The junior wide receiver caught three passes for 55 yards, including Auburn’s first touchdown on a 40-yard play just before halftime.
“That was a set it off point for us,” Louis said of the score with 1:34 left in the second quarter. That put Auburn ahead for good at 10-7.
“We needed something to spark us up,”?he said. “It got the defense going and the offense going.”
Louis said the tough game was good for the Tigers. “We knew coming in we hadn’t been battle-tested yet and this was a good test to show what type of team we really are to overcome adversity” he said.
The receiver said the offense missed on its opportunities in the first half. “I think we responded well,” Louis said. “We never gave up. We never had any doubt we were going to be able to go out there and execute the base plays we had and that is what we did.”
In other news and notes:
*After being flagged on the opening kickoff with no yards assessed and the ball placed at the at Auburn’s 35, Kansas State wasn’t called for a penalty until early in the fourth quarter when a chop-block was called. That was waved off when Auburn’s Trovon Reed was called for holding a receiver. Once again, there were no yards marked off on the home team with Big 12 officials calling the game. The Wildcats finished the contest with no penalty yards while Auburn was whistled six times for 46 yards.
Reed said he was puzzled by that call. “I didn’t hold the receiver on that play,” the senior said.
*Auburn had rushed for more than 200 yards in 14 straight games before picking up only 128 yards on 45 attempts against Kansas State, an average of only 2.8 yards a rush. Going into the game, the Tigers had the longest active streak in the FBS rushing for 200 yards in the game and had gained 300 or more yards rushing in nine of its last 11 contests.
*The Tigers have had at least one 100-yard rusher in their last nine games going into Kansas State when that streak came to an end. It took three quarters before Auburn managed 100 yards on the ground as a team Thursday night. Cameron Artis-Payne led Auburn with 63 yards on 22 carries (2.9 a rush). Nick Marshall added 46 yards on 10 carries with Corey Grant finishing with 27 yards on only six rushes.
*Kansas State is the 16th different opponent Auburn has played in a Thursday night game. The Tigers are 21-24-4 in Thursday games after the latest win over K-State. The Tigers improved to 7-2 in ESPN Thursday night games. The most recent Thursday night win on ESPN was in Auburn’s 2010 National Championship season when the Tigers defeated Mississippi State 17-14.
*With Thursday’s 20-14 victory, Auburn leads the series with Kansas State 4-0. The first meeting was at Kansas State in 1978 (45-32). The Tigers won at home in 1979 (26-18) and in 2007 (23-13).
*Thursday’s clash at Kansas State was Auburn’s first game at the home of a ranked opponent (KSU went into the game ranked 20th) since the 2002 season opener at Southern Cal in 2002, a game won 24-17 by the Trojans. Auburn did face No. 14 Clemson in the 2012 season opener, but that game was played at a neutral site in the Georgia Dome. The last time Auburn defeated a non-conference ranked team in a true road game was in 1984 when a Pat Dye-coached team defeated FSU and Bobby Bowden 42-41 when the Seminoles were ranked 9th.
*Prior to Thursday’s contest with Kansas State, Auburn’s last non-conference win on an opponents’ field was in 1997 when the Tigers posted a 28-17 victory over Virginia. Auburn was led by quarterback Dameyune Craig, current Auburn wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator. Craig passed for 247 yards with touchdown strikes of 57 and 72 yards to Karsten Bailey. Craig also had a 17-yard touchdown run.