AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn beat Louisiana-Monroe, 42-14, on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a performance that was far from perfect, but good enough to get the sixth-ranked Tigers where they want to be entering next Saturday’s huge game.
Auburn was a little sloppy on offense in the first half, leading the Warhawks (4-6) from the Sun Belt just 14-7 at the half. But Auburn poured on 28 second-half points for the easy win. The Tigers allowed 320 yards that included a 70-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass.
Jarrett Stidham threw for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns and the Tigers ran for 318 yards (Kerryon Johnson 137 yards, TD and Kam Martin 83 yards, TD).
Now it’s make-or-break time for the Tigers (9-2, 6-1 SEC). The Iron Bowl on Nov. 25 against No. 1 Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium will serve as a winner-take-all contest for the SEC West. If Auburn wins that one, it must then take care of business against Georgia on Dec. 2 in the SEC Championship Game to reserve a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Auburn-ULM recap, score
AUBURN 42, ULM 14 (4Q, 3:05)
- Malik Miller scores from the 1. The TD was set up by a 62-yard run from backup quarterback Malik Willis to the ULM 7.
AUBURN 35, ULM 14 (4Q, 6:31)
- One possession after throwing a pick-6, Garrett Smith finds Brian Williams for a 70-yards scoring pass for the Warhawks.
AUBURN 35, ULM 7 (4Q, 8:09)
- Nick Ruffin steps in front of a pass and takes it 45 yards for the pick-6.
End of the 3rd: Auburn 28, ULM 7
AUBURN 28, ULM 7 (2:46, 3Q)
- Jarrett Stidham looks to be holding onto the ball for a little too long, but finds Kam Martin who then finds the end zone. Auburn finally doing what it’s supposed to against the Sun Belt opponent.
AUBURN 21, ULM 7 (9:33, 3Q)
- Kerryon Johnson runs through ULM defenders and then Kam Martin takes Auburn down to the end zone. Martin pushes forward for a couple more yards on the next play and adds another score for Auburn. ULM seems a little worn down.
AUBURN 14, ULM 7 (1:27, 2Q)
- Darius Slayton makes another impressive grab in the end zone and puts Auburn up 14-7 over ULM. An ugly day for the Tigers getting slightly better right before halftime.
AUBURN 7, ULM 7
- The second quarter doesn’t get much better for Auburn. Tiger are sluggish and struggling to make plays on both sides of the ball. Nick Coe is shaken up on a play, but comes back in later on. Kerryon Johnson and Darius Slayton get the ball moving a little bit before Will Hastings get involved.
End of the 1st: Auburn 7, ULM 7
AUBURN 7, ULM 7
- Jarrett Stidham forces a pass to Eli Stove and it’s picked off. This may be the ugliest Saturday of the season for the Tigers — and that includes the 5 turnover against Mercer. Defense back out for AU.
AUBURN 7, ULM 7
- Auburn’s defense is slow and sloppy to start the day and ULM capitalizes. Auburn’s Jeff Holland limps off the field during the Warhawks’ drive and is crowded by a group of athletic training staff members. That’s about as bad as the visitor’s opening drive could have gone.
AUBURN 7, ULM 0
- The first drive of the day was all Kerryon Johnson. The running back took less than three minutes to find his way into the end zone against ULM.
Auburn-ULM, Week 12 date, game time, TV channel
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
- Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
- Time: Noon ET (12 p.m. ET)
- Network: ESPN2
What TV channel is Auburn-ULM on?
ESPN2 is televising the game.
How can I watch Auburn-ULM online?
Watch the game online on ESPN2 through WatchESPN.com.
How can I listen to Auburn-ULM on the radio?
You can listen to the Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and Georgia game with Rod Bramblett, Stan White and Ronnie Brown. Locally in Auburn, the broadcast is on 93.9 FM. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app.
Preview and predictions from SEC Country’s Auburn writers:
Justin Ferguson: Auburn 56, ULM 13
Louisiana-Monroe has a dangerous kick returner and an offense that I think will move the ball some against Auburn, especially when the younger players take over for most of the second half. ULM’s defense, however, is the third-worst in the country in yards per play, and it hasn’t played a Power 5 team. Auburn’s red-hot offense should be able to name its score against the Warhawks. Gus Malzahn will leave the starters in long enough to keep them sharp and hang plenty of points on the visitors before the Iron Bowl.
Lauren Shute: Auburn 55, ULM 0
Auburn continues to show what it’s capable of, and it’s an exciting thing to watch. The Tigers are in the position they were hoping to be in when they departed Baton Rouge. After controlling the game against Georgia in every aspect, it’s key that Gus Malzahn’s team puts together a strong performance against ULM. Offensively, Jarrett Stidham and Kerryon Johnson should have complete freedom and record lots of numbers in not a lot of time. Defensively, it’s not likely (simply because younger players will get time late) but it would make a statement if Kevin Steele’s defense could hold one of the nation’s top-20 offenses scoreless.
Benjamin Wolk: Auburn 51, ULM 9
Auburn isn’t going to let the foot off the gas after pulling off the best win of the college football season. No, the Tigers are going to use that victory over Georgia as a springboard to prove that all of their season-long dreams are intact. Auburn will make easy work of Louisiana-Monroe, and I expect Kerryon Johnson to accomplish enough with limited reps to thrust himself into the Heisman conversation.
Auburn-ULM series history
Auburn and Louisiana-Monroe have met 10 times since 1994 and the Tigers have never lost to the Warhawks. Last year Auburn enjoyed a 58-7 homecoming win over ULM. The year before that, however, Auburn won an overtime game, 31-28.
This meeting will be crucial as Auburn prepares to play the Alabama Crimson Tide the following week. It should provide an opportunity for young players to get some extra reps while older players have a little more time to rest up for Bama.
In 2016, running back Kerryon Johnson ran for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. While the junior should have a day again against the Warhawks, look for running back Kam Martin to be the main rusher in Auburn’s backfield.