By Spencer Gleason

The Missouri Tigers’ game against the visiting Auburn Tigers on Saturday night in Columbia started poorly – and never got any better.

After before forced to punt after three plays on their first possession of the night, Missouri saw Auburn quarterback Jarret Stidham connect with Kyle Davis for a 58-yard pass on their first play from scrimmage.

Five plays later, Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson punched it in for a one-yard touchdown. It was Johnson’s first of what turned out to be five touchdowns on the night, as Auburn cruised to a 51-14 win over Missouri.

Missouri’s troubles continued on their ensuing drive, when quarterback Drew Lock’s pass to tight end Jason Reese slipped through the 6-foot-5 senior’s hands and into the arms of Auburn’s Carlton Davis for an interception. Auburn scored again a couple minutes later to make it 14-0 after the first quarter.

The visiting Tigers continued to pounce on miscues by Missouri, as they tallied 14 of their points off of four Missouri turnovers, in addition to a failed fake punt attempt in Missouri’s own territory that also resulted in an Auburn touchdown.

A bright spot for the hometown team happened late in the second quarter, when Lock and Damarea Crockett teamed up for a 19-yard touchdown with four minutes left in the half, which capped off a 78-yard drive.

That touchdown ended a span of more than two complete games since Missouri’s last touchdown, two weeks ago against South Carolina.
Missouri could only muster 62 total yards of offense on their previous five drives of the game. Prior to that score, the Tigers’ offense had only tallied one touchdown in their previous 30 possessions.

Auburn built a 31-7 lead in the first half and added 17 points in the third quarter.

Lock finished the night completing 23-of-39 passes, for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It is his best completion percentage since the Tigers’ season opener against Missouri State.

Johnson scored four of his touchdowns on runs of 1 and 2 yards and added another score on a 7-yard run. He only rushed for 48 yards on 18 carries in the game.

With the loss, the Tigers end the month of September 1-3 overall, losing three consecutive home games in which they allowed a combined 117 points. They fell to 0-2 in SEC competition. They have a bye next week before their next game, when they travel to Kentucky on Oct. 7.