Mangle Mercer! (Auburn vs. Mercer Open Thread)
Tigers must take care of business today
War Eagle, everybody! It’s Homecoming in Auburn. Today’s opponent is the Mercer Bears, and both teams are looking for a win. For Auburn, it’s a must-win game if there are to be any postseason hopes. The Bears come in looking for an upset and an Auburn scalp for their trophy case. This game will kick off at 3:00 PM Central Time, and it will be televised on the SEC Network Alternate Channel.
Auburn takes on a team that took a decades-long break from football, and only restarted its program about 5 years ago. Mercer was a middle-of-the pack Southern Conference team last season and is looking to step up in the world and get into postseason play. A win over Auburn would certainly jump-start their season.
It’s going to be hot if you’re planning to attend this game. There will be a mix of clouds and sun for this one with the temperatures in the upper 80’s to near 90 at kickoff time. Soupy air is in place in the southeast today, so it’s possible that there could be a pop-up thundershower during the game. Rain gear may be in order.
As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will not be available for this afternoon’s play by play, thanks to having to work. I should be back in the saddle again next week for the Missouri game. War Eagle, and let’s beat the Bears!
Unacceptable-I hope you Gus Busers are finally realizing the problem.
War Eagle! Have a good weekend, everyone.
Kam Pettway had 128 yards and 3 touchdowns.
All Auburn starters on the bench. About 1 minute left and Auburn will take a knee. Auburn wins, 24-10. Jarrett Stidham was 32/37, for 364 yards.
TD Moultry has a nice TFL. That man has an interesting story. Worth a read.
Auburn backups in on defense. Minutes left in the game, endzone pass from Mercer is batted down by Auburn.
Stidham is 32/37 on the day.
Haha, TD Auburn! Another Pettway run. 24-10 in Auburn’s favor.
Pettway getting frustrated, after 30 carries for 110 yards. Not 100%.
Helmet to helmet, launched at Stephen Roberts.
Mercer player removed from the game for targeting.
Auburn has about 500 yards of offense, holding Mercer to under 200 yards.
Auburn’s D-line staying busy on this Mercer drive. Worth their weight in gold.
17-10, Auburn leads. Auburn has 6 penalties for 65 yards. Mercer, 1 penalty.
Jacksonville St all over again
That foul against Jalen Harris occurred when Auburn was at the 5 yard line, by the way.
Well. I’m afraid this is going to be a long year.
Hope the D is stiff on the next drive – were looking gassed the last time they were on the field
Carlson misses chip-shot, field goal is no good.
Penalty declined, 4’th down, Auburn attempts a 26 yard field goal.
Holding call against Auburn as Stidham runs out at the 9 yard line.
Unsportsmanlike conduct on Jalen Harris, in the red zone.
Announcers mentioning that Pettway seems winded. I understand that. It’s not easy to carry 10 other guys on your shoulders.
Pettway catches another pass for a 1’st down.
Mercer focused on stopping Pettway and making Stidham pass. Their plan is working.
4 out of 5 turnovers have been on our WR’s. Not sure if bringing in Sean White will help that….but if we lose this game…
This AU team is playing absolutely uninspired football right now.
Mercer TD, short pass. Carlton Davis defending. 17-10, Auburn leads.
We HAVE TO think about playing Sean White here
Auburn has 401 yards to Mercer’s 185 yards. And 5 turnovers.
…that’s not good. At all.
5 turnovers and a 10 minute TOP differential. Defense is getting worn down. By Mercer.
And that’s the end of the 3’rd quarter. Still 17-3.
Auburn is sleepwalking through this game
Lots of holding by the Bears line. Letting them play.
Mercer in the red zone, 18 yard line.
Dontavius Russell, roughing the passer. Add 15 yards.
That was just a great play by that DB. He attacked the ball. NCM did not.
Call stands. 5’th Auburn turnover, this one on a pass to Nate Craig-Myers, versus a 5’8″ DB.
Promising Auburn drive ends in an interception.
Purdue leading Mizzou 35-3. Haha, Mizzou could lose every game this year and I wouldn’t bat an eye.
Pettway has come up limping after a few plays in this half. Auburn running him hard…because we have no other choice, apparently.
That SHOULD be the last we see of Pettway.
Auburn TD on a 9 yard Pettway run, 17-3 Auburn leads.
Pettway doing a good job not running into the pile
Pettway comes up limping after a few of these plays. Auburn running him hard. He shouldn’t even be in this game at this point.
Nice Stidham pass to Ryan Davis, caught, and comes loose out of bounds.
Mercer attempts a fake field goal and just barely stopped by Jamel Dean.
Carlton Davis bats away a Mercer pass that would have been caught at the 5 yard line. Nice job.
Haha, I hope you’re right!
Clearly another fumble… Auburn is getting a season’s worth of mistakes out of their system before SEC play. Take that as optimism, take it as sarcasm, however you would like to take it.
