Auburn was on the cusp of falling victim to one of the greatest upsets in college football history, but the Tigers survived. Here were the key plays that helped Auburn escape against Jacksonville State:
1. Praise Peyton Barber
Auburn only ran for 52 yards in the first half, but Barber came alive in the second half and saved the Tigers. He set up Jeremy Johnson’s game-tying touchdown pass with 39 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
Then in the extra period Barber avoided three tackles to keep Auburn’s drive alive on 3rd and 9. The next play he punched in the winning touchdown from the three-yard line to give Auburn the decisive 27-20 win.
2. Jeremy Johnson survives, barely
Johnson threw two more interceptions to give him five on the season, as he looked awful until he completed the game-tying touchdown to Melvin Ray with 39 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
3. Muschamp’s defense comes through in the end
The Auburn defense struggled to defend quarterback Eli Jenkins all day, but Casanova Mckinzy sacked Jenkins on third down to force Jacksonville State into a last play from the 20-yard line. Jenkins’ throw was caught out of bounds around the end zone as Auburn escaped with a 27-20 victory.