense get gashed.
…..War Eagle, Zach!
…..The SEC could be 1-6 in Bowl games by the time the playoff starts.
Hi everyone. Been on twitter.
…..Rough day for the SEC. Heck, rough year. South Carolina is losing to Michigan, 16-3 more than halfway through the 3rd quarter. LSU and Notre Dame are scoreless, near the half.
…..The shoes are a big deal, in football. Auburn appears to be wearing cleats, but there is no dirt for those to stab into, and the turf just gives way. UCF appears to basically be wearing track shoes, and not cleats. They have a serious advantage, planting and cutting.
We should be able to beat a team this overmatched wearing rain boots. I wasn’t this pissed off about the LSU game. At least then you knew they were still LSU and had the talent, they just had to wake up. We should be wining every match up on the field, yet it’s like WE are scared.
About what I expected from the first half. UCF is playing with a chip on their shoulder. The second half though I expect Auburn to get their heads on and end it. They don’t have the depth and we’ve already seen their defense looking winded. And yes, for the love of God I hope we have some different shoes somewhere.
…..Gotta change those shoes.
The only good thing about this game so far is ..nothing.
Knights don’t care
…..and he nails it. At the half, UCF leads Auburn, 13-6. Tigers will receive, to start the second half.
…..Wright will attempt a 45 yard field goal.
…..No, timeout UCF.
….7 second left, and Auburn called time?
…..2nd and 10. Empty set. Milton will run, and gets another first down.
…….Clock running again, Milton fires over the middle, incomplete. Clock stops at 13.
…..1st and 10, with 27 seconds left in the half. Fires, caught by smith at the Auburn 40.
……2nd and 10. Milton will run, up to the 45. Picks up 15.
Good thing is UCF stinks just as bad!!!!
…..Trips left for UCF. Milton will throw short and bounces it to Davis.
Did Herb Hand hit the Christmas sauce too hard? I have no explanation for this. SEC West champions OL are getting whipped at the point of attack by a team of 2 stars.
……Here’s Carlson to kick off. Bad plant, but into the end zone by a yard, and Hughes snakes out near the 30.
….The sad thing on that sack was that Will Hastings was uncovered on a quick drag. He had a huge amount of green grass ahead, too.
Good thing we are awesome at halftime adjustments
…..With 45 seconds left in the half, the score is now UCF 10, Auburn 6.
……This boot is up, and GOOD!
….Carlson will attempt this from 46 yards.
He had no time to look, but if he flips that ball to KJ it’s 6 points.
Am I the only one smelling that?? Everyone should check the bottom of their shoes.
…..UCF calls time, with 50 seconds left.
Not picking up the blitz AT. ALL.
…..Held the ball, and that might make the FG attempt difficult. Needed a hot route.
…..Blitz coming. Sacked.
…..3rd and 10 at the UCF 21. Gotta get points, here.
We do have a running back right?
…..Twins each side. Stidham will take, and Overthrows Davis on the square-in.
…..Stops the clock with 1:02 left in the half.
…..Stidham will have it batted, incomplete.
Wow! That wasn’t fault of ours!?!!
…..Ball at the UCF 21 now, new set of downs for Auburn, trailing 10-3.
Frost not doing much arguing. Haha
If they hold up the receiver then, yes, they can call it.
….We have 1:06 left in the half, and defensive holding it is! First down!
…..I’m not sure they can call that, with the play behind the line of scrimmage.
…..2nd and 10, with 1:12 left in the half. Double stacks. Fakes, screen to Stove, and a flag.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Goes deep, contacted, and out of bounds. Good coverage, there.
Need at least 3 here. Can’t come away with nothing again.
……Here we go. Double bunch to either side. Fires, Davis wide open, down to the UCF 31!
Lord knows we don’t want UCF to get the ball back before the half.
……Tigers will have 3rd and 4 at midfield.
Stidham does see the clock, right? How long does it take to line up and run the same play to a different side over and over?
…..Auburn has wasted over 4 minutes, being slow to get the snap off, this drive.
…..Timeout, called by Auburn, with 1:32 left in the half.
