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2013 Auburn Tigers football team

The 2013 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gus Malzahn, who was in his first season as head coach at Auburn, although he served as offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011. The Tigers played their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[2]

2013 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
SEC champion
SEC Western Division co-champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
2013 record12–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachGus Malzahn (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorRhett Lashlee (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDameyune Craig (1st season)
Offensive schemePlay Action / Read
Defensive coordinatorEllis Johnson (1st season)
Base defense4–2–5
CaptainChris Davis
Reese Dismukes
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
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2013 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5 Missouri x   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Georgia   5 3         8 5  
No. 24 Vanderbilt   4 4         9 4  
Florida   3 5         4 8  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 2 Auburn xy$   7 1         12 2  
No. 7 Alabama x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 14 LSU   5 3         10 3  
No. 18 Texas A&M   4 4         9 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2013 season saw one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in college football history. Only a year after their worst season in 60 years—including only their third winless record in SEC play—the Tigers won their eighth SEC title and third of the championship game era, tallying a record of 12–2 (7–1 in SEC play). The season also contained two of the greatest winning plays in college football history for Auburn in games against Georgia and Alabama.


After Gene Chizik's termination on November 25, 2012, Athletic Director Jay Jacobs formed a search committee headed by former Auburn Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan along with fellow former player Mac Crawford to find the program's next head coach. The committee unanimously selected Arkansas State University head coach Gus Malzahn. On December 4, 2012 it was announced that Malzahn was the new head coach at Auburn University.

On April 20, 2013, Auburn played their Spring game, known as the A-day game. 83,401 people attended the game at Jordan–Hare Stadium, breaking the previous record of 83,217 set in 2010.[3]

Recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Montravius Adams
Vienna, Georgia Dooley County High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 290 lb (130 kg) N/A Feb 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 89
Mackenro Alexander
Immokalee, Florida Immokalee High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) N/A Feb 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Cameron Artis-Payne
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Allen Hancock Community College 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50 Nov 8, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Peyton Barber
Alpharetta, Georgia Milton High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 211 lb (96 kg) N/A Feb 3, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Ben Bradley
Norcross, Georgia Hutchinson Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 315 lb (143 kg) 5.2 Jan 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Daniel Carlson
Colorado Springs, Colorado Classical Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) N/A Jul 1, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Elijah Daniel
Avon, Indiana Avon High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 249 lb (113 kg) 4.80 Feb 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 87
Devonte Danzey
Tampa, Florida Hutchinson Community College 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) N/A Dec 25, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Marcus Davis
Delray Beach, Florida American Heritage School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) N/A Jan 27, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Kenny Flowers
Lilburn, Georgia Hutchinson Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) N/A Jan 25, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Jonathan Ford
New Hope, Alabama New Hope High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) N/A Feb 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 74
Khari Harding
Edmond, Oklahoma Santa Fe High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.6 Jan 21, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Jeremy Johnson
Montgomery, Alabama Carver School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) N/A May 20, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Brandon King
Alabaster, Alabama Highland Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.40 Jan 5, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Carl Lawson
Alpharetta, Georgia Milton High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 4.70 Mar 24, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 92
Nick Marshall
Pineview, Georgia Garden City Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) N/A Jan 14, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Kamryn Melton
Dothan, Alabama Dothan High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 4.50 Feb 27, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Deon Mix
Batesville, Mississippi South Panola High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 305 lb (138 kg) N/A Feb 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Earnest Robinson
Pinson, Alabama Pinson Valley High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.80 Feb 26, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Jason Smith
Mobile, Alabama McGill Toolen High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 4.50 Jul 9, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Tony Stevens
Orlando, Florida Evans High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) N/A Jan 20, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Cameron Toney
Huntsville, Alabama Huntsville High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) N/A Apr 14, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Dominic Walker
Orlando, Florida Evans High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) N/A Jan 25, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83

Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14   Rivals: 8  ESPN: 11
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2013 Auburn Football Commitment List". Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  • "2013 Auburn College Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  • "Auburn 2013 Player Commits: Football". Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Retrieved March 3, 2013.

