Auburn, Ala.--One of 27 seniors playing their final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, cornerback Jonathon Mincy came up with is second career interception in the fourth quarter of Auburn’s sluggish 31-7 win over Samford Saturday night.
His first career interception came on October 12, 2013 versus Western Carolina.
“We were in a zone on that play and I was able to see the ball the whole time,” said Mincy, who made a diving grab of Michael Eubank’s pass at the Auburn 35 mid-way through the fourth quarter.
“I was just able to make the play,” said Mincy, a product of Southwest DeKalb High in Decatur, Ga., who was starting his 39th game for the Tigers.
“Everything has flown by,” he said. “I have memories of things I’ll never forget about playing here.”
One instance Mincy would like to forget is an unsportsmanlike penalty he got in the third quarter, one that Coach Gus Malzahn addressed in his post-game comments.
“I was being over-aggressive on the play when I felt like the Samford player was still holding me after the play and I pushed him away,” Mincy said. “I’ve got to be accountable and take responsibility for what happened.”
While Malzahn was disappointed that a senior would get such a penalty, he had Mincy’s back. “I think you are looking at it in a negative light,” Malzahn answered a question about Mincy’s action. “Mincy has been a guy that’s done a lot of things for our program. He’s done a lot of positive things. I was most disappointed in the unsportsmanlike, but Mincy is a senior who has made a lot of good plays for us this year.”
As for entering the Iron Bowl against Alabama next week, Mincy said, “I feel like the defense stepped up this week and got off the field on third down. That’s something that we’ll have to do against Alabama.”
In other news and notes:
*Auburn’s scoreless first quarter against Samford was only the second time this season the Tigers have failed to put points on the board in the opening period. Auburn trailed Mississippi State 21-0 in its 38-23 loss to the Bulldogs on Oct. 11. Auburn’s scoreless streak extended to four quarters after the Tigers were shut out three final three quarters the previous week in a 34-7 loss in Athens. The drought between scores covered 79 minutes.
*Samford outgained Auburn in total offense 52-33 in the first quarter. The Tigers got back on track starting midway through the second quarter by putting up 17 points and 176 yards total offense on 17 plays in the second period. That gave Auburn 209 yards total offense at the half to only 121 for the Bulldogs. Auburn’s 386 yards against Samford was the third lowest of the season behind 282 against Georgia and 359 at Kansas State.
*Prior to the game 27 seniors joined by their families were recognized. They were Niko Anthony, Cameron Artis-Payne, Angelo Blackson, Ben Bradley, Quan Bray, Wirth Campbell, Reese Dismukes, Ben Durand, Brandon Fulse, Corey Grant, Forrest Hill, Brandon King, Alex Kviklys, Nick Marshall, Jonathon Mincy, LaDarius Owens, Trovon Reed, Chad Slade, Robenson Therezie, C.J. Uzomah, Mack VanGorder, Brian Walsh, Jeffrey Whitaker, Jermaine Whitehead, Andrew Williams, Gabe Wright and Patrick Young.
*The seniors have compiled a 31-18 record. Whitaker was a redshirt on the 2010 National Championship team and played in the national title game against Florida State in 2013. Nearly every senior played for the BSC National Championship against the Seminoles.
*Dismukes and Wright served as Auburn captains for the 11th time this season. Auburn won the toss and elected to receive.
*Auburn leads the all-time series with Samford 27-0-1. Auburn has a 92-47-2 in games against teams from Alabama, including Alabama, Alabama A&M, UAB, Birmingham Southern, Camp Sheridan, Marion Institute, Maxwell Field in Montgomery, North Alabama, Samford and Spring Hill.
*Auburn has 16 interceptions this season, the most since the Tigers had 17 picks in 2009. Eight different Auburn players have had an interception this season.
*The Tigers are 82-27-6 in home finales.
*The 2014 team has scored 386 points, tied for the 10th highest scoring season in Auburn history.
*Auburn has won 26 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.