Wax the Warhawks! (Auburn vs. Louisiana Monroe Open Thread)
ULM hopes to pull off the upset
(Photo by Acid Reign.)
War Eagle, everybody! The Auburn football season continues this morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium, where the Tigers will take on Louisiana Monroe in a nonconference tilt. It’s an Iron Bowl prep game for Auburn, which has all the momentum in the world moving towards next week’s titanic Iron Bowl. The Tigers hope to take care of business today, fine tune a few things, and rest injured players. Louisiana Monroe comes in hoping to get its first win at Auburn. Since moving up to the FBS level back in 1994, the Warhawks have not beaten Auburn. They’ve come close a couple of times. In 1996, Auburn needed a very late touchdown pass from Dameyune Craig to Kevin McLeod to pull out a 28–24 win. In 2012, Auburn needed a Cody Parkey field goal in overtime, to top the Warhawks 31–28.
Make no mistake. The Warhawks are playing to win. They have steadily improved this season under second-year head coach Matt Viator. They are coming off a 52–45 win against Appalachian State two weeks ago, a game where dual-threat quarterback Caleb Evans accounted for 403 yards. The Warhawks had a bye week last Saturday, and will surely have some surprise new plays in store, to use on Auburn. Louisiana Monroe currently stands at 4–5 on the season, and it needs 2 more wins to become bowl eligible. The Warhawks are at Auburn this weekend, they host Arkansas State next weekend, and have a makeup game at Florida State on December 2nd.
This November tilt in Auburn should have mild temperature, considering the season. Skies should be mostly cloudy the whole game, with temperatures in the mid 60’sF. Rain is expected to sweep through the state later today, but it should not reach Auburn before dark. This game will kick off at 11:00 AM, Central Standard Time. It will be televised on ESPN2.
As always, feel free to join in and enjoy this thread. I will at the keyboard for my usual play by play this morning. War Eagle, and let’s cheer on the Tigers to a big win over ULM!
…..Final post of a delicious last post-Thanksgiving football Saturday in 2017! Most evening SEC results are in….
LSU 30, Tennessee 10.Vols are eliminated from the post-season with a 4-7 record.
Texas A&M 31, Ole Miss 24. Ole Miss falls to 5-6, but was out before the year started.
Missouri 38, Vandy 17, early in the 4th. Barring a miracle Commodore comeback, Vanderbilt will be eliminated in a 4th season for Derrick Mason, while Mizzou qualifies for a bowl.
…..Ole Miss drove for a late first half FG, and leads TAMU 24-21, at the half.
….In other SEC action…
LSU 17, Tennessee 10, at halftime. It is being played in Knoxville, but still, the score is a bit surprising.
Missouri 7, Vanderbilt 0, early 2nd quarter. I’m expecting a blowout here, and Vandy will likely become the second SEC team to be eliminated from bowl contention, joining Arkansas.
….Ole Miss and Texas A&M are having a defense-optional game in Oxford. It’s 21-all, nearing half-time. I figure the Aggie staff will be gone, soon. However, I will miss having Aggie offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone back in the SEC. I felt like he got a raw deal at Auburn, getting fired after an SEC-West co-championship season with a freshman quarterback at the helm. (Jason Campbell.) Mazzone has great play-calling ability.
…..The every-invisible Texas A&M receiver Damion Ratley has picked up where he left off in the 4th quarter against Auburn, last week. Ole Miss can’t cover him, either. Ratley already has 3 catches for 75 yards in Oxford. Texas A&M and Ole Miss are tied, at 14-all, late in the first.
…..In the SEC, South Carolina sleep-walked past Wofford, 31-10. Gamecocks do go to 8-3 on the season, and next week get a crack at knocking Clemson completely out of the playoff picture.
….Penn State, another team hanging by a thread in any title race, is up on Nebraska 42-24, at the end of the 3rd quarter. 20 years later, Nebraska is still trying to find the next Tom Osborn, and will be trying yet another coach, next season.
…..Kansas State is currently trying to hold on against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, leading 45-40, on the road. A Cowboy loss would take them totally out of any title contention.
…..Georgia got back on track this week, whacking Kentucky at Sanford Stadium, 42-13.
Ohio State kept their playoff chances on life-support this week, with a 52-14 blowout of Illinois.
