Ricardo Louis celebrates his touchdown catch vs. Idaho.
Auburn, Ala.--Ricardo Louis was ready for some opportunities on passes down field Saturday against Idaho.
He wasn’t disappointed as he pulled in four for 90 yards and a touchdown from Jeremy Johnson in Auburn's 56-34 victory over the Vandals.
Included were a 56-yard reception, the longest of the season for the Tigers, and a 15-yard touchdown grab. He just missed out another reception of more than 50 yards that was overturned on review.
“Coach has been saying they were going to give me some chances down field and they did that,” Louis said. “I was just trying to make a play on it. I need that moving forward--for me and Jeremy (Johnson) to get that rhythm back that we had in camp and spring going forward.”
Louis just missed having 47 more receiving yards. “I thought I caught it. I thought I had my hand under it. I had one hand on the ball and tip of the ball had hit the ground. When I saw it on the big screen, I knew it wasn’t a catch,” he said.
Louis will be playing his final home game in Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday when the heavily-favored Crimson Tide of Alabama visit. The last time Alabama was in Jordan-Hare two years ago Auburn won the famous “Kick Six” that vaulted the Tigers to the BCS National Championship Game.
“We are definitely going to be ready for that,” Louis said. It’s the Iron Bowl. You’ve got to bring the A-game. Every time you play them, you have to bring your A-game so that’s what we are going to do.
“Next week, it’s hard work in practice, doing everything right and focusing on the details. Once we do that, we will be alright. “
In other news and notes:
*Auburn has to beat Alabama in its final regular season contest to avoid a losing record at home. Auburn is 3-3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium this year after the win over Idaho.
*Punter Kevin Phillips rushed 24 yards for a first down in the second quarter on Auburn’s first fake punt of the season. That kept a 67-yard drive alive capped by Jeremy Johnson’s one-yard run for a touchdown on a zone read play. Johnson scored again zone read from two yards out in the third quarter.
*After giving up its fewest yards (243) of the season against Georgia the previous week, the Auburn defense surrendered 231 yards to the Vandals in the first half Saturday. Idaho outgained Auburn 479 yards to 460.
*The first half was the longest of the season time-wise, lasting almost an hour and 45 minutes. There were several play reviews and 31 pass attempts the first 30 minutes.
*Ricardo Louis’ 15-yard TD catch from Jeremy was Johnson’s first TD pass since the LSU game. In the third quarter Johnson connected with Tony Stevens for his eighth TD pass of the season and 17th of his career.
*Johnathan Ford’s 48-yard interception return for a touchdown was his second interception of the season and fifth pick of his career. It was his first interception score and second career score at Auburn. The Tigers’ last interception return for a touchdown was Jermaine Whitehead vs. Arkansas in the 2014 season opener.
*Ford now has 104 tackles for the season, the most by an Auburn defender since Dontarrious Thomas in 2001. The last Auburn players to record 100 tackles in a season were Daren Bates (104) and Neiko Thorpe (102) in 2011.
*Jonathan Jones’ 29-yard interception was his first of the season and the seventh of his career
*Auburn has scored 68 points off turnovers this season. The Tigers are plus five in takeaway/turnover margin for the year
*Auburn leads the series with Idaho 2-0 after Saturday’s victory. The first meeting came in 1999 when the Tigers won 30-23 behind the passing of Ben Leard with two touchdown passes and Rusty Williams with a pair of TDs rushing.
*The Tigers are now 23-0 in all games against members of the Sun Belt Conference. Auburn’s non-conference home winning streak was extended to 29 games after Saturday’s win. The last loss was a 26-23 overtime defeat to South Florida in 2007.
*Overall, the Tigers have won 15 straight non-conference games, the last defeat coming against at Clemson in the 2012 season opener.