Auburn vs. WCU Football Game Notes

Notes and quotes from the Tigers and Catamounts are featured from Auburn's 56-0 football victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, Ala.--On a night when the reserves saw more action than the starters, few players had a better performance than reserve quarterback Jason Campbell.

The redshirt sophomore completed 12-14 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also scored on a scramble and was in the game for four of Auburn's eight touchdowns.

"It was a lot of fun out there," says Campbell. "We got to play a lot of players. I enjoyed watching everybody get playing time, especially the freshmen. I think this win will really help our football team."

Campbell played just two snaps in the opener at USC and did not throw a pass. However, he had a big part in Auburn's 611 yards of total offense.

"It was important for us to play well on offense," he said. "Every week a team needs to be ready to play. I think this will give us confidence for games that are down the road starting with our conference opener next week."

The Tigers play Vanderbilt at 11:30 a.m. in game three in a contest that will be televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot.

Junior Karlos Dansby

Junior defensive end Karlos Dansby said he liked what he saw from the defense and offense. "Getting the shutout is great," he said. "We came in to this game with the attitude that we wanted to get better as a football team. We wanted to play good football for four quarters. I think that is what we did."

News And Notes: Freshman tailback Tre Smith is listed fourth on the depth chart, but he was the second tailback in the game. Head coach Tommy Tuberville said the coaching staff got him early because they figured he would do well with his ability to make tacklers miss. He rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, more runs than any other Tiger back. Chris Butler, Auburn's leading rusher, was the fourth tailback into the action but he made up for lost time with 91 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He had the second longest run of the game, a 38-yarder. "I thought I was going to score on the play," Butler said. "I hesitated to make a move and I let the pursuit catch me." Not only did the pursuit catch him, a Catamount hit him after the whistle, turning the play into a 53-yarder with a 15-yard personal foul. "By that time I think their defense was getting a bit frustrated," Butler said...Western Carolina cornerback Ahmed Green said, "We came in with a great game plan. We put men in the box to stop the running game, but they hit the holes and made big plays. They have good running backs. The big difference was their offensive line. They protected the quarterback and allowed him to make reads and plays."...WCU quarterback Brian Gaither said, "We didn't come here to lose this game. We had high expectations and we didn't meet our own expectations. We will just have to live and learn. At the beginning, I was a little rattled by their stadium. As I settled in and relaxed, I wasn't as rattled. This stadium wasn't as intimidating in the end."

Sophomore Danny Lindsey

Danny Lindsey made his second career start at center as he moved over from guard to fill in for Ben Nowland, who rested his sore ankle. Offensive line coach Hugh Nall said his first impression of the game was a good one. "I will have to study the film to check our technique and assignments, but I could tell the effort was really good. I am pleased about that."...Auburn's 56 points are the most for the Tigers since blitzing Fresno State 62-0 in 1996. Auburn would have matched that total if Damon Duval had not missed his two field goal tries. Tuberville said that was one of the few disappointments in the game...Auburn passed the 300-yard mark in rushing for the first time since gain 301 vs. Louisiana Tech in 2000...Auburn's 37 first downs are the second highest total for an AU team, two shy of the school record set vs. Ole Miss in 1985 and three shy of Vandy's SEC record set in 1967.


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