Swat the Hornets! (Auburn vs. Alabama State Open Thread)
Another sunset kickoff is at hand
(Photo by Acid Reign)
War Eagle, everybody! Today marks the 2018 home opener for the Auburn Tigers. Making a short trek up I-85 to play the Tigers tonight are the Alabama State Hornets. For Auburn, this is hopefully the least challenging game on the schedule, and the team can treat this like a glorified practice. For the Hornets, this is a big payday and a chance to show off on national TV.
Speaking of showing off, I really hope that the TV people show at least some of the ASU band at halftime. It will be a show to be remembered! This game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 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.
For those attending this game, expect another muggy September evening with highs around 88 at kickoff, going down to about 80 when this one is done. There will be no moon for this night game, but most of a summer-long parade of planets will likely be visible in the night sky over the stadium. Jupiter and Mars will be the stars, with bright Jupiter over the west stands and red Mars over the east after dark.
Some people call these sorts of games boring, but they have been anything but in recent years. In 2015, Jacksonville State took Auburn to overtime before going into a conservative offensive shell while the Tigers escaped. Last season, Mercer forced 5 turnovers and was threatening late to tie the game before Auburn managed a long drive with a clinching touchdown near the end.
As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will be at the keyboard for my usual play by play, armed with a cool evening drink and some delicacies such as lightly steamed oysters and other badness. War Eagle! And, beat the Hornets!
….I should go to bed not, but can’t. Samford is till alive in Tallahassee, leading Florida State, 23-21, with about 3 minutes left in the 3rd.`
…..Outside of the SEC, the league goes 9-2 today, including a big road win against K-State in Manhattan.
…..Arkansas loses, in Ft. Collins, Colorado, 34-27 to Colorado State.
…..I feel great for those Kentucky players. Really loved them knocking off Florida, in the Swamp!
…..Bad news for the SEC, out West. Arkansas hasn’t been able to hold the lead, and Colorado scored with single-seconds left. The Rams lead the Razorbacks 34-27, with only 6 seconds left. Does Chad Morris have a miracle left?
….Ruling, Kentucky scores! Kentucky 27, Florida 16, final! What a historic day for the Wildcats! They haven’t beaten Florida since the probation/Galen Hall days back in 1986. Jerry Claiborne was the KY coach, back then.
….My take is the ball is out, and KY recovered the fumble. Ball was loose before the arm went forward.
…..They will review this, but the best possible outcome for UF is 2nd and 10 at their own 25, down 21-16. It’s looking like Kentucky will get out of Gainesville with a win!
…..Prevent defense. Hit on the rush, ball flutters out, 4 seconds left… Kentucky picks it up, will run to the goal line, and in. Official call, TD KENTUCKY!
…..Hook and ladder time, now. Florida is 75 yards away.
……Thrown out of bounds, with nine seconds left.
….Florida trails 21-16, has no timeouts left, and only 29 seconds. Trips right. Dumped to the back Davis, down at the 25, stops the clock.
….No, the six.
….Muffed at the 15, but UF recovers at the ten!
,,,,,Kentucky can take a delay of game, and run the game clock down to about 37 seconds.Punts…
florida has won 31 in a row vs. kentucky.
…..Snell, nothing. KY will have to punt.
…..3rd and 7, and Florida can’t stop it.
…..Here’s Snell, forward off the snap for about 2 yards.
…..2nd and 9. HIstory possibly in the making, in Gainesville.
…..Wildcat snap for Snell, no gain, and UF takes their final timeout with 1:58 left in that one.
…..Snell reverses field, and has the first down, and a whole lot more! Goes out at the UF 45!
…..Snell doesn’t get it, but it’s 3rd and 1. KY can run it down under 2:30. UF has only one timeout left, trailing 21-16.
…..I’m thinking UF doesn’t have it, this time. Just got flagged for 12 on the field on D. All Kentucky has to do is get a first down.
…..Auburn will end up with gaudy stats in this one, but I’m not sure what we learned. Lots of young players got good snaps against a lesser opponent that played their hearts out. Kudos to Alabama State. They did not play scared, and wow, is their band awesome!
Just like Clemson backed into a typical Clemson win, looks like Kentucky is getting set to lose the Kentucky way….
…..And it is over! Auburn defeats ASU, 63-9!
…..Down to about 42, knee Adams, and they get it spotted quickly. One more snap will be necessary.
…..Victory formation, Devin Adams takes a knee, and we’ll have to snap it one more time, as the clock winds down under a minute.
……Craven to boot it away. Griffin will fair catch at the ASU 47. MUCH better job, this time.
3rd and 5 for ASU. Davis will swing to Cook, will not bring it in. Stops the clock with 1:35 left, 4th and 5.
let’s have a safety like the end of that one game a couple years ago.
