Extinguish the Flames! (Auburn vs. Liberty Open Thread)
First ever meeting with the Liberty Flames
(Jerome Miron—USA TODAY Sports)
War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2018 home finale for the Auburn Tigers. Making a trek down I-85 to play the Tigers this afternoon are the Liberty Flames. For Auburn, this is hopefully a rest on the schedule, and the team can treat this like a glorified practice. For the Flames, this is a big payday and a chance to show off on national TV.
This game is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM, Central Time. It will be televised by the SEC Network, possibly on the SEC Alternate channel. Failing that, it will be on ESPN+ for those with a decent streaming option.
The weather should be great. It is expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-60’s F around kickoff. Temps will fall into the 50’s after sunset. There should be a waxing gibbous moon high above Jordan-Hare Stadium for this one. We will have our usual Trackemtigers.com Open Thread up and running for this one, and I’ll do my usual play by play.
As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard, armed with a warm mug of coffee, and hopefully a delectable sandwich! War Eagle! And, beat the Flames!
…..Liberty’s plan was quick slant patterns. Then Auburn dropped Darrell Williams into the lanes, and he got a quick pick-six.
The defense could not have performed better. Seemed like Liberty had a good game plan for the first drive, but that was all they had.
…..Iron Bowl is next Saturday, at 2:30 PM on CBS.
…..Tigers go to 7-4 on the season.
…..Clock running, and this one is history. Auburn beats Liberty, 53-0.
…..Siposs boots it, fair caught at the six. Liberty should be able to run the clock out, on this game. 59 seconds remain.
1:07 left in the game, Auburn leads 53-0.
…..4th and 8.
…..James Owen Moss on the sweep, to midfield.
…..Dropped the snap, and Adams has to fall on it.
….4:11 left in this one. Tolbert will slash for the first down to the Auburn 47.
…..Devin Adams in at quarterback, handing to Tolbert, as Auburn tries to run clock.
….Checking on the SEC, Missouri mangles Tennessee, 50-17. Georgia is leading UMass late, 66-27.
…..Ball goes over, with 8:16 left in the ball game. Auburn still leads, 53-0.
…..Willis will give to Asa Martin, down at the 8, short.
…..Auburn is going?
…..3rd and 5. Draw to Martin, only a yard.
…..Asa Martin carrying, 2nd and 7 at the 11. To the nine.
If Stidahm isn’t coming back Malik needs to start next week!
….The third quarter ends. Auburn leads Liberty, 53-0.
……Boyd for 2 yards.
….Ouch. Kickoff goes out of bounds… Best starting field position of the day, for Liberty.
Took along time for us to see their offensive dances.
That was great!
…..Shannon boots the PAT, and Auburn leads Liberty 53-0, with 13 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
…..1st and 10 in the red zone. Willis will keep, and he;ll take it in!
Haha, Tolbert. Good to see him get in the game.
….Tolbert sweeps left, will cut down to the 16!
…..First down, they say. At the 36 of Liberty.
…..2nd and 3. Auburn emptying the bench. Give CJ Tolbert, close to the stake.
….Malik Willis out at quarterback again. Will throw to Griffin King, for 7.
really don’t like to see a serious injury, especially in a 46-0 game.
Alabama -20? 50 total?
What is the line going to be next week?
…..We have a delay for an injury. Downs, for Liberty. And the cart is coming out.
According to ESPN Liberty has 81 total yards…
…..The Auburn D completes another 3 and out, on a deflection by McClain!
….Pass incomplete, upon review.
…..Ball hit the ground, I think.
….Quickly 3rd and 9. Willis will throw deep, Schwartz is down to the 7!
…..A gift. I think Monday partially trapped that ball.
so liberty is 6-23 passing, with 5 first downs total. and i think 3 of those 5 first downs came on the first drive of the ball game.
….Smoke Monday with a low interception, at the 45 of Liberty!
…..Ian Shannon hits the extra point, and with 5:46 left in the 3rd, Auburn leads Liberty, 46-0.
….Draw play Shivers, and he’s going 25 yards for the score!
…..Auburn has it back again, and is driving with Schwartz and Shivers getting carries.
Why Ian Shannon when Carlson is finally finding a groove?
…..From 36, actually. Ian Shannon misses, and the score remains 39-0.
….4th and 3, and Auburn will send in the field goal team from 26.
…..3rd and 5 Auburn, at the Liberty 20. Fake, Stidham will run, only got 2 to the 18, after a nice drive.
