Cody Parkey hit a game-winning field goal in overtime last Saturday to secure the Tigers’ first win of the 2012 season against Louisiana-Monroe.
Louisiana-Monroe got off to a fast start and scored on their opening drive when they took an early shot on 4th-and-goal. Kolton Browning found a wide-open tight end that slipped by linebacker Cassanova McKinzy.
Auburn responded with a score of its own on the first drive. Kiehl Frazier was effective throwing short routes and Onterio McCalebb took the ball into the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown run.
After some defensive stops by Auburn, Kolton Browning scored easily on a read-option run that he took for over 20 yards.
To end the half, Kiehl Frazier threw a Hail Mary pass that Sammie Coates came down with.
On Auburn’s first drive of the second half, the Tigers drove the ball down the Warhawks’ proverbial throat as they ran a more up-tempo no-huddle offense that would make Gus Malzahn proud. Tre Mason scored on a one-yard touchdown run that gave Auburn their first red-zone touchdown of the season.
Auburn attempted to put the game away in the third quarter by going up by 21 points, but Mike Blakely fumbled the ball one yard away the end zone.
The Auburn defense held ULM scoreless in the third quarter with the help of a blocked field goal by Nosa Eguae.
After a Kiehl Frazier interception early in the fourth, the Warhawks scored on their next two drives to tie the game at 28.
In overtime, Louisiana-Monroe lined up to kick a field goal on its first drive. Angelo Blackson got just enough of his paw on football to redirect the kick.
After Tre Mason took the first play Auburn offensive play of overtime 10 yards, Gene Chizik had Kiehl Frazier take a knee in the middle of the field. Chizik called on Parkey to win the game for Auburn and he did just that.
Here is our report card from Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe.