AUBURN, Ala. — This one was never in doubt.
Auburn started off with a touchdown on the Tigers’ first offensive possession of the day. The dominance didn’t waver throughout the remainder of the contest, as Auburn cruised to a 58-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on homecoming.
The Tigers, already with top 25 votes, continue to make an argument for their case to be a ranked football team. Overall, it was a high-rising stock day for Auburn.
- With Kamryn Pettway limited, Kerryon Johnson ran like a madman yet again in Auburn’s victory. By the third quarter, Johnson already passed the responsibilities over to Malik Miller. But Johnson ran wild before that, recording 146 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns — again proving his every-down durability.
- Auburn finally found some successful red-zone offense. The Tigers got inside the 20-yard line 5 times, and 4 trips ended in touchdowns. That’s a major difference for a team that entered the game second-to-last in country in red-zone touchdown efficiency. Gus Malzahn hinted at potential trickery in those situations, but Auburn stuck to a downhill rushing attack. It worked.
- John Franklin III showed how electric he can be in open space, when he dashed for an 80-yard touchdown after subbing in for Sean White in the third quarter. Simply put, Franklin made it look too easy. He followed it up with a passing touchdown to Nate Craig-Myers, demonstrating the true dual-threat capability of Auburn’s backup.
- This is nit-picky, but Daniel Carlson did the unthinkable — he missed a field goal. Gasp! It certainly wasn’t a gimme (56 yards), but it was a miss nonetheless. Really, it was tipped at the line of scrimmage, which might not have been Carlson’s fault, so we are really nit-picking here. Carlson is now 12 of 13 on the season, and any kind of miss is a “stock down” moment for Carlson.
- It appears Tony Stevens is the official favorite target for White. Stevens eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark with 4 catches and a touchdown. He ended the game with 109 receiving yards, including an easy 48-yard score. Stevens has been Auburn’s most consistent receiver, and that didn’t change in this one.