GAMEDAY College Football

Auburn 17, Missouri 14

By JUSTIN FERGUSON
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. - Cayden Bridges recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Auburn a 17-14 overtime victory over Missouri in an SEC opener.

Missouri (2-2) running back Nathaniel Peat dropped the football before a potential game-winning touchdown, and Bridges landed on it to seal the victory for Auburn (3-1).

"I think everybody in that locker room is exhausted, in a good way," Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin said. "I told our players I'm proud of them. They did what they needed to do to win the football game."

Auburn kicker Anders Carlson got a second chance and hit a 39-yard field goal to give the hosts the lead in overtime. Missouri jumped offsides on Carlson's first try, from 44 yards out, which was missed.

"It's just believing that crazy things will happen," Carlson said. "That's what happens in this stadium."

Carlson's field goal was the only scoring after halftime. Auburn scored both of its touchdowns in the first quarter, and Missouri tied it up with its own two touchdowns in the second quarter.

The teams combined for 12 consecutive punts in the second half before Auburn running back Tank Bigsby was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Missouri 30-yard line with 1:37 remaining. Auburn was a perfect 3 for 3 on fourth-and-short before the late stop.

"I thought we had the first down," Harsin said. "... It was 6 inches, maybe, right? It felt like from what we had done and what we talked about that we could get that."

Missouri kicker Harrison Mevis missed a 26-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation. Missouri played for the final field goal following a 39-yard pass from Brady Cook to Dominic Lovett in the final minute.

"To lose that way - really twice - is just devastating for our locker room and our coaches," Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. "Just stinks. Hard to take."

THE TAKEAWAY

Missouri: The pressure will only increase on Drinkwitz, who is now 13-14 in his tenure with the Tigers. Missouri's offense struggled after halftime, going three-and-out on five of its seven possessions.

"That was the team I knew I had going into the season," Drinkwitz said. "The team I know I have going forward. I'll go to bat with those guys anytime. ... I'm not gonna flinch."

Auburn: The wild finish will help Harsin, whose job security was in question after a 29-point home loss to Penn State last weekend. Still, Auburn finished with only 217 yards of total offense and averaged just 3.3 yards per snap.

"We struggled in some of our pass protection, no question...," Harsin said of the offensive struggles. "It's not going to go away until we fix some of our own problems."

ENDING THE DROUGHT

Auburn entered Saturday as one of only four FBS teams with zero defensive takeaways this season. The hosts forced two turnovers against Missouri, and both were crucial to the victory.

The takeaway drought ended in the first quarter, when edge rusher Derick Hall intercepted a pass off a deflection from cornerback Nehemiah Pritchett.

Auburn scored one of its two touchdowns off of the interception, then sealed the win on Peat's fumble on the final play.

OVER .500 IN OVERTIME

With the win, Auburn moved to an all-time winning record in overtime games at 9-8. The Tigers are 7-4 at home in overtime but just 2-6 in SEC overtime games.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MissouAuburn
Auburn TD 6:01 Robby Ashford 11 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 0 7
Auburn TD 2:55 Tank Bigsby 3 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 0 14
Second Quarter MissouAuburn
Missou TD 9:34 Cody Schrader 9 yd run (Harrison Mevis kick) 7 14
Missou TD 0:30 Brady Cook 1 yd run (Harrison Mevis kick) 14 14
OT MissouAuburn
Auburn FG   Anders Carlson 39 yd FG 14 17
Team Stats
  Missouri Auburn
First downs 14 15
  Rushing 8 8
  Passing 5 7
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 3-16, 19%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 3-4, 75%
Rushes-Yards 39-133 45-82
Passing Yards 179 135
Return Yards 15 28
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-24-1 14-21-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--32 4--35
Punts 8 8
Punts-Average 48 45.9
Fumbles Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 7-45 4-26
Time of Possession 27:18 32:42
Missouri Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Cook 14 24 179 0 1
Auburn Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Ashford 12 18 127 0 0
H. Geriner 2 3 8 0 0
Missouri Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Peat 20 110 5.5 0
C. Schrader 7 29 4.1 1
B. Cook 10 -1 -0.1 1
Auburn Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Ashford 15 46 3.1 1
T. Bigsby 19 44 2.3 1
J. Hunter 7 13 1.9 0
D. Alston 1 1 1.0 0
J. Shenker 1 -5 -5.0 0
H. Geriner 2 -17 -8.5 0
Missouri Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Lovett 5 102 20.4 0
M. Cooper 3 32 10.7 0
K. Chepyator 3 26 8.7 0
B. Banister 1 9 9.0 0
N. Peat 1 7 7.0 0
T. Dove 1 3 3.0 0
Auburn Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Moore 4 74 18.5 0
J. Shenker 3 39 13.0 0
O. Kelly 1 12 12.0 0
C. Brown 2 8 4.0 0
L. Deal 1 1 1.0 0
S. Jackson 1 1 1.0 0
T. Bigsby 2 0 0.0
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Missouri Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Auburn Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Hall 1 19
Missouri Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Stonehouse 8 384 48.0
Auburn Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Chapman 8 367 45.9
Missouri Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Burden III 1 3 3.0
D. Lovett 1 -4 -4.0
Auburn Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Scott 2 9 4.5
Missouri Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Abrams-Draine 1 16 16.0
Auburn Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Missouri Missed FG
Player Length
H. Mevis 26
Auburn Missed FG
Player Length
A. Carlson 45




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