Alabama has blown out Auburn in the box score, but poor special teams and two Jalen Hurts interceptions have allowed the Tide to own only a 13-9 lead at the break in Tuscaloosa.
Hurts has been responsible for nearly all the points through one half. He’s completed 18-of-25 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown, but two interceptions have kept the Tigers in the game despite the Tide owning a 263-34 yardage edge and 14-1 advantage in first downs.
Auburn posted its first two field goals without achieving a first down either time. The first came on the Tigers’ first possession of the game, when Stephen Roberts returned a J.K. Scott punt 58 yards to stake Auburn at the Alabama 21-yard line. Three plays later, Daniel Carlson converted a 42-yard field goal.
Carlson’s second field goal came after Daniel Thomas intercepted Hurts at the Alabama 41. Auburn gained only six yards over their next three plays, and Carlson’s 52-yarder pulled the Tigers within 10-6 with 13:38 left in the half. After Thomas again intercepted Hurts, returning the ball back to the Alabama 41, Auburn mounted a drive of 19 yards to set up a 39-yard Carlson field goal with 3:30 remaining.
Alabama’s scores have come on a 29-yard Adam Griffith field goal and a 17-yard strike from Hurts to Damien Harris.
Jeremy Johnson earned the start at quarterback for Auburn with Sean White nursing a shoulder injury; he’s completed 3-of-9 passes for seven yards. Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway have combined to rush nine times for 30 yards.
Harris leads all runners with seven carries for 39 yards, while Hurts has added eight rushes for 23 yards. ArDarius Stewart has caught eight passes for 83 yards.
Auburn will receive to open the second half.