No. 24 Mississippi State‘s September time as a college football darling was fleeting.
The night got off to a horrible start for the Bulldogs. A potential fumble by Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham was returned for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. But the fumble was ruled an incomplete pass on the field and only deemed a fumble on replay. That meant the ball was dead and the return didn’t count.
Mississippi State ended up only getting a field goal after getting the ball and lost four potential points. At the time, those felt like four big points. And maybe they would have swung some of that vaunted momentum away from Auburn and to Mississippi State.
But when you lose by 39, four points don’t mean much.
The Auburn blowout means we’re pretty much where we thought the SEC West was before the season. Alabama is No. 1 and Auburn is No. 2. Auburn’s 11 sacks given up to Clemson in Week 2 was a terrifying prospect for Stidham and the offense.
But since then the Tigers have shored up pass protection and Stidham was a very efficient 13-16 for 264 yards and two scores Saturday night. When he has time, the Auburn offense can go deep.
Will he have time in two weeks when Auburn takes on Georgia and a defense that’s been one of the best in the country? We can’t wait to find out.
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