AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Jeremy Johnson accounted for three touchdowns, and No. 18 Auburn made the most of its final tuneup before the Iron Bowl with a 55-0 victory over FCS opponent Alabama A&M on Saturday night.
Starting in place of the injured Sean White, Johnson was 14 of 19 for 147 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more. It was Johnson’s first start of the season and the first game he received substantial playing time in since the opener against Clemson, and he led the charge for a wire-to-wire win on Senior Day.
Kerryon Johnson ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries before being lifted for freshman Kam Martin at halftime. Kamryn Pettway, who entered the week leading the SEC in rushing, missed his second consecutive game with a left leg injury. Among the other Tigers to sit out the final home game of the season were running back Stanton Truitt, H-back Chandler Cox and cornerback Carlton Davis.
Auburn (8-3, No. 15 CFP) outgained Alabama A&M (4-7) 598-130, and had its first shutout since the first game of the 2008 season. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn let Johnson orchestrate the offense while he was in during the first half, and he filled in well for White. The Auburn defense let out its frustration from last week’s loss on the Bulldogs, who didn’t eclipse 100 total yards until late in the third quarter.
John Franklin III ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on four carries in mop-up duty for Johnson, and Martin finished as the leading rusher with 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns – all in the second half – thanks to a few long runs.
De’Angelo Ballard was 15 of 39 for 103 yards for the Bulldogs.
No. 18 Auburn likely won’t see a huge shift in its place in the polls, but the Tigers could move up a few spots based on the results of some other games.
Auburn gets to rest some of its players that will be key in next week’s regular-season finale while picking up its eighth win of the season.
Alabama A&M ends the year on a sour note, but the Bulldogs showed some fight against an SEC powerhouse.
Auburn travels to Tuscaloosa next week for the Iron Bowl against No. 1 Alabama.
Alabama A&M has wrapped up the season.