Auburn Vs. Utah State: Tigers Escape Upset-Minded Aggies, 42-38

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Auburn Vs. Utah State: Final Score, Tigers Football Wins 42-38 With Dramatic Comeback

The Utah State Aggies were oh so close to pulling off an absolutely massive upset at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but the Auburn Tigers have pulled off an incredible comeback to avoid embarrassment, defeating the Aggies by a final score of 42-38. Utah State lead or was tied with Auburn for most of the game and lead by 10 points with 3:38 remaining, but two spectacular drives on either side of an onside kick recovery guided Auburn to a dramatic comeback win.

Utah State appeared to wrap up the win late in the fourth quarter when they converted a fourth and eight on a fake field goal, setting up a first and goal that would eventually lead to a touchdown. Barrett Trotter and Onterio McCalebb had been solid, but unspectacular up until that point, but they saved their best for the end of the game.

The first drive after Utah State's final touchdown looked easy, as Trotter guided Auburn down the field for a touchdown quickly. Gene Chizik decided to try an onside kick instead of letting his defense get the ball back and it ultimately proved to be the right call, as Utah State failed to block Auburn's hands team and they recovered easily.

McCalebb had the definitive play of the game-winning drive, rushing for 15 yards on a surprising audible to a draw play. That set up Auburn for a first and goal, giving Auburn four shots at the end zone from inside the ten. They only needed two, as Michael Dyer punched in the game-winning touchdown from one yard out.

Utah State had more more chance to get back into the game, but Auburn's defense finally rose to the occasion. Chuckie Keeton and his offensive line had no answer for the pass rush of Auburn on their final drive and Auburn walked away with a massive win.

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Utah State Vs. Auburn Score: Barrett Trotter Keeping Tigers Alive

The Auburn Tigers trailed the Utah State Aggies by 10 points with just a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. Some of their fans left, but the Tigers told the world it wasn't over quite yet as Barrett Trotter led a six-play drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass to pull Auburn within three points with the score board reading 38-35 in favor of the Aggies.

Trotter completed three of his four passes on the drive that lasted less than two minutes, moving the ball 62 yards through the air as he eventually found wide receiver Philip Lutzenkirchen in the end zone for his third touchdown pass of the day. Considering Trotter, a junior, had attempted just nine passes prior to Saturday's game, he showed quite a bit of moxie to be able to lead the Tigers back into contention.

The Tigers recovered the onside kick on the ensuing possession, giving them defending national champs the opportunity to either tie or win the game depending on what happens on the final possession.

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Auburn Vs. Utah State Score: Aggies Lead 38-28 Late In Fourth Quarter

Utah State had been in control of the Auburn Tigers for most of their game Saturday, but when Auburn took a 28-24 lead, it looked like order was finally going to be restored to the world. Instead, Utah State has scored two unanswered touchdowns and now leads the Tigers by a score of 38-28 with 3:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. Those Tigers fans who lack faith have already headed for the exits.

During Utah State's most recent touchdown drive, it appeared that Auburn was going to hold them to a field goal attempt. The field goal was a fake, though, and D.J. Tialavea made a fantastic catch to set up a first and goal after converting a fourth and eight. The play was reviewed, but the replay confirmed that Tialavea got his hands under the ball and completed a catch to convert the first down.

Robert Turbin eventually converted the touchdown for the Aggies on a one yard run, pushing the score to 38-28. The Tigers will now have to score twice in less than four minutes to save face and avoid an embarrassing home loss against a team that struggles to put together winning seasons in the WAC.    

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Auburn Vs. Utah State Score: Chuckie Keeton Helps Aggies Regain Lead With QB Sneak

The Utah State Aggies looked like they might roll over for the defending National Champions when the Auburn Tigers scored to take a 28-24 lead, but freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton had other plans. Those plans included, apparently, putting his head down and bowling through the defensive line for a seven-yard score to give Utah State a 31-28 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Keeton's keeper capped off a 14-play, 80-yard drive for the Aggies that saw Keeton complete four of his five passing attempts as he drove Utah State down the field and into Tigers' territory. Running back Robert Turbin set up the sneak with a run up the middle on third-and-one to give the Aggies first-and-goal.

At the rate the Auburn vs. Utah State game is going, there will probably be a few more scores before the game is complete. For now, however, it seems the Aggies are in the catbird seat after stopping Auburn on the ensuing possession giving them both the lead and the ball.

