Sean White (above) and the Tigers picked up their first SEC win of the season.
Lexington, Ky.--Auburn redshirt freshman quarterback Sean White only got to throw the football 10 times in his previous start, but against Kentucky that number jumped to 27.
Completing 17 of those throws for 255 yards, it was his first start away from Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“It is a little different, obviously, when you are on the road, but I?like it personally,” he said. “I think it is fun when you are on the road against opposing teams and everybody hates you. That is kind of a fun thing for me.”
The Tigers scored 23 points in the first half, which was the best stretch of football the 4-2 Tigers have had this season.
“We were clicking passing and running the ball,” he said. “Hats off to the offensive line. They played a great game, I thought. Most of the time when I was back there I was not rushed.”
The quarterback said the receivers and running backs had good performances, too, in the 30-27 victory over Kentucky. “Everybody on the offense played as hard as they could--that is all you can ask for.”
In other news or notes:
*Auburn senior wide receiver Ricardo Louis has caught a pass in 22 straight games dating back to the 2013 Georgia game. He is one game behind former Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb who caught a pass in 23 consecutive games from 2009-12. Louis had seven receptions for 154 yards against Kentucky and added a key 9-yard run on a speed sweep for a crucial first down on Auburn’s next-to-last possession.
*Louis had five catches for 114 yards in the first quarter as White connected on 6-of-10 passes for 124 yards in the opening period. White passed only 10 times for six completions in Auburn’s previous game against San Jose State. In that contest White threw only two passes in the second half.
*Louis’ previous high for yards in a game this year was 76 yards on 10 catches against Jacksonville State before he was slowed by injuries the past three games. He was poked in the eye against Kentucky and did not play in the second quarter. He returned in the third quarter during which he did not have a reception, but came up with two catches for 40 yards, including a crucial 34-yarder from White to set up Auburn’s fourth-quarter clinching touchdown to go up 10 points at the time.
*White’s 186 yards passing in the first half was only two yards shy of his best game in his previous two starts, which was 188 yards in a loss to Mississippi State. He went on to finish with a career-high 255 yards passing against the Wildcats, connecting on 17-of-27 attempts. He was not intercepted and has yet to pass for a touchdown in his three starts.
*The Tigers had 297 yards total offense in the first half, one of the best efforts for a half this season--then they picked up only 13 yards in the third quarter. Kentucky piled up 158 yards in the third quarter. Auburn finished with 407 total yards to 497 for Kentucky.
*Auburn was 4-for-4 on third-down conversions during its opening touchdown drive that covered 80 yards on 12 plays. The Tigers’ second TD drive in the opening quarter was 59 yards in seven plays. They were a solid 11-of-18 on third-down conversions for the game. Kentucky appeared to make almost all its third-down efforts, but actually finished only five-for-13.