Note:E.Robinson was kicked out due to academic reasons


Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Alma mater Year Entering
Gus Malzahn Head Coach Henderson State 1st
Rodney Garner Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator Auburn 1st
Rhett Lashlee Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Arkansas 1st
Dameyune Craig Wide Receivers/Co-Offensive Coordinator Auburn 1st
Ellis Johnson Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers The Citadel 1st
Charlie Harbison Safeties/Co-Defensive Coordinator Gardner–Webb 1st
Scott Fountain Tight ends/Special teams Coordinator Samford 1st
Tim Horton Running backs Arkansas 1st
J.B. Grimes Offensive Line Henderson State 1st
Melvin Smith Cornerbacks Millsaps College 1st
Ryan Russell Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Auburn 1st


2013 Auburn Tigers roster


  • 6 Jeremy JohnsonFreshman
  • 12 Jonathan WallaceSophomore
  • 14 Nick MarshallJunior
  • 16 Tucker Tuberville – Freshman
  • 17 Ben Durand – Sophomore

Running Backs

  • 20 Corey Grant  Junior
  • 21 Tre MasonJunior
  • 23 Johnathan FordFreshman
  • 25 Peyton BarberFreshman
  • 41 Patrick Lymon – Junior
  • 42 Chandler Shakespeare – Senior
  • 44 Cameron Artis-PayneJunior
  • 45 Andrew Williams – Sophomore

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Trovon Reed  Junior
  • 3 Dominic WalkerFreshman
  • 4 Quan BrayJunior
  • 5 Ricardo LouisSophomore
  • 8 Tony StevensFreshman
  • 18 Sammie Coates  Sophomore
  • 25 Kiehl FrazierJunior
  • 31 Mark White – Freshman
  • 33 Austin Powell – Junior
  • 39 B.J. Trimble – Junior
  • 80 Marcus DavisFreshman
  • 82 Melvin Ray – Sophomore
  • 84 Cade Hoffman – Freshman
  • 86 Dimitri Reese – Sophomore
  • 87 Gray King – Freshman
  • 89 Jaylon DensonJunior

Tight Ends/H-Backs

  • 11 Brandon FulseJunior
  • 32 Wade Norberg – Junior
  • 35 Jay ProschSenior
  • 40 Gage Batten – Freshman
  • 47 Spencer Smith – Freshman
  • 49 Patrick Young – Junior
  • 81 C. J. UzomahJunior
  • 83 Michael Clifton – Freshman
  • 85 Wirth Campbell – Sophomore

Offensive Line

  • 50 Reese DismukesJunior
  • 51 Patrick MillerSophomore
  • 53 Devonte DanzeySophomore
  • 56 Avery Young  Freshman
  • 62 Chad Slade  Junior
  • 63 Alex Kozan  Freshman
  • 65 Tunde Fariyike  Junior
  • 66 Kevin Austin – Freshman
  • 68 Kyle Bolstad – Freshman
  • 70 Robert Leff  Freshman
  • 72 Shon Coleman  Freshman
  • 73 Greg Robinson  Sophomore
  • 74 Will Adams  Freshman
  • 75 Deon MixFreshman
  • 76 Jordan Diamond  Freshman
  • 77 Shane Callahan  Freshman
  • 78 Colton Wingard – Sophomore
  • 79 Eric Averett – Freshman
  • 96 Aaron Garrison – Freshman

Defensive Line

  • 1 Montravius AdamsFreshman
  • 13 Craig SandersSenior
  • 30 Dee Ford  Senior
  • 42 Gimel President  Freshman
  • 45 Keymiya Harrell  Sophomore
  • 50 Ben BradleySophomore
  • 52 Justin DeLaine  Junior
  • 54 Jeffrey WhitakerSenior
  • 55 Carl LawsonFreshman
  • 60 Jackson Thomas – Freshman
  • 90 Gabe WrightJunior
  • 91 Tyler Nero  Freshman
  • 92 Kenneth CarterSenior
  • 93 JaBrian Niles  Sophomore
  • 94 Nosa Eguae  Senior
  • 95 Reid Brooks – Freshman
  • 97 Elijah DanielFreshman
  • 98 Angelo BlacksonJunior
  • 99 Brian Walsh – Sophomore