…..2nd and 11. Davis takes, gives to Cook, will get out to the nine.
…..ASU takes over at the ASU 5 yard line, with 2:50 left. Give Jackson, lost a yard!
……Clock will wind under 3 minutes. Give to Tolbert, did not make it. Ball goes over.
…..Auburn appears to be going on 4th and 1.
…..3rd and 1. Fakes, Adams will be short at the 4.
…..Tolbert again, gets to the 5, a yard short.
it’s hard to say it’s really running up the score when the #5 RB is scoring touchdowns.
…..At the nine. Adams gives to Tolvert, hammers for 8!
….12 men on the field.
…..And the Auburn offense goes back on. Devin Adams in at QB for the Tigers, and ASU gets flagged.
…..Auburn has it, at the ASU 14!
…..Kickoff to the two, fumble at the 15!
….Some folks would probably call it running the score up. But I like that Gus and Chip are still running the offense in a non-vanilla way, and letting the backups play. This can only pay dividends down the line.
…..ASU is very gassed, at this point. Let’s hope we haven’t caused them to lose the next 3 or 4 games…
…..We’ll have a liner from from Shannon, bangs it off the upright, but good anyway. With 5:10 left in the game, Auburn leads, 63-9!
I like Cord
…..And another… TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN!
…..Sandberg with the give to Malik Miller, will POWER in!
…..1st and 10 Tigers, looking to score again. Here’s a fake, keeper, will go out at the 16!
…..New set of downs. Three wides. Keeper, Sandberg, to the 27!
Clemson dodged a bullet and won their ONE SEC game for the year til playoffs. Now we hear how great they are. Lol. Would love for them to play Texas AM, LSU, ALABAMA, AUBURN in one season and see how “great” they are. Gimme a break.
…..1st and 10. Sandberg’s first pass, screen to Cedric Chambers, to the ASU 43!
…..Auburn takes over at their 38!
…..2nd and 4 ASU. Jumbo left. Motion left. Davis under pressure, will fire deep, and Jamien Sherwood picks it off!
…..Davis swings it out to Cook, got six.
Clemson is doing to A&M exactly what they did to Auburn. And shows exactly why we are so sick of Clemson. Clemson is going to win this game, a game that A&M should have won. Clemson was ahead the whole game, yet squeaked through the victory and the margin was not because of their talent – just every little break went their way.
…..Here is the boot, and touchback once again. for ASU.
…..Texas A&M drives late, but misses on a 2-pointer, late. Clemson 28, TAMU 26.
…..Shivers runs angry. Reminds me a lot of Brad Lester. Not the biggest guy, but hits the hole quick, and runs with attitude!
I like Shivers!
…..The PAT is up and good by Shannon, and with 8:23 left, Auburn leads, 56-9!
…..Sandberg gets the play. Give Shivers, will WALK in!
….First and goal!
…..New set of downs, as Auburn runs clock. Three wides, give Shivers, cuts back, and will finally be pushed out at the TWO!
…..New set of downs. changing the play. Pistol set, Shivers will have a hole, bangs down to the 28!
…..Pistol set for Sandberg. Give to Shivers, will forge for ten!
…..There have been some shockers today, but nothing like what is going on in Tallahassee, tonight! The Samford Bulldogs lead Florida State near the half, 23-14, and appear to be poised to score again. Wow. The Willie Taggert Era starts off with a couple of whimpers. No wonder Jimbo left!
…..Craven in to punt. Tutt deep, short punt, will hit at midfield, to the 46 of Auburn.
…..Davis will throw, too far out of bounds.
…..Leggete picks up a couple, will bring up 3rd and 4.
…..Here’s Davis, giving it for about 4 yards. 4 lost fumbles, for the Tigers, but only one to a guy regularly in the playing rotation.
…..Garbage time continues, with 12:28 left in the ballgame. Auburn leads, 49-9. As I mentioned before the game, that 63-point spread in this game was never in danger.
…..Officials will move the ball back to the 13, but still ASU’s ball.
……Sandberg checks off. Give on the sweep, big gain by Matthew Hill, but had the ball taken away inside the ten, and ASU returns out to the 20. Ugh.
….That’s big Ricky Haley. That will help Auburn, up front.
…..3rd and 3, possession play. And another ASU player comes up gimpy.
…..Brings up 2nd and 3. Shivers will give to Shivers, and nothing doing.
….Out at the 38. Sandberg will will take, and will fake, and keep, to the 31.
…..Give Shivers, and he’s loos, to the 35 of ASU!
….Checking the SEC scoreboard, Texas A&M, hanging tough with Clemson. They trail, 28-20, with about 3 minutes left.
Mizzou 40, Wyoming 10, late.
SHOCKER! Kentucky leads Florida, 21–10, late in the 3rd!
