Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn fans didn't question whether their Tigers would win today, but rather they were asking themselves where this teams strengths were.
In the first quarter, third down for Georgia Southern, Shai Werts drops back to pass and is sacked by Marlon Davidson to force the Eagles to punt.
Later in the first, with Auburn up 10-0, quarterback Jarrett Stidham looks to pass across the middle only to have the ball picked off by Jay Bowdy.
On Auburn's next drive, Stidham is pressured immediately by Georgia Southern and fumbles the ball. Tomarcio Reese scoops up the ball and takes it in for the Georgia Southern score.
Auburn leads 24-7 in the second quarter. On 3rd and 16 for Georgia Southern, Werts snaps the ball and is sacked for a loss by Jeff Holland.
Auburn goes into halftime up 24-7.
On Auburn's first drive of the second half, Stidham connects with Ryan Davis on a 19-yard touchdown to put the Tigers up 31-7.
Later in the third quarter, Davidson sacks Werts again on third down.
Auburn would go on to win 41-7.
The Tiger's defense held Georgia Southern to a total of 78 yards and zero offensive points.
"Our defense was unbelievable. They were outstanding," said coach Gus Malzahn. "The triple option scares you to death. They know how to coach it. They know how to run it."
"Just looking at the stat sheet: 0 for 15 on third down was really something," said Malzahn. "Our defense got a chance to play a lot of young guys too, and just did a super job."
Davidson, who was questionable for tonight due to injury, ended the night with 2 sacks and 4 tackles.
"We played fast. Everybody came to the ball. We had 11 hands to the ball," said Davidson. "We just had fun man. As long as you having fun that's all that matters."
The Tigers will look to continue their defensive dominance as they travel to defending national champion Clemson, next Saturday.