  • 5 Jake HollandSenior
  • 8 Cassanova McKinzySophomore
  • 10 LaDarius Owens  Junior
  • 17 Kris Frost  Sophomore
  • 18 JaViere Mitchell  Freshman
  • 33 Kenny FlowersSophomore
  • 44 Anthony Swain  Sophomore
  • 47 Cameron ToneyFreshman
  • 57 Grant Smith – Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 3 Jonathan JonesSophomore
  • 6 Jonathon Mincy  Junior
  • 9 Jermaine WhiteheadJunior
  • 11 Chris Davis Jr.Senior
  • 15 Joshua HolseySophomore
  • 19 Ryan WhiteSenior
  • 21 Mackenro AlexanderFreshman
  • 22 Khari HardingFreshman
  • 23 Mack VanGorder – Sophomore
  • 24 Ryan SmithSenior
  • 26 Justin GarrettJunior
  • 27 Robenson TherezieJunior
  • 28 T.J. Davis  Freshman
  • 29 Brandon KingJunior
  • 31 Trent FisherJunior
  • 32 Blake Poole – Senior
  • 37 Kamryn MeltonFreshman
  • 38 Adam Dyas – Junior
  • 43 Jordan Spriggs – Junior
  • 58 Luke Ebbesmeyer – Freshman


  • 36 Cody ParkeySenior
  • 38 Daniel CarlsonFreshman
  • 39 Alex Kviklys – Sophomore
  • 64 Duncan McKinney – Sophomore


  • 28 Jimmy HutchinsonFreshman
  • 29 Tyler Stovall – Freshman
  • 30 Steven ClarkSenior

Long snappers

  • 59 Jake LembkeSenior

Sources: 2013 Auburn Tigers football roster Bold indicates scholarship player

Depth chartEdit


  • WR 89 Jaylon Denson (torn patellar tendon vs LSU out for season)-former starter
  • S 15 Joshua Holsey (torn ACL before Texas A&M out for season)-former starter
  • DT 54 Jeffery Whitaker (preseason surgery-medical redshirt)-former starter
  • LB 26 Justin Garrett (preseason injury-medical redshirt)-former starter


August 316:00 p.m.Washington State*
ESPNUW 31–2485,095
September 76:30 p.m.Arkansas State*
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama
SECRNW 38–983,246
September 146:00 p.m.Mississippi State
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama
ESPN2W 24–2085,817
September 216:45 No. 6 LSUESPNL 21–3592,368
October 56:00 p.m.No. 24 Ole Miss
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama (rivalry)
ESPNUW 30–2286,504
October 121:00 p.m.Western Carolina* 
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama
PPVW 62–384,171
October 192:30 No. 7 Texas A&MNo. 24CBSW 45–4187,165
October 266:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic*No. 11
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama
SECRNW 45–1085,517
November 25:00 ArkansasNo. 11ESPN2W 35–1766,835
November 911:00 TennesseeNo. 9ESPNW 55–23102,455
November 162:30 p.m.No. 25 GeorgiaNo. 7
CBSW 43–3887,451
November 302:30 p.m.No. 1 AlabamaNo. 4
CBSW 34–2887,451
December 73:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 MissouriNo. 3CBSW 59–4275,632
January 6, 20147:30 p.m.vs. No. 1 Florida State*No. 2ESPNL 31–3494,208
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source: "2013 Auburn Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 31, 2012.

Game summariesEdit

Washington StateEdit

Washington State at Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington State 7 14 3024
Auburn 8 17 3331

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: August 31, 2013
  • Game time: 6:02 p.m.
  • Game weather: 84°, Muggy
  • Game attendance: 85,095
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst), Dawn Davenport (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[4]

The Auburn Tigers got the Gus Malzahn era off to a winning start with a 31–24 victory over the Washington State Cougars. The Tigers forced three turnovers and were able to hang on late in the fourth quarter for the win. They were without defensive starter Dee Ford, Jeff Whitaker and Justin Garrett.

