No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 17 Texas A&M could be a telling game for how the SEC West division plays out in 2019.
The Tigers have a good win over No. 16 Oregon, but have put up inconsistent performances in wins over Kent State and Tulane. Texas A&M got drubbed by No. 1 Clemson but has looked great against overmatched competition. How will that play out in College Station?
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The key to this game will come down to quarterback play. Tigers quarterback Bo Nix is talented but has been subject to freshman mistakes. Kellen Mond is a great dual-threat talent, but has fallen into the background is Isaiah Spiller has become the focal point of the Aggies’ offense. He’ll have a tough test against that Tigers front seven.
Whichever of those two plays better will probably lead the winning team, giving them a step up in what’s looking like the toughest division in college football.
Follow along as Sporting News provides live updates, scores and highlights from this pivotal SEC West matchup:
Auburn vs. Texas A&M score
Auburn vs. Texas A&M updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
Second quarter: Auburn 14, Texas A&M 3
5:10 p.m.: Big Kat Bryant is called for offsides. That will give A&M an attempt at a 51-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.
5:10 p.m.: Aggies have the ball at their 40 with seven seconds left in the half — enough time to get in position for a long field goal.
5:08 p.m.: Aggies use their last timeout after tackling JaTarvious Whitlow for a 4-yard loss. They’ll get the ball back with fewer than 10 seconds in the half.
5:06 p.m.: Or Auburn could take a play out of Tulane’s book and go for a fake kneel for … 5 yards? And now A&M takes its first timeout with 26 seconds remaining.
5:05 p.m.: Mond misses Quartney Davis on third-and-5 from Auburn’s 47. Aggies punt, Auburn takes over at its 6, and that should do it for the half.
5:01 p.m.: Mond hits Quartney Davis for a gain of 18. Aggies driving near midfield and this drive isn’t over yet.
5 p.m.: Derrick Brown nearly picked off an A&M screen attempt. Aggies will face third-and-10 with 1:16 left. Auburn, it should be noted, has two timeouts remaining.
4:58 p.m.: Aggies will take over at their 20 with 1:47 left in the half. Got to have something here (considering A&M gets the ball out of the half).
4:58 p.m.: Bo Nix overthrows a wide-open Will Hastings on third-and-8. The Tigers are now 0 for 4 on third downs from that distance and beyond today.
4:54 p.m.: And Auburn responds in kind with a third-down sack by Derrick Brown. Aggies’ Caden Sterns punts on fourth-and-16 to Auburn’s 7.
4:52 p.m.: Justin Madubuike gets the sack on Bo Nix to force a punt! Aggies are playng a lot tougher in the second quarter.
4:46 p.m.: An illegal procedure penalty offsets another Texas A&M first down, which can’t convert on third-and-15 a few plays later. Caden Sterns’ punt goes into the end zone, and the Tigers take over at their 20 with 6:54 remaining.
4:40 p.m.: Kellen Mond has completed seven straight passes and is 11 of 14 passes for 109 yards. A&M driving at its 47.
4:34 p.m.: Aggies get their second three-and-out of the game, forcing Auburn to punt from its 25. A&M to take over at its 26.
4:28 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, TEXAS A&M. Aggies can’t convert on third-and-5 and will instead have to settle for the field goal. Seth Small makes good on the try this time and gets A&M on the board. 14-3 Auburn.
4:24 p.m.: End of the first, and Auburn is out-gaining 91-14 on the ground. Aggies will need to do better if they want to keep up.
First quarter: Auburn 14, Texas A&M 0
4:23 p.m.: Followed with a 41-yard pass to Jhamon Ausbon! Aggies moving up the field, knocking at the Tigers’ 22.
4:22 p.m.: Kellen Mond keeps it on the zone read and takes it up the right sideline for 17 yards.
4:18 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AUBHR. And two plays later, quarterback Joey Gatewood (a noted dual threat) fakes a run left and connects with a wide-open John Samuel Shenker for a 6-yard touchdown. 14-0 Auburn.
4:17 p.m.: Eli Stove and Nick Schwartz get gains of 13 and 18 yards, respectively. Tigers are knocking at the door at Texas A&M’s 8.
4:15 p.m.: Auburn faces third-and-2 after taking over at A&M’s 46. Not much doing so far outside of Schwartz’s big run.
4:09 p.m.: A&M fails to convert on third-and-1, then an unnecessary roughness call against Glenn Beal moves the Aggies back even further. They’ll punt from fourth-and-16.
03 p.m.: Texas A&M holds tough after the big gain. Auburn punts, and the Aggies will take over at their 28-yard line.
4 p.m.: Bo Nix with the nice pass to Seth Williams, who drags defenders a good 7-8 yards for a 19-yard gain.
3:58 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL. That’s tough. Seth Small misses the 48-yard field goal, and Auburn will take over at its 31. 7-0 Auburn.
3:57 p.m.: Auburn gets some pressure on Kellen Mond, who throws a slightly high ball that Quartney Davis can’t pull in. Field goal team incoming.
3:55 p.m.: A defensive holding call against Auburn (on third down, of course) gives Texas A&M the ball at the Tigers 35.
3:53 p.m.: Another third-down conversion from Mond! He hits Jalen Wydermyer on third-and-8 for a 13-yard gain.
3:51 p.m.: Texas A&M goes backward on its first two plays, but a nice third-and-16 connection between Kellen Mond and Jhamon Ausbon goes for 19 yards and a first down.
3:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN. Anthony Schwartz takes the end-around 57 yards to the house! Tigers up early with the big play. 7-0 Auburn.
3:44 p.m.: Auburn getting nice 4- and 5-yard chunk plays on the ground. Tigers are driving near midfield.
3:41 p.m.: Auburn will start the game at its own 25 after letting the ball bounce out the back of the ende zone.