Shon Coleman (above) had a good night in College Station.
College Station, Tex.--Coach Gus Malzahn said a big part of the game plan was for Auburn's offensive tackles to step up and have a good performance against Texas A&M’s outstanding defensive ends. That is what happened on Saturday night in a 26-10 AU victory at Kyle Field.
Junior left offensive tackle Shon Coleman was fired up about what happened as the Tigers rushed for 311 yards at 6.0 yards per carry and did not allow a sack.
“We faced a challenge all week,” Coleman said. “Those were two great players we were going up against. We knew we had to eliminate them to win this game.”
Coleman noted that it means a lot to the Auburn offensive line to rush for better than 300 yards. “We went out there and did our thing running the ball, picking up blitzes and all of that,” he said.
Last season Coleman struggled against Texas A&M star Myles Garrett. The rematch was a different story.
“I feel like I did great,”?the Auburn tackle said. “Obviously, I have to go back and watch it on film, but I?feel real great about how I played today. It is something I have been looking forward to it all week. It was very important to me.”
Coleman had praise for the poise Jeremy Johnson showed on returning to the starting lineup at quarterback. “He made some accurate throws and he made some smart plays to put us in a position to keep on pushing,” the offensive tackle said.
In other news and notes:
*Starting safety Tray Matthews was injured, opening an opportunity to backups Nick Ruffin and Stephen Roberts to play. Ruffin was credited with six tackles and Roberts made three. Both players won praise from Coach Gus Malzahn.
*Freshman Carlton Davis won praise from Malzahn, too, as he made his third interception of the season, which the head coach noted he took away from a receiver in the end zone. The Tigers had three interceptions on the day, extending their streak to five consecutive games with a pick.
*Tony Stevens, who made his first Auburn start, caught two passes for 38 yards.
*True freshman receiver Ryan Davis got his first touch for the Tigers, rushing 28 yards on a hidden ball trick play called “Woody.”
*Auburn scored a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time since the Kentucky game, which was also its last victory.