Fact: Auburn beat the crap out of Purdue. Actually, let’s just let someone with a little inside knowledge tell you what it was.
I mean in the good ole words of my guy Gus.....THIS IS A STINKIN HORSE WHIPPIN— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) December 28, 2018
Auburn demolished the Boilermakers 63-14 tonight. Records were set.
- Most points in a single half in bowl history. Not Music City Bowl history, but any bowl history. Nobody’s ever scored 50 points in a single half of a bowl game before today. Auburn had 56 before halftime.
- Most points in a bowl game by an SEC team. Alabama beat Syracuse in 1953 and scored 61 points. Auburn had 63 early in the third quarter today.
- Jarrett Stidham became just the third Auburn quarterback to throw 5 touchdown passes in a single game. It was awesome.
Anyway, here are the quick thoughts from the game.
“MUSIC CITY BOWL CHAMPZZZZZ! Well, I for one had a great time seeing Gus call the good plays and running Wildcat touchdowns and end-arounds and screens to Ryan Davis. Auburn did exactly what it wanted to do and dominated a team that has beaten some decent squads this season. I think being mad about anything to do with this game would be a huge waste of the short time we all have earth. Life is short, enjoy the wins.” - Son of Crow
“Solid win and a great way to finish off the year. Defense was great and the offense was... WOW. Great finish, but let’s see if we can get that kind of passion every weekend next year.” - Drew McCracken
“After a frustrating season all the way around, it was awesome to see this team take out some of that frustration on the field. Jarrett Stidham looked like the QB we all expected in the preseason, the receivers, particularly Darius Slayton, had an outstanding game, the OL did a great job protecting Stidham, and the defense got a Pick Six and held a great offense to 14 points. We got to see a bunch of guys play, including the debut of Joey Gatewood and that bodes well for the future. With the QB position in questions, expectations for the Tigers won’t be as high as they were for this year and that’s quite alright with me. War Eagle!” - Will McLaughlin
“Muhfuckers have already ran out of XL Music City Bowl Champs shirts...” - James Jones
“I didn’t watch a single snap, so apparently this season was my fault. I’ll be finding a new hobby next fall.” - AU Nerd
“This the first time since Arkansas two years ago that I watched a game with literally no stress. First, there was nothing at stake. Who cares if Purdue has bragging rights on us? That low-pressure environment seemed to loosen up the Tigers and make them play like they’ve been capable of playing all year long. Boobee Whitlow scored just three plays in, and the rout was on. I was giggling every time something happened because Purdue seemed hapless. We were hitting chunk plays for touchdowns on the kinds of things that would’ve been stuffed earlier this year. Auburn played great, but Purdue was not good today. Those two things combined make for a relative scrimmage. The defense was the kind of nasty that I want to see, and didn’t really care about causing bodily harm, which showed when Purdue was getting frustrated. Additionally, I saw more promising things from guys that will be back next year — Seth Williams, Whitlow, Kam Martin, Big Kat Bryant, and the offensive line as a whole — and it was really great to see Jarrett Stidham have such a big day in his last start. Going into next year, we don’t really know who the quarterback’s going to be, but we saw glimpses of Joey Gatewood, and he looked poised in his brief time on the field. He should’ve had a touchdown on that run, and he looked like Cam out there running the ball. I don’t know if it’s clicking for Malik Willis, but he’ll get a shot, and we’re all excited to see Bo Nix when he gets in. Either way, there’s cause to be optimistic as we look forward to 2019, but Auburn should be right where they want to be — flying under the radar.” - Jack Condon