NCAA Game Summary - Clemson at Auburn|
(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: (16) Auburn 27, Clemson 24 (OT)
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Wes Byrum made a 39-yard field goal to put the
home team ahead and Chandler Catanzaro missed a 32-yard attempt to give No. 16
Auburn a 27-24 overtime victory over Clemson at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Cameron Newton threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns for Auburn (3-0), which
faces South Carolina next Saturday.
Onterio McCalebb rushed for 81 yards and a score on 10 carries while Darvin
Adams and Terrell Zachery registered a TD catch.
Kyle Parker completed 21-of-35 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns for
Clemson (2-1), which is off until an October 2 meeting with Miami-Florida.
"First of all, I would like to congratulate Auburn," said Clemson head coach
Dabo Swinney. "I give them a lot of credit for hanging in there. They fought
back when they had their backs against the wall in overtime. It was a good
football game and a good one to watch. I am disappointed that we did not win.
I think we have a chance to be a good football team. I think we have the
ingredients and I thought that coming in."
Jamie Harper added a pair of TD receptions and Andre Ellington had 140 yards
and one touchdown on 22 carries in the setback.
Byrum made a 39-yard field goal to cap Auburn's first drive of overtime, then
an illegal procedure call on Clemson pushed a potential game-tying 27-yard
field goal from Catanzaro back five yards.
Catanzaro then pulled his next attempt wide left and Auburn emerged
"That was a very exciting game to say the least," said Auburn head coach Gene
Chizik. "I told our team that was a God thing. They kept their faith the whole
game, and it was one of those games where they just kept fighting."
It was all Clemson early on as Harper hauled in an eight-yard pass from Parker
for the lone score of the first quarter. The visiting Tigers went up 17-0
after a Catanzaro 42-yard boot and a 24-yard connection from Parker to Harper.
Auburn finally got on the board on the final play of the first half as Byrum
was good from 35 yards out.
The home Tigers seized momentum in the third quarter, tallying 21 points to
take the lead.
McCalebb rumbled in from 12 yards out, Adams caught an eight-yard TD pass and
Zachery raced 78 yards to the end zone off a Newton offering and Auburn led
24-17 after three quarters.
Ellington's two-yard march to the end zone early in the fourth quarter knotted
Auburn has won 14 in a row over Clemson in the battle of the Tigers, including
a 23-20 OT decision in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on December 31, 2007...Clemson
picked up 27 first downs to 19 for Auburn...The home team outgained the
visitors by a 424-414 margin.
09/19 01:23:53 ET