Auburn ekes out win vs Jax State
AUBURN, Ala. ( AP) — Auburn dodged an upset that would have ranked with the biggest in college football history, riding Melvin Ray’s touchdown catch in the final minute and Peyton Barber’s overtime scoring run for a victory over Jacksonville State.
Barber, making his first start at tailback, ran for 125 yards. The most important came on his 4-yard scoring run to cap No. 6 Auburn’s first possession in overtime (Auburn dropped to No. 12 nationally following the win). Troymaine Pope’s 5-yard touchdown run with 5:38 left gave the Gamecocks a 20-13 lead.
Jacksonville State (1-1) lost its bid to become the first Football Championship Subdivision team to beat a ranked FBS team since Aug. 31, 2013, when Eastern Washington beat No. 25 Oregon State 49-46.
An Auburn loss would have compared with No. 5 Michigan’s loss to Appalachian State on Sept. 3, 2007.Auburn’s
Jeremy Johnson threw two interceptions, giving him five in two games.
Hamish MacInnes’ 17yard punt gave Auburn the ball at the 31 with 2 minutes remaining, and Ray’s catch in the end zone saved Auburn.