Oxford, Miss.--Watching as the quarterback on the other sideline threw time after time after time, Auburn Tigers sophomore Sean White knew his time was going to come against Ole Miss, and when he did he took full advantage.
Connecting on 15-22 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown with big plays to Kerryon Johnson, Stanton Truitt, Jalen Harris and Jason Smith all in the second half, White’s numbers pale in comparison to Chad Kelly’s 465 yards, but in the end the Tigers walked out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium a winner and White said that was the main goal.
“Coach talked about the last couple of weeks especially in this league that’s not to common jumping on opponents so fast and really just kind of coast in the second half,” White said. “We knew we really had to play for four quarters. We came out and I’m just proud of my teammates.
“We fought the whole game and we came out on top. It was a huge win against a great team, great quarterback. I have a lot of respect for him. He made a lot of great plays.”
Watching as the shutdown Auburn defense gave up 22 points and a ton of yards in the first half, White said for the first time this season the pressure was on the offense for the Tigers and they were ready for the challenge.
“The defense has picked us up at certain points this year,” White said. “Tonight we had to pick them up a little bit. They came back and had a great second half in my opinion and I knew they would. They are a great defense, they figured it out and did a great job.
“Coach said this is what I told you it’s going to be a four quarter game,” he added. “That’s like the best 3-5 team that’s ever played. We knew we would be a in fight.”
Saying that he had a lot of confidence throughout the game and into the fourth quarter when he number was called, White said it’s all about the team and putting another W in the win column. Now 6-2 on the season and rolling along, White said he’s having a blast because it’s a true team effort.
“As far as the passing (attempts) or whatever we just have a team offense,” White said. “I really believe that. Whether we are throwing or running, it doesn’t matter who gets the ball Kerryon, Pettway, Stanton everybody is just trying to get each other open, trying to block for each other. It doesn’t matter who scores. We are just trying to put up yards and put up points.”