Pettway's 3TD performance pushes No. 15 Auburn past Mercer

Paola Ditto
Settembre 17, 2017

A homecoming matchup with FCS school Mercer was supposed to be an easy opportunity to get back on track, but three first-half turnovers forced the Tigers into an unexpected battle. Later on in the first quarter, Eli Stove coughed the ball up in Auburn territory, and Kam Pettway would account for Auburn's third turnover of the first half with a fumble on the Mercer 9-yard line.

"We got the victory today". What stands out to me is the five turnovers. It was very uncharacteristic.

"If you take the turnovers away, I think we'd be feeling really good", Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

While Stidham had his best game of the season, the rushing attack struggled. They were held to 146 yards on 43 carries, an average of just 3.4 yards. "(He) hit me and (the ball) came free after I threw the ball and just kind of aggravated something. "So we've got to solve that one".

It was not a good day for the Auburn wide receivers, who struggled to gain separation and turned the ball over three times on fumbles.

Passing offense: B - Jarrett Stidham was efficient, completing 32 of 37 for 364 yards but he did not have a touchdown pass and threw one interception.

The second half began with more of the same as Ryan Davis fumbled a punt return for Auburn's fourth turnover of the afternoon.

With its back to the wall, the Auburn defense bent, but did not break, holding Mercer to a 21-yard field goal from Cole Fisher to make the score 7-3.

Auburn: The Tigers have a lot of work to do offensively, despite piling up a 510-245 lead in total yards. Even with that interception, it'd be fair to label this a bounce back game for Stidham, certainly statistically, anyway. Sep.

Mercer subsequently answered any questions about how they would handle the moment with a 12 play, 83-yard touchdown drive to pull within a touchdown with 13 minutes remaining.

Special teams: C - Nothing overly special and Daniel Carlson missed a 26-yard field goal attempt that might have been the biggest surprise of all Saturday. The defense responded again, forcing a three and out before Kamryn Pettway sealed the win with his third touchdown run. Next up, Auburn opens its SEC schedule on the road at Missouri. "Like I said, we executed the game plan". We just have to not turn the ball over and put it in the end zone. You just don't know how they are going to react in a 90,000-seat stadium for the first time against an SEC team ranked 15 in the country with an unbelievable defense.

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