…..Closing in on the supper hour. Not too much motion in the playoff picture, today. I’ve been watching the UAB – Florida game, and UAB was not strong enough to move Florida, up front. A run-based UAB offense was unable to do much on UF, and they’ve worn down. Florida is not a good team, but they are playing fired up for the first time in weeks, and lead this one comfortably, 36-7, midway through the 4th quarter.
…..Wisconsin remained undefeated, beating Michigan 24-10 in Madison.
…..In earlier Top-25 action, Miami survived on the road in bad weather, beating Virginia by the score of 44-28. The Hurricanes are an undefeated team potentially in the way of various SEC teams getting into the playoff.
…..It is halftime in the SEC games, as it is starting to get dark outside. Florida leads UAB, 16-0, however, they may have lost their quarterback Franks, to a rolled ankle.
Georgia has taken command at home, vs. Kentucky, leading 21-6. South Carolina leads Wofford, 14-3.
…..South Carolina took a page out of Auburn’s playbook, and is struggling with Wofford. Gamecocks only lead that one, 7-3, midway through the 2nd quarter.
….A trip of SEC games underway at this hour. Florida leads UAB 6-0. Georgia leads Kentucky at home, 7-6.
…..Back after running an errand. I did not plan well this week, and had to hit Sam’s Club on a Saturday afternoon. Ick! It was crazy busy…
…..Mississippi State pulls it out at Arkansas, 28-21. I don’t know about the whole Gus-to-Arkansas rumors this week, but I don’t Bret Bielema surviving not making a bowl game, this year. They have already dumped his ally, the athletic director up there.
It turned out to be a good win. First half was still suspect and I’d hate to see our opening sluggish effort the past couple of weeks continue next week and turn into quick strikes by UAT next weekend. It’s now Iron Bowl time!!
……I’m planning to leave this thread up today, and I’ll be back in from time to time to comment. I’m especially interested to see what UAB does in the Florida Swamp, against the Gators.
…..It’s a final! Auburn defeats Louisiana Monroe, 42-14.
…..2nd and 3, and Willis will take a knee, and the clock will run out.
….King covered that one, Tigers retain possession.
……1st and 10 tigers. Here’s a give to Barrett, will break tackles, lost the BALL!
…..In Arkansas, the Razorbacks and Mississippi State are all tied up, 21-all, with about 3 minutes left in regulation.
…..Tigers take over, with 1:07 left in the ball game. Auburn leads Louisiana Monroe, 42-14.
…..4th and 3, ULM going. Twins right, rolling right, and incomplete!
…..3rd and 2. White will have trips right. Carter, James III will dump him!!!
…..2nd and 10, trips right, handoff left, Carter down to the Auburn 43.
…..Stops the clock with 2:27 left.
…..New set of downs. Smith will step up, overthrows Turner down the middle.
…..1st and 10 Warhawks. Fake, will fire to Turner, and finally pulled down at the ULM 49.
…..Sage Ledbetter will kickoff, and pooched down at the 25. ULM man should have let that go out of bounds…
….Tigers with 312 on the ground, this game.
…..Seemed like a sluggish day for the offense, but the box score shows the tigers with 547 offensive yards on the day.
…..Carlson is up and good yet again, and with 2:58 left in the game, Auburn leads, 42-14!
….Off the left, bowled ’em back. TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN!
…..3rd and goal at the one. Two backs. They will give to Miller, and he scores!!!!
…..Spot it midway between the three and four. Keeper, Willis is inside the one.
…..Three wides, give Miller, pushes down to the three.
…..62 yard run.
….No, shoved out at the seven!!!!!
…..2nd and 5. Here’s Willis, keeping, may go!
…..Tigers have a new quarterback in the game. Malik Willis! He will give to Miller in the pistol, will bang for 5.
…..Light to kick off, short, Igbinoghene, breaks a tackle, and he’s to the 26.
….Nice eagle flight coverage on TV. Good little dance, at the end of that, too!
…..Bama broke a long TD run with only a few seconds left, and ends up beating Mercer, 56-0.
…..Light hits the PAT, and with 5:41 left in the ball game, Auburn leads, 35-14.
….TOuchdown, ULM. Bad, bad tackling from the backup secondary.
….3rd and 5. Smith rolls, will thow, breaking tackles, and Willams goes the distance.
…..Clock will wind under 6 minutes in the ballgame, Auburn leading 35-7.
…..Three wides again, give Gore, for two.
…..Malik Willis warming up on the Auburn sideline.
