No. 16 Auburn Gets 27-24 Overtime Win Over Clemson

September 19, 2010 – By Scott

The 16th ranked Auburn Tigers headed into their home matchup with the Clemson Tigers looking to make a statement. They were 7-point favorites according to NCAA football sportsbooks and had ESPN’s College Game Day crew on campus hyping up the ACC-SEC contest.

After falling behind 17-0 in the first half, the Tigers rallied in the second half and pushed the game into overtime where they came away with a 27-24 win and improved to 3-0 on the year. Auburn’s Wes Byrum nailed a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro missed a do-over kick to tie the game and Auburn snuck away with the win.

Clemson came into their first real test of the 2010 College Football season with lopsided wins over North Texas and Presbyterian. After the first half, it seemed as though they were in full control of the game which was their first regular season meeting with Auburn since 1971.

Jamie Harper got Clemson on the board midway through the first quarter as he hauled in a 8-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker. The Tigers would then add a 42-yard field goal and Harper would grab his second touchdown pass of the game in the second quarter as Clemson extended their lead to 17-0. Auburn would finally get on the board at the close of the half on a 35-yard field goal from Byrum.

Auburn would carry their momentum into the third quarter where they dominated the entire period. Onterio McCalebb scored on a 12-yard touchdown and Darvin Adams hauled in a 8-yard pass from Cameron Newton to tie the game at 17. Then with1:03 left in the third, Terrell Zachery scored on a 78-yard pass that gave Auburn the lead heading into the fourth quarter. Clemson would tie the game early in the final period as Andre Allington scored from 2 yards out to tie the game at 24.

Neither team could take the lead and the game headed into overtime where Auburn stole the victory. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was overjoyed with the way his team fought back after falling behind in the first half.

“They kept their faith the whole game,” Chizik said of his players. “It was one of those games where we just kept fighting. You’re always trying to figure out who your football team is and you never know until you get into a situation where you’re in uncharted territory, which is where we were tonight.”

The win marks the 14th straight time Auburn has beaten Clemson. Newton finished the game for Auburn passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 2 picks. Parker finished with 227 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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