Playing without starting quarterback Cameron Echols-Luper, Auburn turned to its defense and the running of Auburn linebacker commitment Reuben Foster to take down the Generals 52-28 and improve to 7-1 on the season.
Playing sparingly on defense, Foster saw some action on offense as the Tigers mixed in a pair of quarterbacks to try to get the offense rolling. Carrying the ball just five times on the night, the 6-1, 245 linebacker ran for 75 yards with touchdowns of 20 and 27 yards in the win. While it wasn't pretty, Foster said getting a win after three tough weeks was the ultimate goal for his team.
"It was more of a running back night for me," Foster said of his play. "They didn't want to risk me getting hurt on defense. They didn't really want to run me much on offense, I was just playing around seeing what I could do.
"It felt good being able to make some plays," he added. "I wanted to get one of the other linebackers some reps. He just wanted me to run the ball because we didn't want to show too much on defense. It's always good just to get a win."
Reuben Foster breaks loose for one of his two touchdown runs Thursday night
That would be good news for Foster's future team as well as the Auburn University Tigers are 1-5 on the season and heading to Vanderbilt on Saturday to face the Commodores. While everyone has written off the team this season, Foster said for him it's a matter of sticking by not only the players and coaches, but the university.
"The 1-5 doesn't mean anything," Foster said. "It just means a new beginning to me. It's something that you've got to build and move forward with. That's all it means to me."
Foster said not only does his commitment mean he's sticking with the Tigers, it's also about continuing to keep the recruiting class strong knowing that good things are ahead for the program.
"I'm talking to the guys all the time," Foster said. "The future is still bright. It's always going to shine bright and it's going to be bright. We all have to stick together because we're a family. We call AU a family for a reason. That's to stick together.
"The fans don't have any worries," he added. "We're sticking together forever because we're family."