Auburn blanks Samford in Iron Bowl warmup

By JON SWAM, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/24/19

AUBURN — Despite the downpour of rain in the whole first half, the Tigers were able to mound an astounding 544 yards in total offense in a 52-0 rout of Samford in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. 

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Auburn blanks Samford in Iron Bowl warmup


AUBURN — Despite the downpour of rain in the whole first half, the Tigers were able to mound an astounding 544 yards in total offense in a 52-0 rout of Samford in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. 

Freshman quarterback Bo Nix set a new record for all time completions in a season (185) for a freshman quarterback at Auburn, (the record of 180 was previously held by Stan White) after completing 15 passes for 150 yards before he left the game with 10:47 left in third quarter, replaced by red-shirt freshman quarterback Cord Sandberg who went 5 for 7 with 84 Yards in the air and 31 yards rushing on six attempts. 

“We got a chance for Cord Sandberg to really go in there and get his first true opportunities,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said after the game. “I thought he did a really good job, scored two touchdowns, managed the offense well and that was really good to see.” 

When asked how it felt to go out and get quality snaps, Sandberg said, “It felt great. It was really great to go out there and give the twos a chance to have some success.” 

Senior quarterback Will Appleton also got in the game and went 2 for 2 gaining 17 yards before taking a knee in the final seconds of play.

The southern portion of the state was caught in a constant rain as a cold front moved through on Saturday, leaving Auburn to play the first half of the game in a downpour. 

“In those conditions we really protected the football with no turnovers and there was a lot of different people who touched the ball so I think that is a really good plus carrying forward,” Malzahn said. 

The Tigers had a total of 11 rushers on the day who accumulated 293 total yards on the ground, sophomore Shawn Shivers lead the team with 55 yards on nine attempts with one touchdown. 

Sophomore JaTarvious Whitlow finished the day with 49 yards on seven attempts and accounted for two of the Tigers’ seven touchdowns. 

Malzahn added, “I thought our offense did a good job on the ground through the air.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers were able to keep the Bulldogs to only 114 total yards and no scores on the day. 

Malzahn said, “Obviously anytime you shut an opponent out, that's really something in college football, and our defense did that.” 

The Tigers forced the Bulldogs to have five three-and-outs, recovered two fumbles and had two interceptions along with two sacks on the day. 

Senior defensive end Gary Walker said, “We did pretty good, a lot of guys got a lot of reps which is always good for development” when asked about the Tigers over-all performance.

Malzahn said, “we really appreciate our crowd, especially with the weather the way it was.” 

Nix also mentioned the hometown crowd saying, “obviously nobody enjoys sitting out in the rain, but I thought it was a really good crowd”. 

Malzahn added, “overall I’m really happy with the way that we played, and on to next week.” 

When asked about looking forward to the Iron Bowl Nix said, “I’m pumped, obviously we feel really good, we’re gonna have a really good game plan, I think the guys are hungry and ready to play, especially after the Georgia game.” 

The Tigers were coming off a loss in a close game to Georgia last week. 

Nix added “ I think we will have a good week of preparation and then come Saturday I think overall it will be a good game.”

The Tigers' win brings them to 8-3 overall as they move into Iron Bowl week. 

The Tigers will host in-state rival (10-1) Alabama in Jordan Hare stadium next Saturday with the kickoff set for 2:30 p.m.