The Tigers went into the season short on depth at safety. The situation went from bad to worse in practice on Thursday when starter Josh Holsey suffered an ACL injury that is expected to sideline the sophomore for the season.
Enter, stage right, senior cornerback White to play the role. His total number of practice days as an Auburn safety: zero.
"I found out yesterday (Friday) I was going to play safety," White said. "I worked on it all day. I tried to get my reads down and know what I was doing.
"I wanted to come in there for another player once again and step up and help my team," said White, who filled in as a starting cornerback in September when Chris Davis missed two games with an ankle injury.
"I was just trying to help my team," said White. "The first time I played (safety) was in the game. I did walk-throughs and played in the game. That is it.
"I was glad I was there," said White, who was beaming after the victory in front of 87,165 screaming fans including a loud contingent of Auburn supporters. "I got my first career interception and that felt good. It was a big stop for us."
"I saw (Johnny) Manziel step up and I thought he was going to run," White said, who noted that Heisman Trophy winner likes to play "backyard" style football and improvise plays. "I saw Manziel looking (at No. 84) and I followed his eyes and made the play."
White slipped as he made the interception just outside the Auburn goal. "When I got back to the sideline everybody let me know I could have taken it 95 (for a touchdown.)
White said he wasn't nervous, but admitted he was "anxious" going into the game. "Playing in a new spot, in a big game on the road, I just wanted to do the best I could for the team." White contributed five tackles in addition to his interception.
In other news and notes:
*Chris Davis led the Tigers in tackles with seven solos and two assists. Fellow cornerback Jonathon Mincy added five solos and two assists, Kris Frost made four solos with two assists and Ryan Smith added three solos and three assists.
*Tre Mason rushed for 178 yards on 27 carries and one TD. It was his sixth career 100-yard performance.
*Fullback Jay Prosch's 56-yard catch and run was his longest play in his two seasons with the Tigers.
*The win was Auburn's first victory over a Top 25 opponent on the road since October 1, 2011 at No. 10 South Carolina. It is the Tigers' second win over a ranked opponent this season after the victory over then No. 24 Ole Miss.
*The Tigers netted 379 rushing to post their third 300-yard rushing game of the season.
*Texas A&M sophomore defensive end Julien Obioha said he was impressed with the Tigers. "We got the best of Ole Miss last week and this week Auburn got the better of us. I have to hand it to them. They're a great team and they got the better of us today."
The sophomore said he was impressed with Auburn's starting quarterback who rushed for 100 yards. "We practiced for him because we knew what we were facing with Nick Marshall. We knew he was a guy with sub 4.5 speed so we knew he'd be a great running threat, but he could also pass the ball. He's a great athlete and we couldn't contain him. I have to tip my hat to him.
"Auburn uses their quarterback in a great way because they know how athletic he is. To play them you have to have good eye control and discipline. Auburn was able to run the ball effectively and they called great plays."