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
  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Calera Police investigation break-in at Radio Shack

    Calera Police investigation break-in at Radio Shack

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:13:44 GMT
    Calera police are working at burglary at the Radio Shack on Supercenter Drive.
    Calera police are working at burglary at the Radio Shack on Supercenter Drive.
  • Adger wildfire burns 100 acres, low humidity raises concern for fire danger

    Adger wildfire burns 100 acres, low humidity raises concern for fire danger

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:34:39 GMT
    The State Forestry Commission is watching a wildfire in a wooded area in Adger, but no buildings are currently in its path.  
    The State Forestry Commission is watching a wildfire in a wooded area in Adger, but no buildings are currently in its path.  
  • Polling concerns on election day in Bessemer

    Polling concerns on election day in Bessemer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:15:09 GMT
    Not everyone is happy with the way election day started Tuesday morning in Bessemer.Some polling places didn't open on time and one candidate now wants the state to investigate.
    Not everyone is happy with the way election day started Tuesday morning in Bessemer.Some polling places didn't open on time and one candidate now wants the state to investigate.
  • StrangeMore>>

  • Gold thief offers to pay for pilfered nugget

    Gold thief offers to pay for pilfered nugget

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:47:49 GMT
    A man who took a nearly $5,000 gold nugget from a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store offered to pay for it two days after his face appeared in photos distributed by the media.
    A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.
  • Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

    Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:27:46 GMT
    Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.
    Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.
  • Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

    Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:27:45 GMT
    A Maine lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.
    A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.
  • Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

    Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:07:44 GMT
    Hundreds of travelers on the road to Burning Man in their quest for oneness with nature and celebration of self-expression on a peaceful playa in northern Nevada's desert didn't expect to spend their first...
    Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and...
  • Crested Butte to be Bud Light's 'Whatever' town

    Crested Butte to be Bud Light's 'Whatever' town

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:39:02 GMT
    Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte, Colorado, are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an ad campaign.
    Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign.
  • Colorado marshal can't adjust to high altitude

    Colorado marshal can't adjust to high altitude

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:18:58 GMT
    Nederland, Colorado's town marshal says he is resigning after just six months because he can't adjust to the altitude.
    Nederland, Colorado's town marshal says he is resigning after just six months because he can't adjust to the altitude.
  • Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota

    Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:47 GMT
    The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness of all...
    The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness of all humanity...
  • Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:42 GMT
    Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall.
    Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall.
  • Moose shows up at German office canteen

    Moose shows up at German office canteen

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:40 GMT
    Maybe he got hungry?
    Maybe he got hungry?
  • Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

    Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:37:47 GMT
    An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help.
    An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help.
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Calera Police investigation break-in at Radio Shack

    Calera Police investigation break-in at Radio Shack

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:13:44 GMT
    Calera police are working at burglary at the Radio Shack on Supercenter Drive.
    Calera police are working at burglary at the Radio Shack on Supercenter Drive.
  • Adger wildfire burns 100 acres, low humidity raises concern for fire danger

    Adger wildfire burns 100 acres, low humidity raises concern for fire danger

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:34:39 GMT
    The State Forestry Commission is watching a wildfire in a wooded area in Adger, but no buildings are currently in its path.  
    The State Forestry Commission is watching a wildfire in a wooded area in Adger, but no buildings are currently in its path.  
  • Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

    Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

    Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:58:44 GMT
    Gadsden's Mayor Sherman Guyton wins reelection with 56% of the votes. The city also voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales with over a 2-1 ratio; 68% to 32%.
    Gadsden's Mayor Sherman Guyton wins reelection with 56% of the votes. The city also voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales with over a 2-1 ratio; 68% to 32%.
  • Polling concerns on election day in Bessemer

    Polling concerns on election day in Bessemer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:15:09 GMT
    Not everyone is happy with the way election day started Tuesday morning in Bessemer.Some polling places didn't open on time and one candidate now wants the state to investigate.
    Not everyone is happy with the way election day started Tuesday morning in Bessemer.Some polling places didn't open on time and one candidate now wants the state to investigate.
  • Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

    Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:41:04 GMT
    The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might...
    The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage...
  • Miles College to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Bernard Williams

    Miles College to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Bernard Williams

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:32:57 GMT
    Miles College has announced that there will be a Memorial Service to pay tribute to choir director, Dr. Bernard Williams, who passed away last Friday. The service will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:00p.m., on the campus of Miles College in front of the George T. French, Jr. Student Activity Center.The college issue the following statement about Dr. Williams:The Miles College family mourns the death of devoted and beloved choir director, Dr. Bernard Williams, who passed away on...
    Miles College has announced that there will be a Memorial Service to pay tribute to choir director, Dr. Bernard Williams, who passed away last Friday. The service will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:00p.m., on the campus of Miles College in front of the George T. French, Jr. Student Activity Center.The college issue the following statement about Dr. Williams:The Miles College family mourns the death of devoted and beloved choir director, Dr. Bernard Williams, who passed away on...
  • Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

    Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:38:26 GMT
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.
  • Anniston police and fire departments downsized by proposed budget cuts

    Anniston police and fire departments downsized by proposed budget cuts

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:01:02 GMT
    The Anniston city manager's proposed budget for 2015 cuts more than $1.5-million in spending compared to this year. The police and fire chiefs are concerned about the cuts to public safety.
    The Anniston city manager's proposed budget for 2015 cuts more than $1.5-million in spending compared to this year. The police and fire chiefs are concerned about the cuts to public safety.
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.