Auburn's Strong Second Half Helps them to a Victory

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/31/2015

Auburn 31, Memphis 10

After an evenly played first half, Auburn scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half and shut down Memphis’ vaunted offense to become the fourth straight SEC squad to win the Birmingham Bowl. The win is Auburn’s first bowl victory since 2011 and prevents Memphis from its second-ever 10-win season.

Player of the game
  • Auburn running back Jovon Robinson carried the ball 27 times for 125 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and rushed for a touchdown. It was the junior’s second 100-yard performance of the season and second rushing touchdown of 2015.
Key stats
  • Auburn improves to 1-2 all-time against Memphis, with the previous matchups coming in 1975 and 1976.
  • Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch completed 16-of-37 passing attempts for 106 yards, his lowest output of the season since throwing for 78 yards in the 56-point drubbing of Missouri State in the season opener.
  • With a 5-yard run in the third quarter, running back Peyton Barber eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark which extends Auburn’s SEC record of consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to seven season.
  • Memphis wide receiver Mose Frazier caught four passes for a team-high 46 yards and finishes his career catching a pass in 26 straight games.
  • Auburn finished with 402 yards of total offense while limiting Memphis to just 205 yards.
  • With his 20-yard field goal in the first quarter, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson set the school’s single-season record with 23 field goals.
  • Memphis’ 10 points is its fewest scored since falling 24-3 against Ole Miss on Sept. 27, 2014.
Key play
  • After Marcus Davis’ 56-yard punt return, Robinson scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 13:12 remaining to give Auburn a commanding 31-10 lead.