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Stidham has 3 TD passes as No. 16 Auburn downs A&M 42-27

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) When Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has had championship teams in the past he's seen the players take things up a notch this time of year.

In a win over Texas A&M on Saturday he saw that quality in his 16th-ranked team, and it left him feeling encouraged with a huge test looming next week against No. 2 Georgia.

Jarrett Stidham threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns as Auburn pulled away in the second half and cruised to a 42-27 win over Texas A&M.

Kerryon Johnson added 145 yards rushing and a touchdown and provided a highlight-reel play with a nifty one-handed catch for an 11-yard gain on third down in the fourth to keep a drive going.

''He's a special player and the special players they feel it when the game's on the line,'' Malzahn said.

Eli Stove capped that possession with a 4-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead to 42-20 to put the game out of reach. That possession came after Auburn's defense stopped the Aggies on fourth down from the 4.

''We talked about a championship urgency,'' Malzahn said. ''This time of year the championship teams we've had have found ways to raise their level. And the defense did that in that area - in that spot right there - and the offense followed it up ... that makes you feel real good.''

Auburn (7-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, CFP No. 14) led by eight at halftime and made it 28-13 when Stidham connected with Ryan Davis on a 4-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter.

The Aggies (5-4, 3-3) were forced to punt on their next drive and Shane Tripucka, who had a punt blocked for a touchdown in the first half, didn't get this one off cleanly either and it went just 16 yards to give Auburn good field position.

Malzahn thought that the blocked punt for a touchdown was one of the most important plays of the game.

''It changed the whole momentum of the game going into halftime,'' he said of the play that put the Tigers up 21-13.

Darius Slayton beat A&M's defenders for the second time soon after that, and Stidham found him for a 46-yard reception to set up a 2-yard TD run by Johnson to extend the lead to 35-13.

Coach Kevin Sumlin benched freshman quarterback Kellen Mond in the second quarter after went 5 for 11 for 16 yards. Nick Starkel, who opened the season as the starter before breaking his ankle in the opener, took over and threw for 184 yards and two scores.

''It was time to give somebody else a chance and I think Nick took advantage of that today,'' Sumlin said.

Starkel passed for 184 yards and two scores.

THE TAKEAWAY

AUBURN: The Tigers handled business against unranked Texas A&M, but will need to improve and limit big plays if they hope to compete against Georgia next week and top-ranked Alabama later this month.

TEXAS A&M: Sumlin said that Starkel ''earned his spot back'' on Saturday and will start next week for A&M. He said Saturday was the first day that Starkel seemed like he was back to form after recovering from his ankle injury.

HEY OLD FRIEND

Former A&M star Myles Garrett, who was selected first overall by Cleveland in this year's NFL draft, served as honorary captain on Saturday. The defensive end was off this weekend because the Browns had their bye.

EIGHT ISN'T ENOUGH

With Saturday's loss, the best the Aggies could finish with is eight wins. If they do, it would be the fourth straight year where they've had eight wins, raising questions about when they'll take the next step under Sumlin. The sixth-year coach admitted that it's disappointing that they haven't been able to improve each year, but added that he can't worry about that while coaching such a young team.

''We can't look at what's happened in the past. We can't look at anything but what's going on next week,'' he said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tigers should maintain their spot in the poll or could move up with several ranked teams playing each other later on Saturday as they head into next week's matchup with the Bulldogs.

UP NEXT

AUBURN: The Tigers host Georgia next Saturday.