……2nd and 4. Here’s another play change. Screen to Davis, tripped for nothing.
The only way to get OL going is to feed, feed, feed KJ
……1st and 10 Tigers. KJ up the gut to midfield.
……Auburn using a lot of time, this drive. Twins each side again. Cox back in, Screen to Davis, out across the 40, a blitz-beating throw!
……New set of downs at the 29. Here is a quick screen, Davis is out to the 36.
Feed it to KJ!!!!!
……Give KJ, will power close to the stake, should have it!
……Tigers with two backs. Cox in mostion. Rolls left, fires to Davis, down at the 24.
…..Stands as called! First down Auburn, at their 18.
We need to review the entire Auburn bowl prep.!
…..Of course, the yellow line on the TV is not official.
….On replay, that ball did go into the yellow zone.
Eeesh please don’t review.
…..Reviewing. Oh, well.
No better since SECCG
…..Will be close, got a generous spot.
……3rd and short. WIldcat, KJ slips, and does not make it.
….Auburn shuffling on the line. Braden Smith was at right tackle, that series.
Stidham telling all the players to keep their composure. Lol. Uh………
Yeah, from what I’ve seen you can blame about 1/10 th of this pathetic effort on the shoes.
……2nd and 3. KJ on the give, and nothing.
……Tigers will start at the 8. Backs against the wall. Here is an empty set? Stidham fires to Cox to the 16.
Change the shoes to yellow since that seems to be our color today with all the flags
….Auburn flagged for holding on the punt return.
…..In comes Loudermilk to punt. Roberts will fair catch at the 16.
Auburn crowd finally starting to make some noise
Dodged death bullet.
…..Whew, missed a wide open man.
…..3rd and 8 UCF. Milton will take and he’s going deep on the post, overthrown.
….2nd and 8. Fake, and Milton is rolling, fires deep, batted out by Roberts!
…..1st and 10 Knights. Give Anderson, only a couple.
Pathetic. Gus better do something quick to reverse the emotions of this game or he will face a media crucifixion after his smiling payday. And AU is left looking like chumps. Again.
…..Stidham has thrown 12 balls, and has been sacked 4 times in just a quarter and a half. Those are Clemson-like numbers. We HAVE to get those shoes swapped out!
……A bit better punt by Marshall, this time.
……No, they set up the return, and Hughes fair catches at midfield.
Sloppy. Malzhan cementing the inability to not win anything of significance away from Auburn, AL.
….Rush coming, I think.
……Marshall will punt out of his own end zone, and the officials are holding things up.
…..Unnecessary roughness on Cox, late hit. Half the distance, and still 4th down.
3rd and 28 – let’s run it up the middle
….Cox is fighting, and might get ejected.
….3rd and 28. Draw to KJ, and yet another flag.
Missed block / sorry playing
……James that time, let the end just go, inside.
…..Shotgun for Stidham. Fake, and he has no time. Sacked.
….Tigers will face 2nd and 17 as Hill is up and walking off.
….Trysten Hill, having his right knee looked at.
…..And we have an injury stoppage for UCF.
…..Holding on Dunn, in the middle.
…..2nd and 7. KJ again, will push to the 34, but a flag.
…..New set of downs. Here’s KJ over the right, powers to the 30.
…..2nd and 8. Slant, Myers, rumbles to the 27!
…..Tigers with two backs at the ten. Here’s a give to KJ, and not much.
…..Footing. No one tackled Igbinoghene. And a block in the back call, too.
……Wright kicks it to the seven, Igbinoghene to the 25, and a flag.
Obviously Acid took more trouble to prepare for this game than Auburn. Chip and Gus, what the heck over?
…..I keep watching the footwork. UCF has a huge traction advantage in this one.
We should be dominating both lines of scrimmage. Dominating. Instead we are getting pushed around and leaving this very one sided crowd in it.
…..Had a missed tackle in the backfield on that scoring run. Auburn just has to get back to better fundamentals. Hold onto the ball, hold onto the opponents. Wrap up, and bring them down!
…..Here’s the PAT by Wright, and with 8:51 left in the half, UCF leads Auburn, 10-3.
