Adams Adds Three TDs to His Impressive Total

Darvin Adams scored three touchdowns for the Tigers in Auburn's Homecoming victory over Furman.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn receiver Darvin Adams had the best game of his career Saturday in Auburn's 63-31 Homecoming win over Furman, catching a team-high six passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns.

He now has nine touchdown receptions on the season, which ties him with Ronny Daniels and Byron Franklin for third best in Auburn history. Former All-American receiver Terry Beasley ranks first and second in TD catches in a season with 12 and 11, respectively.

Adams said offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn told the receivers last week that he was going to open up the passing game against Furman.

"Coach Malzahn told us he was going to try to put the ball in the air a little more, and he did what he said," Adams said. "The offensive line did a great job giving (Auburn quarterback) Chris (Todd) that time to throw the ball, and I thank them guys for that. As Coach Malzahn say, we come out and do it the same way whether it's a DI school or whatever."

Overall, it was a solid day--maybe even a season-changing day--for Auburn's receivers, who have struggled at times in recent years. Even this season, Auburn's receivers have struggled to catch passes and have been plagued by dropped balls. Saturday, Todd & Co., put on a passing clinic.

The once faulty passing game was accurate, effective and at times, explosive.

Even the young guys got in on the fun.

Freshman DeAngelo Benton caught his first collegiate pass Saturday. He finished the game with six passes for 88 yards. Emory Blake caught five passes for 32 yards, and Eric Smith pulled down four passes for 34 yards.

Though some speculated after the game that Auburn quarterback Chris Todd and his receivers have just now developed the needed chemistry to connect under pressure, Adams bristled at the suggestion.

"I think we had the same chemistry since day one," he said. "The receivers and Chris always stay out there and do the extra things, the little things that matter. Me and Chris been together doing a lot of things since spring, and me and Chris, we had chemistry a long time ago. I think the other receivers have the same chemistry, too.

"We all came out and did what we had to do," Adams added. "Coach Malzahn did a great job of play calling. It comes down to execution and more confidence."

Todd said much of the credit goes to Auburn's offensive line, which allowed receivers to get open.

"(Adams) did a really good job," Todd said. "He really stepped up and presented himself. But it started up front. The O-line really allowed receivers to get open and present themselves."

Auburn had a 42-3 lead at halftime and rested many of the starters in the second half.

Adams said he enjoyed watching the young receivers get a chance to play.

"It felt good to sit out and watch the younger guys and teach them as they came off to the sidelines and tell them what they did wrong and what they did right," he said. "And congratulate them on doing great stuff. DeAngelo made a couple of big plays, and I was telling him this is the week you'll start building your confidence. Emory did good job, too. He got a lot of yards for a freshman."

Adams said a huge win and a chance to rest in the second half was just what Auburn needed before finishing out the season against huge rivals Georgia and Alabama.

"It was a lot of fun," he pointed out. "Everybody loves winning. We have a lot of fun out there. Now we'll get ready for the next one."


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