Kerryon Johnson runs it in for Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Sean White found a willing receiver in Ricardo Louis, and the passing duo helped Auburn to a 23-10 halftime lead over Kentucky.
White and Louis teamed up for five catches for 114 yards in the first quarter alone and Daniel Carlson hit three field goals.
White completed 12-of-18 passes for 186 yards.
White got the start at quarterback and promptly led Auburn to two quick touchdowns. Peyton Barber scored first, on a 1-yard run; and then Kerryon Johnson came in to take a direct snap, sprinted right and scored on a 6-yard run.
In between, Kentucky running back Boom Williams ran for 60 yards on one play, then scored on a 1-yard run. All of that give and take, left Auburn up 14-7 after the first quarter.
Carlton Davis' interception in the end zone — his second INT in the last two games -- turned away Kentucky early in the second quarter, and the Tigers' offense took it down field setting up a Carlson 34-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead with 8:59 left in the half.
Austin MacGinnis kicked a 28-yard field goal for Kentucky to make it 17-10, but Carlson hit a 29-yard field goal to give Auburn a 20-10 lead with 1:43 left in the first quarter. Carlson hit a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
His three 50-plus-yard field goals this year ties Auburn's single season record for field goals of 50 or more yards.
Barber led Auburn with 59 yards rushing on 15 carries. Auburn had 297 first-half yards. Kentucky had 240.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine