The Auburn offense outgained the Vanderbilt offense 386 yards to 341, but the Commodores controlled the time of possession and even racked up more first downs than the Tigers. After passing for just nine yards in the first half with surprise starter John Franklin III, Auburn went to its regular starter, White, to open the second half. On the ground, Ralph Webb rushed for 125 yards in nine carries while Khari Blasingame had 100 yards and three touchdowns in 14 carries. White couldn't go, but Malzahn and the rest of the coaches had gameplanned around John Franklin III starting the game all week, and he did.
An injured White came off the bench to loud applause opening the second half with his team down 13-10 and quickly delivered a 21-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton.
White completed 10 of 13 passes for 106 yards and Kamryn Pettway topped 160 rushing yards for the fourth straight game.
"I haven't thought about that", Malzahn said.
Vanderbilt trailed Auburn by a score with 1:41 left in the game and the Tigers elected to attempt a field goal to virtually put the game away, but Zach Cunningham had other plans. As for the apparent injury Pettway suffered late in Saturday's game, Malzahn confirmed after the game that the 240-pound back "pulled something after a 60-yard run late in the fourth quarter". After the run Saturday, ESPN cameras showed Pettway being helped to the training table on the Auburn sideline and medical staff was overseeing the upper thigh area of his left leg.
Vanderbilt is slowly coming along under third-year head coach Derek Mason with a record of 4-5 so far but does have some talent on the defensive side of the ball. He also had a 21-yarder on the final drive before the pick. The Tigers would make it to the SEC title game if they were to win out, and Texas A&M loses at least one of its three remaining conference games. "Really the way we are going to look at it is we go to Georgia next week". Pettway's physical run game eventually overwhelmed an aggressive Vanderbilt defense that allowed Auburn to hold the ball for just over 24 minutes of action.
Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis has been ejected for targeting against Vanderbilt.