Sean White looks to pass against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Auburn, Ala.--The numbers in the passing game in Auburn's 20-13 loss to Georgia on Saturday weren’t pretty for starter Jeremy Johnson or for Sean White, who entered in the third quarter and tried his hand trying to get the offense in gear.
After losing his starting job to White after three games, Johnson found himself starting for the second straight game following leg and foot injuries suffered by White, who had started five straight games.
The Tigers passed for only 24 yards in the first half, 19 in the first quarter when Johnson completed 4-of-5 attempts--none past the line of scrimmage. He was 3-of-6 for five yards with an interception in the second quarter. His only pass downfield was picked off when he threw high to Tony Stevens on a slant pattern.
Auburn added only three yards through the air in the third quarter on one completion by Johnson in two attempts. White failed to connect on four attempts at the end of the quarter after he replaced Johnson.
It didn’t get much better in the after that. In the second half the Tigers had only 90 yards total offense--52 on the ground and 38 through the air. Forty of those rushing yards on Auburn’s final two drives of the game.
White claims he wasn’t hampered by the knee injury that required him to wear a brace. “I was comfortable enough to go out there and play,”?he said. “I wish I could have played better for my team and have more success, but I didn’t. It just didn’t happen.”
White fumbled when hit from behind while attempting to pass that set up a Georgia field goal and completed only 1-of-5 passes for one yard. “We didn’t really take care of the ball was well as we could have,” he says. “As for me, I have to hold on to the ball when I get sacked. I got hit from behind, but I still have to be aware and not fumble.”
As for the injury, White is realistic. “Sometimes that’s just the way it goes,” he said. “Not everything is going to go your way--and that’s college football. Not everything is going to go perfect. You’re going to have to fight through adversity and obviously the last couple of weeks I’ve been going through some adversity. And today I didn’t play and have as much success as I hoped, but I’m going to come back and fight through it, practice hard next week, and come back stronger.”
In other news and notes:
*The Auburn defense had its best game of the season in giving up only 243 yards to the Bulldogs. The previous low was 303 yards the week before against Texas A&M.
*Kerryon Johnson scored his second rushing touchdown of the season with a seven-yard run in the first quarter.
*Justin Garrett had the second forced fumble of his career.
*Junior left tackle Shon Coleman went down on Auburn’s offensive series with what appeared to be a knee problem. Junior Robert Leff finished the drive that resulted in a touchdown before Coleman was back for the Auburn’s next series.
*Outstanding true freshman defensive back Carlton Davis went down after a short pass play by Georgia in the first half, but returned a couple of plays later.
*Center Austin Golson wasn’t so fortunate. He suffered an apparent leg injury in the third quarter. He couldn’t return and was replaced by senior Devonte Danzey.
*Georgia has won 10 of the previous 14 games to take the lead in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry at 56-55-8. The first game between the Tigers and Bulldogs was Feb. 20, 1892 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta when Auburn won 10-0. The Tigers lead 18-13 in games played in Athens while Georgia has a 16-11-2 advantage when the two have played in Auburn.
*Minnesota and Wisconsin have clashed 124 times for the nation’s oldest series, followed by Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati and North Carolina-Virginia at 120 meetings each. Auburn and Georgia is tied with Oregon and Oregon State with 119 meetings each. Like the Auburn-Georgia series most of those are close. Minnesota leads Wisconsin 59-57-8, Miami is ahead of Cincinnati 59-54-7 and North Carolina leads Virginia 62-54-4.
*Auburn went into the Georgia game leading the nation with only two fumbles lost this season. However, the Tigers lost two to the Bulldogs that led to a field goal and halted the Tigers inside the Georgia one-yard line with Georgia leading 20-10 with 3:22 left in the game. The Tigers have 11 interceptions and have forced 15 turnovers this season.