AU 59, SJSU 13: Part 2, News, Notes & Quotes

Comments from Kris Frost and notes on Auburn's football victory over San Jose State are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior outside linebacker Kris Frost may not have been in Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson’s doghouse, but after Auburn’s season-opening 45-21 win over Arkansas when he had no tackles, Frost knew he had some work to do.

Frost came to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday with the goal of being more productive, which he did in the Tigers’ 59-13 thrashing of visiting San Jose State in which he recorded five solo tackles and an assist.

“I feel like I played a lot better with more opportunities in this game,” Frost said.

“As far as getting comfortable and moving around, I felt like I had a pretty good game. There’s always things to correct and get better at, but I will just have to take note and make sure I improve for the next game.”

Kris Frost

Middle linebacker Cassanova McKinzy led the way with 10 total tackles against the Spartans.

“I feel like Cassanova and I have really with good chemistry with how we play,” Frost said. “We try to help each other out. One thing we joke about is how every time I make a tackle, he’s right behind me, and every time he makes a tackle, I’m right behind him. It really showed tonight.

“How we play the run game is getting better and how we play the pass is getting better,” the junior added. “We’re are just getting better collectively every day and that’s what it’s all about.”

In other news and notes:

*The Tigers have scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games, extending a school record. Auburn scored 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games for the first time in school history to conclude the 2013 season, then opened the 2014 campaign with 45 points against Arkansas. The previous best was in 1994 when the Tigers scored 30 or more points in eight straight games.

*Ricardo Louis’ four-yard touchdown catch from Nick Marshall was his third career scoring reception and first of the 2014 season. It was Marshall’s first TD pass of the season and 15th of his career. The Marshall-to-Louis play capped the shortest touchdown drive of the season for the Tigers to that point. The previous shortest were a couple of 75 yards against Arkansas.

*Roc Thomas’ first career carry was also his first career touchdown, a three-yard score in the fourth quarter. He is the first Auburn player to score a touchdown on his first career touch since Marcus Davis (18-yard receiving touchdown from Nick Marshall) vs. Arkansas State in 2013.

*Jermaine Whitehead’s interception was his second of the season (following his TD last week vs. Arkansas) and the fifth pick of his career. Jerraud Powers in 2007 vs. Georgia and Alabama was the last Auburn player to have interceptions in back-to-back games.

*Johnathan Ford’s second-quarter interception was the first of his career.

*Quan Bray’s 55-yard punt return for a touchdown was his first career touchdown on a return and the fourth touchdown of his career (three previous were receiving). Auburn’s last punt return for a score was by Chris Davis at Tennessee last season.

*Marshall’s 27-yard run in the third quarter was the 14th rushing TD of his career. He has now thrown and rushed for a touchdown in the same game seven times in his AU career. This is Marshall’s third career game with more than 100 rushing and 100 passing yards. The others were vs. Texas A&M and Missouri last season.

*Trovon Reed recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter.

*San Jose State had the nation’s longest active TD scoring string of 12 straight quarters snapped in the second quarter.

*This was the first sellout in a non-conference game at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the Chattanooga game in 2010.

*Jeremy Johnson scored his first rushing touchdown for Auburn on a one-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter while quarterbacking his first drive of the game in relief of Marshall. Johnson has passed for eight career touchdowns.

*Auburn captains for the second straight week were senior center Reese Dismukes and senior defensive lineman Gabe Wright. The Tigers won the toss and elected to receive.

*Duke Williams, Melvin Ray and Ricardo Louis started at the receiver position with normal starter Sammie Coates not dressed out in a precautionary move. Coates was resting a tweaked knee that is not expected to prevent him from playing at Kansas State on Sept. 18 after on open date for the Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 13.

*Junior Alex Kviklys kicked off for Auburn in the second half in place for redshirt freshman Daniel Carlson, who handles kickoffs, placekicking and punting.


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