AUBURN — We are live from Jordan-Hare Stadium for tonight’s SEC opening game between Auburn and Mississippi State.Gus Malzahn and the Tigers snapped 10-game SEC losing streak.
0:10 – Nick Marshall led a 12-play 88-yard drive and connected with C.J. Uzomah on an 11-yard touchdown to lead a comeback
9:53 – Cody Parkey makes a 47-yard FG to cut the gap to 20-17 MSU. Earlier on the drive Nick Marshall caught his own deflected pass and went for 37 yards.
12:38 – Dak Prescott scores on a 2-yard run, his second TD of the game, and MSU takes a 20-14 lead. Prescott has 107 yards on 11 carries.
5:02 – Dak Prescott carries in from 5 yards out to cut the gap to 1. Auburn up 14-13.
13:36 – Cody Parkey makes a 19-yard field goal to put Auburn up 14-6. On 4th & goal from the 2 Gus decides to kick and go up 8.
4:09 – Jameon Lewis runs in from 14 yard out to put MSU on the board but the Bulldogs fail on a 2-point try. Auburn leads 11-6. The Tigers streak of 20 straight possessions without allowing a TD is snapped.
4:54 – Nick Marshall fumbles the snap but regroups and finds an open Quan Bray for a 76-yard touchdown. Ryan White then flips a pass over the middle to Brandon Fulse for a 2-pt conversion and Auburn is ahead 11-0.
5:44 – Daveon Bell’s 35-yard field goal try is wide right. Auburn still leads 3-0. The Tigers ahve not allowed a touchdown for 20 straight possessions.
10:53 – Cody Parkey makes a 40-yard field goal to put Auburn up 3-0. Tigers drive stalled at the MSU 13.
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Here’s a breakdown heading into tonight’s game.
Lineup changes & pregame observations:
- Ryan White is starting at corner over Chris Davis, who left last week’s game with an injury and is not dressed for tonight’s game. Davis had a career-best 10 tackles last week and had a 40-yard punt return called back on a penalty. His absence could be a huge blow to the Tigers secondary and special teams.
- Dak Prescott will start at quarterback for Mississippi State. Tyler Russell was the announced starter but was out last week with a concussion.
- Defensive end Dee Ford (left knee ligament) is dressed out for the first time this season. Ford led Auburn with six sacks last season but has not played yet this season after suffering an injury on Aug. 10.
- Robenson Therezie gets the start at “star” over Justin Garrett (left foot sprain) for the third straight week. Garrett was hurt Aug. 10 and has not been available to speak since. Malzahn said he practiced all week and he is dressed out again.
- Ben Bradley gets the start at defensive tackle in place of the injured Jeff Whitaker for the second straight week.
- Nosa Eguae gets his second straight start at right defensive end, getting the nod over LaDarius Owens who had a strong outing last week.
- Trovon Reed is starting over Quan Bray. Reed has not started yet this year and had two receptions for 24 yards last week. Bray has three catches for 28 yards this year.
- Ryan Brown will start at DE over Preston Smith and P.J. Jones will start at DT over Chris Jones for MSU.
- Auburn has lost its last 10 SEC games dating back to Oct. 29, 2011 against Ole Miss.
- Auburn has not allowed a touchdown in its last six quarters, the longest stretch since games against MSU and LSU in 2008. Tigers opponents have failed to reach the end zone for 19 straight possessions.
- Four Auburn assistants previously served at Mississippi State. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, offensive line coach J.B Grimes, safeties coach Charlie Harbison and corners coach Melvin Smith have collectively spent 25 years in Starkville. Smith was with the Bulldogs last season and helped produce corners Darius Slay and Thorpe Award winner Johnthan Banks.
- Auburn is 45-29-5 all-time in SEC openers and 18-2 over the last 20. The Tigers are 54-23-2 all-time in SEC home openers.
- Auburn has won 79 straight games when it scores 30 or more points, including its two victories this season.
- Auburn leads the series 60-24-2 but Mississippi State won last year’s game 28-10. The Bulldogs are looking for consecutive wins in the series for the first time since winning four straight from 1997-2000.
- It is the tenth straight years Auburn opens SEC play against MSU and the sixth straight for the Bulldogs.
- Auburn is 158-51-5 all-time in games played during September.
- Mississippi State has won six straight games in the month of September.
- Auburn is 291-230-18 overall in SEC play all-time including 118-52-6 in games played in Auburn.
- Auburn has started 2-0 for the 71st time, last doing so in 2011.
- Mississippi State is the only SEC team to have blocked a punt and a field goal thus far this season.
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— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 14, 2013