Passing Game Clicking For Tigers

Wide receiver Darvin Adams talks about the Auburn passing game in Saturday's win over Ball State.

Auburn, Ala.--For the second consecutive game the Auburn offense got off to slow start running the football and needed the passing game to jump start things. For the second week in a row Chris Todd and his right arm delivered as the senior threw five touchdown passes, three to Terrell Zachery, as the Tigers pounded out 54 points in the win.

For the game Todd completed 19-26 passes for 287 yards with Zachery grabbing five for 122 yards and two scores. Sophomore Darvin Adams continued his solid play as well with five grabs for 73 yards and a touchdown, his fourth in the last two games. Adams said it was great to see Zachery step up and continue to make big plays for the offense.

"Terrell did a great job tonight of being a go-to guy when Chris needed him," Adams said. "Terrell practices hard and Coach Trooper (Taylor) has to tell him to come out of the game. He just stepped up and did his thing tonight."

As for Todd it's nothing that Adams hasn't seen before. Last week he had a huge game as the Tigers defeated West Virginia. This time around Todd has an even better game as he was pinpoint for much of the night and making big play after big play.

"Chris has been great," Adams said. "He's doing a great job as a leader and he's stepping up and making plays."

After running up and down the field on the legs of Ben Tate and Onterio McCalebb the first two games, the Tigers have shown the ability to beat people with the passing game consistently for the first time since the 2005 season. Adams said having a multiple offense capable of both running and passing is the goal each and every week for the Tigers.

"I don't think it's a challenge because Coach (Gus) Malzahn and the rest of the offensive staff knows that we can run and pass the ball. If they try to stop one then we lean on the other one. If they try to stop that what are they going to do then?"

Now Auburn will turn its attention to the Tennessee Volunteers and their physical defensive unit that held Florida to 23 points last week. Once again Auburn will likely see a defense designed to take away the run and force Todd and the passing game to make plays. Adams said that's fine with him in the rest of the receivers. Just fine indeed.

"It's fun because it gives us a chance to show what we can do on the perimeter," Adams said. "We're doing pretty good right now. I think if we keep working hard and start it off right this week that will be big heading on the road next week."

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