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No. 6 Auburn tunes up for test of Iron

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For Auburn, everything meaningful hinges on next week's Iron Bowl.

A win over Alabama on Nov. 25 at Jordan-Hare Stadium would send the No. 6 Tigers to the SEC Championship Game for a rematch against Georgia. A second win over the Bulldogs in Atlanta could be worth a trip the College Football Playoff.

With all that's at stake, could anyone really blame War Eagle for glancing ahead a little bit?

Auburn (8-2, 6-1 SEC) will try to put together a focused performance Saturday, when high-scoring Louisiana-Monroe (4-5, 4-3 Sun Belt) visits Jordan-Hare Stadium for an Iron Bowl tune-up.

"Even though you want to think about the title, you don't think about the title, because it's one game at a time," Auburn left guard Marquel Harrell said this week. "You have to focus on the next game. Georgia was our main focus. Next week we have ULM, and that's where our focus is."

Auburn beat then-No. 1 Georgia 40-17 last week and moved right back into the playoff mix.

The Warhawks enjoyed an off week after their biggest win of the season, a 52-45 upset of Appalachian State on Nov. 4. ULM quarterback Caleb Evans accounted for five total touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown pass in the final minute.

"Sometimes I think bye weeks are overrated," ULM coach Matt Viator told reporters this week. "When you look at our injury situation, we've got to get a hold on that for sure."

The Warhawks suffered a rash of injuries against Appalachian State that have lingered ahead of the Auburn game. The availability of defensive tackle Derion Ford, linebacker David Griffith, running back Ben Luckett and tight end Josh Pederson was a question mark to start the week.

Louisiana-Monroe can put up a lot of points. The Warhawks have scored 50 or more points three times this season. Evans is the sparkplug. He threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more against Appalachian State, and he could provide a good character study for the Auburn defense ahead of facing Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The Tigers' defense was brilliant in last week's dominating win over Georgia.

Auburn stymied the Bulldogs' ground game, allowing Georgia 46 yards on 31 carries. The Tigers also sacked freshman quarterback Jake Fromm four times. It was an elite performance by a defense good enough to keep Auburn in the game against anyone in the nation.

"I felt like when we went through the spring practice the first year that we had the talent on the grass to become a dominant force and do it on a consistent basis," Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said.

"We just try to reach greatness and be an elite defense," linebacker Darrell Williams added. "That's our goal, and we're just going to keep making that step to get to it every week. Coach Steele talks about it and he gets us on that track and makes sure we do what we need to do to get that done."

Auburn's offense, under quarterback Jarrett Stidham, has improved and become more balanced throughout the season. Running back Kerryon Johnson remains the focal point, and for good reason.

Johnson carried the ball 32 times for 167 yards against a good Georgia run defense. He posted 233 yards of total offense last week, including 66 yards receiving, and was the first player this season to rush for more than 100 yards against the Dawgs' defense.

His effectiveness on the ground created opportunities for Stidham in the passing game. Stidham completed 16 of 23 passes for 214 yards with three touchdowns.

"Jarrett played great," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "We had some trouble protecting the first couple of drives and then things settled down. We were able to run the football and mix it up a little bit."

Louisiana-Monroe needs two wins in its last three games to become bowl eligible. It won't be easy. After Saturday's game against Auburn, the Warhawks finish the season against Arkansas State and at Florida State in a game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 9 and postponed by Hurricane Irma.

"This is an opportunity for our kids and our program to play on one of the biggest stages," Viator said. "But without a doubt it's a huge challenge."