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Auburn Vs. Utah State Score: Tigers Football Leads 28-24 After Third Quarter

The Utah State Aggies are continuing to give the Auburn Tigers much more of a game than they anticipated at home, but at the end of the third quarter, they finally have their first lead of the game. Utah State has been tied or in the lead for the entirety of the game, but Auburn is finally in the lead, ahead by a score of 28-24 after 45 minutes.

Clint Moseley completed his first and only pass of the game, a 25-yard strike on the Tigers' last scoring drive, while Barrett Trotter finished off the drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Travante Stallworth to put Auburn ahead.

The Tigers' defense is continuing to struggle, though, as Utah State was nearing field goal range (for normal teams, not them) when the whistle blew to end the third quarter.

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Auburn Vs. Utah State Score: Michael Dyer Ties Game For Tigers

Auburn is not out of the woods against Utah State just yet. But the Tigers are out of the hole, thanks to super sophomore Michael Dyer.

Dyer capped an 11-play, 65-yard third quarter drive for Auburn by taking in an 11-yard direct snap for a touchdown, and after the extra point, the Tigers and Aggies are knotted at 21.

Dyer has 10 carries for 51 yards, and has been one of the few consistent bright spots for an Auburn team that has had problems on both offense and defense against the WAC's feisty Aggies in its season opener.

After having just three first downs in the first half, Auburn has already recorded four first downs in the third quarter.

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Auburn Vs. Utah State Score: Aggies Up On Defending National Champions At Halftime

Could the Utah State Aggies really upset 2010's national champions? They're up 21-14 on Auburn at the Tigers' home field, Jordan-Hare Stadium, at halftime.

Auburn appears to miss 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton dearly. The Tigers are struggling on the ground, getting fewer than three yards per rush attempt, and while quarterback Barrett Trotter threw the only offensive touchdown of Auburn's first half, he's put it in the air just five times so far.

Utah State, meanwhile, has been efficient on offense. The Aggies have outgained Auburn by nearly 100 yards to this point, and have accrued 13 first downs to a measly three for Auburn. Utah State can credit its slow and steady running game for its massive time of possession advantage, too: the Aggies have run the ball 27 times for 104 yards, breaking just three runs of over 10 yards.

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Utah State Vs. Auburn Score: Tre Mason Kick Return Pulls Tigers Within A Touchdown

The Utah State Aggies looked like they might pull off the first major upset of the college football season, but Auburn has apparently decided they still want a chance at defending their 2010 National Championship. Most recently, that was apparently when freshman Tre Mason returned Utah State's kick for 97 yards and a touchdown to make the score a bit more manageable 21-14 in favor of the upstart Aggies.

Utah State capitalized on a 16-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run from Robert Turbin to give Utah State a 21-7 lead, but the ensuing kickoff moved the momentum meter right back to the home team as soon as Mason caught the Jacob Haueter kick.

Mason didn't catch the kick clean, but as soon as he looked up, he saw a hole and turned on the jets as he raced the Utah State special teams unit all 97 yards on his way to the opposite end zone. Auburn's defense did its part on the following Utah State drive, too, holding them to a four-and-out while putting the Tigers' offense on the field for the first time in quite awhile.

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Auburn Vs. Utah State Score: Chuckie Keeton Keeper Gives Aggies 14-7 Lead

The Auburn Tigers and Utah State Aggies game on Saturday morning wasn't expected to be an exciting game to watch considering it's an unranked WAC school facing the defending national champions.  The underdogs are currently on top, however, after Utah State's Chuckie Keeton scored on a quarterback option to put the Aggies ahead 14-7 early in the second quarter.

Keeton, a freshman, showed quite a bit of moxie on fourth and goal for Utah State as he took a quarterback keeper three yards around the left side of the offensive line and into the end zone to give his team the lead late in the first quarter.

Utah State's other touchdown came when Kerwynn Williams took a run 43 yards to the house to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead over the No. 21 ranked Tigers. The running back's carried the ball five times for 50 yards at this point of the game.

Auburn's only score thus far came from Emory Blake as he caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Blake Emory at 8:59 of the first quarter.

This game is probably worth tuning into, too, because Utah State appears primed to go for it on all fourth downs that are too close to punt.

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