Arkansas 27, Colorado State 17, starting the 4th quarter
LSU 31, USL, 0, final.
…..That ends the 3rd quarter, with Auburn leading, 49-9 over Alabama State.
….No, about 4.
…..Trips in the boundary, Shivers gets 7.
…..Cord Sandberg in at QB!. Auburn emptying the bench.
…..Whitlow and Shivers deep, as ASU kicks off. Pooch kick, and Spencer Night will get about 15 yards, bulling ahead!
…..We can bash on a 3rd team Auburn corner, but that play would have never been made if the Auburn punt return man had not made a disastrous play earlier.
…..PAT is up and good, and Auburn still leads, 49-9, with 37 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
…..Neither Auburn defender turned around, and toast. That was McCreary, again.
……3rd and 24. Trips right. Davis will just chunk it, caught in double coverage, touchdown.
…..Jibunor with the sack, lost 15!
…..2nd and 10. Davis having trouble lining them up. Rolling, will be SAAAACKED, and a BIG loss!
…..Fake, firing on the fade, NOOOO! McCreary on the coverage, and did a great job!
…..Would have been a back breaker, in a closer game.
…..On 4th and 1, Craven in to punt. Griffin King deep, muffed, and ASU recovers at the Auburn 16. Yuck.
….Brings up 3rd and 5. Will Davis be allowed to throw? Trips left. Swing pass, right, short by a yard!
…..2nd and 7. Here’s Davis, gives to Farmer, to the AUburn 49.
…..New set of downs for ASU. Give Farmer, will get maybe 3.
….2nd and 6, give Farmer, and he’s loose to the ASU 46.
……Davis in at QB? And keeps for a decent gain.
…..LOL, at the Granite Rock skillet commercial on the TV. Light skillets, you’ll never get even heat, and they will warp on a gas stove. Yes, I’ve had a few. Make that sticky stir fry in that thing, and you won’t be too sad if it gets ruined, and you have to throw it out.
…..That TD drive was important, in several ways. First, you are looking at almost all backups. And then, Gus was NEVER going to allow a pass play. Auburn got that score on the ground, with guys that didn’t even play much, last year!
…..Ian Shannon will hit the extra point! With 4:52 left in the 3rd, Auburn extends the lead to 49-2!
…..Missed a few plays, but on 3rd and goal, Harold Joiner takes the wildcat snap, bides his time, and walks INNNNN!
…..2nd and 7. Under center. Give to Shivers, will crash inside the ten, to the seven!
…..New set of Auburn downs! Give Joiner, got about 3.
…..Brings up 4th and 3. Wildcat? joiner takes the snap, keeps, he will get HIT, but gets the first down!
…..3rd and 4, possession play. Willis will take, and will keep, doesn’t quite get there.
…..2nd and 5. Give Shivers, nothing there, makes it to the 29.
…..New set of downs, Shivers off tackle right, leeeeans forward for five.
…..Willis still in at QB. Under center, give Shivers, rams for about 12!
……38 yard punt, 31 yard return. Might as well have gone for it! Not a great punt by Craven, finally. Auburn sets up in good field position, with a 42-2 lead, with 8:51 left in the third.
…..Craven to punt, Tutt deep. Tutt takes at the 20, and has room! Up to midfield! Made the first guy miss.
…..Rocker will throw a short dart to Gray, and gets about 10, only half of what he needed.
….3rd and 20, what will they call?
…..Not a dirty hit. Here’s Rocker throwing up the sideline on the wheel, and knocked away by KJ Britt.
…..From the replay, it looked like maybe a shot to the ribs.
…..And that guy isn’t getting up.
…..1st and 20, at the ASU 31. Rocker fires left, and tattooed by Sherwood, ball out, incomplete!
…..ASU flagged, and will lose 10 on a hold.
…..Make that Asa Martin, not Cam Martin, who still has a hold on his job, I would think.
…..Auburn operating mostly with backups, moves to midfield, and then a Kam Martin fumble, unforced. Just dropped it. ASU has it at midfield.
…..Missed a series. Auburn kicked off for a touchback, and lots of subs in on defense, and gave up a couple of 10 yard-plus runs to the boundary. Things stiffened, in the Auburn end, with a Big Kat swat-down, and a 4th down sack by Jordyn Peters, on the nickelback blitz.
Rocked by the AU D
I wish TAMU would beat Clemson.
Will KY finally beat the gators?
Samford leads FSU at end of 1Q
…..Auburn was backed up to the 4, and ran that fake-the-give, fake-the-speed-sweep, then throw play, right on the Auburn goal line with Willis. AND, left an unblocked weakside linebacker that Willis was likely supposed to read. Willis never had a chance. He made the two fakes, and then spun right into the face of an unblocked rusher.
…..Malik Willis was in on the safety. I’m not sure it wasn’t really a bad play call.
