Boxscore
Auburn 42, Utah State 38
Saturday, September 3, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Jordan Hare Stadium
Attendance - 85245

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Utah State 14 7 3 14 38
Auburn 7 7 14 14 42

Recap


No. 23 Auburn narrowly avoided becoming the first defending national champion in 13 years to lose its season opener, rallying late from 10 points down to beat Utah State 42-38.

The host Tigers, who returned just five starters, trailed 38-28 with 3:38 remaining. Quarterback Barrett Trotter’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen with 2:07 to go finished a six-play, 65-yard drive and pulled Auburn within three.

Auburn’s Emory Blake recovered the onside kick, and Michael Dyer capped an eight-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left.

The Aggies blew a 21-7 second-quarter lead, but moved ahead 31-28 on quarterback Chuckie Keeton’s second rushing touchdown of the game, a 7-yarder with 11:20 remaining. Robert Turbin’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left pushed Utah State’s lead to 10.

The last defending national champion to lose its season opener was Michigan, which split the 1997 national title with Nebraska. The Wolverines lost to Notre Dame in the 1998 opener. Only three defending national champs in the past 25 years have lost their season opener.

Trotter completed 17-of-23 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Dyer rushed for 57 yards and two scores.

Turbin rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies.

Auburn opens SEC play Saturday at home against Mississippi State. Utah State hosts Weber State on Saturday.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:30
Utah State   TD  Auburn 0 - Utah State 7
1st Quarter - 8:59
Auburn   TD  Auburn 7 - Utah State 7
1st Quarter - 1:32
Utah State   TD  Auburn 7 - Utah State 14
2nd Quarter - 7:58
Utah State   TD  Auburn 7 - Utah State 21
2nd Quarter - 7:46
Auburn   TD  Auburn 14 - Utah State 21
3rd Quarter - 11:14
Auburn   TD  Auburn 21 - Utah State 21
3rd Quarter - 4:52
Utah State   FG  Auburn 21 - Utah State 24
3rd Quarter - 1:57
Auburn   TD  Auburn 28 - Utah State 24
4th Quarter - 11:20
Utah State   TD  Auburn 28 - Utah State 31
4th Quarter - 3:38
Utah State   TD  Auburn 28 - Utah State 38
4th Quarter - 2:07
Auburn   TD  Auburn 35 - Utah State 38
4th Quarter - 0:30
Auburn   TD  Auburn 42 - Utah State 38
TEAMS

Team Records

  Utah State Auburn
W/L 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Utah State Auburn
Score 38 42
First Downs 27 17
3rd Down Efficiency 10-for-17
59%
3-for-9
33%
4th Down Efficiency 3-for-3
100%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 448 364
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 53-227 30-78
Average/Rush 4.3 2.6
Passing
Comp-Att 22-31 18-24
Passing Yards 221 286
Average/Pass Play 6.9 11.0
Penalties-Yards 6-38 7-60
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 37:41 22:19

PLAYER STATS

Utah State (0 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Keeton 21/30 213 0 0
S. Morrison 1/1 8 0 0
Auburn (0 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Trotter 17/23 261 3 0
C. Moseley 1/1 25 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Turbin 22 70 3.2 2
K. Williams 10 69 6.9 1
C. Keeton 8 33 4.1 2
C. Jacobs 3 23 7.7 0
S. Morrison 3 22 7.3 0
M. Smith 6 12 2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Dyer 14 57 4.1 2
O. McCalebb 9 44 4.9 0
T. Mason 1 2 2.0 0
B. Trotter 5 -9 -1.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Austin 6 67 11.2 0
M. Smith 2 44 22.0 0
T. Lloyd 3 25 8.3 0
X. Martin 1 25 25.0 0
S. Morrison 2 19 9.5 0
E. Moats 1 11 11.0 0
R. Turbin 1 9 9.0 0
T. Van Leeuwen 1 8 8.0 0
D. Tialavea 1 8 8.0 0
T. Reynolds 2 6 3.0 0
C. Jacobs 2 -1 -0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
E. Blake 3 95 31.7 1
T. Stallworth 4 93 23.2 1
O. McCalebb 5 43 8.6 0
T. Reed 4 33 8.2 0
P. Lutzenkirchen 2 22 11.0 1
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