Quarterly Report

Here's a quarter-by-quarter recap of Saturday night's Tennessee-Auburn game, featuring a brief recap of each period, plus a key play, a key player and a key stat:

1st

RECAP: After a three-and-out by Tennessee, Auburn partially blocked Dustin Colquitt's fourth-down punt and took over on its 45-yard line. The Tigers rove 55 yards in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead. The big gains were a 15-yard pass from Jason Campbell to Courtney Taylor, a 10-yard run by Cadillac Williams, a 10-yard pass to Ronnie Brown and a nine-yard touchdown run by Brown. Tennessee answered as Erik Ainge led a 13-play drive that ended with a 41-yard James Wilhoit field goal. The big plays were a 10-yard run by Cedric Houston, an 11-yard quick screen to Jayson Swain and a 16-yard strike to Bret Smith. Auburn drove to Tennessee's 10-yard line on its ensuing possession. Brown fumbled at the end of a nine-yard run, however, and Kevin Burnett recovered at the 1-yard line. Omar Gaither caused the fumble. Tennessee's reprieve was short-lived as Ainge fumbled on a second-down quarterback sneak and Auburn recovered at the 1. After a false-start penalty, Campbell hit Ben Obomanu with a five-yard slant pass on third-and-goal for the touchdown and a 14-3 lead.

KEY PLAY: The 15-yard completion to Taylor on Auburn's first possession was nearly intercepted by Brandon Johnson. The two shared possession briefly, then Taylor wrested the ball away and gained 15 yards. Had Johnson gotten the ball, he would've had an unobstructed path to the end zone, giving Tennessee a 7-0 lead and a big play of monumental proportions.

KEY PLAYER: Campbell. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in the period.

KEY STAT: Auburn averaged better than six yards per carry (11 rushes, 67 yards) and nearly 12 yards per completion (6 of 7 for 71 yards). All told, the Tigers had 138 yards of total offense to Tennessee's 59.

2nd

RECAP: Brent Schaeffer took over at QB for Tennessee's fourth series but threw a pass that was intercepted by Auburn's Junior Rosegreen at the Tiger 31-yard line. The Tigers moved to the Vol 7-yard line before stalling and settling for a 24-yard John Vaughn field goal that widened their lead to 17-3. The big play on the drive was a 46-yard pass from Campbell to Devin Aromashodu on a third-and-29 play from the Auburn 25-yard line. Aromashodu beat Jonathan Wade on the play. After a short punt by Colquitt, Auburn launched a four-play, 50-yard touchdown drive that widened the gap to 24-3. The big play was a 31-yard screen pass to tight end Cooper Wallace, a Nashville native. Cadillac Williams got the TD on a five-yard run with 4:48 left to intermission. Ainge was marching Tennessee into scoring position. After a 13-yard screen pass to Chris Hannon moved the ball to Auburn's 33-yard line, however, an Ainge pass was tipped by Wayne Dickens and intercepted by Travis Williams at the Auburn 32. The Tigers immediately capitalized as Campbell hit Ronnie Brown with a 38-yard pass to the Vol 30. Two plays later, Campbell hit Courtney Taylor on a crossing route for a 31-yard TD that boosted the lead to 31-3 with 52 seconds left in the half.

KEY PLAY: The Ainge interception stopped an apparent Tennessee TD march AND set up an Auburn TD drive. That 14-point swing was the difference between a 24-10 halftime deficit and a 31-3 halftime deficit.

KEY PLAYER: Jason Campbell. For the second quarter in a row, Auburn's much-maligned QB riddled Tennessee's secondary. He was 6 of 8 for 169 yards and a touchdown. For the first half he was 12 of 15 for 140 yards and two TDs.

KEY STAT: In the first half alone, UT allowed completions covering 42, 46, 31, 38 and 31 yards. Those five plays accounted for 188 of Auburn's 240 first-half passing yards. All told, the Tigers had a whopping 333 yards of total offense in the first half.

3rd

RECAP: Ainge guided Tennessee to the Auburn 8-yard line on its first possession of the half but Rosegreen picked off a pass intended for Tony Brown in the back of the end zone. Tennessee marched from its 47-yard line to the Auburn 2 as the quarter ended. The big plays on the drive were a 17-yard toss from Ainge to Tony Brown and a 26-yard Gerald Riggs run.

KEY PLAY: Rosegreen's end zone interception. Had Tennessee scored there to pull within 31-10, the Vols might have been able to make a game of it. But they didn't and their fate was sealed.

KEY PLAYER: Ainge and Riggs (tie). Ainge completed 4 of 7 passes for 42 yards and finally got Tennessee into the end zone. Riggs rushed six times for 42 yards in the quarter, including a 26-yard burst to set up the touchdown.

KEY STAT: After gaining 333 yards in the first two quarters, Auburn gained just 28 in the third period.

4th

RECAP: Ainge hit Cory Anderson with a two-yard TD pass on the first play of the period, closing the gap to 31-10. A 48-yard return of the ensuing kickoff by Auburn's Devin Aromashodu led to a 28-yard Vaughn field goal that boosted the Tiger lead to 34-10 with 10:48 to play. Ainge hit C.J. Fayton for 21 yards, Robert Mecahem for 14 and Fayton for 16 to the Tiger 32-yard line. A second-and-eight pass from the 30 was intercepted by Rosegreen -- his fourth of the game -- to stop the threat.

KEY PLAY: Vaughn's field goal boosted the lead to 34-10 and buried any comeback hopes UT might have entertained.

KEY PLAYER: Rosegreen. His two fourth-quarter interceptions gave him four for the game, breaking Auburn's school record and tying the SEC record.

KEY STAT: Tennessee lost six turnovers (five interceptions and a fumble). That'll get you beat almost every time.


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