Mercer University Holds Its Own Against Auburn

Sep 29, 2017

Last weekend, one small middle Georgia university’s football team faced the 15th best college football team in the nation.

“Never in a million years would I be standing in Jordan O’Hare Stadium watching the Mercer Bears play Auburn at football," said Kevin Hackison, former baseball coach at Mercer University.

Hackinson stood on the sidelines of Auburn University’s football field, and watched as the two teams played each other for the first time since 1922. After a decades-long absence, Mercer’s football team was only re-established in 2013, but on Sept.16, they faced an SEC powerhouse.

“You know, the David versus Goliath story is the greatest story in human history," said Bill Underwood, president of Mercer University.

He said the team was excited for the chance to play such a noteworthy team, even if the odds were stacked against them.

At the end, Mercer lost to Auburn with a final score of 24-10. Marcus Bailey is a football player for Mercer, and after the loss, he wasn’t feeling down at all.

“Yeah, I feel great, it was a great experience to come out here and witness this. This is a great experience anytime you get to come out and face a big opponent like this," he said.

Even if they didn’t win, Mercer still forced five turnovers from Auburn.

“I like the way we fought the whole game, just showed that we got resilience and that we can compete with anybody. And we definitely showed that we’re ready to go into the conference and dominate," Bailey said.

They can take this experience with them in November, when they face the top ranked school in the nation, the University of Alabama.