Auburn has now officially closed out the Gus Malzahn era finishing this COVID-altered year with a 6-5 record, following a 35-19 loss to Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl. The Tigers will now look ahead to next year and the beginning of the Bryan Harsin era on the plains.
Auburn (6-4) squares off with Northwestern (6-2) to ring in the new year of 2021 on January 1st at noon central time. The Tigers will be transitioning from the Gus Malzahn era to the Bryan Harsin era, although current defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will act as the interim head coach for the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl. Auburn is making their record-tying sixth appearance in this particular bowl game.
Auburn's defense held Mississippi State to 10 points on Saturday, behind Roger McCreary and Smoke Monday's interceptions. “It looked like an Auburn defense,” Malzahn said. “Really proud of those guys and the effort that they had tonight.”
For the first three quarters, Auburn and Mississippi State struggled in a defensive stalemate. When the offense finally arrived to Starkville in the fourth quarter, it was the Tigers' offense which shined. Auburn scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away from the Bulldogs and end this COVID altered regular season on a high note with a 24-10 road triumph.
Auburn and Memphis met this Saturday at the Holiday Hoopsgiving event in Atlanta, Georgia and it was the Tigers of Auburn that came away with the victory. In a very hard fought matchup, it was freshman Justin Powell that once again stepped up for the Tigers and propelled them to victory.
During Bo Nix's nearly two seasons as the Auburn starting quarterback, he has undeniably been a different quarterback at home vs on the road. As the Tigers' quarterback, Nix has only lost two home games. That number jumps to six losses on the road or at a neutral site.
A look at Kevin Steele's preparation for the Mississippi State offense and how the Auburn defense matches up with the air raid attack.
Auburn falls to 5-4 on the season and travel to Mississippi State next week for their final game of the season. Texas A&M moves to 7-1 with hopes of a CFP berth if they can finish their 2020 campaign without a loss in the following couple weeks.
Freshman Justin Powell scored 26 points in Auburn's record-setting 90-81 win over South Alabama on Friday night. “Our spacing and offensive efficiency were off the charts,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “We spread it and shot it pretty well.”
Auburn faces off with a top five opponent for the second straight week when they welcome the fifth ranked Texas A&M Aggies to Jordan-Hare Stadium for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday, December 4. The Aggies (6-1) enter with playoff aspirations, a five game winning streak, and a chance to beat the Tigers for the first time since 2016.
The Lady Tigers were able to dominate the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs in Auburn Arena with great play on both sides of the floor.