Auburn’s Kiehl Frazier struggled mightily at Mississippi State, throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns. (AP)
Snap Judgments from the early Week 2 slate. For more coverage, check out our midday Snaps, late Snaps, coverage of Florida-Texas A&M , LSU-Washington, Georgia-Missouri and the complete Top 25 review.
• Mississippi State 28, Auburn 10. We question the Bulldogs’ commitment to tradition and history, friends and neighbors. We really, really do. It’s almost like Dan Mullen doesn’t read our blog, and went through Week 2 entirely unaware of our heart’s dearest desire to see a repeat of the 2008 3-2 Tigers-Bulldogs tilt. What gives, Coach Mullen? We thought we were buds.
That first half was a thing of terrible beauty on both sides, to be passed down through the generations and cherished as one might preserve a lock of a baby’s hair — and then both teams just threw all our feelings away. Or ran away with them. Literally. Probably.
This Auburn team certainly did its part to honor that day, as quarterback Kiehl Frazier managed negative two passing yards and two interceptions in the first half. He finished with three picks and 125 yards on 13-of-22 passing as the Tigers fell to 0-2 on the season. Auburn did, however, display a complete disregard for this blog’s express wishes with a 100-yard Onterio McCalebb kickoff return at the start of the second half.
Bright spots, if you are for some reason “into” good football and actual scoring: Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell’s 20-for-29, 224-yard, three-touchdown performance for the Bulldogs offense, and defensive back Johnthan Banks’ two interceptions for State’s defense. The most valuable player, clearly, was Bully on a water treadmill.
Auburn gets a tune-up game next week against Louisiana-Monroe before facing division hopefuls LSU and Arkansas. Mississippi State, meanwhile, could pad its record in its next three games against Troy, South Alabama and Kentucky. [BOX | RECAP]