NCAAF Game Recap - Purdue at Auburn
Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:30 PM EST

Okla
34
Ala
45
F
ND
3
Clem
30
F
Fla
41
Mich
15
F
IASt
26
WaSt
28
F
WVU
18
Syr
34
F
NW
31
Utah
20
F
NCSt
13
TxAM
52
F
BC
Boise
Canc
Mizzu
33
OkSt
38
F
Minn
34
GATec
10
F
Cal
7
TCU
10
F OT
Temp
27
Duke
56
F
MiaFL
3
Wisc
35
F
Bayl
45
Vand
38
F
Purd
14
Aub
63
F
SCar
0
UVA
28
F
ArkSt
13
Nev
16
F OT
Cin
35
VaTec
31
F
Stan
14
Pitt
13
F
MSU
6
Oreg
7
F

Auburn 63, Purdue 14

Dec 28, 2018, 1:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Purdue (6-7)

7

0

7

0

14

Auburn (8-5)

28

28

7

0

63

Stidham, Auburn throttle Purdue 63-14 at Music City Bowl
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:40 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Auburn finished its up-and-down season with a spectacular performance.

A record-setting encore in the Music City Bowl.

Jarrett Stidham threw for a career-high 373 yards and five touchdowns in his final college game , and Auburn pounded Purdue 63-14 on Friday.

The Tigers (8-5) opened the season with a top-10 ranking before stumbling in Southeastern Conference play against unranked and ranked teams alike. The Tigers finished with their first postseason victory since the 2015 Birmingham Bowl against Memphis and a whole bunch of records.

Auburn scored the most points by an SEC team in a bowl, topping Alabama's 61-6 win over Syracuse in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1953. The Tigers had a chance to match the most points ever in a bowl at 70, most recently by Army in the Armed Forces Bowl last week, but took a knee at the Purdue 1 after a replay review overturned a very late TD run by Joey Gatewood.

"We've had some ups and downs this year," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, crediting his seniors for keeping the Tigers together. "This was a big win for us."

Stidham, a junior who already has declared his intention to leave early for the NFL draft, got the Tigers off to a fast start, and they just poured it on from there.

"We just tried to make those explosive plays that we've needed all year," Stidham said.

Auburn scored TDs on its first eight possessions. It tied the Music City Bowl records for most points and TDs set by West Virginia in 2000 - with 5:36 left in the first half. By halftime, Auburn led 56-7 with the most points scored in any half in program history after holding the ball for only 11 minutes. It was the most points by one team in a half in any bowl.

"I mean it was a thing of beauty to watch from the sideline to watch the guys make plays," Malzahn said. "When we make explosive plays and we play fast, we're a pretty good offense, and today it all came together. I really believe that will carry over to next season."

Purdue (6-7) dropped three of its last four games in its second season under coach Jeff Brohm.

"That one snowballed faster than most," Brohm said. "I've been part of games that were a bad outcome, but that one happened fast. Credit to them, they made their breaks. Every little thing that went wrong seemed like it could. We got behind the eight-ball early."

Auburn started the game with the ball and needed only 63 seconds to set the tone, with Stidham finding JaTarvious Whitlow for a 66-yard TD pass. Whitlow also added a pair of short TD runs as Auburn led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers outgained Purdue 586-263 in total offense and had only one three-and-out late in the third quarter. Purdue was intercepted twice and turned it over on downs twice. Auburn punted once all game.

Darius Slayton set a bowl record with TD catches of 74 , 52 and 34 yards and finished with 160 yards receiving. Javaris Davis had a sack and an interception in the first quarter for Auburn, and Big Kat Bryant returned an interception 20 yards for a 45-7 lead with 12:29 left in the first half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Purdue: With defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal out after tearing an ACL in the regular-season finale against Indiana, the Boilermakers had little answer for anything Auburn tried on offense.

Auburn: It sure looks as if Malzahn made the right decision when he took back the play-calling duties he handled his first three seasons at Auburn. Only five other teams have scored more in a bowl game, and the Tigers set a school record for total yards in a bowl.

PLAYING THE BOWL

Stidham bucked the new trend of not playing in bowl games, and he very likely helped his draft stock with his performance. He was 13 of 18 for 335 yards and four TDs at halftime and nearly had a TD run only to be ruled just short. Stidham said he had to play as a competitor.

"In my two short years here, I've grown so close to these guys I could never imagine not finishing the season with them," Stidham said.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Brohm has a lot to replace with a senior class of 29 counting walk-ons. The departing Boilermakers include quarterback David Blough and top running backs in D.J. Knox and Markell Jones.

Auburn: The search for Stidham's replacement began with sophomore Malik Willis getting the first look once Malzahn finally pulled his starting quarterback with 1:33 left. Gatewood also played late.

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Passing

Purd Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Moore 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
D. Blough 37 22 59.5 0 184 27 2 49.8
Aub Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Gatewood 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Stidham 21 15 71.4 5 373 74 0 153.3

Rushing

Purd Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Jones 10 35 3.5 9 0
D. Blough 7 19 2.7 22 1
Aub Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Martin 11 58 5.3 15 0
M. Willis 3 52 17.3 30 0

Receiving

Purd Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Moore 11 94 8.5 27 0
I. Zico 3 31 10.3 16 0
Aub Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Slayton 3 160 53.3 74 3
J. Whitlow 1 66 66.0 66 1

Fumbles

Returning

Purd KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Moore 3 21.0 0 24 1 0.0 0 0
D. Knox 2 16.5 0 22 0 - 0 0
Aub KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Davis 0 - 0 0 1 4.0 0 4
N. Igbinoghene 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

Purd Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Schopper 6 229 38.2 48
Aub Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Siposs 1 49 49.0 49

Takeaways

Aub Int Yds InTD
J. Davis 1 15 0
B. Bryant 1 20 1

Team Stats Comparison

Purd Aub
Points For 14 63
Total Yards 263 586
Rushing Yards 79 208
Passing Yards 184 378
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/38 16/23
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 17 24
Penalties - Yards 6/60 3/35
Time Of Possession 49:49 11:11
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/13 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 4/5
Punts - Average Yards 6/38 1/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Purd Aub
Aub 1:03 TD JaTarvious Whitlow 66 yd pass from Jarrett Stidham (Anders Carlson kick) 0 7
Aub 6:42 TD JaTarvious Whitlow 2 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 0 14
Aub 8:01 TD JaTarvious Whitlow 1 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 0 21
Purd 11:35 TD Rondale Moore 7 yd run (Spencer Evans kick) 7 21
Aub 12:12 TD Darius Slayton 74 yd pass from Jarrett Stidham (Anders Carlson kick) 7 28
2nd Quarter Purd Aub
Aub 2:06 TD Darius Slayton 52 yd pass from Jarrett Stidham (Anders Carlson kick) 7 35
Aub 2:31 TD Big Kat Bryant 20 yd interception return (Anders Carlson kick) 7 42
Aub 9:24 TD Anthony Schwartz 6 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 7 49
Aub 12:59 TD Darius Slayton 34 yd pass from Jarrett Stidham (Anders Carlson kick) 7 56
3rd Quarter Purd Aub
Aub 7:44 TD Ryan Davis 5 yd pass from Jarrett Stidham (Anders Carlson kick) 7 63
Purd 9:31 TD David Blough 22 yd run (Spencer Evans kick) 14 63
4th Quarter Purd Aub
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 59,024
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