…..JaTarvious Whitlow leads all rushers with 122 yards on 14 carries, but has a lost fumble in the game. Freshman Anthony Schwartz has 2 Auburn touchdowns, the first on a double move 57 yard bomb, and the second on a 23 yard speed sweep.
Ok – I had to step away – which QB allowed a safety?
…..Auburn has 335 offensive yards in the first half, to just 103 for ASU. The majority of ASU’s yard have come against the Auburn secondary, but Daniel Thomas has been a menace, with a pick six and a second interception on a quick screen wide.
…..Halftime stats are brutal. ASU has just 4 rushing yards, and 8 penalties for 62 yards. The bright spot has been punter Anthony Craven, who is averaging 49.8 yards per punt on 8 punts, for ASU.
…..What’s cool to me is that we were told that there was no way we’d see Will Hastings or Eli Stove before November, this year. Both got in the game, in the first half.
…..Whitlow is less polished than KJ, but he’s got that mentality that the first guy there isn’t going to get him down. Love that!
…..At the half, Auburn leads Alabama State, 42-2, and we’re pretty deep into the bench already, on both sides.
Whitlow reminds me of Kerryon.
…..25 seconds left in the half, 3rd and Eli Stove checks into the game. Willis, will run, will bull to the 44 of ASU. Auburn can let this run out.
…..Malik Willis on 2nd and 9. Will fire left, behind Seth Williams.
…..Clock under a minute.
I wonder if College Game Day will be at Auburn next week?
….Hurry up, Whitlow on the give, nothing.
…..Give Whitlow, breaking tackles, finally yanked down at the 48!
…..Auburn has a dive up the middle to Whitlow, got 7, and now Driscoll is limping off, with 1:28 left in the half.
…..Goodness! Craven with another great punt, no one there to cover it inside the Auburn 5, touchback. 62 yards. Whew!
…..Corner blitz, and there was nothing there, with Igbinoghene making the play.
…..3rd and long. Rocker will be SAAAAAAACKED!
…..Rocker takes, give Farmer, loses a bunch more!
…..Declined, 2nd and 12.
…..Another flag, call: illegal shift, two players moving at the same time.
…..New set of downs, for ASU.
….The very definition of “ticky-tack.”
….Oh. Roughing the passer, on marlon Davidson. Ouch.
…..3rd and 12 for the Hornets. Rocker takes, and scrambles, fires back aginst the the grain, batted away, and a flag.
….2nd and 10. Pistol set, give Farmer, loses two!
…..ASU trying to run clock.
…..ASU takes over. Give to Farmer, nothing.
….Ian Shannon to kick off? Ball fell off the tee. On the reset, taken by Gray at the 20, and finished off at the 35.
…..With 4:43 left in the half, Auburn’s lead is gut to 42-2.
…..That has to be a bad read. The jet sweep was there.
…..Willis fakes, keeps, and sacked in the end zone. Botched blocking assignment, and ASU gets a safety.
….The Tiger offense has 4:48 left in the half, in which to operate.
…..Craven back in to punt, a busy man. Tutt deep. Big bounce to the 4. Tutt let that one go, and that cost Auburn. 68 yard punt.
…..Bunch to the left, the boundary side, Rocker will scramble, got to the 27, and put down.
…..Big Kat jumped offsides. Will bring up 3rd and 11.
…..Rocker will throw on the hitch, flag.
…..Lost connection. Backup QB in for ASU. Sacked on first down, scrambles for little on 2nd.
…..Carlson to kick again, will drive it low, off the hands of Gray, touchback.
…..Of concern on that series, Mike Horton injured on the PAT. Not good, he’s a starting OL guy.
This is getting ugly for ASU as expected. War Eagle. Let’s do this next week.
…..Daniel Carlson is up and good again, and with 6:56 left in the half, Auburn now leads, 42-0!
….Anthony Swartz, TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN!
…..Tigers take over, at the 23. Reverse to Swartz, will GO-ALL-THE-WAY!
…..Read that quick screen masterfully, and Auburn has it!
….2nd and 11, screen, Diving interception! Thomas!
….Tacked on to the 30. Give Farmer, lost a yard!
…..Short kickoff, and ASU takes it to the 27, and a flag. Offside on Auburn, on the kickoff? Wow.
…..Carlson is up and good once again, and Auburn leads, 35-0 with 8:37 left in the half!
….Peters blocked it, and Devan Barrett was the one who scored!
….On 4th and 4, Craven back in to punt. Low snap, BLOCKED! Peters will scoop it…
…..Pearson will take, and step up, scrambles, and will be decked at the 22!
…..3rd and long, and a starting left tackle cramping , for ASU.
…..2nd and 11. Pearson will fire under pressure, and nearly picked off by Williams! Nearly a pick six…
…..ASU on offense. Here’s Pearson scrambling around dodging, ended up losing a yard.
