Exciting Finish Brings Honor To Tiger Quarterback

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to a comeback victory on Saturday over defending national champion LSU.

Campbell, a senior from Taylorsville, Miss., hit sophomore wide receiver Courtney Taylor on a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers on top 10-9 with 1:14 left in the game.

Senior safety Junior Rosegreen's interception of LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell then sealed the victory as Auburn improved to 2-0 in the SEC and 3-0 overall. The victory snapped a 10-game winning streak for LSU.

"It has go to rank as one of the top," Campbell says of Auburn's victory over the Bayou Bengals. "We have all heard the different stories of the LSU-Auburn game--you know, the earthquake game and the fire. This time you have the, I guess, you call it the Hurricane Ivan game.

"It was just an exciting moment when something like that happens. I think it is something that the team needed to get a win like this--not to just beat up on people and have a big win, like a big-scoring type win. I think it is just something that we needed to see how we would feel when it gets to clutch time. How would we react?"

Courtney Taylor cradles the football following the game-winning touchdown catch.

Campbell and Taylor also hooked up on a fourth down and 12 pass for 14 yards to keep the winning drive alive. That set up the first touchdown catch of Taylor's career. "I told Courtney to make sure he ran his route a couple yards past the pylon to make sure we got the first down," Campbell says.

The honor is a first for Campbell and the first for a Tiger quarterback since Ben Leard won it in 1999. For the game, Campbell completed 16-27 passes for one touchdown and no interceptions. He has six touchdowns this season with just one interception.

Campbell is the third Tiger to win a Player of the Week honor from the conference this season. Tailback Carnell Williams won it a week earlier for his play vs. Mississippi State and offensive tackle Troy Reddick was named SEC Lineman of the Week for the same game. Earlier this year, Campbell was put on the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

The Tigers, who are taking the day off from practice on Monday following a Sunday afternoon workout, will return to practice on Tuesday. This Saturday Auburn plays The Citadel at 1:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium before returning to SEC play with a 6:45 p.m. CDT contest at Tennessee on Oct. 2nd that will be televised on ESPN.

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