The Tigers' passing offense didn't wow in Malzahn's debut as head coach, but Auburn 3 headed rushing attack amassed 297 yards on the ground. Tre Mason also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score while Corey Grant broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run. Nick Marshall finished 10-of-19 for 99 yards in his Auburn debut with 31 yards on the ground.

Star Robensen Theirize filling in for injured starter Justin Garrett won SEC Defensive Player of the week with 7 tackles and 2 interceptions, the last one preventing the game from going to overtime. Freshman DT Montravius Adams recorded a sack on his first play from scrimmage and halted several Halliday passes from his pressure.

Arkansas StateEdit

Arkansas State at Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arkansas State 3 0 609
Auburn 14 7 71038

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 7, 2013
  • Game time: 6:38 p.m.
  • Game weather: 84°, Clear
  • Game attendance: 83,246
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (SECRN): Bob Rathbun (play-by-play), Tim Couch (analyst), Elizabeth Moreau (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[5]

QB Nick Marshall found his passing game early going 4 for 5 on his opening drive and hitting freshman wide out Marcus Davis for his first touchdown pass of his Auburn career. Arkansas State marched down the field but Auburn halted them for a field goal then the offense once again marched down the field and scored on a 17 yard touchdown run by running back Corey Grant. The offense hit a lull but Auburn's defense played bend but not break stopping them on 2 consecutive 4th down tries. Before the half after missing receiver Sammie Coates several times, Marshall connected on a 68 yard streak pass for a touchdown to build the lead to 21–3 at the half. Out of the locker room once again the Red Wolves marched the field, but Auburn's red zone defense held up and held them to a field goal. On Auburn's following possession, Marshall fumbled the ball at the Auburn 17 yard line. A big play by reserve end Justin Delaine once again forced a field goal making it 21–9. That boosted the defense confidence has they shut down the Red Wolves from then out collecting 23 QB Hurries, 13.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Cameron Artis Payne and Tre Mason punched in touchdowns. Payne had 19 touches for 102 yards and Mason at 14 touches for 99 yards. Corey Grant finished with 40 yards on 8 touches. Nick Marshall finished 10 of 17 for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns with 53 yards rushing. He was sacked twice and fumbled the ball away once but still had no interceptions. Chris Davis lead the team on defense with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 3 pass break ups. Highly touted end Carl Lawson recorded his first sack and a forced fumble that was recovered by LB Jake Holland. LB Kris Frost was ejected for targeting on the QB Adam Kennedy, he played a good game after a poor game vs Washington State, he had 5 tackles at the time. Left tackle Shon Coleman after sitting out three years from a battle with leukemia came in late in the 4th quarter. Auburn outgained Arkansas State 468–422. The Red Wolves were penalized for their uniforms before kickoff.

Mississippi StateEdit

Mississippi State at Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Mississippi State 6 7 7020
Auburn 11 3 3724

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 14, 2013
  • Game time: 6:06 p.m.
  • Game weather: 78°, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 85,817
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[6]

Auburn overcame a 3-point deficit with 2:06 remaining in the game after QB Nick Marshall and WR Marcus Davis lead them down the field. Marshall went 6 for 8 on the final drive hitting Davis 4 times and he picked up a first down on a 3rd and 10 to set up the final play. An 11 yard touchdown grab by TE CJ Uzomah in the back on the end zone to go up 24–20. The defense held up for one more play. Marshall started off the game hot going 11 for 15 for 151 yards that included a 74-yard bomb to WR Quan Bray leading to a touchdown. The offense lost their rhythm and Mississippi St was able to overcome an 11–0 deficit to come back and take the lead early in the 3rd Qtr 20–14. After that the defense held Mississippi St to 23 yards on 6 possessions. Marshall got his own pass in the 3rd qtr for 37 yards after the ball got batted in the air and he spun around the defender down the sideline. Auburn's ground game was shut down only registering 120 yards as Mississippi St loaded the box. This ended Auburn's 10 game SEC losing streak.


