Auburn Game Balls: Top performers from 35-21 win over San Jose State
Auburn (3-2, 0-2 SEC) enters its bye week on a high note after defeating San Jose State 35-21 on Saturday.
Here are the game balls for the top performers in the Tigers’ victory:
Peyton Barber (Sophomore running back)
This one was a no-brainer after Barber’s career performance against San Jose State.
The running back rushed for 147 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Both were career highs for Barber, as he picked up his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
“He has really been the leader of our offense so far,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told reporters after the game.
Barber’s five scores are the most by an Auburn player since running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams had six touchdowns in 2003 against Mississippi State.
“It’s a blessing,” Barber said. “I’ve got to give all the thanks to my offensive linemen, Coach (Gus) Malzahn and the three backs.”
Ricardo Louis (Senior wide receiver)
Louis was not 100 percent healthy in Auburn’s 17-9 loss to Mississippi State; he struggled to stay on the field throughout the game.
He bounced back against San Jose State with three receptions for 47 yards and four rushes for 17 yards.
Those stats do not jump off of the page, but Louis had a key 31-yard reception at the end of the second half that set up a Barber touchdown.
The score pushed Auburn’s lead to 21-7, giving the Tigers some separation going into the locker room.
Justin Garrett (Senior linebacker)
The senior intercepted a tipped pass by San Jose State quarterback Joe Gray in the first quarter. He returned the ball to the San Jose State 23-yard line and Auburn scored five plays later to go up 7-0.
Garrett also had three tackles with one for a loss.
Blake Countess (Senior defensive back)
Countess returned the opening kickoff of the game 61 yards to the San Jose State 39-yard line to set the tone for the Tigers. It looked like Countess might score, but he could not stay in bounds.
Auburn did not score on that possession, but Countess tipped the pass that Garrett intercepted later in the quarter to set up the first points of the matchup.
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