No. 13 Auburn falls to 6-3 with loss at No. 14 Texas A&M

Football By: Jeff Shearer

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas. – In a game that featured no offensive touchdowns, No. 14 Texas A&M beat No. 13 Auburn 20-3 Saturday in front of 109,835, the second largest crowd in Kyle Field history.

Texas A&M’s Michael Clemons recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards early in the fourth quarter for the game’s only touchdown. The Aggies added a two-point conversion pass to lead 17-3. 

After a long Aggies run, Donovan Kauffman forced a fumble that Roger McCreary recovered at Auburn’s 5-yard line. 

Auburn (6-3, 3-2) drove 41 yards but came up 1 yard short on fourth down to give the Aggies possession at the Tigers’ 46 with 6:50 to play.

Ladarrius Tennison’s 4-yard tackle for loss on the first play of the second half led to a three-and-out. Tennison registered a career high eight tackles to share the team lead with Smoke Monday.

The Tigers then drove 56 yards on 10 plays but missed a 33-yard field goal attempt. 

Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) used a 49-yard completion to set up a 29-yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead with 3:39 remaining in the third quarter. 

Seth Small’s third field goal gave the Aggies a 9-3 lead with 13:40 left in the game. Small’s fourth field goal made it 20-3 with 3:16 remaining.

After Texas A&M kicked a field goal on its first drive of the game, Auburn answered with a 14-play drive of its own, with Shaun Shivers twice moving the chains on third down, first with a 10-yard catch-and-run on third-and-9, then a 7-yard run on third-and-5. 

Auburn earned first downs on three consecutive plays beginning with the Shivers run, then Nix connected with John Samuel Shenker for 12 yards, followed by Nix’s 11-yard rush, setting up Anders Carlson for a game-tying 32-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. 

Auburn’s defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs in the second quarter, but the Tigers were unable to capitalize on favorable field position. 

Auburn’s defense prevented the Aggies from converting on all six third-down attempts in the first half, leading to a 3-3 halftime tie. The Tigers held the Aggies to two conversions of 12 third downs in the game.

The Tigers return to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday to host Mississippi State at 11 a.m. on ESPN.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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