NCAAF Game Recap - Kent State at Auburn
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Kent State (1-2)

3

7

0

6

16

(8) Auburn (3-0)

14

10

14

17

55

Whitlow, Nix lead No. 8 Auburn past Kent State, 55-16
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:36 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers came out determined to run and run some more.

It was a pretty effective strategy.

JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Bo Nix ran and passed for scores to lead the eighth-ranked Tigers to a 55-16 victory over Kent State Saturday night.

"We found our identity early in running the ball," Nix said. "We really moved them up front and we got in a rhythm running the ball. That really opened up certain outside throws, some short ones and got me in a little bit of a rhythm."

The Tigers (3-0) piled up 467 rushing yards - and three 100-yard rushers - in their final tune up before Southeastern Conference play. They also got some big plays running and passing from Nix, including a 49-yard flea flicker to a wide-open Eli Stove for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Then both offensive stars were able to head to the sideline after the Tigers avoided a pre-SEC letdown against the Golden Flashes (1-2).

Most of the damage was done with a running game that had struggled at times.

Nix had runs of 17 and 18 yards on consecutive plays to set up a touchdown on the opening drive and added a 1-yard score. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 161 yards for an offense that topped its combined points from the first two games.

"I really think the quarterback keeping it a few times early really opens things up the middle," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

Backup quarterback Joey Gatewood ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Shaun Shivers, Auburn's 5-foot-7, 179-pound running back, also gained 102 yards. It was the first time Auburn had three 100-yard rushers in a game since 1983 with a Bo Jackson-led group against Maryland.

The Golden Flashes closed to 14-10 early in the second quarter on Dustin Crum's 53-yard downfield strike to Isaiah McKoy. Auburn had gone six-plus quarters without giving up a TD before that, but it was Kent State's last big highlight for a while.

"We were executing. We were straining and we were fighting and finding ways to make those plays because our level of detail was really, really high," Kent State coach Sean Lewis said. "So we knew against this team that the margin for error was really low, so we were straining and the kids had a great attention to detail. I think over the course of the game that waned a little bit and the game got away from us."

Crum completed 15 of 24 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked five times. Marlon Davidson was responsible for half those sacks for the Tigers.

BROWN HURT

Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown sustained an unspecified injury in the first quarter. He watched the second half in street clothes. Asked if it appeared to be a serious injury, Malzahn said, "I don't think so." He didn't elaborate.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kent State: Started Crum at quarterback for the second straight game. Former starter and ex-Auburn signee Woody Barrett entered the game in the third quarter, down 38-10. Barrett did contribute a fourth-quarter touchdown pass. Lewis drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the first half.

Auburn: Took care of business ahead of the SEC opener. Diversified its running attack considerably, with Kam Martin, Shivers and quarterbacks Nix and Gatewood getting more involved. The defense allowed four straight third-down conversions on the opening drive but did get stronger.

SIDELINED

Auburn left tackle Prince Tega Wanogho was replaced in the starting lineup by Bailey Sharp. It was the senior's first career start. Malzahn said Wanogho was "a little banged up." Top receiver Seth Williams was held out with a shoulder injury.

UP NEXT

Kent State hosts Bowling Green seeking back-to-back MAC wins for the first time since 2012.

Auburn opens Southeastern Conference play at No. 16 Texas A&M.

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Passing

Kent Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Price 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
D. Crum 24 15 62.5 1 198 53 0 102.4
Aub Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Nix 16 12 75.0 1 161 49 0 127.3
J. Gatewood 1 1 100.0 0 5 5 0 87.5

Rushing

Kent Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Crum 11 30 2.7 16 0
W. Barrett 4 27 6.8 26 0
Aub Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Whitlow 17 135 7.9 39 2
S. Shivers 12 102 8.5 27 0

Receiving

Kent Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
I. McKoy 4 85 21.3 53 1
K. Price 4 41 10.3 15 1
Aub Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Stove 6 88 14.7 49 1
S. Cannella 1 27 27.0 27 0

Fumbles

Returning

Kent KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Parker 1 7.0 0 7 0 - 0 0
Aub KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Shenker 1 10.0 0 10 0 - 0 0
M. Miller 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0

Punting

Kent Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Adams 7 306 43.7 54
Aub Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Siposs 1 41 41.0 41

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Kent Aub
Points For 16 55
Total Yards 321 633
Rushing Yards 92 467
Passing Yards 229 166
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/36 13/17
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/0
First Downs 19 32
Penalties - Yards 5/53 6/59
Time Of Possession 37:37 23:23
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/18 8/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/44 2/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Kent Aub
Kent 6:18 FG Matthew Trickett 21 yd FG 3 0
Aub 9:13 TD JaTarvious Whitlow 3 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 3 7
Aub 14:49 TD Kam Martin 35 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 3 14
2nd Quarter Kent Aub
Kent 4:13 TD Isaiah McKoy 53 yd pass from Dustin Crum (Matthew Trickett kick) 10 14
Aub 6:44 TD Bo Nix 1 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 10 21
Aub 15:00 FG Anders Carlson 45 yd FG 10 24
3rd Quarter Kent Aub
Aub 2:58 TD JaTarvious Whitlow 16 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 10 31
Aub 9:01 TD Eli Stove 49 yd pass from Bo Nix (Anders Carlson kick) 10 38
4th Quarter Kent Aub
Aub 0:05 FG Anders Carlson 37 yd FG 10 41
Kent 2:24 TD Kavious Price 15 yd pass from Woody Barrett (failed 2pt pass) 16 41
Aub 6:11 TD Joey Gatewood 2 yd run (Sage Ledbetter kick) 16 48
Aub 12:33 TD Joey Gatewood 2 yd run (Sage Ledbetter kick) 16 55

Game Information

Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Attendance: 84,542
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