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Stidham, No. 12 Auburn top Georgia Southern, 41-7

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers didn't have their star tailback or a top receiving threat. Things got tougher when another standout runner went down with an injury.

The 12th-ranked Tigers didn't let suspensions or that injury to tailback Kerryon Johnson spoil quarterback Jarrett Stidham's debut in a 41-7 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday night.

Stidham threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and a smothering defense was more than enough to overcome overcome three turnovers - including a fumble returned for a touchdown. Johnson sustained an apparent right hamstring injury in the first half. Top runner Kamryn Pettway, wide receiver Kyle Davis and backup quarterback Sean White were held out for undisclosed reasons.

''That's completely between me and them,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. Pettway and Davis will be back against Clemson, and White will miss another game.

Johnson pulled up short on what appeared destined to be his second long touchdown of the first half. He left with an apparent right hamstring injury and didn't return after gaining 136 yards with a 60-yard touchdown scamper. Malzahn didn't offer an update on his status.

Stidham scored on a 14-yard run and passed for 19-yard touchdowns to Ryan Davis and Will Hastings in the opener for both teams. He finished 14-of-24 passing for 185 yards with an interception in a much-anticipated debut after beating out White, a 16-game starter.

''I was thrilled to be back out there,'' Stidham said. ''I've got to get a lot better personally and as an offense collectively.''

The former Baylor quarterback had one rough sequence when a pass was batted and almost intercepted behind the line, a forced throw across the middle was picked off and a fumble was returned for a touchdown. Chris DeLaRosa jarred the ball loose from Stidham with a blind-side hit and linebacker Tomarcio Reese scooped and scored from 22 yards out.

Auburn third-team tailback Kam Martin had a big day, with a 36-yard touchdown and a 61-yard run. He gained 136 yards on 14 carries to match Johnson. It capped a week when the player from Port Arthur, Texas, dealt with his family getting stuck in their home because of Hurricane Harvey and the death of an aunt who couldn't get out to her dialysis treatments.

''I brought a lot of smiles,'' Martin said, sporting a Texas Tough T-shirt. ''I just checked my phone and everybody's happy. They were like, `You did it for the city.'''

The Tigers outgained Georgia Southern and its triple option attack 535-78 in total yards.

''Our defense was unbelievable,'' Malzahn said. ''They were outstanding. That triple option scares you to death.''

Georgia Southern coach Tyson Summers said the game will be a learning experience.

''I still think we have a chance to be a very good offense this year,'' Summer said. ''That is as good of a defense as probably anywhere in the country. We didn't play very well. We had chances and didn't follow through.''

THE TAKEAWAY

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: The Eagles couldn't muster much of an offense against the Tigers, failing to get points even after recovering a fumble at Auburn's 34 in the second half. Redshirt freshman quarterback Shai Werts didn't get much time to throw or room to run in his first college game. He passed for 8 yards and ran for 16 on 23 carries.

AUBURN: Stidham wasn't perfect in his first game after being sidelined for 651 days, but the Auburn offense also isn't as effective without the bulldozing Pettway. A defense that was the strength of last year's team looked strong again. The Tigers racked up five sacks and 12 tackles for loss and made a fourth-and-goal stop in the final quarter.

RARE CHANCES

The absence of White and Pettway gave chances to both Martin and walk-on quarterback Devin Adams. Adams entered in the fourth quarter instead of freshman Malik Willis, who had a strong spring but may be in line for a redshirt year.

DANIEL'S DAY: Two-time Lou Groza Award finalist Daniel Carlson had a mixed day. He started with a 50-yard field goal but also missed a 53-yarder and a 46-yarder. He's 9-of-14 from 50-plus yards in his career.

UP NEXT

Georgia Southern returns home to face New Hampshire.

