Most of the game was played by reserves for Auburn, which improved its record to 7-3 in its final non-conference outing of the regular season.
"It was good to get them all in the game," Coach Tommy Tuberville said after Auburn's 52-17 homecoming victory over the Louisiana-Monroe Indians. "That doesn't happen in college football very often where you can play everybody on the bench."
Travaris Robinson (5) and Dontarrious Thomas make a tackle vs. the Indians.
The first team offense called it a day after four possessions. The first team defense began substituting even earlier and after halftime the reserves were on their own after the Tigers jumped out to a 35-0 lead at the break.
"We were cheering for the guys who don't play that much," noted senior free safety Travaris Robinson, who got to watch his understudy, Donnay Young, get plenty of action. "We played a good game and had a lot of fun out there. We just have to build on this win and hope we get one next week."
Tailback Ronnie Brown, who ran the ball 33 times at Ole Miss, had an early exit after getting just nine carries. He knows it will be different next week when the Georgia Bulldogs come to town. "That is going to be exciting to me being from Cartersville, Ga.," Brown said. "All of my family will be here."
The Tigers got through the game without any injuries and were able to rest their walking wounded while topping the 50-point mark twice in the same season for the first time since doing it twice in 1986.
A Damon Duval 24-yard field goal by with 2:47 left pushed the Tigers past the 50 total. Tuberville said he decided to kick instead of going for a fourth and short yardage call because Duval needed to make a field goal to help him get out of a field goal slump. The 24-yarder was high and true. "We needed to see if we could kick one and I had my fingers crossed it would go through," Tuberville said. "We need to go into this next game with confidence with Damon."