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No. 9 Auburn scores late, beats No. 6 Washington 21-16

ATLANTA (AP) The Auburn Tigers had some bad memories from their last two trips to Atlanta.

They headed home from this one feeling a whole lot better.

With a performance that didn't earn a bunch of style points but will look awfully good on the resume, No. 9 Auburn rallied for a 21-16 victory over No. 6 Washington when Jatarvious Whitlow ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 6:15 remaining Saturday.

The Auburn defense came through at the end, preserving the win with a fierce pass rush against Jake Browning.

''We talked about overcoming adversity,'' Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. ''Last season we didn't win hardly any close games. We knew this game was going to come down to the end.''

The Tigers closed last season with back-to-back losses at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - first to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game, then to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl.

They were facing another disappointment, trailing 16-15 after scoring a touchdown on their opening possession of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game but missing a surprise two-point conversion.

Jarrett Stidham got Auburn rolling with a 12-yard pass to Chandler Cox on third-and-9. Then, facing third-and-7 deep in Washington territory, Auburn handed off inside to Whitlow, who knocked over a Washington safety as he barreled into the end zone to cap a 10-play, 76-yard drive.

''It was an amazing feeling,'' said Whitlow, part of the group trying to replace workhorse runner Kerryon Johnson, who's now in the NFL. ''I'm so grateful that the coaches have confidence in me in that situation.''

Washington drove to the Auburn 37 with plenty of time to pull off the comeback, but Myles Gaskin was thrown for a 3-yard loss and Browning was left running for his life on the Huskies' last two offensive plays. Big Kat Bryant sacked the quarterback for another 3-yard setback, and safety Smoke Monday finished it off with a blitz that forced Browning to just fling the ball away , resulting in an intentional grounding penalty.

Stidham was 26 of 36 for 273 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Sal Cannella, who made a leaping grab in the end zone before landing flat on his back .

Browning, looking to bounce back from a disappointing junior season, completed 18 of 32 for 296 yards. He was picked off once but connected with Quinten Pounds on a 13-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half .

''We're not into moral victories,'' Browning said. ''We came here to win, and we didn't.''

Peyton Henry put the Huskies ahead for the first time with his third field goal, a 30-yarder that clanked off the right upright but ricocheted through with 14:06 remaining.

Both teams squandered scoring chances.

Anders Carlson, taking over from older brother Daniel as Auburn's kicker, connected on three field goals - including a 53-yarder - but missed from 33 and 54 yards.

Washington was kicking itself after coming away from a first-and-goal with no points. On third down at the 3, Browning rolled right looking to make a pitch only to be smacked by Nick Poe. The ball squirted free and Auburn's Darrell Williams fell on it at the 20.

''That's where we lost the game,'' Browning said. ''I went to pitch it. The guy put his hand out and blocked it. I've got to take the loss and take the field goal.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington: Aaron Fuller addressed what was perhaps the biggest question mark on the roster, showing all the makings of a No. 1 receiver with seven catches for 135 yards. But the Huskies will have to overcome an early blemish on their record to get into the playoff mix, and they failed to strike a blow for the Pac-12 Conference after its dismal 1-8 performance in last season's bowl games.

Auburn: The Tigers were eager to avoid another sluggish start. In 2017, they lost early on at Clemson and barely avoided an upset against FCS school Mercer. There are definitely some things to clean up, most notably 12 penalties for 111 yards, but it should be easier to do after a victory.

INJURY REPORT

Washington had to go without starting left tackle Trey Adams, who didn't make the trip to Atlanta because of a sore back after going down in 2017 with a season-ending knee injury. He was replaced by junior Jared Hilbers.

Auburn lost nickel back Javaris Davis to a left hand injury, sustained in the second quarter while trying to defend Fuller on a long fade route. The Auburn player was called for pass interference, but Fuller still managed to haul in a 42-yard completion. Davis was led straight to the locker room with a trainer delicately holding his hand.

ROOF CLOSED

There has yet to be a college football game held outdoors at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The roof is now in working order, but a sweltering day in Atlanta - the temperature was in the low-90s at kickoff - resulted in the camera lens-like structure remaining closed.