Auburn visits defending national champion Clemson, which won last year's opening matchup 19-13.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:18
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
41
Touchdown 9:18
8-J.Stidham complete to 33-W.Hastings. 33-W.Hastings runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
37
yds
02:06
pos
7
40
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:24
38-D.Carlson 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
-16
yds
03:29
pos
7
34
Point After TD 10:56
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
31
Touchdown 10:56
8-J.Stidham complete to 23-R.Davis. 23-R.Davis runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
3
yds
02:43
pos
7
30
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:52
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 4:52
9-K.Martin runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
-4
yds
01:26
pos
7
23
Point After TD 8:36
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 8:36
8-J.Stidham runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
0
yds
02:17
pos
7
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:36
16-T.Bass extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 0:43
8-J.Stidham sacked at AUB 22 for -6 yards FUMBLES (34-C.DeLaRosa). 33-T.Reese runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
0
plays
84
yds
0:07
pos
6
10
Point After TD 5:11
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 5:11
21-K.Johnson runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
2
yds
00:11
pos
0
9
Field Goal 12:06
38-D.Carlson 50 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
7
yds
02:48
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 7 25
Rushing 5 15
Passing 0 10
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 0-15 6-16
4th Down Conv 1-2 2-3
Total Net Yards 41 524
Total Plays 56 79
Avg Gain 0.7 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 70 351
Rush Attempts 47 53
Avg Rush Yards 1.5 6.6
Net Yards Passing -29 173
Comp. - Att. 4-9 15-26
Yards Per Pass -3.2 6.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-37 3-11
Penalties - Yards 4-20 6-54
Touchdowns 1 5
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 11-38.9 1-42.0
Return Yards 15 35
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 1-15 1-29
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 1/2 7/9
Extra Points 1/1 5/5
Field Goals 0/1 2/4
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Ga. Southern 0-1 70007
12 Auburn 1-0 101410741
-29 PASS YDS 173
70 RUSH YDS 351
41 TOTAL YDS 524
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Werts 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 8 0 1 33.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 8 0 1 33.4
S. Werts 4/8 8 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Ramsby 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 33 0
L. Ramsby 11 33 0 12
W. Fields 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 21 0
W. Fields 11 21 0 6
S. Werts 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 16 0
S. Werts 23 16 0 25
D. Godfrey 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Godfrey 1 1 0 1
M. Campbell 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
M. Campbell 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Fortune 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
O. Fortune 1 7 0 7
E. Richardson 5 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
E. Richardson 1 5 0 5
M. Campbell 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Campbell 0 0 0 0
M. Henry 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Henry 0 0 0 0
W. Fields 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
W. Fields 2 -4 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bowdry 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 1 0.0
J. Bowdry 10-2 0.0 1
R. Byrd 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
R. Byrd 6-0 0.0 0
L. Hunt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
L. Hunt 6-0 0.0 0
T. Bradley 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
T. Bradley 5-0 1.0 0
T. Reese 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Reese 4-2 0.0 0
M. Brinson 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Brinson 3-1 0.0 0
C. DeLaRosa 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
C. DeLaRosa 3-1 1.0 0
R. Murray 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
R. Murray 3-1 0.0 0
J. Moon 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Moon 2-0 0.0 0
D. Cooper 41 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Cooper 2-0 0.0 0
T. Vliem 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
T. Vliem 2-1 1.0 0
S. Freeman 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Freeman 2-1 0.0 0
K. Vildor 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Vildor 2-1 0.0 0
C. Harris Jr. 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
C. Harris Jr. 2-2 0.0 0
R. Wade Jr. 47 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Wade Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
M. Murray 33 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Murray 1-0 0.0 0
T. Phillips 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Phillips 1-1 0.0 0
I. Bush 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Bush 1-0 0.0 0
L. Ecton 37 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Ecton 1-1 0.0 0
J. Liptrot 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Liptrot 1-0 0.0 0
R. Johnson III 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
R. Johnson III 1-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Bass 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
0/1 1/1
