November 19, 2011 at 9:12 PM EST - Updated June 25 at 10:58 PM
AUBURN, AL (WBRC) - The Auburn Tigers found a feistier opponent than expected in the Samford Bulldogs, but the Tigers pressed through for a runaway victory.
Auburn was the first team to put points on the board. Just before the 7 minute mark in the first quarter, Clint Moseley landed a pass in the arms of Philip Lutzenkirchen for a 32-touchdown. Cody Parkey claimed the extra point.
Samford tied the game up at the beginning of the second quarter. A 10-play drive covering 80 yards ended with a Dustin Taliaferro pass to Kelsey Pope for an 8-yard touchdown only 33 seconds into the second quarter. The Cameron Yaw kick tacked on the extra point to tie it up.
Around four minutes later, Auburn pulled ahead again. A 10-play drive saw Onterio McCalebb rush for 10 yards for the second Tiger touchdown of the game around the 10:00 mark in the second. Parkey's second extra point was again good.
The Bulldogs attempted to bring back the tied game, but fell short on behalf of Auburn's defense. Cameron Yaw grabbed a 40-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining in the half and brought the score to 14-10 in the Tigers' favor.
Coming back from halftime, Samford fought a long battle in a 14-play drive. Stopped the Tiger defense, kicker Cameron Yaw added a field goal on to the Bulldogs' score with 7:22 remaining in the 3rd quarter. This brought Samford within 1 point of tieing the score at 13-14.
Auburn pulled away again on their next possession. A 9-play drive for 75-yards finished off with a Michael Dyer rush for 5-yards for the touchdown at the 3:25 mark.The Cody Parkey extra point put the Tigers at 21.
In the fourth quarter, Samford closed the gap a little with Cameron Yaw kicking a 37-yard field goal with 13:22 remaining in the game following an 11-play drive. Four plays later, Auburn once again pushed ahead with another touchdown. This time, quarterback Clint Moseley rushed for 22 yards for the TD. The Cody Parkey extra point gave the Tigers a sizable lead at 16-28.
With just over 2 minutes remaining in the game, Auburn returned to the endzone with 10-yard rush by Onterio McCalebb. The extra point boosted the Tigers' score to 35. This would end the scoring on a successful victory by Auburn.
Next week, the Auburn Tigers prepare for their biggest rivals, the Alabama Crimson Tide, in the Iron Bowl. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Jordan Hare Stadium.