Jeremy Johnson (above) scores for the Tigers.
Baton Rouge, Ala.--Jeremy Johnson and his Auburn teammates had a game they will try to forget as soon as possible, but the junior quarterback said before that happens the Tigers need to study what happened in a 45-21 loss at LSU.
“We are just going to stay in the film room and learn from our mistakes,” the junior said. “I am going to try to keep making plays, give those guys chances and we will be good.”
The Tigers were certainly not good for most of the 60 minutes of football at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Johnson passed for just 100 yards as he hit 11-19 throws. He rushed for 94 yards, lost 53, for a net gain of 41 on the ground with a 65-yard touchdown run.
Asked about how his team will react to being dominated in its first SEC game, Johnson said, “It ain’t going to do anything but make us closer and help us get ready for next week.”
Next week is a home game vs. Mississippi State. Asked if he still has confidence he can get it turned around after a slow start, the quarterback said, “I am still very confident and it is still going to click as a team. It ain’t just me. All the good things are going to start happening for us.”
Asked why he believes the team will rebound, he said, “Because it is football. That is what we preach on as a team. No matter what we go through, we are going to stick together. We all believe in each other and we know once we get that going we are going to be good.”
In other news and notes:
*Johnson’s 65-yard touchdown run was the longest rush of his career, surpassing his previous best was 16 yards vs. Western Carolina in 2013.
*His run was the team’s longest of the season and longest by an Auburn quarterback since Cam Newton’s touchdown run by an Auburn quarterback since Cam Newton’s 71-yarder vs. Arkansas State in 2010. It was the fifth longest touchdown run in Auburn history by a QB.
*Johnson’s TD run is Auburn’s longest run this season, and the longest TD run by an Auburn QB since a 71-yard run by Cam Newton vs. Arkansas State in 2010. It’s the fifth-longest TD run by a quarterback in Auburn history.
One of the few bright spots for the Tigers was the punting of Kevin Phillips, whose 56-yarder was the longest for the Tigers since Daniel Carlson’s 62-yarder in the 2014 season opener.
*With four punts of them, Phillips has the most 50-yard punts in a game for Auburn since Skip Johnston set the school record with five vs. Florida in 1978.
*Marcus Davis ran 27 yards with a punt return in the fourth quarter, which was the longest of the season for the Tigers a collegiate longest for the junior.
*Redshirt freshman Stanton Truitt made his first collegiate catch, a 13-yarder, and he also ran the football for a 19-yard gain.
*LSU improved to 10-1 in home openers with Les Miles as head coach.
*Auburn giving up 411 rushing yards was one of the worst performances in Auburn history, but far off the school record of 515 rushing yards allowed to Ole Miss in 1951.