Auburn defeats Western Kentucky 41-17
AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - The Auburn Tigers defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening.
The Tigers scored first with 7:16 left to play in the first quarter as running back Tank Bigsby rushed up the middle for a touchdown - after a drive of 13 plays and 68 yards.
With 37 seconds left in the first quarter, Auburn extended its lead over Western Kentucky with a 51-yard field goal. This came after a drive of 9 plays and 37 yards.
The Hilltoppers were finally able to add their first points to the game in the second quarter. Western Kentucky’s Brayden Narveson scored a 27-yard field goal.
But Auburn defended their lead over WK as they scored a 20-yard touchdown - with 7:21 left before halftime.
Minutes later, the Hilltoppers returned with a 22-yard TD, closing the scoring gap.
And with just six seconds left in the second quarter, Western Kentucky scored a 27-yard TD to tie the game 17-17.
The tie was finally broken in the third quarter. With 7:17 left to play, Auburn’s Alex McPherson scored a 28-yard field goal.
With just over a minute left in the third quarter, Auburn widened the lead as the Tigers scored a 35-yard touchdown.
With 7:48 left to play in the game, the Tigers got a 40-yard touchdown, which led to Auburn doubling its points over WK, 34-17.
Auburn didn’t stop there though. With 6:15 left to play, the Tigers intercepted the ball and scored another touchdown.
The Tigers went on to beat the Hilltoppers 41-17.
“I just thank this team, the coaching staff, for taking a chance on a guy opening their heart when I challenged them,” said Auburn interim head coach Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. We’re all in. I don’t know, I’m sure you guys are going to get the next coach, I don’t know, I really don’t care. My seat doesn’t dictate my service. Auburn is special, those kids are special, there’s a lot of people that took a chance on me and poured into my life. That gave me hope when I was hopeless. So again, my seat doesn’t dictate my service. Now it could impact it, but, it doesn’t dictate how much I serve regardless. I’m going to make it about these players.”
Auburn, 5-6, will travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama in the Iron Bowl next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
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