…..Siposs nine-irons it, fair caught at the 17. Only 34 yards, not great.
….Substitution infraction on ASU brings up 4th and 3. Does strategy change? No.
…..Siposs in to punt, whistles and flags.
…..Stidham will fire to Craig-Myers, tipped away, was short, anyway. Poor selection.
…..Pope hobbles off, hopefully just a cramp.
…..3rd and 8, possession play for the Tigers. We have an injury timeout for the ASU corner Pope.
….2nd and 8. Stidham will have time, deep down the boundary, overthrows Craig-Myers.
….Tripped up at the line.
…..New set of downs. Give Martin, not much.
…..2nd and 10 Tigers. Under center. Sweep to Schwartz, will bounce off, to the 41!
….1st and 10 Tigers. Stidham takes, and will fake, fires to Hastings! too far, but wow. Back in action?
…..Auburn has 262 yards of offense thus far, and we are still well over 9 minutes till halftime!
….You have to wonder why this punter ended up at ASU, and Auburn has suffered punting the ball, the past two seasons.
…..4th and 5, Craven back in, and hits another gem. Davis fair catches at the Auburn 26.
……3rd and about 22. Pearson will operate against a 3 man front, fires, caught by Johnson at the 30, still short.
…..2nd and 25, give, Anderson gets about 3.
….Fires incomplete, I meant to type!
……1st and 25. Will step up, first down the middle, no one home!
…..PF, block below the waist on ASU. Back ’em up more!
….No, delay of game! Wow. After a TV stoppage, RPO, throws it off the hands on an out. Flag.
…..ASU lines up at the 25, and a false start.
…..Carlson boots the kickoff just into the endzone, bounces out of the side.
…..Checking the SEC scoreboard…
Clemson 14, TAMU 3, halftime.
LSU 24, USL 0, halftime
Missouri 16, Wyoming 0, halftime
Florida 10, KY 7, first quarter
Arkansas 10, Colorado State 3, early 2nd quarter.
…..And Carlson is up and good again, and with 11:30 left in the half, Auburn leads ASU, 28-0!
I like Whitlow.
….First and goal, Martin, will slash INNNNNNN!
….No, the 19. Give to Martin, to the 4!
…..New set of down for the Tigers, at the 23.
…..Officials discussing it. Hold on the defense!
…..2nd and 4. Fake, Stidham on the wheel route, flag, Asa Martin could not catch up to that one.
….1st and 10, Tigers moving! Whitlow lines up wide? Motion in, give Whitlow, sweeping right, to the 28!
…..Whitlow on the give, moving the pile, down to the 34!
…..New set of downs. Give Whitlow, and he’s rolling out to midfield!
….>Stidham with time, fires to Davis, out to the 35! Post-corner…
…..Fumble fingers in College Station! Clemson had 4th and goal at the TAMU one, but QB Kelly Bryant fumbled the snap, and Texas A&M dodged a bullet. They still trail Clemson, 14-3.
…..And now a TV timeout.
And a bad decision – should have stuck with the ball on the 20
…..Auburn lost 10 on that exchange. Thanks, Gus!
….Craven to punt, booms it, to the sideline, out at the 12.
Yep – very interesting
…..With 13:20 left in the half, we have timeout on the field, with Auburn leading Alabama State 21-0.
…..They will be punting from the ASU 36, AND the long snapper was hurt on the last play, and ASU has to burn their second timeout.
…..Call: illegal formation, replay 4th down? Interesting take by head coach Gus Malzhan.
…..Davis retained possession, but a flag.
…..Craven in to punt, hammers it. Davis takes it at the six, will slip away, out to the 21, and fumbles?
…..3rd and 6 for ASU, possession play. Pearson will have trips right, rolling, has to throw it away. How is that not a false start?
…..2nd and 7. Pearson will give to Anderson again, got to the 41.
…..Anderson on the give, up to the 40.
…..2nd and 9 ASU. Pumps, fires into a crowd, Jefferson has the first down to the 37.
….Checking the SEC scoreboard…
Clemson 14, Texas A&M 3, under 5 minutes in the half.
LSU 17, Southeastern LA, 0, also under 5 minutes in the half.
Missouri 10, Wyoming 0, near halftime.
Kentucky 7, Florida 0, early. Would it not not be hilarious for Dan Mullen to lose this one?
Arkansas 7, Colorado State 3, early in the 2nd period.
…..2nd and 9, and the first quarter ends, with Auburn leading ASU, 21-0!
…..1st and 10 ASU. Pearson will give to Farmer again, not much.
…..New set of downs.
…..1st and 5 at the 20. Pearson with 2 backs, gives up the gut, Farmer, close to the stake.
