Receivers Deliver In SEC Title Game

The Auburn wide receivers came through in a big way on Saturday night against the Tennessee defense.

Atlanta, Ga.—On a night when the Tennessee defense decided that it's only plan of attack was to try and shut down the Auburn run, Jason Campbell and the Tigers' wide receivers stepped up big time and airmailed the Tigers their first SEC Championship since 1989.

"They were great, but again a lot of that is the quarterback's ability to get the ball to them," Offensive Coordinator Al Borges said about the receiving corps. "They did a great job. I mean we had some big plays--big play after big play in crucial situations that turned momentum because momentum had definitely shifted. But, we answered every time that momentum did shift and that to me is another sign of a champion."

Tigers' tailback Carnell Williams added that it was pretty easy to figure out Tennessee's defensive plan from the beginning. "They were determined to stop the run and basically they were successful at that," Williams said. "I have also got to take my hat off to the receivers. They made some big plays."

On the night, Campbell passed for a career record 374 yards hitting 27 of 35 passes with three touchdowns and one interception. On the other end of a lot of those passes were Courtney Taylor, who caught six for 111 yards and a TD, Ben Obomanu, who caught six for 93 yards and a TD and Devin Aromashodu, who grabbed two for 58 yards and the go ahead TD in the third quarter.

Taylor said that he felt like he and his fellow receivers really stepped up in the clutch on Saturday. "It means a lot to me," he noted about playing such a big role in the game. "The receivers, I feel like we played a hell of a game. I mean 400 and something passing yards—you have got to credit Jason.

"He stayed poised and he believed in us," Taylor added. "He believed in us from day one an he told us that we were going to have a big year. Basically, we just had each other's back the whole season."

Courtney Taylor catches one of the Tigers' three touchdown passes against the Vols.

The sophomore added that when the going got tough in the second half, Campbell walked over to the receivers and told them to get ready. "Jason came to us and he told us that we are going to win this game, but it is going to take you guys and your effort," Taylor said. "We believed in that and we knew that it was going to have to come down to the passing game."

It came down to the passing game, and with things tied up at 21, Campbell hit Aromashodu on a 53-yard strike that put the Tigers ahead for good. "It was just a straight go ball like the Alabama game," Aromashodu said. "I was able to get past the defender and Jason threw a good ball and I was able to make the catch."

The passing game was also a big factor early when Taylor pulled down a 56-yard catch and run on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage. "I knew that play was going to be open," Taylor explained. "I was like ‘coach please call the play. I know he sees all these guys in this box, just please call the play.' Then, I remember when he called out personnel I knew it was the play. It was wide open too."

The Auburn receivers made big plays when they had chances on Saturday night and Aromashodu said that is something they have been working on since the end of last season. "We have just been working very hard in the offseason with Jason and with our new offensive coordinator," he noted. "So, we have tried to come out there and work and just try to get better, you know, catching balls and making sure that we seize the opportunity when we get the chance."

The junior added that the receivers feel like they have developed themselves into a go to group with their play throughout the season.

"We know that sometimes they depend on us to make plays so we just want to go out there and do what we can to keep the team in the game and just hopefully get us a victory," Aromashodu explained. "So, putting it on our shoulders is something we have grown accustom to this season so we like that, we like the opportunity."


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