Hello from the plains of Auburn and Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s a beautiful afternoon but it appears the locals are all glued to the Alabama-Texas A&M game. There isn’t an empty seat in the press box where the TV’s are located. The first person I ran into upon arriving today was MSU head baseball coach John Cohen who left me with the advice of “you can’t go wrong with a hot dog”.
Anyways, I will be updating here as well as on Twitter throughout the evening so be sure to stay tuned.
Scanning over the flip card we were provided I don’t see any changes but if they do have any I’ll let you know.
Auburn has arrived and have circled around the AU logo at midfield to pray.
The Bulldogs have now arrived and are walking the field wearing grey jumpsuits.
MSU will wear its maroon matte helmets with white face masks, white jerseys and white pants.
I just finished up our pregame meal of tacos and Mexican rice. Both teams specialists are out on the field warming up. Auburn is going with its classic look of white helmets, navy jerseys and white pants.
As the Hokey Pokey plays over the stadium speakers, Tyler Russell takes the field dressed out and is going through pre-game warm-ups. LaDarius Perkins, Nickoe Whitley and Jamerson Love are all also warming up.
Ryan Brown will start at defensive end for MSU instead of Preston Smith. P.J. Jones will start at defensive tackle in place of Chris Jones.
For Auburn, Robenson Therezie will start at Star instead of Justin Garrett. Ben Bradley will start at defensive tackle instead of Jeffrey Whitaker, Nosa Eguae will start at defensive end instead of LaDarius Owens, Ryan White will start at cornerback instead of Chris Davis and Travon Reed will start at wide receiver instead of Quay Bray.
Although Russell was announced as the starter over the public address, Dak Prescott will start tonight’s game at quarterback.
“Nova” the eagle did not crash into the window during pregame as it did in 2011.
MSU won the toss and deferred to the second half.
Benardrick McKinney comes up with a big third down sack for the Bulldogs on the opening drive. Cody Parkey kicks a 40-yard field goal, 3-0 AU 10:53 1st.
Prescott’s first drive moves the chains four times but stalls in the red zone. Devon Bell missed a 35-yard field goal wide right.
Nick Marshall bobbled a third down snap and was able to find a wide open Quan Bray for a 76-yard touchdown after Justin Cox had slipped down on the play. Ryan White‘s two-point conversion pass to Brandon Fulse was good giving AU a 11-0 lead, 4:54 1st.
Prescott fired right back with a 61-yard completion to Robert Johnson on the first play of the drive. Jameon Lewis scored on a 14-yard reverse on the next play. Nick Griffin‘s two-point conversion run failed, 11-6 AU 4:09 1st.
END 1ST – Auburn 11, MSU 6
Parkey with a 19-yard field goal, 14-6 AU 13:36 2nd.
Deontae Skinner forced a fumble on a punt but Auburn is able to recover. Skinner also has a sack in this one as well.
Prescott with a 5-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-goal. Bell PAT, 14-13 AU 5:02 2nd.
Whitley picks off Marshall’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the first half. That’s his 11th career interception.
HALFTIME – Auburn 14, MSU 13
Key halftime stats:
First downs: MSU 12; AU 9
Rushing yards: MSU 90; AU 62
Passing yards: MSU 152; AU 155
Total yards: MSU 242; AU 217
Turnovers: MSU 0; AU 1
Penalties: MSU 1-10; AU 1-5
Possession time: MSU 16:14; AU 13:46
Rushing: MSU – Dak Prescott 8-49-TD; AU – Corey Grant 5-36
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 9-17-152-0-0; AU Nick Marshall 10-16-155-1-1
Receiving: MSU – Robert Johnson 3-78; Quan Bray 2-80-TD
Tackles: MSU – Benardrick McKinney 6; AU – Jonathon Mincy 6
Following a 47-yard designed run, Prescott plows in for a 2-yard touchdown run. Bell PAT, 20-14 MSU 12:38 3rd. Prescott now has 11 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
After a Marshall 37-yard completion to himself, Parkey kicks a 47-yard field goal. 20-17 MSU 9:53 3rd.
Kendrick Market forced a fumble and Preston Smith recovers at midfield.
Richie Brown with his first career sack.
END 3rd – MSU 20, Auburn 17
Whitley with his second interception of the game.
Brandon Holloway downs Baker Swedenburg’s punt at the 3-yard line. AU ball with 8:36 to play.
I’m down on the field now. Will update once game is over.
Marshall tossed a 11-yard touchdown to C.J. Uzomah with 10-seconds remaining. Parkey PAT, 24-20 AU.
Final: Auburn 24, Mississippi State 20
ESPN2 Video Highlights located here (Click to enlarge) ————————————->