Posted September 15, 2018 10:19:23 Auburn is 0-6 and playing the second game of a two-game home stand against Florida after losing to Auburn 7-5 in overtime on Saturday.
The Tigers (1-1) will try to avoid their first losing season since 2011 and first since 2008.
Auburn (1,038) will be looking to improve to 4-1 on the season when it hosts Florida on Saturday (10 p.m.
“You can’t win on the road,” quarterback Ryan Davis said.
“That’s the last thing that you want to do, that’s not who we are.
We want to go out and play great and we want to win.”
The Tigers trailed 6-3 midway through the first quarter when a short pass from quarterback Tyler Jones to running back Alex Collins fell incomplete.
Auburn quickly drove down the field, but Florida recovered and drove to the Auburn 16, where linebacker Jovon Walker intercepted a pass from Davis and returned it 21 yards to the 6.
The two-minute warning expired and Florida’s Matt White scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:54 left in the period.
“We kind of made a play in the second quarter to take advantage of a turnover and we came out in the third quarter with a huge lead and we knew we needed to win that,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said.
Florida scored a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from running back Jalen Richard to wide receiver Alex Collins with 6:15 left in regulation.
After Auburn scored, Florida scored the next touchdown on another 14-yards run.
Davis led the Gators with 18 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Florida held Auburn to 41 yards on 20 carries.
Davis has a season-high 20 carries for 140 yards this season, but he is just 4-of-11 on third down.
Facing a Florida defense that has allowed at least 200 yards in each of its past three games, the Gators are allowing a season low 123.3 rushing yards per game.
“We’re still not the same team we were,” Davis said of his team’s recent performance.
“I thought we had some nice runs, we had good field position.
We had some good sacks and we did a good job of making plays.”
Auburn’s offense scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, including a 6-yard touchdown run by Collins with 1 minute, 15 seconds left in overtime.
Auburn led 14-0 at halftime.
Florida was able to hold on for a 17-13 lead after the third period.
After Florida scored its first touchdown of the second half, Walker hit running back Jovone St. Pierre on a 26-yard run to put Auburn up 26-10.
Florida led 34-23 at halftime and led 14 with 5:36 left in extra time.
The Gators will try for a third straight home victory.
Auburn will play in a three-game homestand beginning with its home game against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 22.