Carl Lawson (above) made three solo tackles with two assists vs. the Aggies.
College Station, Tex.--A week after being happy he was healthy enough to play, but apologetic he couldn’t help his Auburn team beat Ole Miss, Carl Lawson was smiling in the aftermath of a 26-10 SEC football victory over Texas A&M.
“It was a great team win--I am just real excited we won,” the redshirt sophomore said. “We need to build on this week and get ready for next week...I think we have Georgia.
“I am going to enjoy this win tonight and I am ecstatic that we won, but we are going to get back to work tomorrow,” Lawson added.
With Texas A&M featuring a very quick quarterback, Kyler Murray, the Tigers were able to hold him to 37 rushing yards on eight carries.
“The plan was, especially on the rushes, was to box him in,” Lawson said. “I played more inside this game, like three technique and two technique, but wanted to make sure he didn’t escape the pocket. We executed. That was the key to win.”
Lawson said that the entire team is fired up, especially winning on the road in College Station vs. a ranked opponent. “It is one of my favorite places to play,”?he said. “It is great stadium, kind of like the last place they had when Johnny Manziel was here.”
In other news and notes:
*Jovon Robinson became the 63rd player in Auburn history to rush for 100 yards in a game with 159 on 27 carries vs. the Aggies. He had a personal-best collegiate long run of 45 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. He also scored his first college touchdown.
*Auburn’s 128 yards rushing in the first half were the most in a first half this season and the most against an SEC opponent in a half this year.
*Texas A&M’s three points were the fewest first-half points by an Auburn opponent since the season opener vs. Louisville, which was held scoreless by the Tigers.
*Auburn’s 311 yards rushing and 443 total yards are season-best performances.
*Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said the Tigers hurt the Aggies with their rushing attack. “They got to the perimeter, which got us running a little bit, then they hammered it inside,” he said.
*Freshman defensive back Jeremiah Dinson, who had to leave the game after being hit while trying to make a tackle, may be out for an extended period, according to Coach Gus Malzahn. The play was originally called targeting on Texas A&M, but the called was overruled by the replay booth.
*Rudy Ford led the Tigers in tackles with 10, marking the seventh time this season he has finished in double figures for tackles. He has 96, the most for an Auburn player through nine games since Daren Bates racked up 104 through nine games in 2011.