Two More Touchdowns For Lester

Sophomore tailback Brad Lester found the end zone two twice against the Bulldogs.

Starkville, Miss.--Against a defensive game plan that was geared to slow the Auburn running attack, back-up tailback Brad Lester continued to do what he does best--score touchdowns. After scoring a on a rush and pass reception in game one against Washington State, Lester scored another pair of touchdowns in Auburn's 34-0 victory at Mississippi State.

"We knew before the game that they were going to do that (load the box)," Lester says. "We knew we were going to have a tough time at first, but we knew we'd eventually break them out of it."

Yards we tough to come by early in the game, but quarterback Brandon Cox loosened up the Bulldog defense early on a rollout touchdown pass to tight end Gabe McKenzie. Minutes later, Lester got his first score of the game by out-racing defenders to the corner of the end zone on a two-yard run.

"When I came to the sidelines Kenny (Irons) was like, ‘Dang, you always score,'" Lester says. "I guess so."

Lester finished the day with five carries for 40 yards, while Irons had just 69 yards on 21 carries. Lester also caught a screen pass for 12 yards and a first down.

"You've got to be patient," he says. "That's all about being a good running back and a good running back group. You've just got to be patient and trust what you're offensive line is going to do and keep running hard."

On the opening drive of the second half he found the same end zone by breaking three tackles near the line of scrimmage and then eluding several others on a 20-yard score.

"I just kept my legs pumping and the coaches get on to us about that all the time about running hard, pumping your legs and something will happen for you," Lester notes. "We had guys blocking down field and that helped out a lot."

However, while he was breaking tackles and switching the ball to the other arm he almost fumbled the football.

"It was kind of slippery," Lester notes. "The play before with Kenny, when I was coming out (onto the field) he said, ‘Hold on to it, it's kind of slippery.' I was like, ‘Yeah, right.' As soon as I got it I was like, ‘Whoa!' As long as we hold onto it he (coach Eddie Gran) doesn't get onto us too much about it."

Lester says he knew before the game that there wouldn't be much running room because of the Mississippi State defensive plan and because of the play calling Auburn would run a week before its big game against the LSU Tigers.

"We were running base stuff and a lot of stuff we run in practice that's real extraordinary we haven't really put it out there yet," Lester says. "We're just trying to stay base right now and get our offense going on the right track.

"It's going to be hard to run the ball next week but we're going to work hard," he adds. "The key thing is the victory and we're going to try to do the same thing next week."


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