Auburn beat ULM 42-14 yesterday, racing away in the second half after a sluggish first half that saw the Tigers lead just 14-7 at halftime. Let’s check the highlights!
PLAY OF THE GAME
With the Tigers still not in utter control of the game (at least not according to us fans on Twitter) and leading 28-7, Nick Ruffin picked off a pass and went 45 yards for a pick-six for his first career touchdown. Ruffin also doubled up his turnover total on the day after recovering a fumble that was forced by Javaris Davis not long before.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kam Martin had the impact that we saw in the Georgia Southern game when Kerryon Johnson came up lame after already hitting the century mark. Martin brought in fresh legs and the ability to make quick cuts, speeding by Group of Five defenders effortlessly. His big run to set up his first score of the day was completely set up by the change of pace from Johnson to him, and his receiving touchdown featured some nice moves as well to help him get through the downfield defenders and into the end zone. He finished with 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and one catch for 41 yards and a touchdown.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
We’re going to split this one and give it to both Nick Ruffin and Javaris Davis. Each guy grabbed an interception, and they combined for another turnover (Davis forced a fumble and Ruffin recovered it). Overall, they each just had two tackles, but the big plays were the ones that helped Auburn cruise in the end (and hopefully get the defense in the turnover mood just in time for the Iron Bowl).
Deshaun Davis was a tough scratch from this honor today, as he finished with nine tackles, 2 total TFLs, and a sack.
TWEET OF THE GAME
I’m sure that anyone who watched the game on TV saw the ESPN2 cameras flash across the Auburn radio booth time and again, and at first I didn’t really know what they were doing.
The announcers started to talk about Chip Lindsey’s impact on the offense, and they showed the Auburn radio booth, with Rod Bramblett and Stan White calling the game. And they stayed on the booth for longer than normal between plays. Then they went back. Again. And again.
Someone had to step in and set the record straight.
Peep the guy cheesing in the background. He knows.
Anyway, we got through the “trap game” between top-ranked Georgia and top-ranked Alabama, and now it’s Iron Bowl week. War Eagle!