AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football opened its 125th season of college football with a 41-7 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday, and the night wasn’t lacking any excitement.
In fact, some of the most noteworthy news of the day broke minutes before the game even started: starting running back Kamryn Pettway, backup quarterback Sean White and wide receiver Kyle Davis were announced “unavailable” for the first game.
Head coach Gus Malzahn, when asked a direct question by a reporter earlier in the week, said that no players were suspended and he expected everyone to play in the first game.
Yet even with the absence of Pettway, the Tigers managed a dominant win over their Sun Belt opponent.
Kerryon Johnson, who was named a co-starter along with Pettway, took over until about halfway through the second quarter. That’s when Johnson, who finished with 136 yards (1 touchdown), suffered an injury that would leave him sidelined for the remainder of the evening.
Jarrett Stidham wowed in Auburn’s A Day spring game and put together a solid performance for Auburn in his first game in nearly two years. The former Baylor quarterback finished the night 14-for-24 (185 yards), adding one rushing touchdown and a score through the air (1 interception).
Malzhan, who was weary of a tricky Georgia Southern team will be asked a lot of questions about the absence of Pettway and others as well as his team’s offensive performance.
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