AUBURN, Ala. — There might not be a medicine strong enough to help Auburn recover from the letdown against Georgia. But what the Tigers put on display Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium was the best remedy imaginable.
Auburn put on a clinic with a 55-0 victory against FCS opponent Alabama A&M. The only place the Tigers were out-performed Saturday was the halftime band performance. Offensively, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin had no problem shining in Sean White’s absence. Kam Martin and Kerryon Johnson shouldered the running workload with Kamryn Pettway, Stanton Truitt and Chandler Cox absent.
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ defense pitched a shutout. Auburn couldn’t have asked for a better pick-me-up in between Georgia and Alabama.
Here’s what Gus Malzahn said after the game:
- “Proud of our team. Very happy for our seniors to go out that way.”
- “Obviously, the defense with a shutout. It’s hard to shut people out in college football. … Happy to get win No. 8.”
- “I’m very proud of Jeremy. He was real efficient throwing the football. … I think everyone is happy for him. I know everyone in the locker room is happy for him.”
- Alabama QB situation: “We’ll see where we’re at Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.”
- “It was Senior Night. He was prepared. He was ready to play. That does nothing but help you when you have experience.”
- “I think Josh (Holsey) is going to be OK. I don’t think it’s anything real severe. Darrell (Williams) will be OK, too.”
- On Kerryon Johnson: “He’s real close to 100 percent. … He was healthier. He didn’t do a whole lot in practice.”
- Kam Martin: “We were planning on getting Kam some touches. You can see he has some talent … made some really good runs.”
- “That was one of their goals coming in, to get a shutout. It’s so hard to get a shutout in college football. … It’s something special.”
- On Carl Lawson participating in Senior Night: “That’s the class he came in with. … He can speak on other things later in the season when he’s ready.”
- Sean White evaluation: “At this point, it’s just being able to efficiently practice more than anything … not really trying to predict how he’ll feel in a day or two. I’ll definitely make a comment on that Tuesday.”
- “We’ve got some guys that are not 100 percent. I think that’s obvious. We held some guys out trying to get them healthier.”
- “There’s no doubt we needed some momentum offensively. … They did some good things tonight.”
- “They’re undefeated, and they’re very talented. That’s my first impression.”