…..2nd and 11. Calvert rolling, tosses, knocked away by Monday on the hit.
…..Mixup in the backfield, and Calvert has to fall on it for a yard loss.
….Carlson with the touchback on the kickoff.
….Carlson is up and good, and with 13:19 left in the 3rd, Auburn leads Liberty, 39-0.
…..Auburn marches it down, bomb to Seth Williams, diving catch, touchdown!
Pearls Pine Tigers have given me more satisfaction in the two games I’ve watched than the whole football season. Maui Invitational….is my Super Bowl!
Pearls Pine Tigers have given me more satisfaction in the two game I’ve watched than the whole football season. Maui Invitational….is my Super Bowl!
Checking the SEC Scoreboard… Missouri leads Tennessee, 26-17, in the 3rd. Georgia is up 42-13 over UMass at the half.
…..Offense is definitely not fixed. Fortunately, Liberty apparently can’t cover the post/corner combo.
According to 247 sports, 11th in the country and i think 5th in the SEC.
What’s the recruiting looking like?
Liberty is averaging giving up around 500 YPG. We should be doing whatever we want to. Still very shaky even though the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it.
…..Liberty runs clock, and Auburn saves the timeout. It’s halftime, with Auburn leading Liberty, 32-0.
284 yards of offense in the half, but doesn’t feel like a dominant offense. I guess because that is only the second offensive TD to show for all those yards.
….Carlson is up and good, and with 1:03 left in the half, Auburn leads Liberty, 32-0.
Best pass all year
….Stidham will throw to Cannella in the end zone, GOT IT!
…..New set of downs for the Tigers, at the 22.
….1:19 left, reverse to Schwartz, down to the 25.
Let’s jam in a free TD just before half!
….Lost the ball, and Auburn recovers!
…..2nd and 10. 1:25 left in the half. Calvert to throw, buried! Big KAT!
…..Calvert will step up, goes down the boundary, Coleman can’t get it.
…..3rd and 8. Calvert to throw, fires up to the stake, Barrett is up to the 40, first down.
…..Clock inside 2 minutes.
…..Clock running. Calvert will give to Hickson, for just 2.
First half of year to second looks like night and day on sp.
…..Give Hickson, no gain.
…..Auburn has smothered those returnable balls much of this season. A fair catch was the smart play,
…..Espinosa deep. Carlson boots it to the 4, fair caught. ’bout time someone figured that out.
One thing that we can say this year, is that the special teams compared to last year is like night and day. Whatever coaching changes was made in the offseason, worked. Larry Porter in charge of special teams seems to have done the trick.
Even when the blocking looks good/ offense looks soft.
Raining 3 balls like we’re in Auburn Arena.
Fg kicking looks improved! Need that moving forward
Wow, Carlson really is striving for that coveted A+ grade from Acid.
….He boots it thru! With 3:04 left in the half, Auburn leads, 25-0.
…..4th and long. Carlson will attempt a field goal from 49.
…..Make it 3rd and 9. Stidham will be sacked, held it too long.
…..Brings up 3rd and 4. Whistles, and a false start, Horton.
…..2nd and 6. Whitlow, bulling to the 19.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Stidham will fire to Schwartz at the 21, and down.
….Wildcat, Whitlow, and will fight down to the 25!
…..Tigers going for it. 4th and one.
…..3rd and 3. Give Whitlow, will not get there, blown dead. Ball came out, but after the whistle.
That’s on qb
…..2nd and 3. Stidham pressured, and has to throw it away.
Sammie hit the deep all the time! No one this year has caught the deep bomb with any consistency!
….New set of downs. Here’s a screen to Davis, will go to the 37.
….2nd and 6 Tigers. Stidham will toss it to Williams, to the Liberty 44!
….Give Martin, up to the 42.
….Martin has 108 rushing yards on the day.
Slayton this year is looking more and more like Sammie Coates.
…..3rd and 2 Tigers. Give Kam Martin, will get it up to the 40.
That’s on qb
…..2nd and 2. Stidham will go deep, missed Slayton, overthrown.
….Give Martin, out to the 34 on first down.
…..Out to the Auburn 26 is Martin, and a new set of downs.
….Seth Williams. Where will they spot this?
….Down to the Liberty 20, but yellow laundry on the field. Holding…
….Whitlow slashes for 8, and loose on 2nd down!
….Alvis boots it away, and fair caught by Davis at the Auburn 14.
