AUBURN | Summary and statistics from No. 13 Auburn's game against No. 24 Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn opened the game with a 7-play, 75-yard touchdown drive as Kerryon Johnson had a 59-yard run and then scored on 4th-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line. The defense forced a three-and-out after the reversal of a targeting penalty on Tray Matthews, but Jarrett Stidham fumbled on 3rd down at AU's 32-yard line. AU's defense held MSU to one first down with the Bulldogs getting on the board with a 40-yard field goal. On AU's next drive, Stidham connected with Darius Slayton on a 49-yard reverse pass and Ryan Davis for a 7-yard touchdown. AU gained 170 yards in the 1st quarter to MSU's 45.
The 2nd quarter began with an exchange of punts. Marlon Davidson had a big play on 3rd down with a batted pass. On the next play, Stidham connected with Will Hastings for a 47-yard touchdown. MSU tried a fake punt on 4th-and-4 but Daniel Thomas came up with the stop to give AU the ball on MSU's 33-yard line. AU couldn't get a 1st down and Daniel Carlson's 51-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright. AU's offense stalled its next two possessions and MSU responded with a 77-yard drive as Nick Fitzgerald threw a 5-yard TD pass to Justin Johnson to cut AU's lead to 21-10 at halftime.
Auburn's first drive of the 2nd half started at its own 1-yard line but Stidham connected with Eli Stove for a 57-yard pass, Stove went another 30 yards on an end around and Johnson scored from 2 yards out as AU drove 99 yards on 7 plays to take a 29-10 lead. Tray Matthews came up with a diving interception at midfield to stop MSU's next drive but AU managed just one 1st down before punting. MSU drove 51 yards but came up short on a 4th and 15 at the AU 39. The Tigers, however, turned it right back over as Kamryn Pettway fumbled at the 43-yard line.
AU's defense began the quarter with a 4th-down stop at the 39-yard line. Stidham connected on another big play, a 52-yard pass to Kyle Davis, and Johnson scored his third touchdown two plays later. Javaris Davis intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to put Auburn up 42-10. MSU drove to AU's 12-yard line but was stopped on 4th down again. Backup QB Malik Willis capped the scoring with a 67-yard TD run late in the fourth.
Total yards: AU 511, MSU 351; Rush yards: AU 244, MSU 194; Pass yards: AU 267, MSU 157; Penalties: AU 1-15, MSU 10-39; First downs: AU 14, MSU 18; Third downs: AU 6-12, MSU 7-21; Turnovers: AU 2, MSU 2; Sacks: AU 2, MSU 2.
Jarrett Stidham 13-of-16 for 264 yards and 2 TD, 4 carries for -12 yards, 1 fumble
Malik Willis 1-of-1 for 3 yards, 1 carry for 67 yards and 1 TD
Kerryon Johnson 23 carries for 116 yards and 3 TD, 1 catch for 3 yards
Kamryn Pettway 5 carries for 6 yards, 1 fumble
Malik Miller 3 carries for 17 yards
Devan Barrett 2 carries for 20 yards
Darius Slayton 1 catch for 49 yards
Ryan Davis 5 catches for 26 yards and 1 TD
Eli Stove 2 catches for 75 yards, 1 carry for 30 yards
Chandler Cox 1 catch for 6 yards
Will Hastings 1 catch for 47 yards and 1 TD
Kyle Davis 1 catch for 52 yards
Noah Igbinoghene 1 catch for 3 yards
Daniel Carlson 0-of-1 field goals (Miss: 51)