We will now recap the No. 5 Auburn Tigers 4-0 (1st SEC West), who played the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2-3 (1st C-USA West) at home at the Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. The Tigers were favored at -32 with the O/U at 61, and the total of the game was 62. Thus, the game went over, and the difference in points was 28 so the Tigers did not cover the spread.
The Auburn QB Marshall completed 10 of 17 passes for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries as Auburn beat the Bulldogs 45-17. The Auburn hurry up offense with QB Marshall and WR Bray demonstrated their abilities as Bray had 3 receptions for 91 yards averaging just over 30 yards per receptions, and scored 2 touchdowns and also scored a TD on a 76 yard punt return. Their RB Artis-Payne carried the ball 22 times for 116 yards and a TD. The Auburn Tigers actually outgained the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 473 yards to 321 yards.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs QB Sokol completed 25 of his 35 passes for 216 yards while throwing one interception. Their RB Dixon rushed for just 29 yards on 14 carries but still managed to score to touchdowns, and WR Taylor had 8 receptions for 80 yards. The Bulldogs had the only points scored in the 3rd quarter to bring the score to 24-10 Auburn and then the Tigers began the outburst of scoring with 21 points in the 4th quarter to the Bulldogs 7 points in the 4th.
The Auburn’s WR Bray became the 1st Auburn player to score 2 punt returns for touchdowns in a single season for the Tigers. The game statistics certainly were in favor of Auburn as they had 23 first downs with a total offensive yardage of 473 yards with 219 yards passing and 254 yards rushing with no turnovers, while the Bulldogs had 14 first downs with 321 total yards with 216 passing and 105 rushing and 2 turnovers.
The Auburn coach Malzahn told his QB Marshall that the Bulldogs had problems with the quarterback run, and that he should follow his instincts, making plays with his legs, and so he applied that scramble rule, and had 13 quarterback carries, with one for a 31 yard gain.
Auburn’s defense was sparked by big plays from defensive lineman Adams who forced a fumble which he recovered and the 306 pounder also scored the 1st Tiger TD with a 37 yard interception for the first Auburn score since their offense did not do anything on their first two offensive series of the game.
Auburn fans who bet on college football at a sportbook -- your No. 5 Tigers will play the No. 15 LSU Tigers (6th SEC West) on Saturday, Oct. 4th 2014, whose only defeat was 29 to 34 to Mississippi State. And you Bulldog fans can watch for the odds on your team next week as they play the UTEP Miners 2-2 (3rd C-USA West). Lots of luck with the Tigers be it Auburn or LSU!