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Tigers Ring Liberty’s Bell for Senior Day 2018
AUBURN, ALA. (Nov. 17, 2018) By David Dismukes, (EANN) – Different bells could be heard on the Plains today as the Tigers rang the scoreboard defeating Liberty 53-0 at Jordan Hare Stadium. The ringing is just what Auburn seniors wanted to hear on Senior Day as they played their last game on Pat Dye Field chalking up over 500 yards on offense.
“Offensively, I thought they were pretty balanced. They didn’t have a turnover again; I
think that is really big. And then special teams, the blocked punt was really good early. I thought (Anders) Carlson had an outstanding day. We asked him to kick a plus 50-yarder right of the bat, and he drilled it. He did a good job with his kickoffs, too.
“We went out the right way. Any time you shut-out a team, that’s good. I couldn’t be
happier with our team and what our seniors have accomplished,” said Auburn’s WR Ryan Davis (23). Davis, who set the school’s receiving record last week added another four receptions for 40 yards to his resume`.
The Tigers were pretty balanced, according to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, “They
didn’t have a turnover again; I think that is really big. And then special teams, the blocked punt was really good early. I thought (Anders) Carlson had an outstanding day. We asked him to kick a plus 50-yarder right of the bat, and he drilled it. He did a good job with his kickoffs, too,” Malzahn said.
Auburn true freshman, Seth Williams caught five passes for 109 yards and a
touchdown and recorded his first career 100-yard game.
Stopping Liberty from crossing the goal line or putting the ball through the uprights was their goal. “That is what we came in thinking; that is how we practiced. It feels good when you work hard for something and you achieve it. Our No. 1 goal was to keep the zero on the scoreboard –all the way from starters to walk-ons, everyone had the same mindset.” That mindset proved positive as every senior set foot on the field.
According to Malzahn, “I really appreciate our seniors. I’m real proud of those guys. We
played very well as a team today. All of the seniors got to play, and I think that was really
important defensively, to shut those guys out. I thought that was outstanding and had a score defensively early in the game.”
The Tigers energy got a jump start early and were able to maintain it. “It was great. We
jumped on them from the start. We got a lot of momentum and the blocked punt was a huge swing our way. We tried to keep it rolling as much as we could offensively. My hat is off to the defense for doing an excellent job,” said Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham (9). Stidham was 12-of-18 passing for 178 yards with two touchdowns, and he ran for another score.
“Our guys came out, they took care of business. Being the last home game, I’m really
proud of our other players for fighting to make sure that our seniors had a good experience and good memories their last time out there on that field,” said Malzahn. “That was something that Coach Steele and the defensive players have been talking about all week -- (it was) their goal to have a shutout. The last home game for our seniors, and they did it. It was really impressive,” he
The Tigers travel next week to Tuscaloosa against No. 1 ranked Alabama in the Iron
Bowl. The game is set to kick-off at 2:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to be broadcasted on CBS.
David Dismukes is East Alabama News' Director of News Operations and Managing Editor. Dismukes has 30 years experience in both military and civilian journalism, serving as the US Army's Command Information Officer among other vital communications roles in the US military.