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Auburn finishes on high note with Birmingham Bowl win
Dec. 30, 2015

Auburn Wins Birmingham Bowl
Auburn Tigers
 Game 13
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
-
 Auburn Tigers
10
0
7
14
31
 Memphis Tigers
0
10
0
0
10

 

 
 Quick Stats
AU
UM
 Total Plays
71
68
 1st Downs
23
13
     3rd down efficiency
5-12
8-19
     4th down efficiency
2-3
0-2
 Total Yards
402
205
 Passing Yards
151
108
     Comp-Att
10-16
16-37
     Yards per pass
9.4
2.9
 Rushing Yards
251
97
     Rushing attempts
55
31
     Yards per rush
4.6
3.1
 Penalties-Yards
3-45
6-40
 Turnovers
3
1
     Fumbles lost
0
0
     Interceptions thrown
3
1
 Time of Possession
34:17
25:43
 
 Stat Leaders
 Passing
C-Att
Yds
TD
Int
 AU - White
8-13
103
0
3
 UM - Lynch
16-37
108
0
1
 Rushing
Car
Yds
TD
Long
 AU - Robinson
27
126
1
20
 UM - Dorceus
11
46
0
16
 Receiving
Rec
Yds
TD
Long
 AU - Ray
2
50
0
29
 UM - Frazier
4
49
0
29
 
 2015 Schedule
09/05
W
 (6) Auburn 31, Louisville 24
09/12
W
 (6) Auburn 27, JSU 20 (OT)
09/19
L
 (18) Auburn 21, (14) LSU 45
09/26
L
 Auburn 9, Miss. State 17
10/03
W
 Auburn 35, San Jose State 21
10/15
W
 Auburn 30, Kentucky 27
10/24
L
 Auburn 46, Arkansas 54 (4OT)
10/31
L
 Auburn 19, Ole Miss 27
11/07
W
 Auburn 26, (19) Texas A&M 10
11/14
L
 Auburn 13, Georgia 23
11/21
W
 Auburn 56, Idaho 34
11/28
L
 Auburn 13, (2) Alabama 29
12/30
W
 Auburn 31, Memphis 10
   



By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jeremy Johnson helped Auburn close out the season in fine fashion Wednesday when he came off the bench to lead the Tigers to a 31-10 victory over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.

Johnson threw the go-ahead touchdown pass in the third quarter, ran for another score early in the fourth and brought life to what had been a hard-fought game. It was 10-10 before the dramatics began in front of a Birmingham Bowl record crowd of 59,430 in Legion Field.

After the game, coach Gus Malzahn announced he hired Kevin Steele as his defensive coordinator. That's the same position he held at LSU.

Auburn running back Jovon Robinson was named the game's MVP after rushing for 126 yards.  The Tigers' defense turned in an MVP performance, too, holding Memphis to 205 yards.

Johnson's play, coupled with an Auburn defense that allowed three points and Peyton Barber crossing the 1,000-yard rushing barrier for the season, allowed the Tigers to finish the season with a 7-6 record. Memphis fell to 9-4.

Johnson, subbing for starter Sean White, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Smith for the lead with 3:12 left in the third quarter. His 5-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 24-10.

Barber's running allowed Auburn to have at least one 1,000-yard rusher in seven straight seasons.

Auburn showed a little trickery early in the game before pounding away at Memphis in the second half.

A fake punt set up a 20-yard Daniel Carlson for Auburn's first score and Kerryon Johnson scored on an 8-yard run out of the Wildcat formation for a 10-0 first quarter lead.

A Memphis field goal and a Reggis Ball 56-yard interception return tied things up in the second quarter.

Carlson's field goal was a record-setter. It gave him 23 on the season, a single-season Auburn record. Johnson's TD run came with 1:58 left in the first quarter.

Auburn's Blake Countess came through with another big play, blocking a Jake Elliott field goal try with 5:55 left in the second quarter.

Other Birmingham Bowl stories

Jeremy Johnson provides offensive spark

Kevin Steele hired as defensive coordinator

Gus Malzahn happy with the win


 

 

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