In his place, one of Auburn's least experienced players, juco transfer Brandon Mosley, played the rest of the night, just months after being converted from a tight end to an offensive tackle.
Mosley held his own and helped Auburn defeat Mississippi State 17-14 in the SEC opener for both football teams.
"It was an awesome be able to play and come out with a win," Mosley said. "I thought the whole team played well.
"At first I was a little nervous, but all of the coaches coached me well and had me prepared," the 6-6, 299-pound junior said.
Mosley, who also played tight end in the game, was wearing his tight end number, 84, when Ziemba was injured. He had to switch to No. 75 to play on the offensive line. "It was a pretty fast change, but we got it done," he said.
Commenting on playing in his first SEC game, Mosley said, "It was awesome. It doesn't get any better than this. The SEC is where it is."
A loud and hostile crowd arrived early and stayed late as the Bulldogs tried to improve to 2-0. Mosley noted that it was a factor in the game.
"It was tough to hear, especially with those bells, which were annoying," he said of MSU's loud cowbells that were rung throughout the game in violation of SEC rules.
Mosley noted that he appreciated Ziemba being supportive on the sideline going over assignments and whatever else he needed. "
"I felt really blessed to be out there and get this game under our belt," he said. "I am happy to be 2-0."
The Tigers and Bulldogs had a short week of practice, but Mosley said he thought his team was ready to play. "We were ready for everything we did even though it was a short week," he said. "Coach Grimes (offensive line coach Jeff Grimes) had us prepared. He is a good coach."
Next up for the Tigers is a home game a week from Saturday vs. Clemson.