Jeremy Johnson accounted for three touchdowns in his first start of the season for the Auburn Tigers as Auburn ran through Alabama A&M for the first shutout in 8 years on Senior Night.
With 25% of the roster injured and out for this game, Auburn still had no troubles knocking off the FCS Bulldogs. The scoring got started with a Jeremy Johnson scramble for a touchdown. He added to it with a beautiful pass to Kyle Davis a few minutes later. That play was preceded by a batted pass that ended up in the hands of Montravius Adams for his second INT of his career. It was one of multiple balls batted down at the line by the Tigers' DL tonight.
Not all was rosy for Auburn, as Daniel Carlson had his first true missed field goal of the season (the other two misses were blocks) on a 54-yard attempt right before the half. Josh Holsey left the game with an ankle injury, although he appears to be ok judging from his mother's tweet. Linebacker Darrell Williams left the field after taking a blow to the head on a block that resulted in the A&M player being ejected for targeting.
For some reason, Kerryon Johson was in this game for most of the first half. He ran for over 100 yards to get to 823 on the season and added a touchdown. He didn't look 100%, and Kam Martin looked perfectly capable in the second half running for 176 yards and two touchdowns, all after the break.
John Franklin III also added a touchdown in the 2nd half as the rout was truly on. The Tigers held on for a shutout - thanks in part to a blocked field goal early in the first half after Stephen Roberts fumbled on a punt return. He didn't fumble the catch, he fumbled during the return. Roberts looked pretty good actually returning punts.
Auburn did what it needed to do tonight with the big win over Alabama A&M. They won. They won while allowing zero points and barely over 100 yards. They rested a lot of key players. The TV announcers said Gus confirmed Pettway will be back against Alabama. It remains to be seen who will play quarterback.
There's more to say about this game, but for now, let's bask in a great win on Senior Night. For so many of these Tigers, their careers didn't turn out quite the way they envisioned. They'll walk out of Jordan-Hare Stadium for the last time as Auburn Football players as victors, though. They'll walk out having done some amazing things in their time at Auburn. We thank them for all they've give us and given to the school.
War Eagle. Always.