…..Calvert will dump it into the ground, incomplete.
…..3rd and 9 at the Auburn 44.
…..2nd and 9, and another overhthrown ball.
…..Give Hickson, swarmed down.
…..Just when you thought we had them shut down.
…..2nd and 10 Flames. Pistol. Give to Hickson, has a hole, and he’s loose for about 30.
…..Calvert overthrows the house on a deep ball.
…..I’ve seen Whitlow carry a couple of times, and he did NOT look gimped! Heh.
Is Whitlow still gimped? Just wondering why we are seeing Kam get the majority of the carries today.
…..Carlson is up and good, and Auburn leads, 22-0, with 11:01 left in the half.
…..Fake to Whitlow, Stidham will stroll into the end zone!
…..Call stands, 4th and goal.
…..Tigers call their second timeout, hoping for a review, I suppose.
…..I thought the ball was stuck over the goal line.
…..2nd and goal, Martin is stopped short.
….Martin on the give, inside the one!
….1st and 10 at the 30. Martin will gash, cutting back to the ten!
…..2nd and 6 Tigers. Give Martin, to the 30, and another first down.
….My apologies for the spottiness of this thread. I’m operating remotely with distractions.
….Auburn calls timeout, at the Liberty 39, 2nd and 6. We have 13:09 left in the half, with Auburn leading, 15-0.
….Alvis in to punt. Davis has the ball hit him, and bounces out at the 30.
….3rd and 9. Calvert will change the play, batted down! Derrick Brown!
…..2nd and 9 Flames. Calvert will throw it away under pressure.
…..It’s the end of the first quarter, with Auburn leading Liberty, 15-0.
….Kicked off to the one, dumped at the 18, is Espinosa.
….Field goal is good, and Auburn leads, 15-0, with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
…..In comes Anders Carlson. From 23.
….Malik Willis in. 3rd and goal, lost yardage to the seven.
…..2nd and 2. Wildcat. Whitlow keeps, running over people to the ten!
….Give Martin, to the 22.
…..Screen Ryan Davis, down to the 27, and a flag.
….2nd and 5. Fake, fires to Williams, at the 30 on the post!
….Give Martin, will fall to the Flame 49, for about 5.
…..Screen Davis, darts out for another first down!
…..Give Kam Martin, breaking tackles, out to the 35!
…..And another Auburn dropped ball on the out route, Slayton.
….That will move the ball back to the 20.
…..Holding on Igbinoghene.
…..In comes Alvis, gets it off, Ryan Davis takes it at the 30, gets about 7, and a flag.
…..Slant pass, Igbinoghene knocks it away!
…..Missed a couple of plays. Liberty is 3rd and 6 at the 24, and calls their second timeout. With 4:32 left in the first quarter, Auburn leads Liberty 12-0.
AU offense struggling against a terrible defense. Glad we are manufacturing points in other ways like Ark game, but I doubt we can count on that next week.
…..Siposs will hit it down to the 3, bounces into the end zone, touchback.
…..In comes Siposs, to punt.
…..Bad snap, kills the drive.
….2nd and 8. Fires to Davis, across the 40, close to the stake.
This has the makings of a really fun game.
….Fake to Kam, Stidham keeps, got a couple.
……Cox takes the kickoff, all the way up to the 47!
….I saw that. I usually have the scoreboard page running!
so did you get that? just in case you didn’t know, it was a SAFETY
here is what ESPN says:
Aidan Alves punt blocked by Jordyn Peters for a SAFETY blocked by Jordyn Peters for a SAFETY for a SAFETY
Offensive, defensive, and special teams scores all within a minute per Rod Bramlet. Pretty cool.
…..Auburn leads, 12-0, with 6:45 left in the first quarter!
Peters got a block earlier this year, didnt he?
Stidham married money… he’s gone!
Defense may score more than offense this game.
…..That’s an Auburn safety!
…..In comes Alvis to punt, BLOCKED! and it goes out of the end zone! Peters!!!!
….3rd and 8, possession play. Calvert under duress, thrown into traffic, incomplete!
…..2nd and 8. Calvert will toss one over the middle, batted away by Dean!
Huh. The guys of 247 are the ones who seem convinced that Stidham will enter the draft. They had a pretty good podcast this week. Something about how the 2020 QB draft will be loaded, so Stidham has to leave because of lesser competition.
…..1st and 10 Flames. Give Hickson, only got a couple.