……Here is a checkdown. Milton will fake, and breaking tackles, and will sore easily.
……At the Auburn 21. UCF with a great opportunity. Milton up the gut, will crash to the 18.
….That was a mixup in the backfield, and Stidham never got control of the ball back.
……2nd and 4. Two backs. Fake, Stidham fumbles and UCF scoops it up, and finally pushed out at the 19 of Auburn. Ouch.
….KJ on the give, got about 6.
….Correction, the 50
…..2nd and 6. Wildcat. Give to Stove, will break tackles! Stove up to the 40!
…….First down Tigers. Here’s a screen to Barrett, will fall at the 32.
…..First kickoff for Wright. Igbinoghene will take it at the five, bounces out to the 28.
…..Evidently, Auburn nickelback Jeremiah Dinson is out of the game, and Jordyn Peeters is playing there, now.
….With 11:11 left in the half, UCF and Auburn are tied, 3-3.
……Wright in for a 33 yard attempt. It is good, down the middle.
…..In comes the field goal unit.
…..Brings up 3rd and 12. Trips right. Changing the play. Milton will fake, and he’s flushed, throws it away again!
…..2nd and 10. Trips left, give and Anderson won’t get back to the line!
Fake, will heave it out of bounds.
….To the Auburn 14.
…..Trips left, keeper, and will get a ton of yards.
…..UCF has a crucial 3rd down play ahead. They have managed just 41 yards on the day.
…..I say UCF was lucky not to get called for grounding. Milton deliberately just threw that ball to the ground.
….Some boo-birds on that no-call, but they can just live with it. They play faked to Killins, and then it’s perfectly legal to tackle him.
….3rd and 10. And UCF calls time.
…..No foul. Wow.
……That HAS to grounding, right?
……2nd and 10. Milton will fake. Throws it into the ground, flag?
…..1st and 10, UCF on the move. Fake, will fire over everybody.
……2nd and 4. Fake, will fire right, to the 38 to Nelson.
…..New set of downs at the UCF 48. Give Killins, will cut back to the Auburn 45.
…..Brings up 3rd and 7. Milton will take off, has an easy first down.
…..3rd and 2, and they jump!
…..2nd and 5. Killins up the gut, maybe two.
…..1st and 10 UCF, will give to Killins, breaks a tackle, to the 42.
…..LSU and Notre Dame are scoreless, midway through the first quarter in the Citrus.
That was a long one on any surface but when you can’t plant the foot…. well.
…..South Carolina has finally managed a field goal, and trails Michigan 6-3, with about 5 minutes left in the half at the Outback.
…..Needed a lot of leg for that one, didn’t get it.
…..Shoes. He could not plant authoritatively.
…..Here is Carlson, up and missed just right.
…..Carlson comes in, and this will be a 53 yard attempt.
…..3rd and 24. Empty set, KJ back in. Stidham screen to Davis, nowhere near the first.
Hoping they brought other shoes and can change at halftime. If not, then yes, there is an issue.
Well, no excuse there. They didn’t change the turf since the the UGA game. Better figure it out because our next game will be played on the same surface too.
…..Auburn offensive line is on skates, thus far. Meanwhile, UCF and dig in and just push them back.
…..I’m going to be seriously hacked off, if Auburn loses this game because we have an equipment supplier who doesn’t know what to use on artificial turf.
….End of the first, with Auburn leading UCF 3-0.
…..No one can get footing, not blockers, not quarterbacks, nor backs.
Seriously, how is our OL getting pushed around by a bad AAC defense?
…These Under Armor shoes are terrible.
…..2nd and 14. Under center, fake, more slipping, and a sack.
….At the UCF 26, new set of downs. Here’s KJ, hit in the backfield, and down he goes.
….McClain scoops it out! First down!
…..Brings up 3rd and 9. Stidham takes, and has time, Fires low…
Line is looking like they have regressed back to Clemson…
……2nd and 11. Pressure, will run, Golson lit up again on the speed rush.
…..More shoe problems.
…..1st and 10. Keeper, and loses yardage.
…..3rd and 17. Twins either side. Time. Fires, caught by Slayton, has the first! To the UCF 37!
