Johnson shines in college debut, Auburn cruises to 62-3 win over - WSET.com - ABC13

Johnson shines in college debut, Auburn cruises to 62-3 win over WCU

Posted: Updated:
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) celebrates with wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after throwing Louis a 46-yard touchdown pass during the first half of the Tigers' 62-3 win over WCU. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) celebrates with wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after throwing Louis a 46-yard touchdown pass during the first half of the Tigers' 62-3 win over WCU. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Coach Gus Malzahn makes it clear that Auburn doesn't have a quarterback controversy.

Freshman Jeremy Johnson seems to at least be a solid Plan B after taking advantage of a huge mismatch to lead the Tigers to a 62-3 rout of Western Carolina and a school-record 712 yards on Saturday.

Johnson was 17-of-21 passing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in his college debut while Nick Marshall watched from the sidelines with a knee injury sustained against Mississippi.

Malzahn emphasized that "Nick Marshall is our starting quarterback," but his status remains uncertain for a visit to No. 9 Texas A&M.

"I think what we proved is that we've got two very capable quarterbacks," the Auburn coach said. "That's going to do nothing but help us moving forward."

The competition will get much tougher for the Tigers (5-1), whoever's at quarterback.

Johnson was announced as the starter Friday evening with Marshall not fully recovered from a knee injury. Marshall did participate in pre-game warmups.

Johnson picked apart the Football Championship Subdivision Catamounts (1-6) before leaving midway through the third quarter.

"It was great," Johnson said of his first start. "I enjoyed every bit of it. You never know when the opportunity will come. I stayed focused and prayed overnight."

Cameron-Artis Payne ran for 133 yards on seven carries, including a 59-yard run and a 25-yard touchdown on one drive in the third quarter. Tre Mason gained 100 yards on six carries with first-half touchdowns of 20 and 53 yards.

The Tigers' old record of 695 yards came against Southwestern Louisiana in 1985. Auburn ran for 511 yards on 43 carries, a school-record average of 11.9 yard per rush. The Tigers had 30 first downs to six for Western Carolina. Eight different players scored for Auburn.

Johnson's debut provided the only drama in a game when Auburn had four touchdowns just over a minute into the second quarter.

Auburn held Western Carolina, which has lost 32 in a row to FBS and FCS teams, to 173 total yards.

"Coach Malzahn is a class act," Western Carolina coach Mark Speir said. "That game could have been a lot uglier than it was."

A four-star recruit and Alabama's Mr. Football, the 6-foot-5, 219-pound Johnson had been a candidate for a redshirt year before getting called into action over Jonathan Wallace, who started the last four games of 2012. Malzahn said he had been getting the majority of practice snaps with the No. 2 offense in recent weeks.

"I just stayed ready," Johnson said. "If I was going to redshirt or not, I was still going to be happy. I still was going to improve at practice and help the team. You never know what will happen with players."

It was a good game for Johnson to get his feet wet against a badly overmatched opponent.

Johnson threw three touchdown passes to stake Auburn to a 42-3 halftime lead en route to the Tigers' most points since a 62-24 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2010.

Johnson rolled right and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jay Prosch, threw a deep ball on the money for a 46-yard touchdown to Ricardo Louis and hit fellow freshman Tony Stevens for a 22-yarder before the half.

He added a 3-yarder to Quan Bray in the third quarter and ran for 26 yards on three carries. Corey Grant also gained 83 yards on five runs.

"He handled it all very maturely," Prosch said. "I remember starting when I was a true freshman. Even if it's not a huge game, you still get those jitters. I think he stepped up confidently and handled the offense like anyone else would have."

Richard Sigmon got a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter for Western Carolina, which held onto the ball for six minutes, 23 seconds on the drive to keep Auburn's offense off the field.

Starter Troy Mitchell completed 3 of 6 passes for 73 yards and was intercepted once. Backup Eddie Sullivan played much of the game and was 3-of-11 passing for 73 yards. Both added 15 rushing yards apiece despite being sacked a combined four times.

