NCAA Game Summary - West Virginia at Auburn|
(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: Auburn 41, West Virginia 30
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Chris Todd threw for 284 yards and four
touchdowns as the Auburn Tigers recorded a hard-fought, 41-30 victory over the
West Virginia Mountaineers in a non-conference battle.
Darvin Adams made six catches for 80 yards and three touchdowns for Auburn
(3-0), which is playing with tremendous confidence under the guidance of
first-year head coach Gene Chizik.
Noel Devine rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns in defeat for West
Less than three minutes into the fourth quarter, Auburn took its first lead of
the game on the third touchdown connection between Todd and Adams. The 17-yard
strike put the Tigers ahead by a 34-30 margin.
West Virginia had a chance to drive down the field and win the game, but
quarterback Jarrett Brown was intercepted on his own 15-yard line by Craig
Stevens, who returned that pick for a score. That play brought the score to
its final of 41-30.
Devine opened the game's scoring with a one-yard touchdown run, and followed
that short plunge with a 71-yard touchdown scamper. Just 4:41 into the
contest, the Mountaineers owned a 14-0 lead.
Auburn cut its deficit to 14-10 with a 46-yard field goal from Wes Byrum and a
16-yard touchdown pass from Todd to Adams.
An action-packed first quarter yielded more points when Brown tossed a six-
yard scoring pass to Jock Sanders to extend the Mountaineers' advantage to
21-10 with 2:01 showing on the clock.
The second quarter was dominated by Auburn, which cut its deficit to 21-20 on
the strength of a 42-yard Byrum field goal and a four-yard toss from Todd to
Devine found paydirt for the third time with 8:51 left in the third quarter,
as he raced 12 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed, however,
making the score 27-20 in favor of WVU.
Auburn then tied the score less than a minute later when Todd and Mario Fannin
hooked up for an 82-yard pitch and catch.
The Mountaineers embarked on a 14-play drive to break the tie, and Tyler
Bitancurt did so with a 28-yard field goal that made the score 30-27.
West Virginia lost the game despite racking up 509 total yards.
09/20 01:19:49 ET