Auburn vs. Kansas State: Score, Stats & Highlights

Final Score: Auburn 20, Kansas State 14

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Auburn was on everyone’s preseason short list of contenders for the first-ever College Football Playoff. And after Thursday night, it’s as easy as ever to see why.

The fifth-ranked Tigers overcame a sluggish offensive performance and held on for an impressive 20-14 win at No. 20 Kansas State, spoiling one of the biggest home games in program history for the Wildcats and further solidifying themselves as one of the best teams in the country.

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Here’s how it went down:


Jake Waters Fumbled & Auburn Took Advantage

Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters fumbled a snap on the Wildcats 21-yard line, giving the Tigers primo field position early in the first quarter.

Auburn failed to punch the ball into the endzone, but Daniel Carlson kicked a 34-yard field goal that put the visitors on top 3-0 with 11:14 left in the quarter.

Tyler Lockett’s Drop Turned a Touchdown Into an Interception

Kansas State should have had a touchdown in the first quarter when Waters threw a pass right at Tyler Lockett in the endzone. But the ball bounced off Lockett’s hands and into the hands of Auburn’s Jonathan Jones for an interception with 5:21 left in the quarter.


A 40-Yard Ricardo Louis Touchdown Gave Auburn the Lead

Kansas State scored on a 3-yard DeMarcus Robinson touchdown to take a 7-3 lead with 4:56 left in the first half, but Auburn answered quickly.

Nick Marshall completed a pass to Ricardo Louis, who maneuvered his way past a handful of Wildcats defenders and into the endzone for a 40-yard touchdown that put Auburn back on top 10-7 with 1:34 left in the half.

Neither team scored again until Marshall hit D’haquille Williams for a 9-yard touchdown with 14:10 left in the game, extending the Tigers’ lead to 17-7.

Daniel Carlson kicked a 25-yard field goal with 6:28 to give the Tigers some extra breathing room at 20-7.


How to Watch on TV & Online

ESPN has the TV coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

You can watch the game online or on a mobile device as follows:

HOW TO WATCH ONLINE: If your cable subscription includes ESPN, you can watch the live stream of the game online for free at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need your cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know.

HOW TO WATCH ON MOBILE: Mobile and tablet users can watch the game for free on the Watch ESPN app. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to ESPN. You can download the app for free in the App Store , the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store.