Radio announcers mention Gus Malzahn on the sideline….sounds like he’s a little upset. Just a little.
3 turnovers by Auburn WR’s today, 1 by an Auburn RB.
Refs looking for a fumble on the punt return by Ryan Davis…ball’s out. 4’th turnover by Auburn.
Good grief. Auburn runs into Mercer’s punter after they go 3 and out.
The players are obviously not buying into whatever Gus has been selling once they get to the Plains.
And the 2’nd half is underway….
It’s 10-3 but could easily be 28-3. Mercer has only stopped AU a couple of times, mainly it’s been AU stopping AU.
At the risk of sounding like CGM things do look very close. With his mechanics and arm if JS can get out of his own head we could see him torch some folks. If he can’t I think SW is a better option. You cannot operate as an SEC QB with no confidence.
Twitter’s having fun right now. Sad, but too funny not to share:
Auburn fans, I know this looks bad, but remember that Mercer has one of the best defenses in the whole Macon, GA, area.
— Lochamy Brothers (@LochamyBrothers) September 16, 2017
I’m holding out a tiny bit of hope that things will work out. Cam didn’t really gel with his offense until after 3-4 games, in 2010.
I’m tempted to blame CGM for the poor QB job, but if he had not named JS starer I think the “fans” would’ve crucified him.
Well actually the Bears are doing a decent job in the secondary. As sad as that is. Not lock down, but there are players not too badly out of position and I haven’t seen any terribly blown coverages. But again, if you have a KD or a NCM I don’t think you should consider him “covered” with only one man on him. JS seemingly won’t even give them a chance to beat a man. All he’d have to do is let KD jump over a man or bring one down one handed and he’d start to build some trust. KD being out most all offseason has killed any hope of chemistry so far. JS only trusts Ryan Davis and Will Hastings right now. Underneath routes.
Agreed. Clemson switched to quick passes in the 2’nd half, in our last game. Our pressure on their QB dried up after that.
Even if WRs are not open, it’s the QBs responsibility to get the ball out. Pass pro drills are only 4-5 seconds for a reason!
Story of the 1’st half: 3 Auburn turnovers, also giving up 1 sack. Mercer struggling against Auburn’s defense. Auburn only leads 10-3, despite having almost 3X total yards on offense.
I can’t tell from TV, but I assume the Mercer secondary isn’t locking down the routes…am I wrong? Do we have a good sports psychologist working with the team…or an exorcist or something…anything? Such a waste of potential…this could be a very good team.
Purdue boiling Mizzou alive, 28-0. Hilarious!
The most frustrating thing is he throws a beautiful ball. Got zip and very accurate… IF he will just throw it!
HALFTIME, 10-3 Auburn.
That’s unfortunate, AUNation. We’ve seen this movie before…
Stidham is horrible. Let’s give Sean White a try please.
Okay, not horrible. But definitely not effective.
I’m at the game and JS just cannot make a quick decision. He will not throw up a 50/50 ball and give a one on one reciever a chance to battle to save his life. Showing very little confidence in himself or his receivers to make plays right now.
Daniel Carlson makes 29 yard field goal. Auburn leads 10-3.
Offense looking great except Stidham holding ball and everyone else dropping it. Both HUGE problems.
Auburn in the red zone, Stidham sacked.
Stidham to Pettway for 5 yard catch and a 16 yard run. Tack on a personal foul by Mercer.
Stidham is 15-17, 167 yards in the first half.
250 yards vs 92 yards, Auburn’s offense compared to Mercer’s. Still 7-3.
Pettway fumble on a run up the middle. Mercer recovers. Third Auburn turnover today.
Darius James has full movement in all extremities! Thank God!
TOP: Auburn has 10 minutes, and Mercer about 14 minutes.
The score is 7-3, after a short Mercer field goal. About 5 minutes left in the first half.
Stidham pass to Eli Stove, ball comes out and recovered by Mercer.
Listening by radio and watching AL.com live feed…Darius James reportedly immobile while he was carted off the field. No gestures to the fans. Please let him be ok.
Hurricane Gus! Come in as a 5, by the time it got to me ….. probably a 2 at best.
In other news, Purdue dominating Mizzou, 21-0 in the 2’nd quarter. And a TA&M WR flipped off his own fans earlier today, after a scare from UL-Lafayette. We’re not alone.
Darius James down with an injury, being carted off.
Are we playing down to competition?? This is more frustrating than anything.
28 yard punt by Auburn, 2’nd punt of the day, I believe. Kyle Davis stripped of a catch, earlier. Still 7-0.
Auburn leads 7-0 at the end of the 1’st quarter, Pettyway TD.
Gonna have to DVR this one — Friends daughter getting married at the same time as AU kickoff so have to be there. First home game we have missed in almost forever. I honestly cannot remember the last home game in which we were not in attendance.
But, to your point Acid, Auburn needs (has to) take care of business today.
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