Johnson Confident that Auburn will Bounce Back
Kerryon Johnson (Photo: Auburn Athletics)
Auburn’s offense struggled to find a spark in Saturday night’s loss to Georgia. The Tigers were only able to gain a total of 164 yards and scored only 7 points in what was considered to be a “must-win” game. “This one hurts.” said running back Kerryon Johnson following the game. “Everybody loses sooner or later. We just got to take it in stride and get better next week.” In a game that saw Auburn up 7-0 at halftime, the momentum gate swung open on the third play of the third quarter, when Sean White’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Auburn only gained 32 yards of offense in the second half, and could not convert a third down play. Johnson gave credit to the Bulldog defense, by saying that they were simply outplayed by Georgia. Even though the chances of playing for a Southeastern Conference title have diminished, Auburn is hopeful that the Georgia game was just a setback, and that they will bounce back beginning next week against Alabama A&M. According to Johnson, it all starts with practice. “We had a great week of practice. We had a great week of practice the week before, and the week before that. Nothing needs to change for next week.” Also, Johnson wants his teammates to remember that they are an improved bunch from this time last season. “It’s three losses. Last year, we had five by this time. We have to realize that we are a great team and that we have beaten great teams. We just have to keep playing for our pride and a bowl game, against Alabama A&M and Alabama just the same as every week.” Auburn plays their home finale next Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s a non-conference affair with Alabama A&M. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 P.M.