Auburn, if it hadn’t already, proved itself Saturday night in Oxford, Miss.
The Tigers faced off against another SEC foe, coming off a 53-point victory against Arkansas. Ole Miss offered a tall task, torching Auburn in the passing game. But a late Josh Holsey interception, the burden of Kamryn Pettway and some Rhett Lashlee creativity separated Auburn from Ole Miss.
That’s five-straight victory for Auburn, and the Tigers are officially bowl eligible. The future is looking bright for the 2016 season.
Here’s what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said after the victory.
- Starts by praising defense for holding Ole Miss to 7 second-half points.
- I think this is safe to say, but per Malzahn, Josh Holsey’s interception was the “play of the game.”
- “We were on the road, facing adversity…,” Malzahn said.
- “Daniel Carlson is the best kicker in the country. He made some clutch kicks” after Auburn’s kicker shines yet again.
- “They’re a really good offensive team. I think everyone knows that. I was proud of our defense, how they responded … They ran 90 offensive plays. Having that depth on the defensive line was critical.”
- Malzahn said Kerryon Johnson wasn’t 100 percent, but that having him and the “full arsenal” really helped.
- “We haven’t arrived offensively, but we can run the football.”
- Tony Stevens got hurt last week. He tried to practice Tuesday. They let him see what he could do pre-game. Malzahn said he’ll be back next week. Wasn’t a terrible thing, plus Nate Craig-Myers got more snaps.
- “We’re playing pretty good football right now. Like I said last week, we’re not looking ahead. We’ve got Vanderbilt. They’re a team on the rise … I’m going to enjoy this tonight, and I probably shouldn’t even have said that.”
- “Eli (Stove) is electric … We’re trying to get him the ball in as many ways as possible.”
- “We’ve got the best fans.”