Auburn's defense held the Florida offense to just 194 total yards, including just 66 on the ground, as No. 24 Auburn won 17-6 on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The defense held Florida to a pair of first-half field goals and posted a shutout in the second half in moving to 5-2, 3-1 SEC.
Auburn's offense churned out 155 yards on the ground, 73 from Michael Dyer and 43 from Onterio McCalebb, and 123 through the air as Clint Moseley entered after halftime and threw for 90 yards on 4-of-7 passing. Philip Lutzenkirchen had three catches for 48 yards.
Auburn took advantage of a muffed punt return by Florida's Chris Rainey following a 50 yard Steven Clark punt to score its first touchdown of the game. Daren Bates recovered the fumbled at the Florida 32 and the offense needed just three plays to cover the 32 yards, capped by a Barrett Trotter 25 yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Benton. Barrett finished the night 2-for-8 for 33 yards including his first career touchdown.
Florida answered with a pair of second-quarter field goals to get to within a point, 7-6, at the half as the Auburn defense held Florida to 104 total yards in the first half.
A McCalebb 14-yard touchdown run down the sideline on the first play of the fourth quarter capped a seven-play, 66-yard scoring drive as Auburn went up 14-6. The Auburn defense stopped Florida on a key fourth down attempt with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter as Florida drove to the Auburn 16 yard line but couldn't convert on a pass to the left flat.
Holding a 14-6 lead and starting on its own three, Auburn went three-and-out but again Florida couldn't hold onto the punt as Robert Clark fumbled the return, allowing Ikeem Means to pick it up. Six plays later Cody Parkey converted on a 42 yard field goal to cement the win as Florida got the ball back with just 35 seconds left.