Auburn used a pair of minute-and-a-half scoring drives late in the fourth quarter to overcome a 10 point deficit and defeat Utah State, 42-38, in the season-opening game of the 2011 football season at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Barrett Trotter was 17-for-23 for 261 yards and three touchdowns through the air in his first career start while Michael Dyer led Auburn with 57 rushing yards.
Trailing 38-28 with 3:38 remaining in the game after a Robert Turbin rushing touchdown for Utah State, Auburn covered 65 yards in just six plays to draw within three, 38-35. Trotter was 3-for-4 for 62 yards on the drive, capped off by a Philip Lutzenkirchen 15 yards touchdown catch.
Auburn successfully converted an onside kick following the Lutzenkirchen score, with Emory Blake recovering the kick. That set up Auburn on its own 44 with 2:07 left in the game. Trotter was again 3-for-4 on the drive, covering 29 yards, while Onterio McCalebb rushed it three times for 26 yards, setting up Dyer for a one yard touchdown run up the middle for the game-winning score.
Auburn had to rally from a 14 point deficit midway through the second quarter, trailing 21-7 after the first of two Turbin (22 rushes, 70 yards) touchdown runs.
Tre Mason sparked the comeback with his 97 yard kickoff return following the Turbin touchdown, drawing Auburn to within a touchdown, 21-14, a score that would hold into halftime.
Dyer tied the game at 21-21 on Auburn's first possession of the second half, running it in from the 11 yard line to complete an 11 play, 65-yard drive.
Auburn had five touchdown drives and only one lasted more than three minutes, it being the drive out of the half which lasted just 3:46. Three of the other four were just over a minute-and-a-half while the other lasted 2:55.
Chuckie Keeton was 21-for-30 for 213 yards for Utah State while Turbin and Kerwynn Williams (10 rushes, 69 yards) combined to rush for 139 of Utah State's 227 rushing yards.