…..Well, if you’re going to get a flag…
…..Huge hit before the snap, Derrick Brown offside.
…..Spot the ball at the ASU 15.
…..Terrible coverage, on that one. A somewhat questionable call saves the TD. Block in the back.
…..Carlson will boot short to the two, Gray weaving, stretching, will go all the way, but a flag.
…..For those complaining about bogus calls last week, Auburn got by with TD Moultry being about 2 yards offsides, on that play, no call. Whew….
…..Carlson is up and good again, and with a minute left in the first, Auburn leads, 21-0!
…..Pearson to throw, will be picked! Thomas, and he scores!
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….Touchback, I meant.
…..Carlson to kick off, and another one sails through the end zone for a touchdown.
…..For those trying to watch this game, it’s on the SEC Alternate channel. I’m not sure about all listings, but if you are on Charter Spectrum, that’s channel 820 on your box.
……Carlson lines up the extra point, and Auburn leads, 14-0, with 1:07 left in the first quarter.
…..Going long! Swartz is behind the defense, and will go… alll the way!
……2nd and 3, Kam Martin on the give, got about 5.
…..Stidham will fire left, Schwartz, got 7 on the hitch.
…..New set of Auburn downs at the 31.
…..Offsides! No wonder that got blown up!
…..3rd and 3. Stidham in the gun. Pitch Shivers, lost a bunch, and a flag.
Espn app sucks!!!!!
…..2nd and 7. Stidham will take, and a fake. Fires to Davis, only got 4 on a difficult catch.
…..Give to Kam Martin, hit in the backfield, fights to the 22.
…..Craven will punt it away, dropped by Davis, will pick up yardage to the 20 after picking up the loose ball!
…..3rd and 10, at the ASU 40. Pearson will dump left, too low, well covered is Joe Williams IV.
…..Give him a yard. 2nd and 9 ASU. Pearson will give to Anderson on the sweep, will get nothing, Marlon Davidson!
…..New set of downs. Give to Gray, nothing doing!
…..3rd and 5, possession play. Pearson will have time, slant pass, got it to Allen, first down.
…..2nd and 10. Quick screen to Spencer, got maybe 5.
…..1st and 10. Pearson will take, and Auburn blitzes, ball hit at the line, and into the turf!
…..ASU will start at the 25.
…..Anders Carlson to kick off. Ezra Gray deep, and no chance. Carlson boots it to the back line, touchback.
…..With 6:09 left in the first, Auburn leads Alabama State, 7-0.
……Batman set, Cox directing traffic, now lined up for the PAT. Carlson is up, and good, on the PAT.
…..Stidham in the gun. Stidham will fake, and keep! He walks in, to the boundary!
…..2nd and 4 Auburn, at the ASU six. Time for Auburn to pound this ball, and score.
…..With 6:16 left in the first quarter, this game is still deadlocked at 0-0. Auburn is threatening at the six of ASU.
…..2nd and 4 at the six. Half huddle, and a flag blows it dead. Timeout, ASU.
……First and 10 at the 11, Whitlow bulls down to the six.
…..2nd and 8 at the ASU 23. Here’s Stidham under center, sweep Schwartz, will cut, and he’s down to the ten!
ESPN app fail. Not happy. Just now figured out how to get it. Missed half of the 1st quarter.
…..New set of downs. Give Whitlow, not much. Maybe a couple.
…..3rd and 3 for the Tigers. Heavy set. Give Whitlow, bounces outside, and gets inside the 30!
…..2nd and 10, Give Whitlow, will reach the ASU 40.
…..At the 48 of ASU, quick hitch, behind Ryan Davis.
…..New set of downs at the 36. Fake, Stidham will check to Martin, will get out over the 40.
…..2nd and 2. Pitch Martin, will fight for the first down.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Checking off. Two backs. Give Martin, will get almost 8!
…..Several finals, in the SEC. Ole Miss pulls away from Southern Illinois, 76-41. Tennessee wallops East Tennessee State, 59-3.
…..Auburn goes back on offense, with 9:31 left in a scoreless first quarter.
…..liner, hooked left, no good!
…..Hunter Hanson in for the field goal attempt. 43 yards away.
…..Brings up 3rd and 12. Pearson has time, will fire short, and Corker is pushed out at the 26, well short of the first down.
….2nd and 11 ASU. Two backs, give Gray, and dumped for a loss!
…..Truesdale with the stop.
…..Shotgun for Pearson, QB draw, NO! Lost a yard.
…..Somehow, Auburn had Daniel Thomas working as a corner, and Dinson as a safety, and no communication on that one.
…..Looked like cover-2 coverage, and Dinson was a statue, didn’t get over.
…..Pearson will throw deep, blown coverage, and Dinson finally gets him down deep, at the 30 of Auburn.
…..The Hornets will take over at the 18.
