Kentucky used true freshman Morgan Newton and junior Will Fidler as its quarterback for most of the night, but receiver Randall Cobb had the biggest impact as a Wildcat quarterback, running for 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
Cobb took a snap out of the Wildcat late in the fourth quarter and ran to his right before darting up the middle of Auburn’s defense. By the time the Tigers pushed him out of bounds, he had gone 61 yards to the Auburn 3. Two plays later, he darted off the left edge for a 4-yard touchdown to put Kentucky ahead 21-14 with 3:17 to play.
Down 14-7 and facing a fourth-and-three at the Auburn 18, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks went for it. Fidler completed a pass to tight end T.C. Drake, who slipped a tackle from safety Daren Bates for a 7-yard gain. Fidler scored on a draw three plays later to tie the game at 14.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“Whenever we felt like we had momentum going, we’d get a penalty. You’ve got to put a team away. ... Offensively, you’ve got to know the snap count. Look at the ball. The team with the most penalties usually loses.” — Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns
BY THE NUMBERS
4: Number of 100-yard games by Ben Tate in four SEC contests this season.
498.8: Yards of offense Auburn had averaged its first six games, the fifth-most in the nation.
315: Auburn’s total yards Saturday night.
2006: The last time the Tigers allowed two opposing players to top 100 rushing yards in the same game. Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (145 yards) and Felix Jones (104) were the last duo to do so.
10: Auburn penalties on the night, totaling 76 yards.
0: Kentucky penalties.