…..ULM at the 24. White will have 3 wides. He’ll give up the gut to Gore, for three.
….Carlson will kick off, poochs it, to the 15, White takes it out to the 24.
We pulled it together. Better second half.
…..Finishing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama will beat Mercer, 49-0.
….Checking the scoreboard, Miami now leads UVa, 31-28. Wisconsin has broken out to a 21-10 lead over Michigan, and that one is likely over, as bad as the Wolverine offense is. Arkansas is still clinging to a 21-14 lead over Mississippi State.
…..Carlson is up, and good! With 7:09 left in the ballgame, Auburn takes a 35-7 lead.
…..Nick Ruffin with the pick-six, TOUCHDDOOOOOWN, AUBURN!
Hell of a stiff arm
…..Ruffin WILL SCORE!
…..3rd and 8. Trips left, to the wide side. Smith will get hit, throws, picked off, Ruffin….
…..2nd and 9. Three wides. Smith will keep, and only a yard for Smith on student body right.
…..New set of downs for ULM. Pistol set. Trips left, running left white gets one. Should have been a loss.
…..2nd and 7. Twins each side for ULM. Smith will fire to Brown, will fight to the 31.
…..4 wides for ULM, counter, Smith gets 3 to the 20.
…..Pass was badly overthrown, no chance for a completion, and John Broussard tripped the receiver.
…..3rd and 14, at the two. Tigers coming after this ball. To throw, will go deep, and and easy interference call.
….At the two.
…..Will be 2nd and 12 from the ULM 4. Give Gore, loses yardage!
…..Fumbled snaps in back to back weeks, yes. False start on ULM!
…..Smith dumps out of his own end zone, to Gore, got it for two.
Same thing happened last week didn’t it?
….An Auburn muffed snap prevents a score, and the Tigers turn it over.
…..At the six. His knee was down.
…..ULM has it.
…..Tight end Harris checking in, Auburn going heavier. Malik Miller in the game. Under center. dropped the snap, blown dead, and whose ball?
…..1st and goal at the one. Three wides once again. Martin will not get in. Stopped.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Stacked left once again. Two backs. Martin will break tackles, he’s down to the one!
……Slayton and Barrett split left. Give Martin, turns the corner, and out at the 11!
….New set of downs. Auburn using play clock.
…..3rd and 5. Stidham in the gun. Three wides, draw to Martin, he’ll fight to the 22!
…..Stacked receivers to the left. Give Martin, to the ULM 28.
….Tigers just running clock, now.
…..KJ goes back out, now up to 137 yards. Kam Martin on the give, got two into the boundary.
…..Huddle, Martin in motion. KJ keeps, will have it down to the 33!
…..Auburn has the offense in the game, KJ in the wildcat.
….All the Above blasting on the jumbotron, and they are dancing in Jordan Hare!
….Unfortunate commercial placement. A Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial, immediately followed by Align digestive aid. Heh!
…..It’s 4th and 2 at the ULM 36, and it’s a windy day. I say go, at this point. Go for it.
…..Auburn will run the clock out on the 3rd quarter, on 4th and 2. Auburn leads, 28-7.
…..Will bring up 3rd and 12. Trips left. Will dump to Miller, down at the 36, two short.
…..Four wides. Stidham was clobbered, receiver pushed around, no flags on the incomplete pass.
…..Wow. 2nd and 12. Harris checks out.
…..2nd and 7. Trips left, and a false start on Jalen Harris.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Wildcat? KJ. will give to Martin, dancing, will go forward for 3.
…..Officials still watching replays. Call: Stands!
…..Javaris Davis stripped the ball, and Nick Ruffin recovered, for Auburn.
…..He had secured the ball, and took at least two steps, from that angle.
…..KJ in the wildcat? Whistle, reviewing the fumble.
…..At the ULM 44!
…..Will bring up 3rd and 2. Smith will Trips left. Will throw left, caught on the slant, strippped!!!! AUBURN has it!
…..2nd and 4 at the 31. Trips left, and White will give to Gore, only a yard.
…..ULM with trips right, pitch to Gore, and he’s to the 30.
…..Carlson to kick off. It’s yet another one into the end zone. Green takes a knee, 5 yards deep.
…..Miami has quickly erased the Virginia lead. That one is all tied up at 28, in Charlottesville.
….Carlson is up and good once again, and with 2:46 left in the 3rd quarter, Auburn leads, 28-7!
