Auburn wins overtime thriller over Jacksonville St.
September 5, 2015
 
Auburn Tigers
 Game 2
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
OT
F
 Jacksonville State Gamecocks
0
10
0
10
0
20
 (6) Auburn Tigers
3
3
7
7
7
27
 
 
 Quick Stats
AU
JSU
 Total Plays
70
89
 1st Downs
23
28
     3rd down efficiency
7-12
8-17
     4th down efficiency
0-0
1-2
 Total Yards
401
438
 Passing Yards
236
277
     Comp-Att
21-32
26-43
     Yards per pass
7.4
6.4
 Rushing Yards
165
161
     Rushing attempts
38
46
     Yards per rush
4.3
3.5
 Penalties-Yards
3-40
5-36
 Turnovers
3
1
     Fumbles lost
1
0
     Interceptions thrown
2
1
 Time of Possession
24:35
35:25
 
 Stat Leaders
 Passing
C-Att
Yds
TD
Int
 AU - Johnson
21-32
236
2
2
 JSU - Jenkins
26-43
277
1
1
 Rushing
Car
Yds
TD
Long
 AU - Barber
23
128
1
21
 JSU - Pope
21
89
1
14
 Receiving
Rec
Yds
TD
Long
 AU - Louis
10
76
0
13
 JSU - Barge
14
132
1
29
 
 2015 Schedule
09/05
W
 (6) Auburn 31, Louisville 24
09/12
W
 (6) Auburn 27, JSU 20 (OT)
09/19
-
 (6) Auburn @ (14) LSU
09/26
-
 (6) Auburn vs. Miss. State
10/03
-
 (6) Auburn vs. San Jose State
10/15
-
 (6) Auburn @ Kentucky
10/24
-
 (6) Auburn @ (18) Arkansas
10/31
-
 (6) Auburn vs. (17) Ole Miss
11/07
-
 (6) Auburn @ Texas A&M
11/14
-
 (6) Auburn vs. (9) Georgia
11/21
-
 (6) Auburn vs. Idaho
11/28
-
 (6) Auburn vs. (3) Alabama
   
By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com
 
AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn turned on college football's largest video board Saturday and showed a thriller.
 
Jeremy Johnson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Ray with 39 seconds left, and Peyton Barber scored on a 4-yard run in overtime as Auburn beat Jacksonville State 27-20 on a surprising Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
 
Auburn scored first in overtime and then turned away the Gamecocks.
 
It was more than a lot of Auburn fans expected, especially when Jacksonville State's Troymaine scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 5:38 left to give the Gamecocks a 20-13 lead.
 
Johnson also threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to running back Roc Thomas for a 13-10 lead in the give-and-take game.
 
Auburn figures to get a tougher test, still, in next Saturday's game at LSU in its SEC opener.
 
The Tigers improved to 2-0. Jacksonville State fell to 1-1.

Barber came through at the end. He caught a 9-yard pass from Johnson in overtime, and then scored the game-winner on the next play.

"I really felt like Peyton Barber stepped up and took over the game when we needed somebody," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.

Barber followed up his 115-yard rushing game in the opener with 125 more yards against Jacksonville State. 

Johnson hit 21-of-32 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"At the end of the game, when we needed him, he came through," Malzahn said.
 
It was a tough start. Auburn didn't score a touchdown in the first half, and, indeed, trailed 10-6 at halftime.
 
Auburn's first-half scoring was limited to a pair of Daniel Carlson field goals, a 27-yarder and a 49-yarder. Jacksonville State got a 32-yard field goal from Connor Rouleau, and took the lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Eli Jenkins to Josh Barge with 5:31 left in the first half.
 
It was an uneven performance for Auburn. Johnson hit 11-of-18 passes for 100 yards. Peyton Barber rushed 13 times for 44 yards.
 
Jacksonville State gave up the lead early in the third quarter, but the Gamecocks kept coming. Rudy Ford had to turn away one Jax State drive with an interception in the end zone when Auburn led 13-10.

"We're 2-0, so our team morale is fine. We just need to play better," Malzahn said.

Malzahn thanked the fans for staying with Tigers. "It was a big factor in fourth quarter and overtime," he said.
 
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:
 

 

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