Auburn right tackle Patrick Miller and tight end/receiver Brandon Fulse didn't play because of off-the-field issues, Malzahn said.

Team Stat Comparison

 WCUAUB
1st Downs 6 30
Total Yards 173 712
Passing 107 201
Rushing 66 511
Penalties 3-20 3-20
3rd Down Conversions 2-14 6-7
4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-1
Turnovers 1 1
Possession 28:42 31:18

Passing Leaders

 
Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan 3/11 73 6.6 0 0
 
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson 17/21 201 9.6 4 1

Rushing Leaders

 
Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown 3 17 5.7 0 14
Sullivan 8 15 1.9 0 17
 
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Artis-Payne 7 133 19.0 1 59
Mason 6 100 16.7 2 53

Receiving Leaders

 
Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benson 3 63 21.0 0 35
Robinson 1 35 35.0 0 35
 
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Louis 3 53 17.7 1 46
Stevens 3 47 15.7 1 22
  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:19:22 GMT
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...
  • Athens man pleads not guilty in Craigslist kitten killings

    Athens man pleads not guilty in Craigslist kitten killings

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:53 GMT
    Ronald Fraser Golden, 49, of Athens pleaded not guilty to 22 cruelty charges during a brief hearing in Limestone County, where authorities say he killed the animals in a part of his home he called "the cat room."

    Ronald Fraser Golden, 49, of Athens pleaded not guilty to 22 cruelty charges during a brief hearing in Limestone County, where authorities say he killed the animals in a part of his home he called "the cat room."

  • Girl who was struck by plane that crashed on Florida beach dies

    Girl who was struck by plane that crashed on Florida beach dies

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:34:21 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.
    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.
  • University of Alabama SportsMore>>

  • Alabama picks up commitment from 4-star Ronnie Harrison

    Alabama picks up commitment from 4-star Ronnie Harrison

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:51:50 GMT
    Alabama scored a commitment from one of the top defensive back recruits in the nation. Four-star safety Ronnie Harrison announced his decision on Tuesday.
    Alabama scored a commitment from one of the top defensive back recruits in the nation. Four-star safety Ronnie Harrison announced his decision on Tuesday.
  • Crimson Tide set to host annual Fan Day

    Crimson Tide set to host annual Fan Day

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:06:14 GMT
    Alabama will hold it's annual Fan Day Sunday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans are invited to watch the Crimson Tide practice, followed by an autograph session with the team.The practice is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and expected to last two hours. Alabama reports for preseason practice on Thursday and holds it's first workout on Friday.The Tide open the 2014 season against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Aug. 30.
    Alabama will hold it's annual Fan Day Sunday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans are invited to watch the Crimson Tide practice, followed by an autograph session with the team.The practice is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and expected to last two hours. Alabama reports for preseason practice on Thursday and holds it's first workout on Friday.The Tide open the 2014 season against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Aug. 30.
  • Rolando McClain convicted of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct in Decatur

    Rolando McClain convicted of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct in Decatur

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:27:54 GMT
    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his hometown in Alabama.
    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his hometown in Alabama.
  • Auburn University SportsMore>>

  • Auburn QB Nick Marshall pays $1,100 in fines for marijuana possession, window tint violations in Georgia

    Auburn QB Nick Marshall pays $1,100 in fines for marijuana possession, window tint violations in Georgia

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:33:03 GMT
    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.
    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.
  • CB Chris Westry commits to Auburn

    CB Chris Westry commits to Auburn

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:22:20 GMT
    Auburn added some size to the future of it's defensive backfield.Cornerback Chris Westry of Oakleaf High School in Florida committed to be part of the Tigers recruiting class of 2015. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound Westry is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.Oakleaf High School announced the commitment on it's twitter page,2015 DB Chris Westry has committed to Auburn #WarEagle --Oakleaf Football ?, July 24 Westry is the 18th commitment for Auburn's 2015 signing class.
    Auburn added some size to the future of it's defensive backfield.Cornerback Chris Westry of Oakleaf High School in Florida committed to be part of the Tigers recruiting class of 2015. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound Westry is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.Oakleaf High School announced the commitment on it's twitter page,2015 DB Chris Westry has committed to Auburn #WarEagle --Oakleaf Football ?, July 24 Westry is the 18th commitment for Auburn's 2015 signing class.
  • Josh Donaldson nominated for MLB Heart and Hustle Award