…..A checkdown to wide open Martin up the back side, and he was off to the races!
……2nd and 9. Stack right. Pistol set. Motion in, fake, will fire to Martin, and he’s gonna go!
……1st and 10 Tigers. Under center, Kam Martin on the give, only one.
….Trying to run a slant, and Javaris Davis jumped it! Auburn takes over at the 43.
…..3rd and 3. Motion. Smith will fire, picked off! J. Davis!
…..2nd and 8. Two backs. White fires to White, and he gets about 5. McBryde with the good tackle.
….Deshaun Davis is now limping off. Wow.
…..New set of ULM downs. Trips left. Fake, keeper, Smith on that counter, only a couple.
….And Dinson will walk off under his own power.
….At the end of the 3rd, Alabama is leading Mercer 49-0.
…..Dinson is now sitting up.
….Arkansas is up 21-14 on Mississippi State.
…..Da U! Miami has cut the Virginia lead to 28-21.
…..A knee to the head, looks like.
….And Dinson is down, after getting popped by Williams.
…..3rd and 2 for the Warhawks. Trips right. Tight end left, rolls, complete for 3.
….2nd and 4, give White, gets two.
….New QB? Garrett Smith.
…..1st and 10 ULM. Auburn showing man coverage. Here’s a give to White, and maybe 6.
…..49 yard punt!
…..Marshall to punt, got into this one. Fielded at the 15, Green held to about 4 yards on the return.
…..Slayton went deep, ball was fired on an out route.
…..Here’s a pistol set, KJ back in. Trips left. Stidham will fires way short of Slayton, miscommunication.
…..Will bring up 3rd and 4.
…..2nd and 10. Sweep to Stove, gets to the 36.
…..Showing RPO there, wrong read. had a numbers advantage at WR.
….Two backs, give Martin, nothing.
…..Huddle. Auburn will go under center. Martin on the give, sidesteps a man in the backfield, and will pick up 12.
…..Heavy set, Malik Miller on the give, gets to the 18.
…..Tigers will have another long field, this drive. Another touchdown would pretty much put this game out of reach.
…..Mark Richt has lost control of Charlottesville! Undefeated Miami is now trailing Virginia, 28-14!
….Roberts nearly had that hit him, didn’t get away well.
…..In comes Heim to punt, a busy man today. And lined a bit, downed at the 15. Ick…
…..Derrick Brown kept that from being a big gain.
…..3rd and 7, possession play. Evans will have two backs, flushed, and will get a couple.
…..2nd and 7. 4 wides, hit… and Dinson could not pull in the interception.
…..Gore on the give, will mash to the 28.
…..That’s looking like we’ve lost our starting MLB for the Iron Bowl.
…..Here’s Carlson, driven low, and out of the end zone once again. No practicing kick coverage, today!
…..Carlson will have the ball roll off the tee, again.
…..Auburn now has touchdown drives of 96 and 95 yards, on the day.
…..Alabama gets a late 3rd quarter score, and leads Mercer 42-0.
Now we’re talking. Let’s put this thing to bed!
…..Mississippi State took the second half kickoff at Arkansas, and moved smartly down the field into the red zone, where they then went four and out. Arkansas gets it back, in a 14-14 tied game.
…..Carlson is up and good, and with 9:33 left in the 3rd, Auburn takes a 21-7 lead.
….First and goal. Martin on the give, slashes off the left, and he scores!
….nO, DOWN AT THE one.
…..Martin in, KJ out. 2nd and 2. Huddle, and Davis in motion. Martin, and gone!
…..Give KJ, to the 32!
….Down to the ULM 40.
…..2nd and 7. Auburn huddling, breaking out. Give KJ, fighting through!
…..At the 35. KJ, cuts back for three.
……3rd and 3. Heavy set. They’ll go trips right, give KJ, running downhill, HAS the first down.
…..2nd and 6. Three wides. GIve to KJ, will smash for 3.
…..New set of downs. Give to KJ, will power to the 22.
…..2nd and 5 for Auburn. Stays heavy, screen R. Davis, will get to the 18!
…..Give to KJ, will fight to the ten.
…..Auburn went 96 yards in 4 plays, near the half. Another drive like that here, would be great!
…..44 yards, killed at the 5. Can’t punt much better than that.
…..Heim will have all day, boots it, it hits at the 7, rolled dead at the 5 yard line.
…..Holland and Brown broke through, and Evans had nowhere to go. Punt team comes in.
…..3rd and 3. Two down territory. Evans will be flushed, throws it away.
…..2nd and 4 at midfield. Trips right, fires on the quick square-in, Green is to the AUburn 49.
….Evans, will take off, and he’s out near midfield.
….Tre’ Williams comes out holding the shoulder.
….Spot it at the 28, 2nd and 7. Give Gore, loose, and he’s out to the 44.
…..ULM will start at their 25. Heavy set? They will give inside to Gore, gets four.
…..Carlson to kick off, against the wind, still through and out of the end zone!
…..Gus says that we need to “go downhill at ’em,” this half.
….The worrisome thing is injuries, timing wise. Jeff Holland came out, but ended up back in the game and looked effective on the pass rush. Nick Coe got nicked up a bit. Jarrett Stidham appears to be favoring a knee, after getting driven into the grass on a mixup. Check Stidham’s uniform. His left knee has a big grass stain on it, from that play.
…..Nationally, a couple of games of interest. Virginia has score late in the half, and leads Miami 21-14. Wisconsin and Michigan are tied at 7, at the half.
… yes, I too am looking ahead to the second half break-away. I am also glad we have this buffer game after UGA win and the looming win-and-you’re-in Iron Bowl.
….Checking the SEC scoreboard…
Alabama 35 Mercer 0
MSU 14 Arky 14
Auburn 14 ULM 7
All games are at halftime.
….Auburn’s defense has really only given up two chunk plays (15 yards or more) this half. One was a big wheel route, and the other was on a quarterback counter play.
It looks like the D isn’t going to get beat deep but they are giving up some trash plays.
….Kerryon Johnson leads all rushers, with 79 yards on 14 carries. Ryan Davis has 5 catches, but only for 40 yards.
I know alot of people get bent out of shape when we don’t just blow out these teams but this is kinda what I expected from this so far. We are still on a high from last week and probably believing our hype a bit too much. Make the mistakes this week, get an ego check, and go into Iron Bowl ready. No doubt they will take this away in the second half. War Eagle!
…..What has hurt Auburn this game, is uncharacteristically giving up 3rd down conversions. Total yardage, ULM has only 133, while Auburn has rolled up 280 yards.
…..Auburn takes a knee, and it’s halftime. Auburn leads Louisiana Monroe, 14-7.
….Here comes the block attempt. No…will be downed at the 23 with 2 seconds left.
….Ten seconds left, and ULM will have to punt.
…..that looked like a lateral, to me.
…..3rd and 11. Evans has trips left. He takes, and swings, incomplete!
…..Dean covered well, there. 17 seconds left.
…..2nd and 11. Fake, deep sideline, incomplete!
….Watching the flags on the goal post, yes, there is significant wind.
…..ULM does have the wind behind them, may be trying to set up a field goal attempt?
…..It’s 2nd and 11 at the ULM 45, with 22 seconds left in the half.
…..At the 46, Evans is sacked, at the 45, and ULM calls time.
….3rd and 9 Warhawks. Two backs, will fire Green has it, and another easy first down.
…..Move the clock to 46.
….43 seconds left in the half.
…..2nd and 10 at the ULM 35. Warhawks have trips right. Pitch to Green, will be spilled at the 36, timeout Auburn.
…..Clock goes in motion. Evans will throw high, incomplete, stops the clock at 53 seconds.
….3rd and 2. Evans will have trips right. Give White, and he’s got the first down, barely.
…..1:17 remaining in the half.
…..Trips right. QB draw, will have some room, goes out of bounds at the 33.
…..2nd and 12 for ULM, and Auburn still has 2 timeouts.
….Auburn calls time, with 1:19 left in the half.
…..1st and 10 Warhawks. Give, losing yardage, Carter is down at the 23.
…..Carlson to kick off, against the wind. Five yards deep, and out of the end zone.
…..Auburn still has all 3 timeouts left. Ball blows off the tee.
….4 play drive, 96 yards, used less than a minute.
…..Carlson is up and good again, and with 1:27 left in the half, Auburn leads, 14-7.
….Got it! TOUCHDOOOON, AUBURN!!!!
…..Clock goes back in motion, going long for Slayton….
…..1st and 10 Tigers. 4 wides. Stidham over the middle, Hastings, will have it to midfield!
….Stops the clock at 1:55. 1st and 10. Here’s a pass to Slayton, out at the 32!
