AU DB Says Win Gives Tigers Positive 'Mo'

Auburn defensive back Jonathan Wilhite discusses Auburn's victory over Arkansas State.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior cornerback Jonathan Wilhite said there was a lot to like with Auburn's defensive performance in a 27-0 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.

The Tigers came out strong on defense, allowing one first down in the first quarter and just two more in the second quarter. That set the stage for defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to substitute heavily the rest of the game.

"Getting a shutout means a lot," Wilhite said. "It gives you positive ‘mo' going into the Georgia game. It gives our defense something to look forward to. We came out and played a good game. Some of the younger guys got to play so it was a positive for us."

Wilhite looks on as the an ASU ball carrier goes down.

Auburn allowed the Indians to rush for 88 yards on 35 carries and pass for 89 more on 22 attempts.

"It was definitely one of our better games," Wilhite said. "At halftime I think they had 70 yards (actually 59 yards). Our coaches have been preaching consistency and we had that in this game. We want to take this victory and build on it."

The Tigers are 9-1 going into next week's home game vs. Georgia. Wilhite said that game will be an exciting way to finish the home schedule.

"To play for Auburn, you always look forward to Georgia and Alabama," he noted. "We are looking forward to going out there and making sure our seniors go out on a positive note."

Wilhite watched much of the game from sidelines after making a pair of tackles vs. Arkansas State. Most of the yardage the Tigers allowed came with reserves in the game.

"We gave up some yards with missing assignments and some little things that can be corrected, but as a whole I think our second string defense held up very well," Wilhite said. "When it was finished we still had the goose egg up there and that is the important thing."

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