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Scoring Summary
No Scoring Plays
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La.-Monroe 4-5 -----
6 Auburn 8-2 -----
0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Evans 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.1% 2076 12 3 153.6
C. Evans 153/235 2076 12 3
G. Smith 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 456 4 1 158.2
G. Smith 28/49 456 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Gore 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 494 6
D. Gore 129 494 6 26
C. Evans 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 453 11
C. Evans 101 453 11 67
B. Luckett 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 323 5
B. Luckett 45 323 5 56
M. Green 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 162 0
M. Green 10 162 0 74
K. White 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 140 2
K. White 28 140 2 25
G. Smith 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 68 0
G. Smith 22 68 0 32
D. Carter IV 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 58 0
D. Carter IV 14 58 0 16
M. McCray 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 37 0
M. McCray 1 37 0 37
A. Vaughn 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 15 0
A. Vaughn 6 15 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Green 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 500 4
M. Green 34 500 4 80
R. Turner 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 491 4
R. Turner 27 491 4 57
B. Williams 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 469 2
B. Williams 37 469 2 33
X. Brown 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 201 2
X. Brown 17 201 2 64
D. Gillespie 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 182 1
D. Gillespie 8 182 1 54
M. McCray 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 157 0
M. McCray 10 157 0 46
J. Pederson 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 136 0
J. Pederson 12 136 0 29
D. Gore 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 128 1
D. Gore 9 128 1 46
S. Spiller 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 74 1
S. Spiller 6 74 1 24
D. Carter IV 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
D. Carter IV 5 55 0 32
J. Hodoh 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 53 1
J. Hodoh 6 53 1 14
D. Rodrigue 30 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 32 0
D. Rodrigue 3 32 0 16
B. Luckett 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 29 0
B. Luckett 3 29 0 17
J. Brown 12 CB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
J. Brown 1 14 0 14
K. White 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
K. White 1 6 0 6
B. Batiste 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
B. Batiste 1 6 0 6
R. Jenkins 2 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
R. Jenkins 1 -1 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Straughter 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
C. Straughter 0-0 0.0 2
R. Jenkins 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
R. Jenkins 0-0 0.0 1
C. Day 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Day 0-0 0.0 1
C. Turner 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Turner 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Ford 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
9/12 36/38
C. Ford 9/12 0 36/38 63
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.1% 2210 14 3 160.0
J. Stidham 163/243 2210 14 3
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 62 1 0 475.4
R. Davis 1/2 62 1 0
M. Willis 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
85.7% 45 1 0 186.9
M. Willis 6/7 45 1 0
D. Adams 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% -1 0 0 45.8
D. Adams 1/2 -1 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
198 1035 15
K. Johnson 198 1035 15 60
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 317 1
K. Martin 48 317 1 61
K. Pettway 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 305 6
K. Pettway 76 305 6 38
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 260 1
E. Stove 20 260 1 45
M. Willis 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 161 1
M. Willis 13 161 1 67
M. Miller 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 115 0
M. Miller 28 115 0 9
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 105 3
J. Stidham 68 105 3 24
D. Barrett 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 61 0
D. Barrett 11 61 0 13
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
N. Igbinoghene 1 11 0 11
D. Adams 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
D. Adams 2 6 0 5
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
C. Cox 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
52 516 5
R. Davis 52 516 5 75
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 444 4
D. Slayton 15 444 4 62
W. Hastings 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 371 3
W. Hastings 18 371 3 49
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 222 0
E. Stove 24 222 0 57
N. Craig-Myers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 197 1
N. Craig-Myers 10 197 1 57
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 152 2
K. Johnson 15 152 2 55
M. McClain 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 37 0
M. McClain 1 37 0 37
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 34 0
C. Cox 5 34 0 17
K. Pettway 36 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 32 0
K. Pettway 3 32 0 16
S. Cannella 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
S. Cannella 3 31 0 19
D. Barrett 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 28 1
D. Barrett 8 28 1 9
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 24 0
N. Igbinoghene 6 24 0 14
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 15 0
K. Martin 2 15 0 10
M. Miller 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
M. Miller 1 3 0 3
G. King 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
G. King 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Davis 0-0 0.0 1
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Matthews 0-0 0.0 1
C. Davis 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Davis 0-0 0.0 1
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Thomas 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
19/25 45/45
D. Carlson 19/25 0 45/45 102
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD