A closely matched game against the Washington State Cougars saw the Auburn Tigers win their season opener on Saturday.
Washington State started off the game with a touchdown on their first possession. The Cougars pushed through 75 yards in a 12-play drive and capped it off with a 4-yard rush by Jeremiah Laufasa at 10:43 in the first quarter. Andrew Furney's extra point was good.
Auburn found their way to the endzone near the end of the first quarter. Cougar QB Connor Halliday's pass was intercepted by Tiger Robensen Therezie at the Auburn 48 yard line. Four plays later, Auburn's Tre Mason rushed 8 yards for a touchdown with 2:26 remaining in the quarter. Ryan White's 2-point conversion attempt was successful.
The Cougars pulled ahead in the second half with another touchdown. After the Tigers' Cody Parkey missed a 50-yard field goal attempt, the Cougars embarked on a 9-play drive to cover 67 yards. Connor Halliday landed a pass to Bobby Ratliff for a 7 yard pass into the endzone with 8:02 on the clock in the 2nd quarter. Andrew Furney tacked on the extra point.
Auburn wasted no time in answering the Cougar score. Tre Mason returned the kickoff for 100 yards and the Cody Parkey extra point set the score at 15-14.
The Cougars pulled ahead on their next possession with another touchdown. A pass-heavy possession saw them cover 75 yards in 6 plays. A Jeremiah Laufasa rush for 1 yard added the score with 6:18 remaining in the half. The extra point put the Cougars at 21.
Auburn, again, answered the score immediately. Tiger Corey Grant rushed for 75 yards into the endzone on the first play of the possession. Cody Parkey added the extra point. The Tigers were then able to force the Cougar defense to down and gain another opportunity to add to the score. A 6-play drive ended with a 47-yard Cody Parkey field goal. The successful field goal set the score at 25-21 as the game went into halftime.
Auburn added another field goal in the third quarter. An 8-play drive was bogged down to a 4th and 9 at the Cougar 9-yard line. Parkey kicked the successful 26-yard field goal at the 6:51 mark.
Washington St. decided to get their own field goal on the following drive. An 8-play drive by the Cougars covered 39 yards, but was forced to kick at the Auburn 26-yard line. The 43-yard field goal was kicked by Andrew Furney and brought the score to 28-24 with the Tigers leading.
In the 4th quarter, Auburn started off with another field goal. Cody Parkey made the best of an 11-yard drive with a 42-yard kick at the 9:02 mark. This brought the score to 31-24. Both teams fought for the rest of the 4th quarter, but neither were able to add to their score.
Next week, Auburn takes on Arkansas St. at home. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
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