T. Bass 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Flynn 55 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
11 38.9 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
11 38.9 1
M. Flynn 11 38.9 1 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Campbell 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
M. Campbell 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 185 2 1 142.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 185 2 1 142.3
J. Stidham 14/24 185 2 1
D. Adams 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% -1 0 0 45.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% -1 0 0 45.8
D. Adams 1/2 -1 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 136 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 136 1
K. Martin 14 136 1 61
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 136 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 136 1
K. Johnson 16 136 1 60
D. Barrett 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 26 0
D. Barrett 5 26 0 12
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 17 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 17 1
J. Stidham 9 17 1 14
M. Miller 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
M. Miller 3 15 0 6
N. Igbinoghene 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
N. Igbinoghene 1 11 0 11
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
E. Stove 2 7 0 4
D. Adams 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
D. Adams 2 6 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
W. Hastings 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 68 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 68 1
W. Hastings 4 68 1 19
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 43 0
D. Slayton 3 43 0 17
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 1
R. Davis 2 23 1 19
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 22 0
E. Stove 3 22 0 11
S. Cannella 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
S. Cannella 1 19 0 19
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
K. Martin 1 10 0 10
D. Barrett 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Barrett 0 0 0 0
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Cox 0 0 0 0
G. King 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
G. King 0 0 0 0
N. Igbinoghene 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
N. Igbinoghene 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Williams 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 2.0
T. Williams 7-3 2.0 0
J. Holland 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
J. Holland 5-0 1.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
M. Davidson 4-0 2.0 0
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
S. Roberts 3-1 0.0 0
N. Coe 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
N. Coe 3-1 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Russell 3-0 0.0 0
D. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Brown 3-2 0.0 0
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 3-0 0.0 0
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Thomas 2-0 0.0 1
N. Ruffin 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Ruffin 2-0 0.0 0
P. James III 10 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
P. James III 2-0 0.0 0
J. Broussard Jr. 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Broussard Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Dean 1-0 0.0 0
J. Peters 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Peters 1-0 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Davis 1-1 0.0 0
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Williams 1-2 0.0 0
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Matthews 1-0 0.0 0
M. Atkinson 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Atkinson 1-1 0.0 0
B. Cowart 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Cowart 1-1 0.0 0
T. Moultry 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Moultry 1-0 0.0 0
C. Davis 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
T. Truesdell 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Truesdell 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 5/5
SEASON FG XP
2/4 5/5
D. Carlson 2/4 50 5/5 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
I. Shannon 43 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 42.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 42.0 0
I. Shannon 1 42.0 0 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
R. Davis 1 29.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
S. Roberts 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 GAS 25 1:53 3 -4 Punt
7:20 GAS 36 1:52 3 4 Punt
5:11 GAS 25 2:04 3 -4 Punt
2:18 AUBURN 48 1:11 3 3 Punt
0:36 AUBURN 7 0:00 1 -58
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 GAS 29 1:33 3 5 Punt
8:30 GAS 15 2:05 3 -2 Punt
4:52 GAS 25 3:34 9 28 Punt
0:29 AUBURN 34 0:22 4 -39 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GAS 25 1:11 3 4 Punt
10:56 GAS 25 1:55 3 0 Punt
5:20 GAS 25 1:57 3 -6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AUBURN 24 3:29 8 20
9:18 GAS 25 1:47 3 5 Punt
1:01 GAS 30 0:52 4 -10 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 AUBURN 29 2:48 8 7 FG
10:01 AUBURN 36 2:36 8 0 FG Miss
5:22 AUBURN 40 0:11 2 2 TD
2:56 AUBURN 32 0:33 3 20 INT
1:00 AUBURN 16 0:17 2 84 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AUBURN 47 2:21 7 -18 FG Miss
10:53 AUBURN 42 2:17 7 0 TD
6:18 AUBURN 46 1:26 5 54 TD
1:10 AUBURN 20 0:34 3 14 FUMBLE
0:02 AUBURN 27 0:00 1 -3 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:39 AUBURN 39 2:43 10 3 TD
8:53 GAS 49 3:29 9 -16 FG
3:12 AUBURN 20 1:18 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:24 AUBURN 5 2:06 7 37 TD
7:23 AUBURN 29 5:55 12 36