TEXAS A&M: The Aggies take a break from SEC play when they host New Mexico next Saturday before traveling to Mississippi on Nov. 18.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:11
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
27
Touchdown 3:11
17-N.Starkel complete to 4-D.Ratley. 4-D.Ratley runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
43
yds
01:44
pos
42
26
Point After TD 5:08
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
20
Touchdown 5:08
12-E.Stove runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
111
yds
08:17
pos
41
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:09
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
20
Touchdown 6:09
17-N.Starkel complete to 4-D.Ratley. 4-D.Ratley runs 62 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:39
pos
35
19
Point After TD 8:48
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
13
Touchdown 8:48
21-K.Johnson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
47
yds
00:53
pos
34
13
Point After TD 10:45
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
13
Touchdown 10:45
8-J.Stidham complete to 23-R.Davis. 23-R.Davis runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
64
yds
01:51
pos
27
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:20
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
13
Touchdown 0:29
18-S.Tripucka punts 0 yards from TXAM 26 blocked by 19-N.Ruffin. 32-M.Miller runs no gain for a touchdown.
3
plays
6
yds
01:01
pos
20
13
Point After TD 1:36
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
13
Touchdown 1:36
8-J.Stidham complete to 81-D.Slayton. 81-D.Slayton runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
00:57
pos
13
13
Field Goal 2:43
36-D.LaCamera 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
43
yds
00:53
pos
7
13
Point After TD 4:01
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 4:01
7-K.Ford runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
85
yds
03:11
pos
7
9
Point After TD 10:50
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 10:50
8-J.Stidham complete to 21-K.Johnson. 21-K.Johnson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
75
yds
03:54
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 12:08
36-D.LaCamera 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
54
yds
02:52
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 13
Rushing 14 4
Passing 8 8
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 6-14 6-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 487 338
Total Plays 79 67
Avg Gain 6.2 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 228 143
Rush Attempts 52 34
Avg Rush Yards 4.4 4.2
Net Yards Passing 259 195
Comp. - Att. 20-27 16-33
Yards Per Pass 9.6 5.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-9 1-5
Penalties - Yards 3-34 2-20
Touchdowns 5 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 3 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 5-47.4 6-43.2
Return Yards 52 89
Punts - Returns 1-14 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-38 2-89
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/8 5/5
Extra Points 6/6 3/3
Field Goals 0/2 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
14 Auburn 7-2 02114742
Texas A&M 5-4 3107727
259 PASS YDS 195
228 RUSH YDS 143
487 TOTAL YDS 338
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
74.1% 268 3 0 194.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.8% 1996 11 3 156.8
J. Stidham 20/27 268 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
29 145 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
166 868 15
K. Johnson 29 145 1 22
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 310 1
K. Martin 13 46 0 9
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
61 102 2
J. Stidham 7 27 0 24
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 205 1
E. Stove 3 10 1 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 99 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 401 3
D. Slayton 2 99 1 53
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 80 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 461 4
R. Davis 7 80 1 35
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 208 0
E. Stove 4 40 0 29
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 29 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 86 1
K. Johnson 5 29 1 11
W. Hastings 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 371 3
W. Hastings 1 14 0 14
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 17 0
C. Cox 1 6 0 6
S. Cannella 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
S. Cannella 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Holland 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Holland 5-1 0.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Davidson 4-0 0.0 0
D. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
D. Brown 4-3 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Russell 4-0 0.0 0
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 0.0
T. Matthews 3-3 0.0 0
D. Davis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Davis 3-1 0.0 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
T. Moultry 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
T. Moultry 3-0 1.0 0
T. Williams 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Williams 3-1 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Davis 2-0 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Dean 2-0 0.0 0
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Williams 2-1 0.0 0
M. Atkinson 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Atkinson 2-0 0.0 0
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
J. Dinson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
J. Dinson 1-3 0.0 0
N. Coe 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Coe 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 1 0.0
C. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
15/21 41/41
D. Carlson 0/2 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Marshall 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 41.2 1
A. Marshall 5 47.4 1 70
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 25.4 21 0
N. Igbinoghene 2 19.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 8.2 14 0
S. Roberts 1 14.0 14 0
N. Ruffin 19 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 0 0
N. Ruffin 1 26.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Starkel 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 184 2 0 150.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 379 3 1 129.5
N. Starkel 11/22 184 2 0
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.5% 16 0 0 57.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50.5% 1297 7 6 106.0
K. Mond 5/11 16 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 103 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 575 5
T. Williams 15 103 0 40
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 45 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 413 9
K. Ford 14 45 1 10
K. Bussey 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 232 1
K. Bussey 1 0 0 0
N. Starkel 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -13 0
N. Starkel 2 -2 0 3
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
88 347 3
K. Mond 2 -3 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Ratley 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 82 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 389 2
D. Ratley 4 82 2 62
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 62 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 455 5
C. Kirk 8 62 0 29
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 157 0
T. Williams 2 41 0 41
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 64 0
K. Ford 1 9 0 9
R. Paul 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 58 0
R. Paul 1 6 0 6
K. Rogers 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 21 0
K. Rogers 0 0 0 0
J. Ausbon 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 263 1
J. Ausbon 0 0 0 0
C. Buckley 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 183 2
C. Buckley 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Dodson 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 3 0.0
T. Dodson 11-3 0.0 0
K. Carper 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
K. Carper 6-0 0.0 0
M. Jones 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
M. Jones 5-0 0.0 0
D. Renfro 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Renfro 4-0 0.0 0
A. Hines III 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Hines III 4-2 0.0 0
L. Durham 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
L. Durham 3-1 1.0 0
K. Keke 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
K. Keke 3-2 0.0 0
D. Tucker 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Tucker 3-1 0.0 0
Z. Henderson 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
Z. Henderson 3-4 0.0 0
J. Peevy 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
J. Peevy 2-2 1.0 0
B. Johnson 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0
B. White 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. White 2-0 0.0 0
D. Capers-Smith 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Capers-Smith 2-0 0.0 0
D. Mack 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Mack 1-1 0.0 0
J. Rogers 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Rogers 1-0 0.0 0
P. Willis 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
P. Willis 1-2 0.0 0
J. Dunning 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Dunning 0-1 0.0 0
J. Johnson 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Johnson 0-1 0.0 0
J. Madubuike 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Madubuike 0-1 0.0 0
C. Horry 85 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Horry 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Tripucka 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 45.5 2
S. Tripucka 6 43.2 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 44.5 72 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 44.5 72 0
T. Williams 2 44.5 72 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:02 AUBURN 25 4:17 9 35 FG Miss
6:19 AUBURN 24 1:48 3 -2 Punt
2:59 AUBURN 16 2:17 4 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 AUBURN 25 3:54 12 75 TD
9:24 AUBURN 14 2:00 5 16 Punt
4:01 AUBURN 25 0:18 3 0 Punt
2:33 AUBURN 25 0:57 4 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AUBURN 25 1:21 3 9 Punt
12:36 AUBURN 36 1:51 5 64 TD
9:41 TXAM 47 0:53 3 47 TD
6:03 AUBURN 17 3:24 9 48 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 AUBURN 4 8:17 14 96 TD
3:10 TXAM 49 3:03 7 18 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TXAM 25 2:52 8 54 FG
7:31 TXAM 32 1:04 3 -1 Punt
4:19 TXAM 30 1:11 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:34 TXAM 35 0:16 3 4 Punt
10:50 TXAM 25 1:19 3 7 Punt
7:12 TXAM 20 3:11 10 80 TD
3:36 TXAM 50 0:53 4 43 FG
1:30 TXAM 20 1:01 3 6 TD
0:20 TXAM 25 0:05 2 4 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 TXAM 19 0:41 3 3 Punt
10:45 TXAM 25 0:57 3 6 Punt
8:48 TXAM 25 2:39 6 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:35 AUBURN 46 2:15 10 42 Downs
4:55 AUBURN 28 1:44 8 28 TD