Auburn is in danger of suffering a shocking defeat to FCS-opponent Jacksonville State.
Jeremy Johnson threw a perfect 51-yard touchdown pass to running back Roc Thomas to regain the lead for Auburn with 8:27 remaining in the third quarter. Auburn may have gotten away with a hold on the play, but the Tigers lead 13-10 for now.
Jacksonville State has tied the score with a 26-yard field goal from Connor Rouleau. It’s 13-13 with 10:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jacksonville State has taken the lead on a five-yard touchdown run by Troymaine Pope. It is 20-13 with 5:38 remaining in the game.
Auburn has tied the game at 20 on a Melvin Ray touchdown catch from Jeremy Johnson with 39 seconds left in the game. Jacksonville State shanked a punt, which allowed Auburn to start at the Gamecocks 31-yard line.
The game is heading to overtime tied at 20.
Peyton Barber scored on a three-yard touchdown run on Auburn’s first possession of overtime. After a Cassanova McKinzy sack, Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an incomplete pass on fourth down from the 20-yard line. Auburn survives 27-20.
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The Tigers trailed 10-6 at halftime, here’s how it happened:
Auburn came in missing two of its best defenders in Tray Matthews and Carl Lawson. The secondary depth got worse when Josh Holsey was injured early in the first quarter. The injuries have forced multiple freshman into playing time early.
The defense is not why Auburn is losing, but they have not been as sharp as they were last week against Louisville in the first half.
Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins is extending plays and connecting with receivers downfield. He has 182 yards and a touchdown at the half.
2. Can Jeremy Johnson see?
The SEC Network analyst on the live broadcast pondered whether or not Jeremy Johnson could see after he threw another interception directly to a Jacksonville State linebacker.
Johnson again looked uncomfortable throwing the ball in the first half, as he missed receivers. He needs to improve, quickly. Auburn’s running game is also dormant with just 52 yards at the half.
Senior defensive back Blake Countess was ejected for targeting toward the end of the first half on a close call. It appeared to be targeting by rule, but on replay Countess had already committed himself to Jenkins as he was sliding to the turf.
Auburn needs to make major adjustments at halftime to avoid what would be a crushing upset.
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