…..Carlson will kick off for a third time this afternoon. And true to form, this one is gone for a touchback!
…..Carlson is up and good on the PAT, and with 7:29 left in the first quarter, Auburn leads LIberty, 10-0!
…..That’s how you stop the slant pass! Drop a linebacker in there…
….2nd and 10. Fires, PICK SIX!!!!! Darrell Williams!
AL.com posted an article this week saying he has no choice but to stay and try to build his resume back up.
So far, Acid’s kicking grade for Carlson is an A+ for tomorrow’s write-up.
….Empty set. Slant, BANG, Farrow is popped, and incomplete!
…..Carlson will kickoff, and through, and out of the end zone.
Seems that the consensus is building that Stidham has no choice but to enter the NFL draft this year. Maybe he will, but I just don’t see it. He doesn’t look like NFL material this year. His draft stock likely dropped dramatically this year. I’m kind of hoping that he does leave, unfortunately.
Acid tells me what’s going to happen, then I hear Rod and Stan describe it, then I watch it. Haha
“Sweet 3 pointer”, Bruce Pearl.
ESPN app and iHeart radio app are both delayed.
…..Checking the SEC scoreboard…Mizzou is up over Tennessee 6-0, end of the first quarter. Georgia leads UMass early, 7-0.
I forgot that when I watch on the ESPN app, I’m way behind.
…..Carlson nails it! With 7:40 left in the first quarter, Auburn leads, 3-0!
….Anders Carlson comes in, to try from 53 yards.
…..3rd and 7. And Stidham throws another away, trying a screen on long yardage.
….2nd and 7 from the 35. Stidham has time, and throws it away.
….Screen Cox, got 2, to the 36 of Liberty.
….Stidham throws the deep corner, Williams has it!
SBNation makes a very strong case that Turner Gill would have failed and that Chizik was a better hire.
….Give Kam Martin, busts through for 12!
Yes, Chuck was very much a Gill fan. Hated how much he turned it into a race issue. Whether that had anything to do with the hire or not, it made AU look bad because Barkley wouldnt shut up.
…..Ohio State survives in OT, beating Maryland 52-51.
…..Barkley was incensed, 10 years ago, at the Chizik hire. Thought Gill was a better choice.
I think Charles Barkley wanted Gill on the planes?
…..On 4th down, they will go. Calvert fires to Pickett, short by a yard!
….Here’s Calvert, will float one up, and way out of bounds. Auburn gets the stop!
….Give Pickett, to the Auburn 36.
…..2nd and 8, Calvert fires to Farrow, got another first down.
…..Pickett on the give from the Liberty 47, nothing doing.
…..Calvert fires to Stubbs, on the slant, got another first down.
Turner Gill….wasn’t he a coaching possibility in 2008 when we got Chiz?
…..2nd and 10. Give again, Hickson gets 5.
….1st and 10 Flames. Here’s Hickson, got nothing.
…..3rd and 4, possession play for Liberty. Checking off. Calvert will step up, fires to the stake, and Golden has it in traffic, first down at the 36.
….Give Hickson, got a couple.
…..Rolling out, Calvert will fire a short one, to the flat, only 4 yards.
…..Backs it up to the 20? No, Liberty apparently got a timeout called.
….Liberty gets a delay of game, on the first play.
…..It’s on! Carlson boots yet another touchback.
That means Saban will be on the warpath all week in practice and UA will come out in the IB with their hair on fire.
…..Auburn Tiger notes… Big Kat Bryant will start in place on Nick Coe at buck-end. Coe is suffering from an injured wrist, and is questionable for the Iron Bowl. Coe will miss this game, today.
The Citadel moving the ball wasn’t surprising. Triple op is hard to handle for anyone. What was surprising is they were stopping UA on defense. Stopping their run and getting pressure on Tua pretty consistently.
…..The Buckeye/Terrapin game has gone to overtime, tied at 45.
…..I saw snippets of that game. The Citadel basically played Alabama toe-to-toe for a half.
Who thinks AU doesn’t match Citadels offensive numbers against UA next week?
…..Early SEC cupcake games are already in the books.
Florida 63, Idaho 10
MSU 56, Arkansas 6
Alabama 50, The Citadel 17
Kentucky 34, Middle Tennessee 23
…..Nationally, an upset alert in the B1G! Maryland leads Ohio State, 38-31, with about 5 minutes to go in that one.
…..And we are live! Cupcake week is getting off to a bang! Maryland leads Ohio State 7-0, early!
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