KERRYON JOHNSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Auburn's Kerryon Johnson And The Tigers Fight Through Adversity In Win

Still not fully healthy, Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson contributed in a big way in a close victory over Vanderbilt.

Auburn, Ala.--Carrying the ball nine times for 36 yards and a touchdown while also adding 96 yards and three kickoff returns, sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson did his part in helping the Auburn Tigers to a closer than expected 23-16 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

"I felt really about the same," Johnson said after coming back for the second game following an ankle injury. "It was no better, no worse. Just that first hit kind of shook me up a little bit and I just had to walk it off.

"At this point in the college season nobody out there is 100 percent," he added. "Everybody is fighting through something. I just have to do my part."

Teammate and fellow running back Kamryn Pettway led the way for the Tigers with 173 yards rushing on 25 carries to push past the 1,000-yard mark for the season. It's something Johnson said they take pride in and he's proud to see his teammate get the job done.

"I think it was Tuesday I told him that we didn't want to be a group that doesn't get it done," Johnson said. "To know we got it out of the way (having a 1,000-yard rusher) with three games left is a huge relief. Obviously you don't want to play for that, but when you get a stat like that out of the way you can really just focus on making yourself better and doing what you're supposed to do."

Moving to 7-2 on the season after winning a sixth consecutive game, the Tigers now head to Georgia to face a Bulldogs' team that has had Auburn's number in the last few seasons.

Johnson talks about the win, Pettway's play, his health and more in this postgame video.


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