Auburn's Montravius Adams sacks Blake Jurich on a night of big plays
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn wanted to get the crowd involved. Montravius Adams volunteered for that job.
The Auburn defensive lineman sacked Blake Jurich on a third-down play early in the second quarter that set up a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown by Quan Bray to help Auburn beat San Jose State 59-13 Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Adams was a big-play player on a night of big plays. Three of his six tackles were for a loss, including a pair of back-to-back plays as Auburn was pulling away in the first half.
"Anytime you sack a guy at home the crowd gets real loud and gives everybody a lot of emotion and momentum," Malzahn said.
The crowd cheered Adams on the sack, then roared on the very next play as Bray weaved through traffic on his touchdown run.
By the time it was over, Auburn had 10 tackles for a loss, including four sacks; and intercepted three passes.
"Usually when a defense gets a sack, it gets the rest of the defense pumped," Adams said. "After that everybody just came together and everybody played well and we got a couple more sacks, and then from those sacks we even got a couple of interceptions. I just think it all plays together."
Adams was a handful when it mattered.
"He’s a big athletic guy," Malzahn said. "His sack was a very big play in the game.
“I think our guys got rolling. We hit the quarterback and that was our plan. We knew they would be trying to throw it, so we wanted to disrupt them. As the game went on our guys really got off the ball well."
Linebacker Cassanova led Auburn with 10 tackles. Defensive back Rudy Ford had eight.
"We're still learning because everybody has got to get better," Adams.
Auburn has four interceptions in two games after having 13 interceptions last season. Those numbers are significant because Auburn had two interceptions, all season long, in 2012.
Pressuring the quarterback in 2014 helps.
"I just think it was a game I got better," Adams said. "My coaches said how you practice is how you're going to play in the game and I think I had a pretty good week of practice with the help of my teammates and when I came out in the game, it showed."
Adams has played defensive tackle and defensive end already this season.
"Whatever the position is, do the best that I can do to help my team get the win," Adams said.
Auburn has an off week, before a Thursday night game at Kansas State on Sept. 18.
"I heard a lot of good things about Kansas State," said Adams. "Coach say we're tough and together and that's what we have to be when we go on the road."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine