Auburn ekes out win vs Jax State

The Standard Journal - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

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.

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