Campbell Right On Target For Tigers

Jason Campbell could hardly miss vs. the Hilltoppers.

Auburn, Ala.--Only a drop by wide receiver Courtney Taylor kept Jason Campbell from having a perfect passing evening, but 12 of 13 completions was good enough to earn the junior quarterback a place in the Auburn football record book.

Campbell's 92.3 percent accuracy mark is the best for a single game (minimum of 10 attempts) in school history. "I had a little talk with Courtney about that one," Campbell joked after Auburn's 48-7 victory over the Hilltoppers.

Jason Campbell takes the snap from fellow junior Danny Lindsey.

The junior quarterback said it was his best game, but said more importantly it was a continuation of what happened in the second quarter of game three at Vanderbilt when the Tigers ended their touchdown drought when Jeris McIntyre turned a short pass play into six points. After not scoring a touchdown in the first nine quarters, Auburn has scored 93 points in the last seven quarters.

"When Jeris did what he did at Vanderbilt, that got everybody on offense running," Campbell said with a big smile on his face. "Once we scored that first touchdown, it seems like our motor has been going. We are staying focused on what we are doing and working hard to get better."

On a night when Campbell became the ninth player in Auburn history to hit the 3,000 yards mark in passing, the Tigers racked up 567 total yards against Western Kentucky. Auburn averaged 8.3 yards per play even though the first team was on the sideline for more than half the game.

Campbell said that his team took Western Kentucky seriously even though the Tigers were the favorites against the Division I-AA power. "We saw all of the upsets taking place last week," Campbell pointed out. "Western Kentucky was the champion of their division last year, they had won 13 straight games and they had not given up a touchdown in their first three games. We wanted to come out fast, play hard and give it our all no matter what happened."

Campbell said there is no doubt in his mind that the offense is improving and gaining confidence. He and his backup, redshirt freshman Josh Sullivan, threw passes to 11 different receivers who caught 22 total balls for 282 yards. The accuracy of Campbell helped open the running lanes for the Tigers to rush for 285 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per run.

"It's very important to keep people out of the box and keep the pressure off our offensive linemen," Campbell said. "Using staying balance is going to help."

Campbell finished his evening in the second quarter with 173 yards and one touchdown, a 36-yarder to Silas Daniels.


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