…..Give to KJ, will go out at the 19!
…..We need to sign a punter like that, this winter.
….Heim will try to pin Auburn deep. 9-iron shot, hit at the 8, out at the 4 yard line. Wow.
Are the starters in yet?
….Carlton Davis was there, ball thrown a little behind the receiver.
…..3rd and 10 for ULM. Three wides. Evans is under duress, fires, knocked away!
…..Need a stop badly, here. 2nd and 10. Counter keeper, stuffedd!
…..The worst part is that ULM gets the ball first, in the second half.
….New set of downs. Warhawks moving. Trips right. Evans rollls , will have to throw it away.
…..3rd and 2. Evans will Fire left, caught at the Auburn 39.
…..2nd and 10 Warhawks. Twins either side. Motion, Keeper, will near the stake!
….Clock is at 4:11. ULM will fake, and fires on the post, knocked away by Dean!
….31 yard punt.
…..Marshall will punt, another bad one. Fair caught at midfield.
….We were looking at a pick-six, there, if caught.
….Will bring up 3rd and 5. Trips right again. Defensive shift. Will throw right at a ULM defender, luckily dropped.
…..Hastings in motion. Give to KJ, to the 19.
…..2nd and 9. Ball at the Auburn 16, correction. Trips right, changing the play.
….End around to Stove, nothing doing.
…..Mississippi State finally gets untracked, and scores. Arkansas still leads, 14-7. Alabama is just waylaying Mercer, up 35-0.
…..An Auburn player, Javaris Davis I think, got shoved into Roberts after the fair catch signal. That’s an out-of-position play, luckily AUburn retains possession back at the 29 yard line.
…..Heim to punt. Roberts looking into a bit of sun. Roberts is hit, ball bounces out of bounds. Wow.
…..Deshaun Davis and Marlon Davidson converged on the QB!
…..3rd and 9 at midfield. Three wides, two backs. Flushed, blitz, and down he goes!!!!
…..2nd and 10 Warhawks. Here’s a give to Gore, will be chopped down by Atkinson, not much.
….New set of downs. At theULM 49. Evans will be flushed out, fires, and nearly picked off. J. Davis.
….QB draw, and they are up near midfield.
…..We’ll take an injury timeout, with 7:59 left in the half. It’s still a tie game, 7-7. ULM has it 2nd and 7 at their 33 yard line.
…..And that’s Luckett, not getting up.
…..New set of downs. Two backs, give Luckett gets to the 33.
…..3rd and 3, at the ULM 23. Evans will face a blitz, tipped pass, but still caught by Turner, AND a flag on C. Davis.
…..2nd and 9 for ULM. Give , reverse, Green, not working this time, held to just 5 yards.
….Give to Gore, maybe a yard for ULM.
…..ULM offensively is struggling a bit, after a hot start. Evans hit 3 of 5 on the first drive, but now is only 5 of 12 passing.
Ugh. I’m disappointed .. but this has been my gripe with Malzahn teams to-date – Inconsistent. Meanwhile Mercer is being handled like they should be 35-0… Poke My Eyes Out!
….Stidham is 12 of 15 passing, but only for 95 yards on the day.
…..We are missing a lot of blocks on screen passes. However, we are throwing tons of them.
…..I think we can safely say that Auburn is having a serious, lazy let-down day, today.
….In comes Marshall to punt it away. Shanked, to the 16. 29 yard punt. Ouch.
…..Foot on the line, no catch.
…..4 wides. Stidham will go deep, can’t get Slayton, too far out of bounds.
…..Neither Smith nor Golson made their blocks on that screen.
…..2nd and 15. Four wides. Stidham will dump it to KJ, only two.
…..1st and 15, at the ULM 46. Screen to Stove, and nothing doing. Stove slammed down, no blocking.
….Tigers not set, that time.
…..New set of downs, flag.
…..2nd and 5. Give to Kerryon Johnson, stuttersteps, to the ULM 41!
…..QUick throw, Slayton, will go out at the 45.
…..Three wides, two backs. Screen to Davis, and he’s loose to the 40.
….42 yard punt.
….Heim will line it, Roberts fair catches at the 28.
……Boy, the head coach over there was hot! Timeout, and then they jump.
…..3rd and 12. Evans will have trips left again. Will fire the other way, incomplete!
…..They have trips left. And a flag?
….3rd and 7 ULM, at the ULM 35.
