Sean White (above) got another start at quarterback for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Sean White said he believes he played “fine” in his second collegiate football game, a 25-21 victory over the San Jose State Spartans.
White spent most of his time on the field handing the football to Peyton Barber, who had 28 of Auburn’s 48 rushing plays. White threw just 10 passes and completed six of them for 108 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns.
“I thought I did well when my number was called and we ended up winning the game,” the redshirt freshman said. “I was happy. I thought Peyton (Barber) played a really good game. On the offensive line, they did a great job and I’m just happy we got a win.”
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tigers, who improved to 3-2 heading into a game a week from Thursday at Kentucky.
“I thought when we threw the ball, I did pretty well,” White said. “We were running the ball on them well in the second half so we just stuck with that. I’m just happy we got the ball running.”
The quarterback said he is impressed with the effort Barber brings to the offense. “He’s a beast. He just keeps coming play after play and he doesn’t seem to get tired. He did a great job today. He broke a long run, scored five times and he’s the story of the game. He played amazing. I’m proud of him.”
Auburn’s wide receivers caught just five passes in the victory. Asked how his chemistry is developing with that group, the quarterback said, “I think it’s going good. It’s slowly building each and every week. Now, we have a bye week and it will only continue to build and we’ll get better.”
In other news and notes:
*Tre Williams, who started last week at linebacker, dressed out, but did not play due to a knee problem. Wide receiver Stanton Truitt (hernia) and defensive back Tim Irvin (foot injury) did not dress for the game.
*Junior safety Johnathan “Rudy” Ford made a career high 14 tackles to lead the Auburn defense. He had 11 solo stops and forced his second fumble of the season.
*Auburn had a field day on kickoff returns, totaling 142 yards on three returns. Auburn’s average yardage on returns was 47.3 yards Saturday. Ford contributed two for 81 yards with a longest of 58. Blake Countess returned the opening kickoff 58 yards. The other San Jose State kickoff was onsides and recovered by Duke Williams.
*Sophomore kicker Daniel Carlson went 0-2 on Saturday, missing attempts from 55 and 25 yards. It was the first time in his college career that he had a game in which he failed to make a field goal when he had the opportunity to attempt at least one.
*Auburn improved its record to 20-4 under Gus Malzahn when scoring at least 30 points. The Tigers are 17-2 under Malzahn when scoring first.
*Auburn improved its record to 5-0 vs. teams from the Mountain West Conference. The Tigers are 2-0 vs. San Jose State.
*Taylor Wesley of Atlanta as named Miss Homecoming as Auburn improved its record in those contests to 77-8-4.