Auburn at #6 LSU – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Auburn 0 0 14721
#6 LSU 14 7 7735

at Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Date: September 21, 2013
  • Game time: 6:46 p.m.
  • Game weather: 74°, Intermittent Rain
  • Game attendance: 92,638
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[7]

Two 1st quarter turnovers put Auburn in a hole 14–0 in at a wet Death Valley. Auburn trailed 21–0 at halftime but a quick interception lead to a Tre Mason touchdown run. The teams went back and forth but when it appeared place kicker Cody Parkey recovered his onside kick the refs overturned it ending it for Auburn 35–21. LSU's Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 184 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Auburn's Tre Mason had 132 yards rushing in the game.

Ole MissEdit

#24 Ole Miss at Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#24 Ole Miss 3 3 10622
Auburn 13 7 7330

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: October 5, 2013
  • Game time: 6:03 p.m.
  • Game weather: 77°, Clear
  • Game attendance: 86,504
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst), Dawn Davenport (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[8]

QB Nick Marshall rushed for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 93 yards as Auburn held on after nearly blowing a big lead. Auburn raced to a 27–9 lead before Marshall injured his knee. Auburn had back to back fumbles by Tre Mason and Cameron Artist Payne, letting Ole Miss close the game to 27–22. Safety Ryan Smith with Ole Miss driving intercepted the pass and Auburn raced down the field for a field goal to go up 30–22. Auburn finished off Ole Miss with back to back sacks by DT Gabe Wright and DE Carl Lawson. Robensen Theirize had a pick six in the 1st Quarter and freshman phenom Carl Lawson recorded 6 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. The Auburn defense finished with 6 sacks has DE Dee Ford and Gabe Wright also had 2 sacks a piece.

Western CarolinaEdit

Western Carolina at Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Western Carolina 3 0 003
Auburn 21 21 14662

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: October 12, 2013
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: 87°, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 84,171
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (PPV): Andy Burcham (play-by-play), Gabe Gross (analyst)
  • Sources:[9]

Freshman QB Jeremy Johnson earned his first start for an injured Nick Marshall. In 2 1/2 quarters he threw for 201 yards with 4 touchdowns and a pick and he rushed for 26 yards. Auburn amassed a school record 712 yards against an overmatched Western Carolina. TE Brandon Fulse and RT Patrick Miller were suspended prior to the game.

Texas A&MEdit

#24 Auburn at #7 Texas A&M – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#24 Auburn 10 7 72145
#7 Texas A&M 14 10 71041

at Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas

Auburn's defense came up with a huge final stand to upset 7th rank Texas A&M. With 1:19 left in the game Auburn held a 45–41 lead. A&M's QB Johnny Manziel completed two big pass plays to WR Mike Evans to get it down to Auburn's 18 yard line. DE Dee Ford had with an 8-yard sack then Manziel threw an incompletion. On the next play Manziel tried to run but was tackled by LB Kris Frost. Then on 4th and long Auburn Dee Ford sacked Manziel once again ending the game. QB Nick Marshall passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and had one fumble. Tre Mason added 178 yards rushing on 27 carries and 1 touchdown. The defenses recorded 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions on the 3rd best offense in the nation. Ryan White who moved to safety that morning after Josh Hosley was injured recorded 5 tackles and an interception without knowing the proper alignments. Auburn's DE LaDarius Owens injured Johnny Manziel early in the 4th Quarter and he missed a series. Auburn vaulted to No. 11 in the first BCS poll of the year.

