War Eagle Wakeup: Wild weekend with dramatic victory, Toomer’s Corner fire

A close-up view of the part of the Toomer's oak tree most affected by the fire late Saturday night after Auburn beat LSU. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

This is your War Eagle Wakeup. The best way to start your day is right here at SEC Country as we prepare you for everything you need to know about Auburn sports. We’ll share our War Eagle Wakeup, here with you every morning, Monday through Friday.

Winning weekend highlights 

Once again, it all came down to a second.

You’ve probably been recovering from the ending of Saturday night’s game against LSU since the final buzzer. Or maybe you’re just used to bizarre endings in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

LSU quarterback Danny Etling threw what looked to be a game-winning touchdown pass at the last second. LSU players stormed the field and celebrated like they had never won a game before, but an official review proved that time had expired.

Head coach Gus Malzahn and his team desperately needed a win. His Tigers had a chance to beat No. 2 Clemson in Week 1 and let the game against Texas A&M get away from them. This SEC rivalry game victory, however, significantly lifted spirits on the Plains.

Here’s a look at some of the winning tweets from the weekend:


This may have been the play of the night, just in case you didn’t see it. Or if you want to watch it again. And that’s OK if you do, because Ashley Ward was still in one piece after Daniel Carlson’s kickoff.

Tigers on staff 

There are three former Tigers on Auburn’s coaching staff this year and their impact has been immeasurable. Players have raved about wide receivers coach Kodi Burns, linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive line coach Rodney Gardner.

Those units have been critical for Auburn through the first four games of the year. Those coaches have something else in common besides their alma matter. Each is extremely animated in their own way.

Through fall camp and the first month of the season, players have vocalized how great it is playing for such passionate, caring coaches.

Check out this great video, courtesy of Auburn football, featuring the former Auburn trio.

Toomer’s Corner Update 

The celebration at the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue went awry early Sunday morning after an Auburn man lit one of the toilet-paper covered oak trees on fire.

The 29-year-old man later was arrested and charged with desecration of a venerable object.

Auburn reporter Benjamin Wolk was at Toomer’s before the fire on Saturday night and wrote a story early Saturday about the the fate of the oak tree. Here are some shots of the damage that was done. It’s kind of difficult to see a drastic impact (the trees actually looked kind of normal early Sunday morning, at least), but unfortunately the real damage will be more evident in the coming weeks.

Pregame moves 

Freshman wide receiver Kyle Davis already has made some incredible plays on the field, but some of his most impressive moves may come before kickoff.

Kodi Burns’ receiver group is animated during pregame warmups. Players have said in interviews that it helps them stay loose before big games.

Davis was relaxed and ready to make plays against LSU on Saturday.

Auburn in the NFL 

  • The Carolina Panthers may have lost, but the game highlighted two former Auburn studs. Cameron Artis-Payne, who was inactive for the first two weeks of the season took a more active role in Carolina’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The former Auburn running back rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries. He’ll surely feel more comfortable as he gets on the field next to Cam Newton. The quarterback threw for 262 passing yards, but also tossed three interceptions in the loss.
  • Former Auburn tight end CJ Uzomah did not start for the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was unclear if that was performance related or because of rib injury. The Bengals lost 29-17 to the undefeated Broncos. Linebacker Karlos Dansby also added one tackle and one pass deflection in the loss.
  • Quan Bray played a small part in the Indianapolis Colts’ win over the San Diego Chargers. The former Auburn receiver had one 18-yard return in the Colts’ 26-22 win.
  • The Steelers were nearly shut out by the Eagles, but there was another bright spot for former Auburn receiver Sammie Coates. He caught three passes for 50 total yards, including another long bomb (41 yards).

Happening on the Plains 

The Auburn women’s soccer team beat Georgia 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Then there was junior Allie Michaud, who claimed the women’s singles title at the Rice Invitational on Saturday. What a way to start the season.

Monday morning poll

Several Tigers could have been named MVP in Auburn’s win Saturday night. This is a series with a ton of history and a physicality unlike most other matchups. So who stood out the most to you?

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