NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Auburn closed out its season with a dominating victory to secure the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, following a one-sided record-breaking 63-14 win over Purdue on Friday.
The 63 points scored by the Tigers saw them setting a new record for points scored by any Southeastern Conference (SEC) team in a bowl game, removing the 61-6 win by Alabama over Syracuse in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1953, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
After winning the toss and electing to receive first, Auburn put up a remarkable 56 points in the first half – setting a record for most points scored in any half of a bowl game.
Star junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham, playing in his final college game after declaring for the NFL draft, threw for 373 yards and five touchdowns — including 335 yards and four touchdowns in the first half — to lead the way for the Auburn (8-5) in the rout.
Darius Slayton, who had 160 receiving yards, set a bowl record with three touchdowns catches of 74, 52 and 34 yards.
The Tigers tallied 586 total yards in the win and held the Purdue Boilermakers (6-7) to 263.
David Blough went 22 of 37 for 184 with two interceptions and Rondale Moore had 11 catches for 94 yards for Purdue in the defeat.