Rain and wind was part of the game for Auburn and Texas A&M in the first half
By Charles Goldberg
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jeremy Johnson stepped in for injured Sean White in a big way Saturday, hitting his first nine passes and leading Auburn to a 14-3 halftime lead over Texas A&M at Kyle Field.
Johnson, who started the first three games before being replaced by White, threw a touchdown pass to give Auburn a 7-3 lead, then watched Jovon Robinson score from the 1 for a 14-3 advantage with 13:40 left in the second quarter.
Auburn's defense turned away two A&M scoring threats with interceptions near the goal line. The Tigers also stopped the Aggies on a fourth-and-1 at the Auburn 23.
White had started the previous five games, but the knee injury that threatened to sideline him last week against Ole Miss finally got him before the A&M game. Coach Gus Malzahn announced Johnson would start 30 minutes before kickoff.
"I really think he's ready for this moment," Malzahn said before the game.
White didn't practice the week leading up the game because of his injury.
But here was Johnson, hitting 9-of-9 passing for 57 yards and a touchdown early on. Robinson had seven carries for 77 yards and a touchdown during that same span. Robinson broke the 100-yard barrier with six minutes left in the second quarter.
Taylor Bertolet put A&M up early with a 50-yard field goal with 11:25 left in first quarter. But that was before Johnson got his chance.
Auburn was set to receive the ball to start the second half.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine