NCAA Game Summary - Florida at Auburn|
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: (24) Auburn 17, Florida 6
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Barrett Trotter threw a touchdown pass to
DeAngelo Benton late in the first quarter, and 24th-ranked Auburn shut down
Florida in a 17-6 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Onterio McCalebb ran for a touchdown for the Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC), who held
the Gators to 194 total yards and two field goals by Caleb Sturgis.
They also took advantage of a muffed punt catch by Florida late in the fourth
quarter to secure the victory, and ended the game with a sack.
"I couldn't be more proud," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said of his defense.
"I see it in practice. I see the way they work in practice, and I see a
pattern of them understanding the urgency of being a better defense."
Auburn's offense was by no means dominant, or even widely effective. The
Tigers gained only 278 yards and Trotter completed only 2-of-8 throws before
being replaced by Clint Moseley for the second half. Cody Parkey made just 1-
of-3 field goal tries.
But Moseley threw for 90 yards and Michael Dyer ran for 73, enough to lift
Auburn to a win.
With starting quarterback John Brantley out with an ankle injury, Jeff
Driskel and freshman Jacoby Brissett combined to throw for 120 yards as
Florida (4-3, 2-3) dropped its third consecutive game. The Gators, who also
missed star running back Jeff Demps because of injury, have scored only 27
points in those contests.
"Both guys (Driskel and Brissett) didn't do anything that really hurt us in
the game, but then again didn't do anything to help us," said Florida head
coach Will Muschamp.
Despite their offensive struggles Saturday, the Gators were still in the game
during the fourth quarter, even after McCalebb ran for a 14-yard touchdown on
the first play of the frame.
That score made it a 14-6 contest, but on its ensuing possession, Florida
moved across midfield and made it deep into Auburn territory. The Gators had a
first down at the Tigers' 22-yard line and were in good position after Chris
Rainey ran for six yards.
But Rainey was then dropped for a three-yard loss, and Driskel's third-down
pass went for only three yards. Faced with a fourth down, the Gators went for
it rather than kick a field goal, but Driskel's pass fell incomplete.
Florida held Auburn to a three-and-out on the next two Tigers possessions,
but couldn't take advantage of the defensive effort.
After the first, Rainey nearly fumbled the ball away on the punt and Florida
went three-and-out. Disaster struck on the second.
Robert Clark got his hands on the ball but couldn't control it, and Auburn's
Ikeem Means recovered. Instead of starting a drive near midfield with three
minutes to play, Florida was forced to send its defense back on the field to
stop Auburn with a short field.
The Gators kept the Tigers out of the end zone, but Parkey managed to sneak a
42-yard kick through the uprights, giving Auburn a 17-6 lead and essentially
securing the victory.
Auburn got on the scoreboard with 2:11 left in the first quarter, after Rainey
fumbled the ball away on a punt return. The turnover gave the Tigers the ball
at the Florida 32, and on the third play of the drive, Trotter found Benton
for a 25-yard score.
Rainey's fumble was one of five the Gators had Saturday, and one of two they
Sturgis connected from 47 and 25 yards on consecutive Florida possessions in
the second quarter, bringing the Gators within 7-6. That was the score at
halftime after Parkey missed a 45-yard try as the second quarter expired.
Parkey missed a 42-yarder shortly into the third quarter, but the missed
opportunities didn't end up costing the Tigers.
Saturday's matchup was the first in the series since 2007. Auburn holds a
43-38-2 advantage all-time...The Tigers have won 12 consecutive games at
Jordan-Hare...The teams combined to convert only 4-of-26 third downs.
10/16 00:22:03 ET