Avery Young helped the Tigers rush for 234 yards vs. San Jose State.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn rebounded from a two-game losing skid by defeating San Jose State 35-21 on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. One of the keys to victory was the Tigers’ strong commitment to the running game. The Tigers ran 58 plays against the Spartan defense and 48 of those plays were rushes.
Two of the reasons behind Auburn’s success on the ground were the emergence of sophomore running back Peyton Barber and the improvement of the offensive line, according to junior right tackle Avery Young, who said he was impressed with the offense’s performance after the game.
“With backs like Peyton Barber, Roc Thomas, Jovon Robinson and everybody else, it is a great feeling to know they have the power (running the ball) that those guys do,” the lineman said.
The most impressive back on Saturday was Barber, who rushed for 147 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries.
“It’s great,” Young remarked about the feeling of blocking for Barber on his career day. “It makes (the offensive line) feel much better when we know that we got our job done.”
For the first time this season the line did not commit a penalty with the only flag on the Tigers coming on a 15-yard pass interference call on safety/cornerback Blake Countess. Young said the penalties are something that the line focuses on “always.”
“Sometimes you can’t prevent certain things,” he pointed out. “(Penalties) just happen. When they don’t, it is a plus.”
Young is adamant that the mindset of the team is still in a good place with plenty to look forward to despite the 3-2 start.
“Some people don’t understand,” said Young. “That’s football. You’re not going to win every game, but as long as you continue to rise up and keep getting better, everything will play itself out. I’m still proud of (this team). We just need to strive forward.”
The new motto of this Auburn team seems to be “keep getting better every week,” and according to Young the plan of action now is to do exactly that, although the Tigers don’t play again until a week from next Thursday when they travel to Kentucky. “We don’t need to look at this week as an off week,” he said. “It is a week to get better.”