The Auburn Tigers are in the midst of a championship drought, but one thing that hasn’t changed is their quarterback.
After losing three-straight games, Auburn finally got one in the third quarter Saturday night, when sophomore Jourdan Lewis threw a touchdown pass and a 45-yard touchdown run to redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
“It was huge,” Auburn quarterback Jarrett State said.
“I had to come up with some different things.
It was pretty cool.”
Stidham threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown, which put Auburn in front 17-14 at the half.
But Stidman’s second touchdown came on a 1-yard run with 6:15 left in the game.
In the third, Stidhart was sacked on the first play of the game, but he picked up the loose ball and ran a 10-yard route for a touchdown.
The Tigers led by seven points early in the fourth quarter.
Auburn was down 24-17 after a Stid-Lewis touchdown run.
But Auburn’s defense held on and Auburn led 21-14 with 1:27 left in overtime.
It was the second time Auburn was behind 24-0 early in a game this season.
Auburn trailed 21-0 in the second quarter against Kentucky on Sept. 17, 2016, but the Wildcats won the game with a score from junior quarterback Ryan Anderson.
At the time, Stdham was still on the bench with the Tigers trailing 24-14.
He was replaced in the first quarter by sophomore Garrett Grayson.
The Tigers lost that game 22-17.
This season, Stiddham has thrown for more than 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns.
His touchdown pass to Lewis came on the second play of Auburn’s first drive of the fourth.
Bryson ranked first in the SEC in passing touchdowns (24) and first in total offense (739 yards).
The two Auburn players also each threw for more yards than the Tigers had in their previous three games.
Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Michael Roberts scored on a 41-yard reception, and junior safety Eric Striker picked off Lewis on a pass from Stidmans second touchdown pass of the day.
Tigers quarterback Jarrett Anderson finished 11 of 17 for 155 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Stidman completed six of 10 passes for 159 yards and an interception.
Alabama has won its last two SEC games, and Auburn is 10-0.
There is still plenty of work to be done for the Tigers, who lost to Georgia and Georgia Tech in the semifinals of the SEC Championship Game on Jan. 15.
Auburn had to go on the road for the title game.
It beat South Carolina and Alabama in the title games, but lost to the SEC’s No. 1 seed.
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