First road game of the season against the cowbells? No problem for Auburn.
The Tigers housed the Bulldogs 38-14 in Starkville with a heavy dose of running back Kamryn Pettway and a stout defensive effort. Auburn jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and coasted in the second half.
Here’s what Gus Malzahn had to say about the victory after the game.
- Malzahn suggests there were concerns about the 11 a.m. CT start, but there didn’t appear to be any major issues early
- “Pettway had to carry the load,” Malzahn said after the Kerryon Johnson injury. That’s the understatement of the year.
- Johnson suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for the remainder of the game.
- Malzahn enjoyed the strip-sack by Lawson and fumble recovery for a touchdown by Montravious Adams: “Those two guys, those are two of the best.”
- “I really like the momentum we have,” Malzahn said.
- Malzahn was “real proud” of the offensive line, a unit that was without center Xavier Dampeer for the second week in a row. Made the decision to put Austin Golson at center last night when it was determined Dampeer wouldn’t be 100 percent.
- Kerryon Johnson “will be back,” Malzahn said.
- “We’re capable of getting better.”
- “Every week our defense does something that’s a sign of a big-time defense.”
- “We were up 35-0. There ain’t no negatives from me today.”
- On the Auburn Radio Network, defensive Kevin Steele: “We wanted that shutout.”
- On Adams touchdown, “when the biggest guy on the field does it, it’s fun,” Steele said.