Auburn, AL (EETV) – Mercer almost spoils an Auburn homecoming, keeping the Tigers from scoring in the redzone and forcing multiple turnovers.

The No. 15 Auburn Tigers had a whopping 5 turnovers in the game, which hindered them from scoring throughout the game.

"It’s obviously an issue and it’s uncharacteristic," said Gus Malzahn. "That’s a tough pill to swallow there, and we’re going to have to correct that.”

The Tigers fumbled the ball four times on the night and added an interception in the second half.

The Auburn offense continued to struggle, only scoring 24 points, but quarterback Jarrett Stidham seemed to find his groove.

Stidham threw for 364 yards, completing 32 of 37 passes.

“That’s as efficient as it gets," said Malzahn. "So that was a positive”.

With offensive struggles came a similar struggle in establishing the run game. The Tigers keyed on running Kamryn Pettway, who could not seem to get much-started yards wise.

The Tigers ran the ball 43 times, Pettway getting most of the carries, for 146 yards.

“We’ve got to run the football better," said Malzahn. "We have to run the ball better. We’ve got to solve that one."

With the run game struggles came a bright spot in Pettway rushing for 3 touchdowns for the Tigers to give them the 24-16 win.

The Tigers will now hit the road to open up SEC play against Missouri next Saturday.



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