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Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Men’s Basketball team hosted the Yale Bulldogs in Auburn Arena this afternoon. Auburn has been hot so far this season boasting a record of six wins and one loss, and came into this game off a dominant performance against UCF on Wednesday Night. The Tigers defeated the Knights 85-68.
The Brummies return to Atlanta on their "Fall Tour" with special guest Vlad Holiday.
AUBURN, AL — The No. 21 Auburn Tigers basketball team defeated the University of Central Florida Knights Wednesday evening inside Auburn Arena 85-68. After losing against the Knights a year ago on the road, the Tigers successfully defended their home floor. Auburn used a strong second half to pull away, outscoring the Knights by 14.
The Auburn Tigers (4-3) played its last game of November, hosting the University of North Florida Ospreys (5-3) in a thrilling matchup in which both teams went shot for shot.
Birmingham natives The Brook & The Bluff return to The Magic City for their annual Thanksgiving Eve concert.
When Oscar Chapman sent a punt to the Alabama three-yard line with 1:35 remaining in the game, all of the momentum was at the Tigers' backs as the defense needed one more stop to pull off the upset. Instead, Bryce Young took control and marched the No. 3 Crimson Tide down the field in 12 plays, tying the game with a 28 yard touchdown pass to Ja’Corey Brooks.
The 2021 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament tipped off on Wednesday, with the second game of the day featuring a Top 25 matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Connecticut Huskies. It was a grueling back-and-forth battle, but after ten full minutes of extra basketball, the Tigers fell to the Huskies by a score of 115-109.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Auburn’s special teams unit looked at the video board in disbelief.
It was senior day for Auburn Volleyball but the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats were too much for the Tigers, winning their fifth straight match in straight sets 3-0.
Manchester Orchestra returns to The Fox for their annual Thanksgiving concert, The Stuffing. Always bringing some friends along for the show, this year's lineup featured Paris Jackson, slothrust, Briston Maroney, FOXING, Andy Shauf, and finally a headlining set by Manchester Orchestra. After missing their show in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 11th Stuffing was a special one.
AUBURN, AL — Entering the final stretch of the 2021 season, Auburn Volleyball (13-12, 5-10 SEC) is set to host #8 Kentucky Wildcats (20-4, 13-1 SEC) on Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Auburn Arena.
Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Men’s Basketball team traveled down to Tampa, FL this evening to take on the South Florida Bulls at Amalie Arena. Auburn got off to a slow start, as it took five minutes for Auburn to come up with a basket. Auburn finally got on the board thanks to a three-pointer from K.D. Johnson. Auburn continued to struggle throughout the first half. The defensive play was less than stellar as well. The No. 21 Tigers trailed 33-26 at halftime. Jaylin Williams was Auburn’s leading scorer in the first half with six points, Jabari Smith had five.
It’s not an age-old rivalry. It’s not an annual tradition. It’s South Carolina versus Auburn.
There are a few reasons as to why the evolution of rock music has yielded some of the most influential, creative, and unique albums and artists of any genre. Whether it be for the simple fact that rock music sees no instrumental bounds, can be enjoyable in any context, and can be independent from or wholly dependent on technology and electronic production, it is undeniable that rock music is a constantly changing spectrum of sounds and emotions filtered through the lenses of different musical geniuses throughout the last 100 years. Of all the genres and subgenres contained within the realm of rock music, few have as distinct of a sound as shoegaze. Dubbed “shoegaze” due to guitarists and singers being known for standing in one spot, sometimes staring at the ground or “shoe-gazing” for the majority of a show, the layered, fuzzy, reverb packed guitar tracks, pounding drums, and touches of ambient synth make this a timeless form of rock music since its original conception in the late 80s and early 90s. With major pioneers of shoegaze-like instrumentation dating back to the 60s with creative minds like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and the Beatles, followed by the sounds and styles of The Cure, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr., and eventually brought into true form with groups like the Cocteau Twins and the Jesus and Mary Chain, it is debatable if any band captured the true essence of shoegaze-rock better than My Bloody Valentine.
On October 24, 2020, a little-known freshman named TJ Finley started under center for the LSU Tigers for the first time. The Bayou Bengals welcomed South Carolina to Death Valley in the middle of a brutal start to the fall following the program's perfect season the year before.
It was the largest collapse and blown lead in school history.
After taking a commanding 28-3 lead and largely dominating in every aspect of the game, Auburn fell apart in the final 32 minutes of the game. Mississippi State, once trailing by 25, scored 40 unanswered points on its way to defeating Auburn 43-34 on Saturday.
Auburn was outscored 40-6 in the final 32 minutes of play.
“Everybody’s disappointed, being at home and losing, in the locker room, no one’s happy in the locker room,” said Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin. “We’re all disappointed.”
The offensive struggles, which looked to be a thing of the past based on the first half of play, returned in the second half. Along with it came Auburn’s worst defensive performance of the season, in which it allowed 332 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the final 30 minutes.
Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers had more touchdown passes than incompletions in the second half on his way to leading the Bulldogs to their largest comeback in program history.
After scoring 14 points in both the first and second quarters, Auburn’s offense went silent, Mississippi State scored its first touchdown with just under two minutes to go in the first half, but the Tigers had an 18-point lead at the midway point.
Harsin said an 18-point lead is “not enough.”
Mississippi State’s offense showed new life out of the locker rooms, scoring a touchdown on its first five drives in the second half. Three out of the five drives lasted less than three minutes.
But as time progressed and Mississippi State continued to climb back into the game, the energy inside Jordan-Hare Stadium continued to fall.
“You know, I’m not quite sure what happened there,” Nix said. “Just felt like the entire stadium — the life — just kind of mellowed out and the life of the stadium kind of relaxed there for a minute and it was hard to get some momentum back.”
One of the key momentum shifts came midway through the fourth when Auburn lost its most experienced player on defense. With Auburn trailing by eight, on a second-and-16 play at the Auburn 22-yard line, senior EDGE rusher T.D. Moultry made a hit on Rogers to set up a third-and-long for the Bulldogs.
The play went to review and to the disliking of Auburn fans, Moultry was called for targeting. It gave Mississippi State a fresh set of downs to work with, which it eventually capitalized on with Rogers’ sixth touchdown pass of the day. The score put the Bulldogs up 43-28 with 5:31 to go.
“What I saw on the replay was him going up because the quarterback's in a passing position to try to block the pass,” Harsin said of the targeting call. “The quarterback freezes. He's coming down, and then he sacks the quarterback in that situation right there.”
“So...targeting, you've got to define who's defenseless, the crown of the helmet -- there's all these other things that come into play. And I didn't see that on that play, but they called it from the booth because it wasn't called on the field.”
Auburn’s defense not only lost one of its core defensive linemen for the rest of the game, but Moultry will not play in the first half of the South Carolina game because the penalty occurred in the second half.
It was a defensive breakdown, unlike anything that Auburn has seen this season. Meanwhile, the second-half offensive woes are nothing new.
Since the Ole Miss game, Auburn has scored a total of nine points in the second half of its last three games. That’s nine points in 90 minutes of football.
“We've got to continue to keep attacking in the second half as aggressively -- just playing and executing -- as we do in the first half,” Harsin said. “It doesn't seem like we do that in the second half.”
Although Mississippi State is known for its air-raid offense, it had more rushing attempts in the second half than Auburn did. The Bulldogs ran the ball 14 times in the second half, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Meanwhile Auburn had a scarce eight rushing attempts, averaging a negative 1.8 yards per carry.
“I think there were things that we did; there were some assignment errors in there,” Harsin said of the run game. “Things that [the Bulldogs] were doing. So it just wasn't consistent enough at the end of the day, and that's really what it comes down to. “
The Tigers never had a first-down rushing attempt in the second half.
As Auburn’s offense continued to send the punting unit out on the field, Mississippi State continued to find the end zone. Harsin made the call for a fake punt to attempt to regain momentum, but it was also stopped.
Rogers continued to rip the defense apart and broke the Mississippi State single-game passing touchdown record with six scores. By the time the clock hit zero, fans had filed out of the stadium and Auburn was on the wrong side of one of the most historic comebacks in college football history.
“Just being from Mississippi, personal for me — that one hurt,” said EDGE rusher Derick Hall. “Shed a few tears walking in obviously.”
It was the most points that Mississippi State had scored against Auburn since 1952 when the Bulldogs beat Auburn 49-34.
The Tigers will now turn their heads to South Carolina, going on the road for the second consecutive season against the Gamecocks. That game will kick off at 6 p.m. CST from Williams-Brice Stadium on Nov. 20.
“Obviously we didn’t get the job done but obviously we still have games left, and we want to finish off on the right foot,” Hall said. “We’ll have to just keep moving forward and keep assessing this game in the right way.”
The 50th anniversary of Auburn’s first Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan did not transpire to a Tiger victory. In fact, Saturday’s contest against Mississippi State was the largest comeback in college football this season after the Auburn offence stalled out after leading 28-3 with 1:56 remaining in the first half. Playoff hopes ended last week in College Station and SEC West hopes now to end following Auburn’s fourth loss.
Mike Leach and company will march into Jordan-Hare Stadium with an offensive style that the Tigers have not seen this season: the air raid.
Auburn Soccer, in its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance, lost in the first round to Samford 2-0 in a hard fought match. The Tigers were in control for most of the scoreless first half but two huge goals in the second half made all the difference.
Auburn football (No. 17, 6-3, 3-2 SEC) will look to get back on track this week with a home date with the Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3 SEC). Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday morning in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn’s offense struggled mightily on the road last week against Texas A&M and has now gone six straight quarters without scoring a touchdown. Meanwhile, the defense has not allowed the opposing offense to score a touchdown in the last six quarters as well.