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Auburn Athletics Weekend Review: December 5

(Photo: Matt Gaught)

With finals week kicking off today, the week in Auburn Athletics will have a slower pace than usual. However, the weekend leading into finals week was a solid one for Auburn Athletics. It was announced on Sunday that Auburn Football finished 14th in the final College Football Playoff poll. With Alabama competing in the playoffs, Auburn receives the SEC’s Sugar Bowl slot and will face Oklahoma in New Orleans on January 2nd. “We are thrilled about the opportunity to play in the historic Sugar Bowl against a great Oklahoma team,” said Head Coach Gus Malzahn. “I’m excited for our players, coaches and the Auburn family to experience one of the best bowl games in all of college football. We can’t wait for this opportunity and look forward to our trip to New Orleans.” Auburn football finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, 5-3 in the SEC. Auburn’s key wins include LSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State, all of which are heading to bowl games. Despite being limited due to injury, running back Kamryn Pettway had a successful season, rushing for 1,123 yards and 7 carries on 185 carries. Defensively, Tray Matthews, Tre Williams, Rudy Ford, Deshaun Davis each have over 50 tackles. Defensive end Carl Lawson leads the team in sacks with 12.5, and Josh Holsey has recorded three interceptions. Auburn men’s basketball picked up their sixth win of the season on Saturday night, by defeated UAB inside Bartow Arena, 74-70. Three freshmen shined in the win. Jared Harper led scoring with 22, Danjel Purifoy had 16, and Mustapha Heron finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Auburn basketball will take this week off to focus on finals but will return a week from today to face Boston College in New York City, as part of the Under Armour reunion at Madison Square Garden. Finally, Soccer’s Casie Ramsier earned two prestigious awards for her season on the pitch. For the second consecutive season, Ramsier was named an NSCAA All-America. Ramsier is the seventh Auburn Tiger to receive an All-American honor, and the second Auburn student-athlete to be selected twice in a career. Ramsier also earned a spot on the Senior CLASS Award All-American team, as one of only five women selected. Coach Karen Hoppa was pleased with the announcement. “We are thrilled that she was recognized on their first team. She has had a tremendous career on and off the field, and is a great representative of Auburn University.”

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