….We have 12:16 left in the first half. Auburn and Louisiana Monroe are still tied, 7-7.
…..3rd and 7 ULM. Evans will have 4 wides. And we have whistles. ULM calls time, their second.
….Deshaun Davis, lost two.
…..2nd and 5. Motion out. Give White, and he’s tripped for a loss!
…..1st and 10. Will fake, and fires on the hitch, Green has it at the 37.
….Green dives, and has it at the 32.
…..3rd and 8, possession play. Evans will have twins either side. Fires on the out, great catch.
….Nick Coe with the swat-down.
…..2nd and 8. Screen, batted, and incomplete.
…..ULM has it back. Evans will give up the gut, Gore gets a couple.
…..Lousy punt, only went 26 yards.
…..Auburn is going to punt. Aiden Marshall will kick high and short, fair caught at the 20.
….Punt it, pin ’em deep, and lean on a good defense. Auburn linemen are starting to wear down the Warhawk line.
…..That’s the emotional thing to do, but the strategic thing to do is to punt, and not rely on giving ULM new life by not making it.
….It’s 4th and 2 at the ULM 46. Will the Tigers go for it?
…..That’s the end of the first quarter. Tie game, 7-7.
…..3rd and 8 for Auburn. Stidham has time, swing pass KJ, no room on the short side, short.
…..2nd and 10. Here’s KJ back in the game. Give to Kerryon, tripped at the 48.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Barrett checks in. Huddle. Twins left. Fake. Stidham will go too high for Davis.
…..3rd and 1. Heavy set, KJ up the gut, will make the 46, and a first down.
…..Offside on ULM, repeat the down.
…..3rd and 6. Here’s Stidham, big rush, they jump, will get pulled down short. But, should not count.
…..2nd and 9 Tigers. Two backs, and another give up the gut, to the 38.
…..Give to KJ, only a yard. A little Auburn stubbornness showing up…
…..They did a good job not trying to blow him up.
…..Arkansas now leads MSU, 14-0. A little Bulldog swoon, in the early game?
Holland moving around a bit more on the sideline, jogging it off. Nice to see our D-Line close the gap on a flush out by the QB. Gotta sharpen up!!
46 yards. Pretty good punt.
…..Out comes the ULM punt team. Heim will take, and launch one. Roberts will fair catch at the Auburn 35.
…..Evans is flushed right, will throw it away!
…..Call it 4. 3rd and 6, possession play.
……2nd and 10. Evans will have two backs, three wides, give, Luckett, got about 3.
….Evans brings out the ULM offense. Fake, will go deep, Roberts breaks it up!
…..Went to a well covered Stove, across the field. Can’t throw back across your body!
…..At the ULM 14.
…..2nd and 8. Twins right. Will fire deep, and picked off.
…..New set of downs, mixup in the backfield, Stidham goes forward for two.
…..2nd and 11. Twins stacked left. Pass to Davis, will pickup 15 easily on the screen.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Screen to Davis, lost a yard. Missed block.
…..2nd and 6. Huddle, pitch to Barrett, will cross the 40, and to the 45!
…..New set of downs. Fake, quick screen to Davis, to the 31.
…..It will be 2nd and 10. Stidham will take, and has time. Will hit Davis underneath, at the 27!
…..They give him progress to the 17. Give KJ, stuffed.
Tied up?! Good grief. and Holland looks hurt.
….Igbinoghene returns, and clobbered by the first man at the 13. No blocking at all.
….ULM scored on a 4th and goal reverse. They quick-pitched to the left, but then lateralled it back to a receiver going the other way.
…..Then there was referee weirdness. A flag was called on ULM at the 5, but picked up, and ULM allowed a timeout. Then, without explanation, the refs moved the ball down to the two for the next play.
…..The Warhawks overcame a pair of dropped balls. Key play was a pass interference call on Jamel Dean, that gave the Warhawks first and goal.
…..ULM had a nice drive, and ate up about 6 minutes of clock doing it.
……Light will attempt the PAT, and it’s up and good. With 6:36 left in the first quarter, the game is tied, 7-7.
….Two backs, twins left. Pitch, reverse, and B. WIlliams scores easily.
….4th and goal, and ULM going? It appears so.
….uh, oh. Holland is limping off.
…..They’ll go with a fake, rollout, fires, too high!
……3rd and goal at the two.
…..Now, they have penalized Auburn, set up at the two. Give inside, not much.
