AUBURN, ALA. -- Stan White threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night to rally No. 19 Auburn from a 17-0 deficit to a 32-17 victory over defending Division 1-AA champion Georgia Southern.
The Tigers and 79,000 home fans were stunned as Georgia Southern, the two-time defending 1-AA champions, jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. But Auburn roared back by scoring 32 unanswered points with a field goal in the first half and two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters.
White, who completed 14 of 27 passes, had TD tosses of 23 yards to Herbert Casey and 10 yards to Fred Baxter. The touchdown toss to Baxter finally gave the Tigers the lead 24-17 on their opening possession of the final quarter.
Auburn also got second-half touchdowns on runs of two yards by Joe Frazier and 32 yards by Reid McMilion, who finished with 87 yards on seven carries.
Georgia Southern took advantage of early Auburn turnovers to build a 17-0 lead and was still on top 17-3 at the half despite a 31-yard field goal by Auburn's Jim Von Wyl in the second quarter.
The Eagles stopped Auburn's first possession after three plays and quickly drove 59 yards in 12 plays behind quarterback Charles Bostick, who had runs of 11, 9 and 6 yards before scoring on a one-yard run.
Auburn's Darrell Williams fumbled on the Tiger 19 and Georgia Southern's Michael Berry recovered. The Tigers held but David Cool's 19- yard field goal put the Eagles up 10-0 early in the second quarter.
Auburn's Thomas Bailey fumbled a punt on the Tiger 22-yard line and the Eagles' Shane Maxwell recovered to set up the final Georgia Southern touchdown, which came on Darryl Hopkins' two-yard run.
Auburn's offense finally came alive late in the second quarter. White's 31-yard pass to McMilion to the Georgia Southern 11-yard line set up a 31-yard Von Wyl field goal that cut the lead to 17-3 at the half.
On Auburn's first possession in the second half, White marched the Tigers 88 yards, wrapping up the drive with his 23-yard pass to Casey.
Late in the third quarter, Auburn put together a 15-play, 79-yard drive that took 6:59 off of the clock. Frazier got the score on a two- yard run but Von Wyl missed the extra point leaving Georgia Southern still on top 17-16.
On their first possesion in the fourth quarter, the Tigers mounted another drive highlighted by a 20-yard McMilion run up the middle. White finished the drive with a 10-yard pass to Baxter and then hit Casey for a two-point conversion.
McMilion raced 32 yards for the final Auburn score and holder Tony Amason turned a botched extra point into a two-point conversion with a pass to Victor Hall.