Auburn entered the season without a clear No. 1 running back, but after Peyton Barber’s performance on Saturday there is no more room for debate.
Barber rushed 28 times for 147 yards and five touchdowns (both career highs) in Auburn’s 35-21 win over San Jose State.
“He [Barber] shows great toughness,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told reporters after the game. “He ran the ball extremely well and hard.”
Barber’s five touchdowns are the most by an Auburn player since Carnell “Cadillac” Williams had a school-record six scores against Mississippi State in 2003.
San Jose State came into the game ranked 117th out of 128 FBS teams in rushing yards allowed per game. Auburn took advantage of the Spartans’ poor run defense, rushing for 234 yards with Barber carrying the load.
Barber’s final touchdown run went for 36-yards. Not only was it the longest run of his career, but it was also the longest running play of the season for Auburn.
Malzahn’s offense struggled to run the ball through the first three games, but the Tigers now have back-to-back games over 200 yards rushing.
With his fourth 100-yard game, Barber has been one of the most consistent players for Auburn this season.
“He has really been the leader of our offense so far,” Malzahn said.
Barber showed why on Saturday.
Barber's five touchdowns are the most rushing TDs by an Auburn player since Carnell Williams had six vs. Mississippi State in 2003 #WarEagle
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