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April 14, 2012- - The Auburn offense defeated the defense 36-27 during the Tigers' 2012 A-Day game on Saturday inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Sophomore Kiehl Frazier led the quarterbacks with 92 yards on 7-for-9 passing, while junior Clint Moseley completed 5-of-6 passes for 62 yards, and freshman Zeke Pike completed 4-of-8 passes for 42 yards. None of the quarterbacks threw a touchdown pass on the day.
Freshman running back Mike Blakely led the way with 65 yards rushing on five carries, including a 25 yard touchdown run. Fellow freshman Corey Grant added 23 yards on seven carries and a three-yard touchdown run.
Coach Gene Chizik said don't pay much attention to the final stats.
"I wouldn't read into any stats you see, good or bad," said Chizik.
In a complicated scoring system, the offense prevailed thanks to a pair of touchdowns and zero turnovers.
Blakely's 27 yard run in the first half highlighted the action, followed by Frazier's 19 yard pass to receiver Emory Blake in the first quarter. The defense responded with sacks from linebacker Daren Bates and defensive end Dee Ford on the same possession. End Ladarius Owens also tallied a first quarter sack that had the White team leading 13-4 after a quarter.
Frazier began to light it up in the second quarter with back-to-back big plays on the same drive, a 20 yard completion to Trovon Reed and a 25 yard back shoulder throw to Blake that set Auburn up first and goal.
"Today, I feel like Kiehl did some nice things. But I think all our quarterbacks did," Chizik said.
Two plays later, Grant followed fullback Jay Prosch off tackle for a three yard touchdown run. The Blue team took a 19-13 lead minutes before halftime. A pair of sacks by Ford and defensive end Keymiya Harrell tied things up 19-19 at halftime.
The second half featured more action for Moseley as he responded with a couple of big plays, a 19 yard completion to Reed and a 15 yard completion to Sammie Coates moving Auburn into inside the 30-yard line. A few plays later, Blakely started up the middle and bounced off a tackle and to the outside for a 22 yard touchdown run putting the Blue team up 35-24 as the third quarter came to a close.
With a running clock counting down, the defense forced three straight three-and-outs to end the game, but it wasn't enough to close the gap as the offense won the day.
Blake led all receivers with three catches for 51 yards, followed by Reed's three catches for 43 yards. The Tigers' defense was led by safety Ryan Smith's seven tackles, followed by four tackles each by Owens, Ford, and corner Ryan White.
Ford won the Defensive MVP, Frazier won the Offensive MVP, and punter Steven Clark won the Special Teams MVP. The announced attendance was 43, 427.