…..Golson playing left tackle, and has had a tough game, thus far.
That a way to up your draft stock.
…..3rd and 12. In the gun. And Golson jumps eaerly.
…..An unassisted sack.
….2nd and 7. Bunch set, under center. Fake, will just fall down, untouched.
Looks like Tigers have the attendance advantage but UCF making way more noise.
…..New set of downs. KJ over the left, to the 49.
……Give KJ, breaks loose! He’s up to the 46!
No way KJ is 100% as he said and been this little of the early game plan.
…..3rd and a yard. Huddle, under center. GIVE KJ, bounces outside, and will get to the 32!
……2nd and 6. Stidham will roll left, and fires to Slayton on the sideline for 5.
….Give to Martin, will slice out to the 23.
…..Tigers have Kam Martin in the game.
Man, this painful to watch so far
….UCF has 3 rushing yards so far, Auburn has just 4.
….Milton is just 1 of 7 passing, and lost a snap.
…..Auburn defense is making some plays, thus far.
….That is a 56 yard net, on that punt.
…..All the way back to the 19.
…..Loudermilk will boom it, Roberts drops it, got it back, and will lose a bunch of yardage.
……In comes the punt team for UCF.
UCF QB is scared of the rush speed.
…..3rd and 5. Empty again. fires right, and ripped out by Dinson!
…..2nd and 5. Empty set. Milton will fire over the slot receiver, who was wide open.
…..1st and 10 UCF. Twins either side. Quick hitch, and out of bounds at the 25.
…..Well below his average of 34 yards on the season.
…..Here’s Carlson to kick off. Short to the 3. Hughes on the cutback, and pounded down at the 20.
…..Looks like some chilly parade goers!
…..What was good that series is that the fumbled snap flipped field position, and Auburn got points out of it, to boot.
…..Interesting play call on third and 4. An extra blocker all year, Auburn tried to sneak Tucker Brown out to the corner, for a throwback pass. Didn’t work. He was double covered, and there was no room to run, either.
….From 25 yard, it is up and good! With 7:01 left in the first quarter, Auburn takes a 3-0 lead.
….In comes Carlson for a chip shot.
…..No one open.
Wow, I did not expect to see much out of UCFs defense, but they are playing very sound so far.
…..Huddle, under center. Motion. Fake, rolling, and throws it away.
…..Brings up 3rd and 4. No turnover, please?
…..2nd and 7 at the 11 of UCF. Give on the sweep, Stove, will crash down to the 8.
…..New set of downs. Stidham will give to KJ, breaking tacckles, got about 3.
…..2nd and 7. Four wides. To throw. Flushed, will fire to Slayton, close to the stake on the reach!
…..First and ten, KJ up the gut for three.
….Nate Craig Myers, to the 25!
……3rd and 10. Man coverage. Running around. Will fire, CAUGHT!
…..Tigers had 3 blockers out there, and blocked no one.
…..2nd and 8. Screen, losing yardage on the quick screen to Davis.
……1st and 10 Tigers. KJ on the give, not much.
…..AUubrn HAS IT at midfield!
…..2nd and 10 UCF. Here’s Milton dropping the snap!
…..Make it the 40. Screen, and Anderson dropped it.
…..New set of downs at the Auburn 39.
…..3rd and 4 for UCF. Wholesale substitution. Empty set. Flushed, and got the first down, barely. Lost the edge.
…..Trips into the boundary. Checking off on 2nd and 6. Give Killins, only a couple, met hard!
…..Milton awaits in the gun for UCF. Give to killins, got about 5.
Looking rusty and not prepared
…..End of the first in the Outback. Michigan leads South Carolina 6-0.
Was thinking the same thing, Acid.
…..35 yards. Auburn did not give Kerryon the ball even once. That’s a bad sign.
….Aiden Marshall in to punt. Hughes deep. Low punt, only up to midfield.
That looked super rusty…
……2 wides each side, Will throw a tunnel screen, bad throw.
…..3rd and very long.
I mean, all things considered, yes I can believe AU fans lack of attendance and I understand. Just got back from ATL and not being in the playoffs being a disappointment.