It was open Thursday night for an NFL preseason game.

UP NEXT

Washington: The Huskies return to Seattle to host FCS opponent North Dakota, which began its season with a 35-7 victory over Mississippi Valley State.

Auburn: The Tigers also face an FCS school, Alabama State, in their home opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It will be the first game between the schools, even though they are only about 50 miles apart.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 6:15
27-C.Cox incomplete. Intended for 10-D.Barrett.
plays
yds
pos
16
21
Touchdown 6:15
28-J.Whitlow runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
76
yds
03:34
pos
16
21
Field Goal 14:10
47-P.Henry 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
80
yds
03:27
pos
16
15
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:43
47-P.Henry extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
15
Touchdown 0:43
3-J.Browning complete to 21-Q.Pounds. 21-Q.Pounds runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
00:40
pos
12
15
Field Goal 1:29
26-A.Carlson 53 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
48
yds
04:19
pos
6
15
Field Goal 6:02
47-P.Henry 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
74
yds
04:33
pos
6
12
Field Goal 10:40
26-A.Carlson 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
63
yds
04:01
pos
3
12
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:03
47-P.Henry 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
47
yds
02:36
pos
3
9
Field Goal 5:44
26-A.Carlson 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
79
yds
03:58
pos
0
9
Missed Two Point Conversion 11:45
14-M.Willis to WAS 2 for no gain (25-B.Burr-Kirven).
plays
yds
pos
0
6
Touchdown 11:45
8-J.Stidham complete to 80-S.Cannella. 80-S.Cannella runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
36
yds
02:12
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 27
Rushing 8 8
Passing 12 17
Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Conv 5-14 9-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 392 402
Total Plays 65 81
Avg Gain 6.0 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 102 147
Rush Attempts 33 45
Avg Rush Yards 3.1 3.3
Net Yards Passing 290 255
Comp. - Att. 18-32 26-36
Yards Per Pass 9.1 7.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-6 3-18
Penalties - Yards 10-95 12-111
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 3-40.7 3-39.0
Return Yards 0 106
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-42
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 4-64
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 4/5 3/5
Extra Points 1/1 0/0
Field Goals 3/4 3/5
Safeties 0 0
1234T
6 Washington 0-1 3100316
9 Auburn 1-0 960621
290 PASS YDS 255
102 RUSH YDS 147
392 TOTAL YDS 402
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 296 1 1 138.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 296 1 1 138.0
J. Browning 18/32 296 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 75 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 75 0
M. Gaskin 17 75 0 25
S. Ahmed 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 36 0
S. Ahmed 7 36 0 22
C. McClatcher 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
C. McClatcher 1 -4 0 -4
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 -5 0
J. Browning 8 -5 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Fuller 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 135 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 135 0
A. Fuller 7 135 0 42
T. Jones 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 77 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 77 0
T. Jones 3 77 0 36
A. Baccellia 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 41 0
A. Baccellia 4 41 0 19
D. Sample 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 26 0
D. Sample 2 26 0 16
Q. Pounds 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 1
Q. Pounds 1 13 1 13
C. McClatcher 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
C. McClatcher 1 4 0 4
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Gaskin 0 0 0 0
J. Kizer 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Kizer 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Burr-Kirven 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
B. Burr-Kirven 11-3 0.0 0
D. Beavers 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
D. Beavers 7-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
J. Johnson 5-2 0.0 0
J. McIntosh 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. McIntosh 4-2 0.0 0
M. Bryant 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
M. Bryant 4-3 1.0 0
B. Murphy 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
B. Murphy 4-2 0.0 0
G. Gaines 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
G. Gaines 3-2 0.0 0
B. Potoa'e 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Potoa'e 3-1 0.0 0
J. Miller 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Miller 3-0 0.0 0
T. Rapp 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Rapp 3-1 0.0 0
K. Manu 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Manu 2-1 0.0 0
J. Wambaugh 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Wambaugh 2-0 0.0 0
T. Bartlett 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Bartlett 2-0 0.0 0
S. Bowman 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
S. Bowman 2-1 1.0 0
L. Onwuzurike 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Onwuzurike 2-0 0.0 0
R. Bowman 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Bowman 2-0 0.0 0
