I’m still riding high after that victory over #1 Georgia (now #7 Georgia), and I’m sure you are as well. Here’s a bunch of stuff you may have missed from the victory over the weekend.
“Our goal was to win the SEC Championship, and here we are November 11, and we are right in the middle of it."— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) November 12, 2017
No. 10 Auburn knocks off No. 1 Georgia to keep alive postseason hopes https://t.co/vYArLtzeCM
At the moment, we’re still in play for everything that we may have wanted before the season began -- SEC, College Football Playoff. It’s all still there. It took a big boost after the win against Georgia.
We’re starting to see a reliable and dependable running back in Kerryon Johnson like we saw from Tre Mason back in 2013. He made a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist, and it’s not unlikely that KJ could do so as well.
If you want to see Kirby sort of walk back those statements he made about the atmosphere not mattering much, you can read all the postgame quotes here.
And for KJ’s backfield running mate, Jarrett Stidham has been pretty unflappable lately. Here are some numbers to back it up.
Only four Auburn quarterbacks have scored at least four touchdowns in a game against Georgia over the past 22 years:— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) November 12, 2017
1) Dameyune Craig (1996)
2) Ben Leard (1999)
3) Cam Newton (2010)
4) Jarrett Stidham (2017)
Auburn ran well against Georgia in 2015 and had a great defensive effort in 2016. What it didn't have in either of those losses was a quarterback like Jarrett Stidham.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) November 12, 2017
Here's the difference he made Saturday: https://t.co/hBMqLj5Lxq pic.twitter.com/3ce6STy27P
It’s pretty easy for Kerryon and Jarrett to run a good offense while the other is being so efficient and good at his job.
And for a couple of numbers on the defensive side of the ball, this is a huge reason why the team has been so successful.
·Auburn's defense has forced a "3 & out", 41.9 percent of the time this season. In comparison, Auburn did it 38.6 percent during 2004, 24.8 percent during 2010 and 29.9 percent in 2013.— StatTiger (@StatTiger) November 12, 2017
We’re all looking ahead to Bama week after next, but we’ve got another game coming up before then, just a chance to keep the machine oiled and rest some guys.