Tuberville Happy As Tigers Air It Out

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville hinted that his Tigers might throw the ball more than they have in recent games and that is exactly what happened as Auburn coasted to a 52-14 homecoming victory on Saturday.

On Auburn's first offensive play, Jason Campbell hit tight end Robert Johnson for 30 yards. He then found fullback Brandon Johnson for seven more on a screen pass on the second play. Then, after two Ronnie Brown runs, Campbell threw the ball into the end zone and Jeris McIntyre caught a perfectly thrown pass for a 33-yard touchdown.

Auburn scored four more first half touchdowns on the way to a 52-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers, who had been prospering with a strong ground game, finished the night with 293 passing yards to go with 210 on the ground.

"We wanted to throw the ball downfield a little bit more early, knowing that we probably wouldn't get to play our starters for very long," Tuberville said. "We came out chunking. We wanted to throw the ball to our tight ends, too. Our tight ends hadn't caught that many balls. We looked sharp.

"The protection was good and Jason was putting it on the money," Tuberville added. "He is getting better. Sometimes he needs to take a little bit off the ball when he's throwing the ball, but you can tell the biggest thing about Jason is his confidence. He has got a lot more confidence in what he is doing."

Freshman Ben Obomanu scores on a touchdown pass from Jason Campbell.

Campbell completed 8-10 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Daniel Cobb hit 13-20 for 109 yards with two interceptions.

"Jason made some pretty good passes," Obomanu said. "He is usually very accurate like that."

Sophomore Danny Lindsey, who started at center in place of Ben Nowland who was held out to rest a finger injury, said the Tigers wanted to take care of business on homecoming Saturday. "We just wanted to come out strong and not leave anything on the field," Lindsey said. "Last year, against Louisiana Tech, you know they snuck up on us and we had to go into overtime at the homecoming game. We didn't want to leave anything behind. We just wanted to come out and play strong."

Cornerback Carlos Rogers said the game was a fun one for the entire roster because the coaching staff was able to give extensive playing time to the reserves who normally watch from the sideline.

"It was good motivation to get everybody playing time," Rogers said. "It was a good time to let the coaches see what they have got to work with next year. Games like this--these are the ones that sneak up on you like last year when (Louisiana) Tech took us to overtime. We tried hard not to look past this game and stay focused.

Auburn returns to action next Saturday with a home game against the Georgia Bulldogs. Tuberville is expecting a good game. "We always play hard and well against Georgia," he said. "And, it will be a war. We are going to have to play well. They have got a good football team."


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