Auburn football never has been short on theatrics.
The 2016 season didn’t hit that level, but there were plenty of big moments for the 8-4 Tigers. Here are the 10 best from SEC Country.
10. Daniel Carlson fake field goal TD
Everyone knew he could kick it. Daniel Carlson showed off his wheels on this play against Arkansas State that gave Auburn a 28-7 second quarter lead. And yes, he also kicked three field goals in the game.
— Auburn MBA Programs (@AuburnMBA) September 12, 2016
9. Sean White to Jalen Harris vs. Ole Miss
The game against Ole Miss provided some big moments for Auburn football. While a 15-yard touchdown pass to the tight end may not seem like a big deal, for the Tigers, it was something else. But the play — called Fight Song — was Auburn’s first completion to a tight end in 21 games and first TD pass to a tight end since the Outback Bowl at the end of the 2014 season. It was a key play too. It gave Auburn a 27-22 advantage.
Auburn TE Jalen Harris finds the end zone. pic.twitter.com/lPIrPWM4Fw
— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) October 30, 2016
8. Montravius Adams’ scoop and score vs. Mississippi State
Montravius Adams had a monster season for Auburn. He was rewarded with this touchdown after Carl Lawson forced Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald to fumble. The TD near the end of the first half gave Auburn a 35-0 lead at the half.
7. Kamyrn Pettway’s 41-yard TD run vs. Ole Miss
For a player who didn’t carry the ball in the season opener and didn’t appear to be a major part of the run game plans, Kamryn Pettway sure had a lot of highlights in 2016. Pettway leads Auburn in rushing with 1,123 yards and 7 TDs. He had many big runs, but his 41-yarder against the Rebels displayed his strength and speed.
6. Daniel Carlson kicks six field goals vs. LSU
As frustrating as it was to watch Auburn line up and kick field goal after field goal instead of scoring touchdowns, it was a relief to have Daniel Carlson as the one lining up and kicking it. He hit from 51 yards to start the scoring and added 29, 29 and 31-yard kicks. He hit from 37 and 29 in the fourth quarter for the final six points of Auburn’s 18-13 win.
5. Josh Holsey’s interception vs. Ole Miss
Auburn was riding a 4-game winning streak and leading by 4 points in the fourth quarter. The Rebels were on the Auburn 39 facing third-and-8. That’s when Josh Holsey jumped a Chad Kelly pass. He returned the interception 47 yards to the Ole Miss 25 and three plays later Kerryon Johnson scored from the 3 to give Auburn a 40-29 lead and eventual win.
4. Eli Stove’s 78-yard TD run vs. Arkansas
On Auburn’s first play, Stove took the handoff and sprinted 78 yards untouched for Auburn’s second-longest play from scrimmage of the season (John Franklin III’s 80-yard TD run was longest). It began a 56-3 rout of the Razorbacks in which the Tigers ran for 543 yards.
3. Kyle Davis’ one-handed grab in traffic
Freshman receiver Kyle Davis only caught 11 passes this season, but it’s obvious the big-play potential he oozes. Try figuring out how he makes this 42-yard grab against Arkansas State.
— BIGPLAY.com (@BIGPLAYcom) September 11, 2016
2. Sean White’s flip, Kerryon Johnson’s wild run
The Arkansas State game provided Auburn’s two biggest “wow” plays. The Kyle Davis catch and this play. First, QB Sean White is flushed from the pocket, stumbles and just before hitting the ground tosses the ball underhand to Kerryon Johnson. From that point, it’s just pure athleticism as Johnson runs all the way across the field, hurdles a defender and dives into the end zone for what went down as a 47-yard touchdown run.
1. Final play against LSU
OK, so this really wasn’t a highlight play for Auburn, but the end result triggered a series of events that took two teams in different directions. What first was ruled as a game-winning touchdown on the game’s final play (Danny Etling to DJ Chark for 15 yards), was overturned when officials saw the game clock expired before the ball was snapped. At 1-2, Auburn was desperate for a win and the 18-13 outcome began a 6-game winning streak. For LSU, it was the last game Les Miles would coach. He was fired the next day.