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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn was on high alert coming into its Week 3 tilt with Louisiana-Monroe following the Warhawks’ upset win over Arkansas last weekend. The Tigers managed to avoid the same fate as their Southeastern Conference brethren, squeezing out a 31-28 win over ULM in overtime on Cody Parkey’s game-winning field goal.
The first half was a back-and-fourth battle at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both teams scored on their opening possessions, and each quarterback found the end zone in the second quarter to tie the game up at 14; ULM’s Kolton Browning scored on a 39-yard rush, followed by Auburn’s Kiehl Frazier scoring on a 33-yard reception off a double-pass from wide-out Quan Bray.
When Auburn got the ball back on the ULM 39-yardline with 22 seconds remaining in the second, Frazier made more magic happen for the Tigers. On the last play of the half, the sophomore scrambled out of the pocket and found Sammie Coates in the back of the end zone on a Hail Mary heave that put Auburn ahead 21-14 heading into the break.
The Tigers rode that momentum to a touchdown on their first possession of the second half, but Browning, who led ULM back from 21 points down at Arkansas, erased a 14-point Auburn lead to force overtime. Browning tossed two fourth quarter touchdowns, with the equalizer coming on a six-yard dart to Colby Harper with just over one minute to play.
The Auburn defense held strong in overtime, forcing a field goal attempt on ULM’s first possession. Warhawks kicker Justin Manton missed the try, and Auburn capitalized with Parkey’s 35-yard game-winner on the ensuing drive.
ULM controlled the time of possession and ran 29 more plays than the Tigers, but Auburn’s 248 rushing yards – 128 of which came from Onterio McCalebb - were enough to earn the victory. Auburn will return to SEC play next weekend when No. 3 LSU comes to town.
Passing – Kiehl Frazier, 10-for-18, 130 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Onterio McCalebb, 11 car, 128 yards, TD
Receiving – Sammie Coates, 2 rec, 34 yards, TD
Passing – Kolton Browning, 28-for-46, 237 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Jyruss Edwards, 17 car, 76 yards
Receiving – Je’Ron Hamm, 5 rec, 57 yards