…..2nd and 5, Auburn at the ASU 20. Whitlow, fumbles… picked up, and ASU has it.
…..Give Whitlow quickly, inside the 20!
…..2nd and 5. Whitlow, will bounce outside, down to the 25!
…..Half huddle, give Whitlow, got about 5!
….We’ve got 13:42 left in the first quarter and this game is still tied, 0-0.
…..Anthony Craven managed only a 29 yard punt, on that effort.
…..Shanked punt, will roll out at the ASU 46!
…..Alabama State will have to punt. Ryan Davis deep.
…..Pearson with a long way to go. He’ll take, QB draw, slides down at the 17, not much.
…..Brings up 3rd and a mile.
…..2nd and long. Pearson will dump it quickly, and dropped.
…..1st and 24, from the 14. Pearson will have to throw it away, big blitz from Deshawn Davis!
…..No, illegal block on ASU, blocking below the waist.
…..ASU takes over at their 27. Pearson with a quick screen, and a flag.
…..Siposs in to punt. And this one is a TOWERING kick, hits at the 25, and kicks back to the 27. 39 yards.
……3rd and 4 for Auburn. Checking off. Stidham will fire, and Seth Williams drops a perfectly thrown slant pass.
….2nd and 6 Tigers. Mixup in the backfield, Stidham goes forward for two.
…..Here’s Stidham, swing pass, Ryan Davis will pick up 4, out of bounds.
…..Here’s the boot, and this one is on! Hunter Hansen boots this one to the one. Igbinoghene will smash out to the 29.
…..Alabama State set to kick this one off. Noah Igbinoghene and JaTarvious Whitlow deep.
……Evidently, they are going to kick this thing off, and well… we will see how the streaming stuff does.
…..Coin toss, Auburn wins, and they want the ball first!
…..We are here at 6:35 PM, and seem nowhere near kickoff. There is still over 6 minutes left in the Ole Miss game, on the SEC Alternate Channel, so maybe that’s what they are waiting for.
…..Correction. The Aggies have notched a field goal, and lead Clemson 3-0, with 4:28 left in the first quarter.
….LSU is up, finally, 7-0 with 5:54 left in the first quarter, over Southeastern Louisiana. Texas A&M and Clemson are still scoreless, late in the first quarter.
that Game was ugly from start to finish if you ask me.
….SIU decides to run a QB draw on 4th and 4, the QB loses the handle, and Ole Miss gets a scoop ‘n’ score! Ole Miss will run away with this one on the scoreboard, but the game was closer than that, till recently. Ole Miss 69, SIU 41, in the late going.
….There is a seriously embarrassing amount of empty seats in Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium, as this game winds down. Let’s hope Jordan-Hare doesn’t look so forlorn and abandoned, this evening!
…..They’re NOT gonna keep ’em off the field, tonight! If you haven’t heard the Auburn Radio intro bit this season, you need to! Amazing sound bits!
…..Ole Miss punches another score in, and they now lead Southern Illinois 62-41, with twelve minutes left. Check off another victory for the SEC, I think!
…..3rd and 4 Rebs, and they fail to connect on a fade, but SIU was offside again.
…..Make it the 13. Ole Miss can clinch the game with a score, here.
…..Free play, as SIU jumped. Ole Miss chucks up the deep ball, and has first and goal at the nine.
…..Weird Tiger Walk, today. Evidently, the entire team is wearing Navy blazers, and tan khaki pants. I wonder who dreamed up that awful color combination?
…..SIU was driving, but an Ole Miss pick six, on an ill-advised throwback pass, give the Rebel Landsharks a 56-41 lead.
…..Not much news from the Auburn camp, 30 minutes from kickoff. Most notable item is that apparently Arryn Siposs will start as the punter, today. Let’s hope he’s not needed much!
…..Ole Miss clings to a 49-41 lead over Southern Illinois, trying to hang on, with 2:26 left in the 3rd quarter.
…..Georgia has gone to Columbia, and walloped South Carolina, 41-17. That one is a final. Alabama leads Arkansas State 57-7, late. Tennessee is up 45-0 on East Tennessee State, with about 10 minutes left in the 3rd. All of these games are decided, or pretty much.
…..I have checked into that one, where I could.
you watching Colorado/Nebraska? crazy game there too.
only because Salukis dropped a pass for a potential score.
…..Ole Miss did finally bow up near their goal line. The Salukis have to settle for a field goal. Ole Miss 42, Southern Illinois 41, with 5 minutes left in the third.
meanwhile…..Ole Miss is a MESS!
well….is UGA that good or is the rest of the east that bad? It does appear that the east will be weak once again. UGA will have a test, no doubt, going to Baton Rouge.
…..It’s pretty amazing how much better UGA is, than South Carolina. This was supposed to be a defacto playoff game for the SEC East title. South Carolina isn’t there, yet. Who else? Mullen’s Gators? Drew Lock and Missouri?
