AUBURN — We are live at Jordan-Hare Stadium for tonight’s season-opening game between Auburn and Washington State. It’s the Auburn head coaching debut of Gus Malzahn and the first start for Nick Marshall as Auburn’s quarterback. Making a good first impression is key to Malzahn and his staff as they try to start “A New Day” in Tigers football.
Here’s a breakdown of today’s game from today’s Montgomery Advertiser.
FINAL: Auburn 31 Washington State 24
More to come after the postgame.
2:09: Auburn takes over on downs. WSU got to the Tigers 27 after Tre Mason fumbled. Robenson Therezie came away with his second INT to end a WSU drive earlier.
9:07: Cody Parkey makes his second field goal, a 42-yard kick, to make it 31-24. Kick caps a 12-play 61-yard drive spanning 5:27.
End of 3rd Quarter: Auburn 28 Washington State 24
0:00: Washington State converts a third down and then gashes Auburn for a 28-yard run to close the frame.
Auburn misses sure TDs on overthrows by Marshall and Jonathan Wallace. Could be a very costly drive.
4:18: Andrew Furney makes a 46-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 28-24. WSU goes 39 yards on nine plays.
6:51: Auburn drive stalls and Cody Parkey makes a 26-yard field goal to make it 28-21.Nick Marshall finally connected with Sammie Coates for a 34-yard strikes down the right side. Au had a 1st-and-goal from the four-yard line and Marshall ran it in but it was wiped out by a holding penalty on Cameron Artis-Payne.
Halftime: Auburn 25 Washington State 21
Montravius Adams records a sack on first down.
6:06: Corey Grant runs for a 75-yard touchdown, barely staying in-bounds on the left sideline. Tigers back on top 22-21.
6:18: Jeremiah Laufasa runs in a 1-yard TD score, his second, and Washington State is back on top 21-15. Connor Halliday is ripping the Tigers defense apart. Halliday hit Bobby Ratliff for a 53-yard pass down to the 1.
7:46: Tre Mason returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Auburn back on top 15-14.
8:02: Connor Halliday hits Bobby Ratliff for a 7-yard TD pass. WSU takes a 14-8 lead. Right now Auburn defense is doing very little right, two offsides penalties helped that drive.
12:33: Washington State takes over at its own 33 after Cody Parkey misses a 50-yard field goal attempt. Parkey can’t crack the 46-yard barrier from last year.
End of 1st Quarter: Auburn 8 Washington State 7
0:00: Josh Holsey intercepts a lob from Connor Halliday on the final play of the first quarter. Auburn takes over at the WSU 45.
1:25: Auburn takes over at its 36 after forcing a three-and-out. Robenson Therezie is having a great game so far.
2:26: Tre Mason plows through several tacklers for an 8-yard touchdown run. Ryan White runs in a two-point conversion and Auburn leads 8-7. Scoring drive 28 yards on four plays in 1:17. Nick Marshall completed his first pass, a 15-yarder to Quan Bray.
3:43: Robenson Therezie intercepts a tipped ball and returns it to the WSU 28-yard line.
6:45: Auburn begins its second drive from the 1-yard line
9:23: Nick Marshall’s first drive start with fumbled snap and sack for loss of 4, followed by a very long overthrown pass fro Sammie Coates, a dropped pass by Ricardo Louis, an off-target throw and a throw into coverage.
10:43: Washington State scores on a 4-yard run by Jeremiah Laufasa. Connor Halliday was 6-for-9 for 70 yards on opening drive. 7-0 Washington State
15:00: Auburn will kickoff to Washington State and defend the South end to open the game
Reese Dismukes and Chris Davis are Auburn’s captains tonight.
Nick Marshall received the loudest ovation during pregame intros.
Some lineup changes:
- Robenson Therezie will start at “star” safety over Justin Garrett (left foot). Therezie was the Player of the Week in our preview today.
- Gabe Wright will start over Jeff Whitaker at defensive tackle. Multiple reports have Whitaker hurt and out at least this game.
- For Washington State: Marcus Mason will start at RB and Cyrus Coen will start at SLB.
- Auburn is 1-0 all-time against Washington State, a 40-14 win in 2006.
- Auburn is 7-3 all-time against the Pac-12. The last meeting between the Tigers and a Pac-12 opponent was the 2010 BCS National Championship win over Oregon.
- Auburn is 4-2 all-time in August games.
- The 1993 Tigers, who finished 11-0, will be honored during tonight’s game.
- Auburn is 92-26-2 in season opening games and 95-15-3 in home openers; AU did not play in Auburn until the 1896 season
- Since 1969, no Auburn head coach and quarterback have made their debut in the same game.
- It is the 13th anniversary of the pregame flight of the eagle at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- Auburn begins its 121st football season and 74th at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. 3+ hours to kickoff pic.twitter.com/SYF7tPbV8z
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) August 31, 2013
We’ll have more before kickoff.