At the coin toss, Texas A&M won the toss and elected to receive to open the game. After a 6-play, 67-yard drive, A&M scored the first touchdown of the game on a 26-yard screen pass from Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans. Auburn countered that score with a 10-play, 86-yard drive on a 16-yard touchdown run by Nick Marshall. After an interception by Auburn S Ryan Smith, K Cody Parkey kicked a 27-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead. However, in just two plays and 75 yards, Mike Evans caught another screen pass from Manziel for a 64-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, the Aggies were threatening, but Auburn CB Ryan White picked off Manziel's second interception of the game at the 4-yard line. On 4th & goal, Auburn was at the Texas A&M 5-yard line, and Tre Mason made an effort run to give Auburn a 1st & goal at the 1. After a sack by A&M, on 3rd & goal at the 13-yard line, Nick Marshall threw a strike a WR Quan Bray for a touchdown. Auburn led 17-14 after a 12-play, 96-yard drive. After a few missed opportunities by Auburn, the Aggies tacked on a 37-yard field goal by K Josh Lambo, and with :24 left in the half, Johnny Manziel threw a 42-yard touchdown to Evans to take a 24-17 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, Auburn was able to tie the game again at 24-24 on a 43-yard screen pass from Marshall to WR Sammie Coates, after a 6-play, 65-yard drive. However, once again, Manziel threw a 33-yard pass to Mike Evans for another touchdown. With the score at 31-24 at the beginning of the 4th and the Aggies threatening again, Auburn DE Ladarius Owens tackles Manziel at the Auburn 2, and Manziel injures his right shoulder. Backup QB Matt Joeckel comes into the game, and A&M is held to a 20-yard field goal by Josh Lambo for a 34-24 lead. After a 7-play, 75-yard drive made a 13-yard touchdown run by Nick Marshall, Auburn cuts the score to 34-31. The Aggies are held to a three-and-out, and Auburn caps off a 5-play, 69-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by RB Cameron Artis-Payne to take a 38-34 lead. After that score, the Tigers reached over 300 yards rushing in the game. With 5:05 to go in the 4th quarter, Manziel runs in for a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Aggies a 41-38 lead. Then, in front of the 12th man, the Tigers ran the ball into a 9-man A&M defense and score on a 5-yard touchdown run by Tre Mason on a 13-play, 75-yard drive. At first, it was called as a 1st & goal, but after the booth review, Mason reach the ball over the front of the goal line, and Auburn took a 45-41 lead with 1:19 left in the game. On 4th & 13, Johnny Manziel was sacked for a 22-yard loss by Auburn DE Dee Ford, and #24 Auburn pulled the upset against the #7 Texas A&M Aggies 45-41. The Tigers topped the Aggies in yardage as well with 615 yards of offense to 602. Auburn advanced to 6-1 (3-1) and #11 in the Top 25, while A&M fell to 5-2 (2-2) and #16 in the Top 25.

Florida AtlanticEdit

Florida Atlantic at #11 Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Florida Atlantic 0 7 3010
#11 Auburn 21 17 7045

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: October 26, 2013
  • Game time: 6:38 p.m.
  • Game weather: 58°, Clear
  • Game attendance: 85,517
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (SECRN): Bob Rathbun (play-by-play), Tim Couch (analyst), Elizabeth Moreau (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[11]

Fresh off an upset win at then 7th ranked Texas A&M, the Tigers came back home and got somewhat of a break against Carl Pelini's Florida Atlantic Owls. Nick Marshall got injured in the 1st quarter and Jeremy Johnson came out for the Tigers. Even with a backup quarterback, the 11th ranked Tigers dominated a horribly overmatched Florida Atlantic team. The final score was Auburn 45, Florida Atlantic 10.


#8 Auburn at Arkansas – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#8 Auburn 7 7 14735
Arkansas 0 3 7717

at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas

  • Date: November 2, 2013
  • Game time: 5:02 p.m.
  • Game weather: 55°, Scattered Clouds
  • Game attendance: 66,835
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[12]

Auburn came to Fayetteville with their first AP Top 10 ranking since 2010. Their opponent was Arkansas, who was on a five-game losing streak. Tre Mason earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance, which consisted of 32 carries for 168 yards and four touchdowns. Arkansas never lead during that game, as Auburn lead 14-3 at halftime and cruised to a 35-17 win. Referee Matt Loeffler got hurt late in the game, so Ken Williamson took over for the rest of the game.


#7 Auburn at Tennessee – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#7 Auburn 6 28 14755
Tennessee 6 14 3023

at Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 9, 2013
  • Game time: 11:01 a.m.
  • Game weather: 53°, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 102,455
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[13]

After being ranked in the AP Top 10 the previous week, Auburn finally got into the BCS Top 10 after a 35-17 win over Arkansas. Their next contest was a trip to Tennessee. After a shaky 1st quarter, which was tied 6-6 at the end, Auburn dominated the last 3 quarters of the game, outscoring Tennessee 49-17 in that period. The final score was Auburn 55, Tennessee 23.


#25 Georgia at #7 Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#25 Georgia 0 10 72138
#7 Auburn 10 17 7943

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 16, 2013
  • Game time: 2:40 p.m.
  • Game weather: 66°, Overcast
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[14]

The #7 Auburn Tigers hosted the #25 Georgia Bulldogs in Auburn. Auburn led 37–17 in the 4th quarter, but Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray led the Bulldogs to three straight touchdowns to take the lead 38–37 with less than 2 minutes to go. On 4th and 18, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who was a defensive back for Georgia during the 2011 season, threw a Hail Mary pass, which was tipped by Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, right into the hands of Auburn sophomore wide receiver Ricardo Louis, scoring the game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds to go. Auburn's defense then held off Murray's late rally to win the game, 43–38.

Rod Bramblett, radio personality and voice of the Auburn Tigers, made the following call:

"Here's your ballgame. Nick Marshall stands in, steps up. Gonna throw down field just a home run ball and, uh, it is tip upped—and Louis caught it on the deflection! Louis is gonna score! Louis is gonna score! Louis is gonna score! Touchdown Auburn! Touchdown Auburn! A miracle in Jordan–Hare! A miracle in Jordan–Hare! 73 yards! And the Tigers with 25 seconds to go lead 43 to 38!"[15]


#1 Alabama at #4 Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#1 Alabama 0 21 0728
#4 Auburn 7 7 71334

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 30, 2013
  • Game time: 2:41 p.m.
  • Game weather: 57°, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[16]

In what has been dubbed "The Kick 6" Auburn was looking to avenge two consecutive losses to Alabama. The Tigers had lost 14–42 in 2011 and 0–49 in 2012. Going into the game, Alabama had been ranked atop the polls all season, while Auburn was fourth in all major polls, making this the highest combined ranking ever in the Iron Bowl. Alabama struggled in the field goal kicking game all day, with kicker Cade Foster missing from 44 yards and 33 yards, and having one partially blocked from 44. With seven seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 28, Alabama's T. J. Yeldon made a long run as time expired. The play was reviewed from the replay booth, and one second was put back on the clock after finding Yeldon had actually gone out of bounds just before the end of regulation. Alabama opted to attempt a game-winning 57-yard field goal, but chose Freshman kicker Adam Griffith over Foster due to Foster's woes that day. Alabama missed its fourth field goal of the day with Griffith's attempt falling short. Auburn's Chris Davis fielded it nine yards deep in his own end zone, and with no Crimson Tide skill players in his path (the field goal unit was made up almost entirely of offensive linemen), sprinted for a 109-yard touchdown and a 34–28 Auburn win. Under NCAA scoring rules, Davis was only credited for 100 yards on the play. The win gave the Tigers the SEC West title and completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in SEC history; they had gone 0–8 in conference play a year earlier. It also all but ended Alabama's hopes for a third straight national title. With this win, Auburn clinched the SEC West and kept their national championship hopes alive.

Missouri (SEC Championship Game)Edit

2013 SEC Championship Game
#5 Missouri vs. #3 Auburn – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#5 Missouri 10 17 15042
#3 Auburn 14 14 171459

at Georgia DomeAtlanta

  • Date: December 7, 2013
  • Game time: 3:11 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 75,632
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[17]

