Tre Williams (above) and the Tigers improved to 3-2 with the victory.
Auburn, Ala.--While most observers wanted to see how Auburn's offense performed at Homecoming against the University of Louisiana--Monroe, the defense also had excellent day in the Tigers’ 58-7 whipping of the Warhawks.
Leading the way with nine tackles, including one for a loss, was junior linebacker Tre Williams.
“We played really good defense,” Williams said. “We just have to keep it consistent throughout the game. I feel like we were pretty sound.
“We have improved each game,” the linebacker said. “That is our goal for this season, and we have been doing that.”
The Tigers allowed the visitors 112 yards rushing and 139 passing for only 251 yards in total offense.
“I feel like it was our best game of the season on defense,” Williams said. “Everybody from freshman to seniors, at every position, had their best game.
“Coaches really emphasized that no matter who we play, we’re going to play Auburn football. All of our coaches put emphasis on that throughout the week. No matter whom we play, we need to know our assignment and do our job. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”
After an unusual five consecutive home games to open the season, the Tigers go on the road this week at Mississippi State.
“It’s going to be a bit of an adjustment, but we’re going to be fine,” Williams said. “We’re still going to play Auburn football, no matter where we are or who we play.
“We’ve had momentum since LSU,” he added. “As the coaches tell us every day, no matter who we play, we’re going to get better. Like I said, no matter who we play next week, we’re going to continue to improve as a team.”
In other news and notes:
*Sean White finished 14-of-17 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his last 12 pass attempts of the game. White topped the 2,000-yard passing mark for his career. He now has 2,149 yards. White had his first career rushing TD in the first quarter.
*Kerryon Johnson’s 146 yards rushing was his second career 100-yard game (Arkansas State was the other). He scored his eighth and ninth career rushing touchdowns in the second quarter. It was his second game of the season with two rushing TDs (Arkansas State was the other). Johnson finished the first half with 127 yards rushing, surpassing his career best of 124 yards against Arkansas State.
*Tony Stevens caught his fifth career TD in the third quarter, a 48-yard strike from White. It was White’s sixth career touchdown pass and tied his career long from two quarters earlier.
The reception was also a career longest for Stevens. Stevens finished with a career-best 109 yards for his first 100-yard receiving game. It is the first 100-yard receiving game for Auburn since Ricardo Louis in 2015 (137 yards versus Ole Miss).
*Kyle Davis caught his first college touchdown pass in the first quarter, a 48-yard strike from White. Davis now has three catches of 40-plus yards and accounts for the three of the top four longest catches on the team this year.
*John Franklin’s 80-yard rushing TD was the longest play of the season for the Tigers. It ties for the ninth longest run in Auburn history and is the second-longest by an Auburn quarterback behind Phil Gargis (82 yards, 1976). Franklin’s run was the first 80-yard rush for Auburn since Tre’ Mason had an 86-yarder vs. Alabama A&M in 2012.
*Nate Craig caught his first career TD in the third quarter. It covered 39 yards and it was Franklin’s first career TD pass and his longest completion.
*Stanton Truitt had a career-longest 21-yard rush in the first quarter. His previous long was 19.
*Eli Stove had his first career catches in the game. The true freshman finished with 20 yards on two catches and also had a career-long 19-yard rush.
*Ryan Davis had a career-long 23-yard catch in the second quarter. Davis finished with a career-best 56 yards on five catches. His previous bests were five catches and 36 yards.
*Malik Miller’s four-yard TD run in the third quarter was the first TD in college. The freshman finished with a career-best 45 yards on nine carries before leaving the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury.
*Walk-on Damian Lewis made his first career appearance, rushing five times for 21 yards in the fourth quarter.
*Darius James made his first start on the offensive line at Auburn, opening at left tackle with Austin Golson moving to center to fill in for injured Xavier Dampeer.
*Carl Lawson had his ninth career sack, and fourth of the year, in the first quarter. Tre Williams had his first career forced fumble in the first quarter. Rudy Ford got the ball, the first recovery of his career. Williams led Auburn with nine tackles, one shy of a career-high.
*Ford had three tackles to tie Kris Frost for seventh at Auburn (press box stats era, since 2004) with 247 career tackles.
*Montravius Adams upped his career sack total to 8.5 with a second quarter sack. He now has 2.5 sacks on the year. He also blocked a ULM field goal in the second quarter. It was Auburn’s first blocked field goal since Blake Countess against Memphis in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl.
*Redshirt freshman cornerback Javaris Davis had his first career interception in the third quarter. It was only the second interception of the season for the Auburn defense.