The Auburn Tigers won an easy victory on Saturday as they broke down the Florida Atlantic Owls at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Six plays into the game, the Tigers already had their first touchdown through a rush-only series. Nick Marshall broke free on the third play of the possession to gain 45 yard to the Florida Atlantic 16 yard line. Tre Mason made the touchdown three plays later with an 8-yard rush. Cody Parkey's extra point was good.
The Owls fumbled the ball on their first possession and allowed another easy score for the Tigers. Auburn's Jermaine Whitehead recovered the ball and returned it to the Owl 43. On the next play, Corey Grant rushed the remaining yardage for score. Cody Parkey kicked the extra point.
The first quarter was around halfway over as Auburn gained their third touchdown. A great 70-yard return by Chris Davis put the tigers at the Florida Atlantic 28 yard line. Four plays later, Nick Marshall crossed into the endzone at the 6:54 mark in the 1st quarter.
A minute into the 2nd quarter, Auburn put more points on the board with another short drive.
In 4 plays, the Tigers covered 48 yards. Jeremy Johnson landed a pass in the arms of Sammie Coates for a 36-yard touchdown. Parkey's extra point set the score at 28-0.
On a drive in the middle of the second quarter, Auburn was held out of the endzone by the Owls while they faced 4th and 4 at the FAU 27. Cody Parkey took the field and put Auburn's score at 31 with a 43-yard field goal. They quickly followed this up with a touchdown after recovering an Owl fumble. The first play by the offense saw Jeremy Johnson connect with Sammie Coates for a 67-yard touchdown. Parkey's extra point brought the score to 38.
The Owls did not go into halftime without a touchdown of their own. Two big plays in the following series took them directly to the endzone. The first play had QB Jaquez Johnson connect with Daniel McKinney for 38 yard to the Auburn 29. Johnson finished the remaining 29 yards with a rush and Mitch Anderson's extra point was good. The Tigers worked to try to get into field goal range before halftime, but Parkey's 40-yard kick was no good.
After halftime, the Owls added a field goal to their score on their first possession. The 7-play drive covered 61 yards but was stopped on 4th and 5 at the Auburn 14. Mitch Anderson successfully kicked the 31-yard field goal.
Auburn did not waste any time in answering the field goal. A 6-play drive covered 46 yards and gained them another touchdown. Cameron Artis-Payne, after rushing for 17 yards on a previous play in the drive, rushed for another single yard into the endzone. Parkey's extra point set the score at 45-10. This would be the score for the rest of the game as the backup players took over the game and the 4th quarter went without scoring from either team.
Next week, Auburn hits the road to take on Arkansas. Kickoff time has not yet been set.
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