…..Tennessee cruising, leading East Tennessee State 38-0, at the half.
…..Ole Miss is back out front on Southern Illinois, 42-38. But can the Salukis be stopped by this defense?
…..Funny anecdote, on that Cornhusker matchup! Old habits die hard. I went up and down the Big-12 scoreboard, trying to find the current box on that game. Ha! Neither team has been in the Big-12, for a number of years!
Good back and forth game out of SEC conference. Colorado at Nebraska.
…..It’s getting ugly in Columbia. Lots of coverage busts, and Georgia is out to a 34-10 lead with 9:12 left in the 3rd quarter. This one is essentially over, the way the UGA defense is playing.
UGA scores. 34-10 with 9:12 left in 3rd.
South Carolina wearing down quickly. UGA overmatched for them
…..Tennessee is cruising, after the storm delay. They lead East Tennessee State, 24-0, with about 9 minutes left in the half.
…..More fireworks in Oxford! At the half, Southern Illinois leads Ole Miss, 38-35.
…..Georgia drives for an early 3rd quarter score, and now leads South Carolina 27-10, in Columbia.
…..The Salukis score again, and make it look easy. Southern Illinois 31, Ole Miss 28, with about 4 minutes left in the half.
……National surprises today…
ECU 21, North Carolina 19, at the half.
South Florida 49, Georgia Tech 38, final. Might the modern-day wishbone be on its last legs?
Nebraska 21, Colorado 19, at the half.
Eastern Michigan 20, Purdue 19. Ouch, B1G!
Washington 10, North Dakota 0, late first quarter.
Come on, Huskies! Blow this out, and help our strength of schedule!
Oregon 49, UCLA 21, final. The Chip Kelly administration goes to 0-2, in LA.
Houston 45, Arizona 18. Ouch, Kevin Sumlin! Usually Sumlin’s teams are unbeatable in September, and wait till later to fade like a bad T-shirt!
…..I had figured that the Ole Miss defense gave up points last week because Texas Tech’s offense was good. Southern Illinois is putting that to the lie, today. The Salukis are hanging with Ole Miss, driving again, down 28-24 late in the half.
…..I just read news that Auburn was initially favored over ASU by 68 points, but the line is now down to 63. Historically, the biggest Gus Malzahn margin of victory was in 2013, with a 62-3 victory over Western Carolina. It is important to note that Auburn had a chance to score late, and Guz had the offense deliberately take a delay of game down near the goal line, to keep from scoring again. Next biggest spread was 55-0, against Alabama A&M in 2016. Folks, Auburn isn’t likely to cover 63, either.
…..Georgia did convert the field goal drive, and leads South Carolina 20-10 at the half.
…..Alabama is mashing Arky State, 40-0, late in the first half.
Tennessee leads East Tennessee State, 10-0, in a storm delay in Knoxville.
And…. what’s this? An Ole Miss team that looked really good last week is in a dogfight with Southern Illinois, leading only 28-24, with about five minutes till halftime.
…..Finals thus far… Vanderbilt 41, Nevada 10. Mississippi State 31, Kansas State 10. That’s an impressive win on the road, for the Bulldogs.
…..Checking in! South Carolina has evidently rallied, and trails Georgia 17-10, with just seconds left in the first half. Georgia is trying to get in field goal range.
UGA offense scores in four plays. 14-0. USC seems confused and overmatched in the early goings.
UGA player drops ball before crossing the plain and NOBODY notices. Lol
UGA scores first on interception.
HOT and HUMID in South Carolina! 93 degrees
Kickoff time for Georgia at South Carolina. Let’s see who is legit.
Fitzgerald lead his MSU team over Kansas state, 31-10. MSU running back, Hill, looks to be a real deal. Keep an eye out on him.
Looks like USF quarterback Blake Barnett has found his place after leaving Bama to go to Arizona state only to leave there and go to USF. Whew!
Nope….they call TD (disagree). USF up 49-38 over Ga Tech with 2:13 left
Looks like he was down on the one yard line.
Hold on…..Under review
South Florida scores again on quarterback keep to seal the deal.
South Florida on verge of beating a power five team in Ga Tech.
Miss St has Fitzgerald back running around after that gruesome injury last year…..but for the moment, he is still shaking off the cobwebs in his passing game against Kansas State. Slow start so far and offensive line looks really shaky and penalty flags often. Not real impressive so far.
…..I worked all night last night, so I will try to get a nap before jumping into football banter, mid-afternoon. War Eagle!
…..And we are live! This evening, I think we can agree that the biggest challenge to these Auburn players will be themselves. Auburn tended to take it easy in these sorts of games, last season. We’ll get a look at the composition of this year’s team, today.
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