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Monday, January 1, 2018

Auburn Falls Just Short

artwork by @AURobUSA 

This Auburn team had a chance to set a new historical mark in college football. Instead, the Tigers came up just short, losing 34-27 to UCF in the 50th Chic-fil-a Peach Bowl.

In the history of NCAA football, no team had ever defeated three teams that were 9-0 or better. After taking down #1 Georgia 40-17,  two weeks later this same Auburn Tiger bunch stopped the #1 Alabama team 26-14. Thus setting up the Bowl game against the only unbeaten team in college football.

A vastly improved Tiger crew was still inconsistent at times during the 2017-18 campaign. That inconsistency proved to be too much to overcome against a well coached UCF Knights group. 

Stats provided by the official Auburn Tiger website:
Team TotalsUCFAU
First Downs2028
Net Yards Rushing16990
Net Yards Passing242331
Total Offense Yards411421
Fumbles: Number-Lost2 - 11 - 1
Penalties: Number-Yards8 - 748 - 61
Punts - Yards5 - 2015 - 196
Possession Time25:4534:15
Third-Down Conversions6 of 14 (0.429)9 of 18 (0.500)
Fourth-Down Conversions0 of 0 (0.000)1 of 1 (1.000)
Sacks By: Number-Yards6-481-6
Field Goals2-4 (0.500)2-3 (0.667)

Here's to 10 wins this past season. Here's to our first year Offensive Coordinator. Here's to our new found stability at the head coach position. And last but not least, here's to our guys that worked so hard through the offseason, and then into the season. Thank you for all that you have done for Auburn, and for Auburn football. 

God bless, and War Eagle!

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