Missouri never had a chance. Auburn scored early and often as the defense exhibited the same suffocating nature it’s had all season long in a huge 51-14 victory in Columbia, Missouri tonight.
On Auburn’s first play from scrimmage, Jarrett Stidham dropped back and found Kyle Davis for 58 yards. He then converted a third-down with his legs, drew a personal foul penalty in the process, and Kerryon Johnson scored two plays later to give Auburn a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game.
It was nice. And it kept up.
Carlton Davis snagged a tipped ball on Missouri’s next drive, setting Auburn up with field position inside the Missouri 44, and it took just seven plays before Kerryon Johnson’s second touchdown plunge of the night made it 14-0 orange and blue Tigers seven minutes into the contest.
Missouri finally gained a first down thanks to a pass interference penalty on Stephen Roberts on its third drive of the game, but moved no further as the Auburn defense continued to fly around and dominate.
To open the second quarter, Stidham found Will Hastings for 46 yards to put the Tigers into the red zone once more, and Kerryon Johnson ran out of the Wildcat package for his third touchdown of the night, giving Auburn a 21-0 lead at the 13:32 mark of the second quarter. The drive covered 90 yards on nine plays and took 4:34 off the clock.
At this point, Auburn had outgained Missouri 210-34 and had allowed just two first downs on defense. On a third down play in the second quarter, Drew Lock appeared to have his throw altered as Auburn brought pressure, and the ball fell harmlessly to the turf, but Marlon Davidson noticed that the play hadn’t been blown dead yet, and he picked up the ball, returning it 33 yards. A few plays later, Kerryon Johnson scored his fourth touchdown of the night to increase Auburn’s lead to 28-0 at the midway point of the second quarter.
Missouri finally began to move the ball late in the second quarter as Drew Lock found Damarea Crockett for a 28-yard touchdown on a screen pass, finishing off a drive that covered 78 yards. Auburn notched a field goal on its next drive, and we went to halftime with Auburn on top 31-7.
In the second half, Missouri began to get a little desperate, faking a punt that Auburn easily sniffed out and stopped deep in their own territory. Two plays after the turnover, Kerryon Johnson scored his fifth touchdown as Auburn opened up a 38-7 advantage. Shortly after that, Auburn forced another quick stop and Jarrett Stidham hit his first touchdown pass of the night, finishing off a one-play drive with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Nate Craig-Myers as the Tigers exploded out to a 45-7 lead early in the third quarter.
The stands began to empty, and so did the Auburn bench as freshmen and sophomores got to play in spades nearly the latter stages of the third quarter. Still, Missouri couldn’t get out of its own way. After forcing Auburn to punt, they committed a personal foul penalty on the kick, giving Auburn new life. The Tigers pieced together another scoring drive, adding Daniel Carlson’s 52-yard field goal, and in the late moments of the third quarter, Auburn led 48-7.
Carlson would add a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for Auburn to crack the 50-point mark and take a 51-7 lead, after Malik Willis came in and moved Auburn down the field.
Jarrett Stidham finished 13-17 through the air for 218 yards and one touchdown, as Kerryon Johnson scored five touchdowns on 18 carries for 48 yards. Nate Craig-Myers led the Tigers with 61 yards and a touchdown on two catches.
Auburn (3-1, 1-0 SEC) will return home next week to meet Mississippi State under the lights at 5 pm CST. Mississippi State fell hard at Georgia tonight 31-3. Missouri, meanwhile, hits the road to visit Kentucky on October 7th after a bye week.