The Auburn Tigers survived a close call against Jacksonville State on Saturday, pulling out a 27-20 overtime win.
The No. 6 Tigers received a 4-yard touchdown run from Peyton Barber to give them the lead in overtime. That wouldn’t have happened without a lucky break from the Gamecocks special teams. Jacksonville State punter Harnish McaInnes shanked a punt, which gave Auburn the ball on the Gamecocks 31-yard line. The Gamecocks were leading 20-13 with less than two minutes remaining in the game. It took Auburn five plays to score a touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Jeremy Johnson to Melvin Ray. That tied up the game and sent it to OT.
Auburn struggled late against Louisville last week and most people including myself thought that the Tigers would have no issues today. But now the Tigers have plenty of questions to answer as they approach a big game next week against LSU at Tiger Stadium.
Jacksonville State finished with 438 yards of total offense, while Auburn finished with 401. Jeremy Johnson struggled yet again for the Tigers, throwing two interceptions. He has now thrown five picks on the season.
Barber finished with 125 yards rushing for the Tigers and Ricardo Louis finished with 76 yards receiving on 10 catches