Auburn was off and running in the Birmingham Bowl
By Charles Goldberg
BIRMNGHAM, Ala. ― Auburn showed a little trickery early in the Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday on the way to a 10-10 tie with Memphis at Legion Field.
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.
Alas, another trick play, a pass thrown by receiver Jason Smith, was intercepted.
But 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.
Memphis will receive the second-half kickoff.