Scores

Final

Samford 16

(6-5, 4-4 Southern)

(24) Auburn 35

(7-4, 4-3 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

1:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Jordan-Hare Stadium, AUBURN, AL

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 0 10 3 316
#24AUB 7 7 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: C. Moseley (AUB) - 167 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Dyer (LOU) - 30 CAR, 157 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Pope (SAM) - 13 REC, 90 YDS, 1 TD

No. 24 Auburn survives scare from Samford with 14-point 4th

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn survived a scare from Samford, but reeled off 14 straight points in the fourth quarter to close out a 35-16 win on Saturday.

Clint Moseley, not usually known for his rushing capabilities, took a quarterback keeper 22 yards for the score with 11:28 remaining to give Auburn (7-4) the breathing room it would need in the win.

The Tigers (No. 24 BCS) added a 10-yard touchdown run from Onterio McCalebb with 2:17 to go for the final margin.

Moseley went 13-of-20 passing for 167 yards and a score, and Mike Dyer rushed 30 times for 157 yards and a score for the Tigers.

Dustin Taliaferro went 17-of-32 for 161 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions for Samford (6-5). Kelsey Pope caught 13 passes for 90 yards and a score, while Jeremiaha Gates posted his first career 100-yard game, rushing 28 times for 119 yards.

Samford coach Pat Sullivan was honored with a ceremony before kickoff to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Heisman Trophy he won at Auburn, becoming the school's first Heisman winner.

Samford closed within 21-16 on a 37-yard field goal by Cameron Yaw with 13:22 left to play, set up by a reverse pass from Pope to Gates for 28 yards into Auburn territory.

The Bulldogs had a fourth-and-2 from the Auburn 20-yard line, but opted to go for the Yaw field goal.

The Tigers scored the eventual winning touchdown on a 6-yard Dyer run with 3:25 to go in the third, capping off a 14-play, 70-yard drive in which Auburn handed off to Dyer on the last seven plays and he ran for 51 yards to put the Tigers up 21-13.

Samford had cut the lead to 14-13 with 7:22 left in the third quarter, driving 70 yards in 14 plays -- including 42 on the ground from Gates -- to set up a 28-yard field goal by Yaw, but the Bulldogs could never get the upper hand.

Auburn started off the scoring with a 32-yard strike from Moseley to Philip Lutzenkirchen down the seam, finishing off a nine-play, 55-yard drive and giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 7:07 to go in the first quarter.

The Tigers had a chance to add to their lead on the next drive, but Cody Parkey pushed a 32-yard field goal wide left and Samford took over at the 20-yard line.

The Bulldogs drove 80 yards on 10 plays from their -- aided by a late hit penalty on third down that gave them a first-and-goal at the Tigers' 6 -- and Taliaferro found Pope for an 8-yard score to tie the score at 7-7 with 14:27 left in the half.

Auburn answered right back with a 10-play, 60-yard drive -- ending on a 10-yard touchdown run by McCalebb -- to go up 14-7 with 10:03 in the half, but Samford closed within 14-10 with a 40-yard field goal by Yaw 2:32 before the break, a lead the Tigers took into halftime.

Auburn's offense put up 219 yards in the first half -- 131 passing 88 rushing -- but suffered from two costly lost fumbles around midfield, the second of which set up the Bulldogs' field-goal drive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
AUB
1st Downs1923
Total Yards338415
Passing189167
Rushing149248
Penalties2-105-37
3rd Down Conversions2-145-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers22
Possession29:4630:14

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taliaferro17/331614.912
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moseley13/201678.410

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gates281194.3018
Taliaferro3217.009
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dyer301575.2118
McCalebb8486.0221

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pope13906.9118
Gates47017.5030
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carr25929.5030
Lutzenkirchen34615.3132

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMAUB
TD07:07Philip Lutzenkirchen 32 Yd Pass From Clint Moseley (Cody Parkey Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERSAMAUB
TD14:27Kelsey Pope 8 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Cameron Yaw Kick) 77
TD10:03Onterio McCalebb 10 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 714
FG02:32Cameron Yaw 40 Yd 1014
THIRD QUARTERSAMAUB
FG07:22Cameron Yaw 28 Yd 1314
TD03:25Michael Dyer 5 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 1321
FOURTH QUARTERSAMAUB
FG13:22Cameron Yaw 37 Yd 1621
TD11:28Clint Moseley 22 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 1628
TD02:17Onterio McCalebb 10 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 1635