A. Ngata 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Ngata 2-0 0.0 0
A. Williams 16 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Williams 1-1 0.0 0
A. Joyner 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Joyner 1-0 0.0 0
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 0 1.0
M. Gaskin 0-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. Henry 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
3/4 1/1
P. Henry 3/4 31 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Porter 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 39.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 39.5 0
R. Porter 2 39.5 0 43
J. Whitford 32 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 43.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 43.0 0
J. Whitford 1 43.0 0 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.2% 273 1 0 145.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.2% 273 1 0 145.1
J. Stidham 26/36 273 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 80 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 80 0
K. Martin 22 80 0 19
J. Whitlow 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 28 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 28 1
J. Whitlow 8 28 1 10
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 23 0
J. Stidham 11 23 0 18
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
R. Davis 1 10 0 10
S. Shivers 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
S. Shivers 1 7 0 7
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
C. Cox 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 52 0
C. Cox 4 52 0 19
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 52 0
R. Davis 7 52 0 16
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
D. Slayton 3 41 0 21
N. Craig-Myers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 39 0
N. Craig-Myers 2 39 0 24
S. Williams 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 37 0
S. Williams 2 37 0 19
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 32 0
K. Martin 5 32 0 11
S. Cannella 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 1
S. Cannella 1 10 1 10
J. Shenker 47 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
J. Shenker 1 5 0 5
J. Whitlow 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
J. Whitlow 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 9-0 0.0 0
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
D. Thomas 7-1 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
J. Davis 5-0 0.0 0
N. Igbinoghene 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
N. Igbinoghene 5-1 0.0 0
J. Dinson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
J. Dinson 4-3 1.0 0
De. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
De. Brown 4-0 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
J. Dean 3-0 0.0 1
D. Davis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Davis 3-2 0.0 0
B. Bryant 1 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
B. Bryant 2-0 1.0 0
N. Coe 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
N. Coe 2-1 1.0 0
M. Atkinson 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Atkinson 1-0 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
D. Russell 1-1 1.0 0
S. Monday 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Monday 1-0 1.0 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
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
C. Carter 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Davidson 1-0 0.0 0
J. vonEschenbach 42 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. vonEschenbach 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Carlson 26 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/5 0/0
SEASON FG XP
3/5 0/0
A. Carlson 3/5 53 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Siposs 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 43.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 43.5 0
A. Siposs 2 43.5 0 47
A. Marshall 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 30.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 30.0 0
A. Marshall 1 30.0 0 30
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Whitlow 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 22 0
J. Whitlow 2 22.0 22 0
S. Nigh 99 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
S. Nigh 1 2.0 2 0
N. Igbinoghene 4 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
N. Igbinoghene 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 14.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 14.0 32 0
R. Davis 3 14.0 32 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WASH 25 0:48 3 0 Punt
11:45 WASH 25 1:55 6 12 INT
5:39 WASH 25 2:36 7 61 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:29 WASH 20 0:08 4 -1 Punt
10:35 WASH 25 4:33 9 70 FG
1:23 WASH 25 0:40 4 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:05 WASH 27 3:03 9 50 FG Miss
7:03 WASH 37 1:41 7 60 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:52 WASH 28 3:27 12 45 FG
12:13 WASH 32 2:15 4 24 Punt
6:15 WASH 25 4:39 11 36 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:57 WASH 36 2:12 6 36 TD
9:42 AUBURN 37 3:58 10 49 FG
2:55 AUBURN 24 2:21 7 59 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:41 AUBURN 27 4:01 11 63 FG
5:48 AUBURN 27 4:19 10 48 FG
0:42 AUBURN 25 0:36 5 24 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 AUBURN 18 1:42 5 15 Punt
9:57 AUBURN 23 2:47 7 40 FG Miss
5:15 AUBURN 20 1:16 4 5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 AUBURN 25 1:46 6 3 Punt
9:49 AUBURN 24 3:34 10 76 TD
1:31 WASH 47 0:49 4 10