The Auburn Tigers piled up more than 500 yards of offense, Jarrett Stidham was accurate on his way to a 300-yard passing game and Kamryn Pettway scored 3 touchdowns.
But the stat that really stood out in the 24-10 harder-than-it-should’ve-been victory against Mercer on a homecoming Saturday was turnovers. Auburn committed five of them and while the Tigers moved the ball, they had multiple drives cut short.
INJURY REPORT: Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway active, 3 key players held out
Auburn-Mercer live updates, score
AUBURN 24, MERCER 10 (4:50 3Q): After a stunning Daniel Carlson missed field goal from gimmie range, Auburn’s defense came up big again with a three-and-out. The Tigers took advantage of the field position with Pettway’s third touchdown run of the game.
AUBURN 17, MERCER 10 (13:48 3Q): Auburn’s defense gives up its first touchdown inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on a third-down pass play early in the fourth quarter. It’s just a one-possession game.
END OF 3RD QUARTER: AUBURN 17, MERCER 3. Mercer is knocking on the door of the Tigers’ red zone as they head into a fourth quarter of a frustrating Saturday on the Plains.
AUBURN 17, MERCER 3 (8:06 3Q): After snuffing out a fake field goal that came after the Tigers’ fourth fumble of the game — this one on a punt return — Auburn marched right down the field with a quick drive capped by a wildcat keeper from Kamryn Pettway for his second touchdown of the game.
HALFTIME: AUBURN 10, MERCER 3. The Tigers (279) nearly tripled up Mercer (97) in yardage in the first half, but three turnovers — all fumbles — killed two ideal scoring drives and directly led to Mercer’s only one.
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Auburn 10, Mercer 3 (0:37 2Q): Kamryn Pettway fumbled inside the red zone on the Tigers’ second-to-last drive of the first half. After a quick three-and-out, Auburn’s offense wasn’t able to put the ball in the end zone. Daniel Carlson’s short field goal put the Tigers back up a touchdown.
Auburn 7, Mercer 3 (5:09 2Q): Another fumble from a wide receiver — this time, Eli Stove — gave Mercer great field position deep in Auburn territory. The Tigers held the Bears to just a field goal, but those were three bad points to give up.
END OF 1ST QUARTER: AUBURN 7, MERCER 0
Auburn gained 147 yards in the first quarter. That was 30 more than it had in the entire game against Clemson last weekend. The Tigers moved the ball well, save for a couple of mistakes by its wide receivers.
Auburn 7, Mercer 0 (1:03 1Q): After a fumble from Kyle Davis and a drop by Eli Stove cost Auburn its first two drives, the Tigers quickly punch it in late in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Kamryn Pettway. Jarrett Stidham is 8-for-10 for 87 yards so far — with the two incompletions coming on a drop and a throw away.
Auburn-Mercer football game time, details
- Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
- Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
- Line: N/A
What channel is Auburn-Mercer football on?
The SEC Network Alternate channel will broadcast the game.
How can I watch Auburn-Mercer football online?
You can stream the game at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Auburn-Mercer football on the radio?
You can listen to the Auburn Sports Network call 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.
Auburn-Mercer football preview
- Hello, old friend: Mercer used to be a staple of Auburn football’s schedules in the early days of the program. The Tigers have an 11-0 record all-time against the Bears, who disbanded their football team in 1941. Bobby Lamb brought the program back five seasons ago.
- Role reversal: Auburn currently ranks 5th nationally in yards allowed per play (defense) and 125th nationally in yards gained (offense) per play. The Tigers had one of the country’s best offenses and worst defenses in those same categories in Gus Malzahn’s first two years at Auburn.