AUBURN | It wasn’t flashy but Jarrett Stidham had one of the best games in SEC history against Mercer Saturday.
Auburn’s sophomore quarterback completed 32-of-37 passes for 364 yards. His 86.5 completion percentage is the second-best in conference history with over 30 attempts. Tim Tebow set the record in 2009 completing 88.6 percent of his passes against Cincinnati.
Stidham’s 32 completions are a career-high and the second-most in school history. Patrick Nix had 34 against Arkansas in 1995. The 364 passing yards is the 11th-highest in school history and the most since Nick Marshall threw for a school-record 456 at Alabama in 2014.
“Looking at the passing, Jarrett was 32-37, that’s as efficient as it gets,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Stidham, a Baylor transfer, completed a pass to nine different players including Ryan Davis, who caught a career-high nine passes for 68 yards.
“I feel like Jarrett had a great game,” Davis said. “I feel like he’s comfortable. He was out there just having fun. I feel like Jarrett will always have it and we as receivers just have to have his back and protect the ball.”
Stidham’s numbers are even more impressive considering he had two dropped passes and threw another pass away. Even his interception in the third quarter came on a play that wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers could have done a better job working back toward and fighting for the ball.
“That was a bang-bang play,” Malzahn said.
Still, all that production didn’t translate to the scoreboard in the 24-10 win. Auburn had five turnovers and all three touchdowns came on Kamryn Pettway runs.
“Obviously, we wanted to put up more than 24 points on the board tonight,” Stidham said. “We moved the ball really, really well. We executed the game plan. We just have to not turn the ball over and put it in the end zone.”