Tommy Hatfield vs. Jackie McCoy

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 26, 2002


That must have hurt.

With less than five minutes left in the game, Tommy Tuberville threw salt on Jackie Sherill’s wounds. That’s right, he called a fake field goal with a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter.

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These guys make the Hatfields and McCoys look like good buddies.

I say, &uot;Way to go, Coach. Shut ’em up for good.&uot; I went to the previous two ballgames at Miss. St. and we lost them by a total of 24 points.

To tell you the truth, my ears are still ringing from the victorious Bulldog fans clanging their cowbells during those games.

So I find it tough to feel too sorry for our opponents in Starkville.

The Auburn offense finally woke up in the 2nd quarter and Daniel Cobb played his best game to date, throwing for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite having a bull’s eye on his back all night, Carnell &uot;Cadillac&uot; Williams managed to rush for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

The defense also played well last Thursday. They limited the Bulldogs to 14 points and caused six turnovers.

Touchdown Selma!!!

Ben Obomanu broke free with 14 seconds left in the second quarter and scored his first touchdown of the year on a 45-yard pass from Cobb.

I think that will be the first of many for the Selma native.

By the way, that dude is fast. I heard he could do a minute in 30 seconds.

It’s revenge game number one for the Tigers this week. In case y’all have forgotten, Syracuse took Auburn to the woodshed last year and beat us 31-14 in the Carrier Dome.

I look for the Tigers to fare much better at home this year against the Orangemen. The game will be on ESPN2 and will not kickoff until 8 p.m.

The Tiger fans will have all day to get the chemistry right (get drunk), and I suspect the crowd at Jordan-Hare will be real rowdy.

Auburn is listed as a 13 1/2 point favorite over the 1-2 Orangemen, and that may be too much to ask from the Tigers.

Syracuse is a very dangerous team with quarterback R.J. Anderson running their potent option offense. Unfortunately for the Tigers, our defense has not fared well against that type of attack over the last two years.

In fact, three of our five losses last year came against option teams (Syracuse, Arkansas and Alabama). We’ve had an extra two days to prepare, so I think the defense will be up to the challenge.

Auburn entered the USA Today Coaches poll at #25 this week, and we appear to be headed in the right direction.

We should be fired up to avenge the whooping we took last year. I’m picking Auburn by 10 points.

War Eagle.