Auburn 28, Texas A&M 24
What Happened: With the offense sputtering, Auburn let it rip, coming back from down 24-14 in the fourth quarter with two scoring drives in the final six minutes. It closed out with an 11-yard touchdown catch from Seth Williams for a four-point lead. Texas A&M wasn’t able to hit its first Hail Mary attempt, and Kellen Mond was sacked on the second.
Trayveon Williams ran for three scores for the Aggies, but Auburn had a first half lead on a trick play for a touchdown, and Williams’ first 11-yard touchdown catch of the game. But it was all Jarrett Stidham and the Tigers to close.
What Mattered: Jarrett Stidham completed 18-of-29 passes for 239 yards and two scores, with both touchdown passes to Williams. Stidham struggled early as Auburn tried to crank up the running game, but it leaned on its star QB late, and he came through.
– Auburn finished with just 19 rushing yards on 21 carries. Texas A&M ran 47 times for 201 yards and two scores, with Traveon Williams running 17 times for 107 yards and two scores. The Aggies held on to the ball for almost 39 minutes and outgained the Tigers 421 yards to 278.
What It All Means:Auburn really, really, really needed this. With Georgia and Alabama on the road – wrapped around a date with Liberty – now the bowl game pressure is off. The Tigers are at least eligible to get to a bowl now, and they have nothing to lose – they can play loose against the big boys.
– Texas A&M still has to work to get that sixth win, but the last three games are at home against Ole Miss, UAB and LSU. Now the Aggies have lost two straight with the offense struggling on the road – they lost to Mississippi State last week. However, the run defense improved, but the D couldn’t hang on late.