The Auburn QB has overpowered Oregon’s smaller defenders for two third-down conversions on the current possession, but the third time is not the charm. The Ducks stuff him on a keeper on third-and-2, and then the big play… Auburn goes for it on 4th-and-goal from the 1, and Newton underthrows Eric Smith.
Major stop for the Ducks. Could it be a difference in the game later? But now the Ducks have a challenge to get the ball out of the shadow of their end zone, and Big Nick Fairley will be keying on anything up the middle.
And two plays later, an Auburn safety. Now the Ducks have to kick the ball back to the Tigers with 3:26 before halftime. It’s 11-9, and Auburn is feeling good.