    Josh Donaldson nominated for MLB Heart and Hustle Award

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:37:43 GMT
    Josh Donaldson earned the Oakland A's Heart and Hustle Award. It's the second consecutive season Donaldson was chosen for the honor.
    Josh Donaldson earned the Oakland A's Heart and Hustle Award. It's the second consecutive season Donaldson was chosen for the honor.
  • SportsMore>>

  • UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:59:07 GMT
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball...
  • NBA players union elects female executive director

    NBA players union elects female executive director

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:12:16 GMT
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers.
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers.
  • NBA players union elects new executive director

    NBA players union elects new executive director

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:39:43 GMT
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers.
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers.
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Greene County Schools ready to "turn up"

    Greene County Schools ready to "turn up"

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:49:10 GMT
    The Greene County School System has announced a back to school event. It's called the “Back to School Turn-Up.” 
    The Greene County School System has announced a back to school event. It's called the “Back to School Turn-Up.” 
  • Social Media Night big draw at Regions Field

    Social Media Night big draw at Regions Field

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:22:59 GMT
    In Baseball, it's important to keep your eye on the ball, but local baseball fans are also keeping their eyes on social media. It's something that's helping the Birmingham Barons fill the seats for home games.Lynnsey Nowell says, "I keep up with a lot of things around Birmingham through Facebook, Twitter, Instragram. I'm one of those people always re-posting stuff." It's that effort that scored Nowell free tickets to Tuesday night' s Barons Game.She also threw the first pitch.Nowell says, "I'...
    In Baseball, it's important to keep your eye on the ball, but local baseball fans are also keeping their eyes on social media. It's something that's helping the Birmingham Barons fill the seats for home games.Lynnsey Nowell says, "I keep up with a lot of things around Birmingham through Facebook, Twitter, Instragram. I'm one of those people always re-posting stuff." It's that effort that scored Nowell free tickets to Tuesday night' s Barons Game.She also threw the first pitch.Nowell says, "I'...
  • Jews and Christians pack out the Levite Community Center for the largest rally since 1974

    Jews and Christians pack out the Levite Community Center for the largest rally since 1974

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:13:13 GMT
    The guns and rockets are on the other side of the world but the conflict is impacting people in Alabama.
    The guns and rockets are on the other side of the world but the conflict is impacting people in Alabama.
  • Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:19:22 GMT
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...
  • Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

    Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:26:35 GMT
    To guard against another Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp.
    To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp.
  • Uber blasts Birmingham Councilwoman over transportation code

    Uber blasts Birmingham Councilwoman over transportation code

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:14:19 GMT
    A weeks-long, heated debate over the City of Birmingham's transportation code ends with more friction.
    A weeks-long, heated debate over the City of Birmingham's transportation code ends with more friction.
  • UAB guard Chad Frazier granted his release from basketball program

    UAB guard Chad Frazier granted his release from basketball program

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:12:02 GMT
    The leading scorer on the UAB basketball team is leaving the program. Guard Chad Frazier was granted his release and will not return."Chad Frazier has been granted his release from our program," head coach Jerod Haase said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best." Frazier, a first team All-Conference USA selection, was arrested last month and charged with third degree domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.Frazier played one season at UAB...
    The leading scorer on the UAB basketball team is leaving the program. Guard Chad Frazier was granted his release and will not return."Chad Frazier has been granted his release from our program," head coach Jerod Haase said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best." Frazier, a first team All-Conference USA selection, was arrested last month and charged with third degree domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.Frazier played one season at UAB...
  • Stephen A. Smith suspended by ESPN for comments on Ray Rice domestic abuse discussion

    Stephen A. Smith suspended by ESPN for comments on Ray Rice domestic abuse discussion

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:50:13 GMT
    ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.
    ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.