Led by redshirt junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s six touchdowns (5 PASS, 1 RUSH), the Auburn Tigers overtook the Purdue Boilermakers 63-14 in Friday’s 2018 Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl. DraftNasty’s Corey Chavous gives a peek at some of the images from Nashville.
National Anthem shot Oak Ridge Boys 5-time Grammy Award winners
The Oak Ridge Boys, five-time Grammy Award winners, performed a stirring National Anthem for the fans.
21 Monday SMOKES 4 Moore in kickoff coverage
Tigers freshman defensive back Smoke Monday (No. 21 pictured) earned his first name on this big second quarter hit in kickoff coverage.
89 Hopkins extends for the catch in the first quarter
Junior tight end Brycen Hopkins (No. 89 pictured) averaged 17.1 yards per catch on his 34 receptions (2 TDs) in 2018..
12 Dean mistimes leap on ball intended for 7 Zico
Purdue senior wide receiver Isaac Zico was unable to re-establish his feet in-bounds on this second quarter potential touchdown reception versus Auburn junior cornerback Jamel Dean (No. 12 pictured).
5 Schwartz reaches the ball over the GL for the TD after he gets the score
Freshman wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, who averaged over seven yards per carry in 2018, scored his seventh touchdown of the year in the second quarter.
5 Schwartz looking at camera after he scores a TD
The Pembroke Pines, Florida native then showed off his guns to the crowd.
4 Moore crosses the paint for TD in first quarter
Purdue freshman All-American Rondale Moore (No. 4 pictured) scored his second rushing touchdown of the season in the second quarter. Moore finished the season with 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.
Fly over the top of the stadium got everything going
Prior to the game the mood was set with a flyover that preceded a star-studded National Anthem.
1 Bryant scores the TD in scecond quarter to put Auburn up 42-7
Auburn defensive end Big Kat Bryant (No. 1 pictured) returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
4 Igbinoghene WR-DB knocks 8 Jones off his feet
Auburn CB-WR Noah Igbinoghene (No. 4 pictured) averaged 28.7 yards per kickoff return in 2018, but he also proved to be a physical presence. He finished the season with 50 tackles.
33 Britt takes down 8 Jones late in fourth
Sophomore linebacker K.J. Britt (No. 33 pictured) could be a factor for Auburn as well in the near future. His tracking speed was on display in the fourth quarter when he tracked down Purdue's Markell Jones.
13 Gatewood MESH POINT with 37 Tolbert as 50 Irvin leads around for QB counter
Freshman offensive lineman Jalil Irvin (No. 50 pictured) pulls around on a quarterback zone read counter in the fourth quarter.
13 Gatewood running in the open field
The future could be bright for the Tigers with the potential of freshman quarterback Joey Gatewood (No. 13 pictured). The former four-star recruit rushed for 28 yards in his first extended action of the season.
8 Stidham in the pocket good shot again
Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham stood tall in the pocket most of the afternoon.
8 Stidham holds up MVP trophy
The story of the day was Stidham. The former Baylor Bears signal-caller accounted for 43 touchdowns (36 passing, seven rushing) over the last two seasons. He won 18 of his 26 career starts for the Tigers.
Auburn holds up the Music City Bowl trophy after the game
Auburn seniors Ryan Davis (No. 23 pictured), Darrell Williams (No. 49 pictured), Chase Cramer (No. 45 pictured) and Deshaun Davis (holding up trophy) celebrate the 2018 Music City Bowl championship on the podium with their teammates.