Auburn's offense ran all over Missouri in a back and forth ball game, until Mizzou ran out of gas in the 4th Qtr. Auburn ran for a SEC Title game record of 536 yards on the ground. RB Tre Mason set all rushing records with 304 yards on 46 touches with 4 touchdowns. QB Nick Marshall added 101 yards on the ground. Auburn opened the game with the ball but after a 1st down Marshall was stripped by Kony Ealy setting up Mizzou to go up 3-0. Auburn came right back quickly with a 38-yard strike to WR Sammie Coates for a touchdown. Missouri answered with a 28 yard strike to Dorial Green-Beckham; a catch that was dropped but Auburn never challenged. Auburn quickly answered after a 54-yard jailbreak screen to Sammie Coates and a 9 yard Marshall touchdown run. Kony Ealy stripped Marshall again and cornerback E.J. Gaines returned the fumble for a touchdown to go up 17-14. Auburn marched right down the field and scored on a 7-yard run by Mason. Missouri kicked a field goal to make the score 21-20. But Mason took off for a 52-yard run and finished up the scoring drive with a 3 yard run. Missouri struck right before the half, as Green-Beckham got loose to make it 28-27. Missouri took a 34-31 lead in the 3rd quarter, but then Auburn took over the game by outscoring them 28-8. Corey Grant scored on an 8-yard run after a 42-yard run by Marshall. Auburn's defense forced a 3-and-out, and Cameron Artis-Payne scored on a 15 yard run. Missouri scored quickly after a 65 yard run by Henry Josey and completed the two point conversion to make it 45-42. Auburn struck quickly again with a 43-yard run by Grant and 23 yard pass to Trovon Reed that was capped by 1 yard touchdown run by Mason. Mason's final touchdown run the game on ice, 59-42. Later that night Michigan State defeated Ohio State, making it possible for Auburn to play Florida State for the national title. Auburn was the lowest rated pre-season team to ever make it to the title. They were not even in the top 50 and many pundits[who?] predicted only 4 to 6 wins.

Florida State (BCS National Championship Game)Edit

2014 BCS National Championship Game
#2 Auburn vs. #1 Florida State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Auburn 7 14 01031
#1 Florida State 3 7 32134

at Rose BowlPasadena, California

The BCS National Title Game featured the Auburn Tigers, and the Florida State Seminoles. Despite Florida State taking a 3-0 lead early, Auburn was dominant most of the first half. With the help of a well-executed play action pass game, Auburn was able to throw against Florida State's top-ranked defense in the first half. A screen to Tre Mason, a deep pass to Melvin Ray and a Nick Marshall run put the Tigers up 21-3.However, the Seminoles scored on their last drive of the half, after a fake punt and Jameis Winston scramble. Devonta Freeman ran it in for a 1-yard touchdown. Florida State also scored the only points of the third quarter, a Roberto Aguayo field goal. Early in the fourth, a Nick Marshall pass was intercepted, resulting in a ten-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Chad Abram. Auburn responded however, taking a 4-point lead after a Cody Parkey field goal. Then. in a shocking turn of events, Levonte Whitfield ran the following kickoff back 100 yards to give the Seminoles a 27-24 lead. Three minutes later, Auburn's Tre Mason broke away on stretch play making it 31-27 with 1:19 left on the clock. Florida State went 57 yards on two plays, both Winston passes to Rashad Greene. After moving the ball closer to the endzone, Florida State found themselves at a 3rd and 8. Winston's pass was incomplete, but a penalty was called on Chris Davis that gave Florida State a 1st and goal. The following play, Jameis Winston completed a 2-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin for a touchdown. Auburn was unable to score on the next drive and Florida State won, ending Auburn's dream season as well as the SEC's streak of seven consecutive BCS titles.[19]


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV 24 11 8 8 7 6 4 3 (2) 2(4) 2 
Coaches RV RV RV 17 11 9 9 5 5 3 2 2 
Harris Not released RV 15 11 9 9 7 5 3(3) 2(8) Not released 
BCS Not released 11 11 9 9 6 4 3 2 Not released

2014 NFL DraftEdit

Name Position Round Pick
Greg Robinson OT Rd 1 Pick 2
Dee Ford LB Rd 1 Pick 23
Tre Mason RB Rd 3 Pick 75
Jay Prosch FB Rd 6 Pick 222


  • December 23, 2013 – Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was named AP's coach of the year


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