…..Alabama has extended its lead over Mercer to 14-0.
…..Novembert? Arkansas leads Mississippi State 7-0, and has the ball back, early in Arkansas.
…..With 7:36 left in the first quarter, Auburn leads, 7-0, but the Warhawks are threatening at the Auburn five.
…..Officials changing their mind? Yes. They let ULM call time, and no penalty.
…..Illegal substitution, on ULM!
…..They’ll go with a timeout, or a flag?
……2nd and goal at the 5. Substitution.
…..First and goal. They stay spread out, give White, and he’ll lose a yard.
……Interference, will spot this at the two.
…..3rd and 12. Evans will have trips left. He’ll take, and fire to the end zone, and a flag. Dean ran into the receiver…
…..2nd and 10 at the 14. Motion to the left. Fakes, keeps, will get dumped by Davidson!
…..At the Tiger 14. Trips left. Evans will throw on the slant, another dropped ball.
…..First down, they say.
…..2nd and 5. Two backs, three wides. Evans will screen it to Green, he will be close to the stake on the near side.
……Spot it at the Auburn 24. Stack left, keeper, Evans is inside the 20.
…..2nd and 7. Shotgun, 3 wides. Screen, Gore, big gain, fumbles out of bounds at the Auburn 25.
…..Out to the ULM 37. Here’s trips right. Motion in. Give to Gore, slices for three.
…..3rd and 5, possession play. Evans in gun, pistol set. Drops, fires on the slant, Turner has the first.
…..2nd and 5. Trips right. Will have a dropped ball, on the square in.
…..ULM starts at the 25. Evan takes, and he hands to Gore, for 5 yards right at Auburn.
…..Carlson to kick off. Will hit 9 yards deep, and into the stands.
…..Checking the Creme Brulet coffee scoreboard… Alabama scored at the same time Auburn did. The Crimson Tide leads Mercer, 7-0 early.
…..Auburn got a lot done on that left side, that drive. Prince Tega Wanagho was really manhandling ULM linemen and backers, on that side.
…..Carlson is up, and good, and Auburn leads 7-0, with 12:08 left in the first quarter!
….First and goal Tigers. KJ up the GUT, POOOOOWERING… INNNNN!
Down to the 8 yard line.
……Spot it at the 29. Jumps, but got back, screen to Slayton, he’s off and running!
…..Pistol set, heavy to the right. Stidham will give to KJ, bouncing outside to the left, inside the 30!
…..Measurement: about 2 inches short.
…..At the ULM 34, or just outside it.
…..3rd and inches, I think. Measurement coming.
….2nd and 3. Give KJ, will be close to the stake, fighting forward.
…..1st and 10 at the ULM 44. Give to Johnson, will dodge inside the 40.
…..2nd and 3. Give KJ, across midfield, slanting off the left.
…..New set of Tiger downs. Give to Johnson, to the 48 up the gut.
…..Kerryon Johnson on a quick screen. 2nd and 4. Fake, Stidham flips to Stove, out to the 42.
…..1st and 10 Tigers. Huddle, and flaring out quickly to KJ to the 26!
…..Here is the boot! Light will kick high, from the two, and Igbinoghene is spun down at the 20.
……Kam Martin and Noah Igbinoghene will go deep for the Tigers.
…..Auburn’s strategy is apparently to put a bad defense on the field first, and get to scoring early and often.
…..Auburn has won the toss, and will receive to start the game!
…..The evening has LSU at Tennessee, Texas A&M at Ole Miss, and Missouri at Vanderbilt.
…..The SEC/CBS game at 2:30 today will be Kentucky at Georgia. Playing at 3:00 PM are Wofford at South Carolina, and UAB at Florida.
…..Today in SEC football, several 11:00 AM games are in the offing. Alabama hosts Mercer, and Arkansas hosts Mississippi State.
…..And the players are warming up at Jordan Hare Stadium! We are approximately 25 minutes from kickoff, at this time.
…..It is being reported that ESPN Gameday is likely to be set up at Auburn, for next Saturday’s Iron Bowl.
…..The big challenge is to the Louisiana Monroe defense. They have been fried to the tune of near 38 points per game. Auburn is giving up around 17 points per game, this year.
…..And we are live! Could be some fireworks, in this game with a dry field and no sun in the players’ eyes. Louisiana Monroe is averaging 34 points per game this season, while Auburn is averaging 37.
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