Published September 15, 2012 - 4:13pm
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Here’s a couple of quick thoughts on Auburn’s 31-28 win against ULM:
What it means: Auburn gets their first win of the season, and it sure wasn’t pretty. Usually a victory over a Sun Belt team isn’t much to celebrate, but after the 0-2 start, the Tigers will be celebrating, even with a three point victory in overtime. There’s a long way to go even before talks of bowl eligibility, but it’s good to see Auburn on the board and beat the SEC West killers Louisiana-Monroe.
What I liked: Two things stood out in this game: Kiehl Frazier and DE Corey Lemonier. Frazier had a better day, although shaky at times, connecting on 10 of 18 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown, with one INT. His play will be a work in progress moving forward, and he’s nowhere near where he should be. DE Corey Lemonier lived in the ULM backfield, and he had multiple big-time plays and hits on the QB. He was a force in the second half.
What I didn’t like: It’s hard to just pick one. A win is a win, but Auburn just had trouble putting the game away in the second half. Up 28-14 late, the offense sputtered, and ULM came back to tie it at 28 and send it into overtime. Kiehl Frazier looked shaky late, as did the play calling, and he threw a pick in the fourth quarter, missing a wide-open Emory Blake for a sure touchdown. The Tigers are going to have to find some type offense that can sustain a drive before heading into SEC play. The offensive play calling is very questionable right now from Scot Loeffler. I like the first-half Kyle Frazier much more than the second-half Kiehl Frazier.
Who’s the man: RB Onterio McCalebb had a big day today running the football. He carried 11 times for 128 yards and one touchdown. He left late with cramps, but he played well today.
Key Play: QB Kiehl Frazier’s 33-yard Hail Mary touchdown just before half to take the lead 21-14. This play gave the Tigers momentum heading into halftime, and it was a much-needed lift. The Tigers then came out and scored on their first drive of the second half. It really flipped momentum and gave Auburn some cushion and confidence.
What’s next: Auburn breaks the seal and gets their first win. Next week AU continues SEC play, as LSU comes to town.