College Football around Alabama: Auburn Escapes vs. Southern Miss
The first month of the 2018 season is in the books for college football across the state of Alabama.
As Alabama continues to roll through their opponents, several teams from across the state managed big wins to finish the first month of the college football calendar.
Auburn Struggles vs. Southern Miss
Like Alabama, Auburn wrapped up September with a non-conference home game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Similar to their win over Arkansas, the Tigers limped their way to a 24-13 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss stayed within shouting distance for almost the entire game as Auburn never put the game away until Andres Carlson's 23-yard field goal with two minutes to go in the game.
Down 21-13 with less than six minutes to go, Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham coughed up the football on a sack with Southern Miss linebacker Paxton Schrimsher recovering at their own 49-yard line.
Two plays later, Auburn defensive back Christian Tutt intercepted Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham at the Auburn two-yard line and returned it 23 yards to eventually set up Carlson's final field goal.
For the game, Auburn's offense netted just 96 rushing yards while Stidham threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers were also penalized nine times for 78 yards.
The Auburn defense came through again with two interceptions and limited Southern Miss to 260 yards of total offense including 45 on the ground.
The Tigers play their first rue road game of the season Saturday at 6:30 PM against Mississippi State on ESPN2.
Troy Starts Fast in Win vs. Coastal Carolina
In their return to campus, the Troy Trojans started off hot in a 45-21 handling of Coastal Carolina.
The Trojans scored three touchdowns in the first quarter highlighted by a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Marcus Jones.
Troy never trailed as they led 24-14 at halftime and scored the final 14 points of the game capped off by a 74-yard scoring run from Jabir Frye-Daughtry.
The Trojans rushed for 282 yards with Frye-Daughtry posting 140 yards on five carries and B.J. Smith carrying 10 times for 103 yards and two scores.
Troy entertains Georgia State for a 6:30 PM kickoff Thursday on ESPNU.
UAB Sets New Home Win Streak vs. Charlotte
Coming off an open week, the UAB Blazers set a new school record with a solid 28-7 win over Charlotte in their Conference USA opener.
The win extended the Blazers home winning streak to a school record nine games.
UAB gained 272 of their 333 total yards in the first half. Spencer Brown gained 68 yards on 18 carries along with two touchdowns.
The Blazers travel to Louisiana Tech for a 6 PM kickoff Saturday.
Scores around Alabama
#1 Alabama 56 Louisiana 14
#10 Auburn 24 Southern Miss 13
Troy 45 Coastal Carolina 21
UAB 28 Charlotte 7
Appalachian State 52 South Alabama 7
Jacksonville State 48 Austin Peay 32
Kennesaw State 24 Samford 10
Alabama A&M 21 Jackson State 16
Campbell 30 North Alabama 7
North Greenville 20 West Alabama 16
Tuskegee 17 Lane 8
Albany State 30 Miles 24
Trinity (TX) 24 Birmingham Southern 17
Methodist 48 Huntingdon College 34
Ave Maria 21 Faulkner University 20
Alabama State - Idle