….2nd and 17. Screen to Stove, not much.
…..Delayed blitz, no one picked it up.
….Tigers with a power set. Fake, will be sacked.
…..53 yards, probably half on the roll.
…..This time, Loudermilk will punt it, and Roberts lets it hit, rolls to the 22.
……The line of scrimmage will be the UCF 25.
Can’t belive how poorly AU is represented in the stands. Need to take this crowd out of it.
…..They will get Auburn for running into the kicker, and will they re-kick? Looks like it.
…..Backed up to the 20, now. Loudermilk is at the five. The punt is out of there, barely, Roberts, will slide right, up to the 43, and a flag.
Big first stop for momentum.
…..Loudermilk will line up for the punt, and false start!
….Jamel Dean with the swat-down, UCF will have to punt.
…..3rd and 10, possession play. Motion across. Time. BaTTED AWAY!
…..2nd and 10. Empty set. Changing the play. Auburn showing press, will fire on an out, and dropped again!
…..UCF opens in the gun. Fake, screen, dropped.
…..UCF will start at the 25.
…..Daniel Carlson will take a run on it, and booms it deep. 8 yards deep, touchback.
…..Ane we are about ready to go.
…..Tigers will have to watch this one. UCF is dangerous on kick returns. Here’s hoping for another Carlson touchback.
…..And UCF has won the toss, and will receive.
…..Getting ready for the coin toss.
…..Here come the Tigers!
…..Meechigan converts the muffed punt for a field goal, and leads South Carolina 3-0 in the first quarter of the Outback Bowl.
…..A brief shot of the inside of the stadium, in Atlanta. Looks like 70 percent UCF fans in the stands.
…..Looks like things are running a little late, in Atlanta. The 12:30 PM supposed kickoff time has come and gone.
…..Messy game in Tampa, and still scoreless midway through the first quarter. USCe just muffed a punt, and gave the Wolverines the ball on the wrong side of the field.
…..Looks like in warmups, Auburn will go with Javaris Davis at boundary corner, and Jamel Dean on the field side.
…..A Muschamp blitz already has a shaky Wolverine on the ground on a 3rd down sack. Meechigan will have to punt.
…..And a day of bowls is underway! South Carolina and Michigan have kicked off, in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.
UCF crowd loud already
…..As noted yesterday in various outlets, starting Auburn cornerback, All-SEC junior Carlton Davis will not play, today, due to illness.
…..We will get a chance today, to see how the Big-12 officiates things. The refs for this Peach Bowl are from the Big-12.
We talked about that but, of course, no real info was shared
…..President Leath has some big decisions ahead, most notably who will replace Jay Jacobs as the athletic director.
Was able to have a few words with President Leath – seems like a nice enough fellow.
…..And we are live! Thanks so much for the live pictures from Mercedes Benz Stadium, ATL_AU_FAN. I’m going to try to add them to this post below, in the comments…
Yes, it was definitely a Falcon yesterday and has now transformed into an Eagle… Where is the fun in not being able to pretend? We will be at the game so probably cannot comment very much. Hoping to hook up with AUT, wpleagle, and mvhcpa prior to the game. Let’s hope the Tigers show up!! WAR EAGLE!!
About Acid Reign:.....Still making noise after all these years! Lifetime slacker, dreamer, and miscreant with a knack for calculation. I was born in the United State of Texas, but have spent the majority of my years here amongst the shaded hills of the Tragic City, enjoying glorious smog-enhanced sunsets. In a troubled county, I live in a little slice of paradise between the ridges of Red and Shades Mountains. I've been an obsessive Auburn football follower since the Punt-Bama-Punt days, and have seen a lot of great football on the Plains. This lazy shirker finally learned the value of hard work and persistence from the fine folks in Auburn, and enjoys his return visits immensely! Hobbies include guitar-playing (or really just making loud and weird noise on any sort of instrument or object), cooking, computers, tennis, and old-school pen and paper RPGs. I love getting together with a good drink, great family, and friends..... (Acid Reign is Track ’Em Tigers’ Senior Editor). View Profile →
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